National Parks / Natural World in Tempe

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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.
Scottsdale
Amazing indoor rainforest environment with walk through enclosures, freshwater aquariums, terrific ant farm and Honey Bee Extravaganza.
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.
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, towering trees, captivating cacti, sheer mountain cliffs,...
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 the world. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400...
Biosphere 2
(87 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 interior portion of this tour is not wheelchair or stro...
Cottonwood
Despite its distinctive name, Dead Horse Ranch is situated amidst an abundance of life along the Verde River. A six-mile reach of the river is known as the Verde River Greenway. Its unique ecosystem, the Cottonwood / Willow riparian gallery forest, ...
Tucson
This scenic desert park offers camping, hiking, picnicking, bicycling, horseback riding, plant and wildlife viewing, and an archaeological site, all just a few minutes from Tucson. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things...
Sedona
The Red Rock State Park property was acquired by the Arizona State Parks Board in 1986 and the park was opened to the public in 1991. The park's 286 acres were originally part of the Smoke Trail Ranch, owned by Jack and Helen Frye. Arizona's famous O...
Sedona
Discover one of our planet's most awesome spectacles with our seasoned nature guides. Spot for wildlife such as: Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Desert Pronghorn, Bald Eagles and the rare and endangered California Condor. Travel in total comfort as you...
Sedona
Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historical apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley, having arrived in the canyon in 1907, formally acquired the land under the Homestead Act in 1910. Due to his pi...
Wenden
offers outdoor fun, premier bass fishing, rest and relaxation. For nature lovers, spring rains bring an abundance of wild flowers and the lake environment attracts a variety of wildlife year round, including bald and golden eagles, waterfowl, foxes, ...
Show Low
Year-round camping, fishing, picnicking, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities make Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area a very popular place. This 800-acre, cool, country recreation area with a 150-acre lake offers history, too.
Safford
After a long day of driving or hiking, the natural hot springs at Roper Lake are not only inviting, they're invigorating! Roper Lake State Park provides a great place to spend a few days or just a few hours. Desert vegetation, a peaceful lake and a v...
Parker
Buckskin Mountain State Park commands one of the finest views along the Parker strip, an 18-mile stretch between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam. Mountains line the river on both the Arizona and California sides, and the wildlife is as varied as the recr...
Patagonia
Established in 1994, Sonoita Creek State Natural Area's mission is to preserve this fragile riparian area and its surrounding environment. Encompassing a major portion of the Sonoita Creek and Coal Mine Spring watersheds, this is the State of Arizona...
Lake Havasu City
The beach, boat ramp, and 61 campsites at Cattail Cove State Park offer a broad spectrum of activities for all to enjoy. Whether you're interested in swimming, fishing or just lounging and relaxing, Cattail Cove State Park offers you and your family ...
Lake Havasu
The scenic shoreline of Lake Havasu State Park is an ideal place to enjoy beautiful beaches, nature trails, boat ramps, and convenient campsites. This spot is truly a watersport haven located near the famous London Bridge of Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu
(157 Miles)
Lake Havasu City
More than 400 miles of stunning coastline will refresh you with exceptional watersports, including fishing, skiing, kayaking and houseboating. Or, if you prefer, explore the lake from the beautiful beaches, campsites and hiking trails.
Holbrook
With one of the worlds largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, multi-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of 225 million year old fossils, this is a surprising land of scenic ...
St Johns
Created as an irrigation reservoir by damming the Little Colorado River, this 1,200-acre park encompasses the shoreline of a 1,500-acre reservoir at an elevation of 6,000 feet. It is fed by snowmelt from the slopes of Mount Baldy and Escudilla Mounta...
Flagstaff
The infamous Grand Canyon is waiting for kids and families to be amazed by it's incredible grandeur! A great place to explore the roads, hike the trails or even get deep into the canyon itself and float the Colorado River! A must-do experience for an...
Grand Canyon
We offer fun and informative educational classes and tours for everyone, from thrill-seekers to chill-seekers. On day hikes, backpacks, and whitewater rafting trips, GCFI’s expert instructors share the must-see wonders of the Grand Canyon with park...
Laughlin
Big Bend State Recreation Area is located five miles south of Laughlin on the Needles Highway. The park is within the town limits of Laughlin, one mile south of Casino Drive on South Needles Hwy.
Phoenix
The Valley's best places to take the family is conveniently located just west of 7th Avenue on Encanto Blvd, right in the heart of Phoenix's picturesque Encanto Park. Enchanted Island is filled with charm and magic, offering nine fanciful rides an...
Tucson
Slap on Your Spurs for a Day of Wild West Fun. From daring cowboy gunfights and stunts to rip-roarin musical revues and comedies, Old Tucson offers exciting Old West entertainment. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for thin...
Big Surf
(7 Miles)
Mesa
As America's original water park featuring body slides, tube slides, speed slides, water basketball and volleyball, a wave pool and children's play area. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Mesa for kids.
Mesa
Thrill slides, family slides and gentler options, interactive play pools and kiddie slides plus mini golf, lazer tag, indoor play, raceway and dry rides.
Chandler
Features include 2 Water Slides, Lazy River flotation ride, Water Vortex, Interactive Play Pool with Beach Entry, Toddler Slides and a simply enormous dumping bucket!
Glendale
Wet n' Wild Phoenix has state of the art water rides for the whole family.
Western Dale City
Waterworks offers state of the art outdoor excitement, including pools, slides, fountains, an expansive shallow beach area, and friendly, family fun.
Surprise
Fabulous water park with both flume and tunnel slides, vortex whirlpool, diving well and boards, and a zero depth water play area for the little ones!
Buckeye
The aquatic center features a twisty slide, 2 fountain play areas, a zero-depth pool and diving board.
Breakers
(84 Miles)
Marana
Breakers Bay is Arizonas Largest Wave Pool.1.3 Million Gallons of wave pool excitement. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Arizona
Phoenix Zoo
(2 Miles)
Phoenix
1,200 animals on exhibit at our Zoo, including mammals, fish, invertebrates, birds, and reptiles. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Phoenix for kids
Tempe
A quiz trail guides you through a huge assortment of aquatic life, including the 360 degree ocean tunnel, and 5,000 creatures spread over 30 displays including touch tanks.
Phoenix
Over 16 water rides and cool attractions, it's adventure, relaxation, and fun for everyone in the family. Congo River Rapids is mini water world for mini water sliders. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with k...
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 family.
Litchfield Park
Wildlife World Zoo has Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals with over 2400 individual animals representing more than 400 exotic and endangered species. For nearly a quarter of a century, Wildlife World Zoo has endeavored to set the highe...
Picacho
Stop in and feed the critters for an unforgettable experience. Something for everyone - ostrich, deer, miniature Sicilian donkeys, Boer goats, and rainbow lorikeets to feed plus the Monster Truck Tours!
Camp Verde
Experience Out Of Africa Wildlife Park Arizona's Best Wildlife Theme Park.See hundreds of animals from all over the world! Lions, Tigers, Giraffe, Rhinoceros, Black Bear, Camel, Ostrich, Cobras, Zebra, Exotic Birds, Tortoise, Wildebeest, Jaguar, Leop...
Reid Park Zoo
(103 Miles)
Tucson
Come visit the Tucson zoo, and have a wild time. Meet the more than 400 animalsrhinos, elephants, anteaters, polar bears, lions, and many more! Adventure in our African, Asian, and South American regions. Explore the Flight Connection, our full-fl...
Bearizona
(127 Miles)
Williams
A North American wildlife park for those animal lovers in the family, where families can enjoy the wilderness and witness beautiful herds of wildlife roaming free around them - all from the safety of a car.
Williams
Oh Deer! A sweet and fun Deer Farm where kids don't just look at the deer, but walk among them, and touch them!
Valentine
With educational and research facilities that span all ages; and diverse programs that offer visitors artistic and cultural experiences indicative of the countries that the animals come from.
Detours Arizona
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(1 Miles)
Tempe
Professionally Guided Tours of the Southwest and so much more...As the leader in professionally guided tours of the Southwest, Detours offers the most comfortable and memorable tours since 2001.
Jerome
Ghost Town Tours offers Historic & Haunted Tours in the largest ghost town in America. Our tours are extremely informative and full of surprises. Quite often, truth is stranger than fiction.
Sedona
A fun and thrilling experience to see Sedona from a completely different and unique viewpoint!
Sedona
Sedona's premiere helicopter tour company. Established in 1985 AHA is the oldest, most experienced tour operator in Sedona. Quality and customer service is our specialty!
Tortilla Flat
Nestled in the heart of the Superstition Mountains lies spectacular Canyon Lake, home of the Dolly Steamboat.

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Fun places to visit in Tempe with kids

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