National Parks / Natural World in CHANDLER with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Chandler has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Chandler, Arizona offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Chandler itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Desert Botanical Garden

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    (12 miles) Phoenix

    Take the kids to the desert with the Desert Botanical Garden - a living museum featuring more than 50,000 plants, where the can even encounter rare, threatened and endangered species.

  • San Tan Mountain Regional Park

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    (15 miles) Queen Creek

    10,000 acres of beautiful lower Sonoran Desert, with hiking, wildlife, and a visitors center

  • Lost Dutchman State Park

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    (23 miles) Apache Junction

    The park is located 5 mi. north of Apache Junction, off of AZ 88 (the old Apache Trail), at the base of the Superstition Mountains.

  • Thunderbird Conservation Park

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    (33 miles) Glendale

    An amazing 1,185 acre park in Glendale, dedicated to preserving the desert environment. With trails and wildlife for those outdoor loving families.

  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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    (39 miles) Superior

    Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is the place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world's deserts, ...

  • Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

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    (71 miles) Payson

    Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, Tonto Natural Bridge has been in the making for thousands of years. It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in ...

  • Biosphere 2

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    (77 miles) Tucson

    This is Biosphere 2's most comprehensive tour and is available throughout the day. The admission desk will provide tour times and start locations. Because Biosphere 2 is a research facility, the ...

  • Catalina State Park

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    (81 miles) Tucson

    More than an incredible State Park, this piece of Arizona nature also offers hiking, camping, horseback riding, concerts and family programs! A great way to get back to nature for your Tucson family ...

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  • Arizona Railway Museum

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    (3 miles) Chandler

    A great experience looking at real railroad artifacts and equipment from Arizona and the Southwest.

  • Chandler Museum

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    (4 miles) Chandler

    A learning environment where families can come together and share stores of the community, and learn of the history of Chandler

  • Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery

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    (4 miles) Chandler

    An art gallery that focuses on Western American Art and Contemporary American Indian Art. A great collection with FREE entry to inspire kids in Chandler, Arizona.

  • Arizona Museum of Natural History

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    (8 miles) Mesa

    A place where dinosaurs come back to life though fun and educational exhibits, as well as a fascinating insight into our planet!

  • Arizona Museum for Youth

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    (8 miles) Mesa

    As a semi-permanent art activity space for visitors, ages 5 and older, ArtZone is a great place to relax and explore art fundamentals. Emphasizing the elements of basic art, activities are open-ended ...

  • Hall Of Fire Museum

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    (12 miles) Phoenix

    The Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire ...

  • Pueblo Grande Museum

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    (13 miles) Phoenix

    Explore an ancient 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruin site in the heart of Phoenix. Along our trail the museum features a platform mound, ballcourt ruin, replicated houses, and native plants. ...

  • Heard Museum

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    (17 miles) Phoenix

    Today, the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is a must-see Arizona landmark -- a place of learning, discovery and an opportunity to share Native traditions that will touch your heart. With ...

  • Arizona Senora Desert Museum

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    (83 miles) Tucson

    The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place!

  • The GPD Toy Train Museum

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    (86 miles) Tuscon

    If there's a little trainspotter in your household they're in for a real treat with this FREE entry museum, with displays of unique and extremely rare examples of toy trains and other railroadiana in ...

  • International Wildlife Museum

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    (87 miles) Tucson

    The International Wildlife Museum is dedicated to increasing knowledge and appreciation of the diverse wildlife of the world as well as explaining the role of wildlife management in conservation. ...

  • Arizona State Museum

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    (90 miles) Tucson

    Celebrate the cultures of the Southwest and northern Mexico at the Arizona State Museum - an educational and interesting family day out in Tucson!

  • Southern Arizona Transportation Museum

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    (90 miles) Tucson

    All things locomotive at this transportation museum in Southern Arizona. With depot tours, and actual locomotives for the kids to explore.

  • The Mini-Time Machine

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    (90 miles) Tucson

    The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is state-of-the-art display of entertaining and interactive array of antique and contemporary miniatures as well as enchanting artifacts.

  • Tucson Childrens Museum

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    (91 miles) Tucson

    A visit to the Tucson Childrens Museum will find you enjoying the numerous interactive exhibits, the daily hands-on activities and the monthly special events.

  • Smoki Museum

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    (93 miles) Prescott

    The Smoki Museum was built in 1935 of native stone and wood. It was constructed with labor provided by the Civilian Works Administration and the Smoki People.The Smoki Museum as it appeared in the ...

  • Sharlot Hall Museum

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    (93 miles) Prescott

    The Sharlot Hall Museum is the largest museum in the central territory of Arizona. On June 11, 1928, Sharlot Mabridth Hall began a small museum in the Governor's Mansion and eighty years later her ...

  • The Phippen Museum

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    (96 miles) Prescott

    George Phippen, first President of the Cowboy Artists of America, died in 1966, leaving behind a group of artists interested in creating a facility that specifically represented artists in the ...

  • Pima Air And Space Museum

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    (98 miles) Tucson

    Pima Air & Space Museum, where history takes flight, is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum. You'll see more than 275 aircraft ...

  • Sea Life Arizona

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    (9 miles) Tempe

    Over 5,000 creatures at this Arizona SEA LIFE aquarium, including sharks, seahorses and tropical fish, as well as a 360 degree ocean tunnel!

  • Phoenix Zoo

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    (12 miles) Phoenix

    Animal fun at Phoenix Zoo, with 1,400 animals waiting to say hello. Also animal encounters, events, and camps!

  • Butterfly Wonderland

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    (17 miles) Scottsdale

    A one of a kind experience at the LARGEST indoor butterfly pavilion in the entire USA!

  • Southwest Wildlife

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    (30 miles) Scottsdale

    A beautiful center that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases injured, displaced, and orphaned wildlife such as black bears, mountain lions, and Mexican gray wolves. Great for the animal loving ...

  • Wildlife World Zoo

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    (37 miles) Litchfield Park

    Visit the largest collection of exotic animals in Arizona, with over 6,000 individual animals to experience, with an aquarium, Safari Park, rides, and Dragon World!

  • Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

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    (54 miles) Picacho

    Animal fun in Arizona on this working ostrich ranch. Also waiting for the kids are donkeys, goats, deer, and more!

  • Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

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    (90 miles) Camp Verde

    An amazing journey into the wonderful wildlife of Africa, without having to leave the beautiful Arizona! Lions, giraffes, black bears, zebras, hyenas....amazing animals to make your family day out ...

  • Reid Park Zoo

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    (93 miles) Tucson

    24 acres of animal fun in Tucson, where kids can experience and learn all about species from all over the world!