Things to Do in Arizona With Kids

So, you are in Arizona with kids looking for something to do this spring. Whether you are a local or just visiting for spring break, there are plenty of options of activities to participate in with the whole family. Arizona is a beautiful place to vacation or staycation. If you are doing so as a family, here are the top eight things to do in Arizona with the kids in the spring. 

  1. Tour the Grand Canyon
    Perhaps the most popular thing to do in all of Arizona is visit one of the seven wonders of the world. We are talking about the Grand Canyon. Located about 230 miles out of Phoenix, the Grand Canyon is an awesome sight that should not be passed up.

    There are many activities you can partake in besides recording videos and taking photos. You can hike, bike, ride a horse, take a scenic train ride, go rafting, camping and so much more. Don’t forget to stay til the sunsets for a spectacular view.
  2. Soak in The Red Rocks in Sedona
    Another tourist town, Sedona, is a great place to spend some time with the family. It is said that Sedona has a special energy about it, but that will be up for you to decide. Besides hiking the Red Rocks, you can grab a Jeep tour to experience all the nooks and crannies of this breathtaking town.

    Additionally, you can stretch your legs at Red Rock or Slide Rock State Park. There are also fun day trips to Montezuma Castle, Casa Grande National Monuments, or Out of Africa Wildlife Park.
  3. Take a Hike
    If you plan to stay around the Phoenix area, there are plenty of places where you and the kids can take a hike. One popular destination is Papago Park. This park is a great option for hiking, biking, fishing and taking tons of photos. Many visitors love to hike up to Hole in the Rock. This is a formation made out of sandstone that gives off perfect city views and great photo ops for an Arizona sunset.

    In addition to the hiking, you can make a trip next door to the Desert Botanical Garden. This garden covers 145 acres and is home to 50,000 desert plants. There are educational opportunities for the kids and lots to take in.

    Lastly, the Phoenix Zoo is also nearby. Popular experiences at the Phoenix Zoo include the Arizona Trail, Monkey Village, the Giraffe Encounter, pedal boats, a Safari Train, a petting zoo, and an exciting playground with a Saguaro cactus shaped slide.
  4. Make it a Day at the Lake
    Arizona is home to many options for a day at the lake. You can unwind, go fishing, set up camp, catch some sun rays, go boating and watch the kids take on water activities.

    Some options for hitting up the Lake include the following:
  • Lake Powell
  • Lake Pleasant
  • Lake Havasu
  • Lake Mead
  • Theodore Roosevelt Lake
  • Watson Lake
  • Willow Springs Lake
  • Canyon Lake
  1. Take a Train Ride
    Kids love trains. What better way to spend your free springtime than to hop aboard a train. The good news is that there are options for train rides in Arizona.

    First off, you can opt for a short and sweet ride when you visit Scottsdale’s McCormick Stillman Railroad Park. Your family can hop aboard the Paradise and Pacific Railroad, take a spin on the Charros Carousel and run it all off on the playground.

    For a ride on a big train, your family can head to the Verde Canyon Railroad. You will take in views of the beautiful Verde Canyon, with an abundance of natural fauna and flora. This is not one experience to miss out on.
  2. Catch a Baseball Game
    A huge springtime attraction in Arizona is the abundance of MLB spring training games. Arizona is home to the Cactus League and offers a whole host of games for your enjoyment. The games are fun and typically cheaper than a regular-season game. There will be cheering, fresh hot dogs, popcorn and adult beverages.
  3. Check Out the Museums
    Arizona is home to many kid-friendly museums. It is a great way to cool off if you have been outdoors at a baseball game or need a low-key break. Some museums that are worth checking out include:
  • Musical Instrument Museum
  • Arizona Science Center
  • Children’s Museum of Phoenix
  • Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
  • Hall of Flame Fire Museum
  1. Explore the Landscape
    There are road trips galore to enjoy when you visit Arizona. The desert landscape with striking Saguaro cacti doesn’t get old fast. You can catch some great Old Western sights if you make your way out to Goldfield Ghost Town. Perhaps you want to go vintage and check out Route 66. Either way, there is plenty to see along the way. 

Final Thoughts

These are just some of the best things to do in Arizona with kids this spring season. Arizona is home to many sights, sounds and attractions that bring many people to the state. Which activity has your family most excited?