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Phoenix, Arizona
Fast Facts
ACTIVITIES
Walking
Museum
Market / Fair
Children's Theatre
Garden / Park
Historic Interest
Wildlife Park
Horseback Riding
Jeep Safari
 
 
 
 
Family-Friendly Tours
 
Points of Interest Nearby
 
 

Superstition Mountains

 

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

While it may be tempting to spend a Phoenix family vacation within the confines of a five-star luxury resort, families venturing beyond the swimming pool, spa and golf course will quickly discover that there are lots of fun things to do with kids in the Valley of the Sun. Area parks such as South Mountain, McDowell Mountain and White Tank Mountain Regional Park offer more than a bit of 'green', hiking, biking and horseback riding await outdoor adventure seekers. If quintessential southwest is your goal, explore Hohokam Indian ruins and participate in a simulated excavation at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center. Tour a re-created Zuni Pueblo and participate in hands-on activities at the Heard Museum. Families in search of the 'Old West' will want to head to Goldfield Ghost Town and pan for gold and tour a once functioning gold mine. Jeep tours and amusement parks, not to mention the Phoenix Zoo and professional sporting matches, are but a few of the Phoenix attractions offering family fun.
History & Culture
 
A family vacation in Phoenix, Arizona provides an opportunity for parents to introduce kids to the history of Phoenix and culture of the American Southwest. Learn about prehistoric pueblo cultures and gold mining towns. Find out more about the Salado and Hohokam Indians that settled in the area thousands of years ago as well as the Native American tribes, such as the Gila River and Salt River Pima, that continue to call Phoenix home.
Maps
 
Plan your itinerary before you depart. Use online interactive maps of Phoenix to locate a street or plot your route to an attraction.
Books
 
Books are a great way to introduce younger children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. Discover age-appropriate Native American literature for children. Find the latest releases by Arizona authors for adults and kids or browse the AZ Authors Association website for a complete list of Arizona authors. Get recommended reading lists for family travel to Arizona and embark on armchair adventure through guidebooks, novels and non-fiction before you depart on an adventure vacation or cultural holiday in Arizona with kids.
Music & Sound
 
Music is a great way to introduce children to a local culture and embark on a journey through sound. Listen to Native American music from hip-hop to pow-wow to storytelling. Discover cowboy song online and gain insight to this Southwestern state.
News
 
Read Phoenix newspapers online and brush up on central Arizona current events from local politics to sports and entertainment. Get Phoenix news and discover what the locals are reading in English and in Spanish.
Kids' Stuff
 
Did you know that Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the United States? Discover fun facts and trivia about Phoenix. Learn about the city, people and the land. Find out how to conserve water, a scarce resource in the desert.
Organizations
 
Associations and non-profit organizations can be a valuable resource as well as means to get involved. Find out more about bird watching, Arizona's number one tourist activity, as well as the twenty-five national parks, monuments and recreational areas located throughout the state.
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