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National Parks / Natural World in TEMPE

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Tempe 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 Tempe, 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 Tempe 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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    (3 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.

  • Butterfly Wonderland

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    (10 miles) Scottsdale

    Amazing indoor rainforest environment with walk through enclosures, freshwater aquariums, terrific ant farm and Honey Bee Extravaganza.

  • Thunderbird Conservation Park

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    (23 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.

  • San Tan Mountain Regional Park

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    (25 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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    (26 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.

  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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    (46 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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    (66 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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    (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 ...

  • Catalina State Park

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    (91 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 ...

  • Dead Horse Ranch

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    (92 miles) 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 ...

  • Red Rock State Park

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    (96 miles) 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 ...

  • Red Stone Tours Grand Canyon and Sedona

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    (99 miles) 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 ...

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  • Hall Of Fire Museum

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    (2 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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    (3 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. ...

  • Arizona Museum for Youth

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    (6 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 ...

  • Arizona Museum of Natural History

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    (6 miles) Mesa

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

  • Heard Museum

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    (8 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 ...

  • Chandler Museum

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    (9 miles) Chandler

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

  • The Spot Museum

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    (82 miles) Prescott

    Offers kids the chance to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through intriguing and interactive exhibits designed to teach through experimentation and play.

  • Smoki Museum

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    (83 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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    (83 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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    (87 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 ...

  • Arizona Senora Desert Museum

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    (93 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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    (96 miles) Tuscon

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

  • International Wildlife Museum

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    (97 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. ...

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