Six Things to Do in Phoenix With Kids
With four kids in different age ranges, planning travel for our family can become hectic quickly. The trick is to find activities that we all can enjoy. We’ve been planning family trips, and Phoenix is high on our list. When you’re ready to travel, book your Phoenix hotel, and check out my list of six things to do in Phoenix with kids.
Visit the Phoenix Zoo
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The Phoenix Zoo is the largest nonprofit, privately owned zoo in the United States. Featured exhibits include Tropics Trail, Arizona Trail, Stingray Bay, Children’s Trail, and Africa Trail. Save on your visit if you’re a member of an affiliated zoo through the reciprocal program. Just show your membership card and ID to save 50 percent off admission. The zoo even offers a water play area for families to enjoy.
Enjoy a Major League Game in the Spring
Calling all baseball fans! If you’re planning to travel to the area in the spring, add the Cactus League to your list. If you’ve ever wanted to attend several Major League Baseball games for a fraction of the price, this is the perfect opportunity. Lawn tickets are the most affordable and the best option for families since you’ll have space to roam around. Lawn seats cost about $10 per person, and kids two and under are free.
Have a Fun Dining Experience at Rustler’s Rooste
Rustler’s Rooste was dubbed the most entertaining dinner spot for kids. According to locals, the views are amazing, and it’s a must-visit for anyone traveling to the area. The dining room even has a slide the whole family can enjoy. Rustler’s Rooste serves up large portion sizes, so everyone is sure to leave full. Save some room after your meal for the complimentary cotton candy served at the end of every meal.
Visit a Unique Botanical Garden
Take your family on a fun and educational walk around the Desert Botanical Garden located in Papoga Park. The walking trail explains how Native Americans used plants in their lives, and illustrate the plant’s importance beyond natural beauty. The garden is the world’s largest collection of outdoor desert plants. The garden is in the same park as the zoo, so you can plan to visit both on the same day.
Visit the Museum for Free
Plan your visit during the second Saturday and Sunday of each month, and you could visit the Phoenix Art Museum for free. The Discount Tire Family Program allows families to participate in hands-on activities. The museum also offers a free drop-in program on select Wednesdays, giving visitors the opportunity to make a work of art inspired by exhibits in the museum.
Surf’s Up at the Water Park
If you’re looking for a fun way to cool down, Waikiki Beach Wave Pool at Big Surf is the place to be. For a small fee, kids can take part in surfing and boogie board lessons during the summer months. The water park has seven slides and a dedicated kids’ area featuring slides for visitors under 48 inches. It’s perfect for families with kids in different age groups.
These are just a few of the offerings in Phoenix. Be sure to check local sites for tips and suggestions to help you save and get the most out of your vacation.