Wednesday, January 18, 2017

10 Best Places in Arizona for a Family Vacation

Spending quality time with the family is ideally a must. It doesn’t matter how you want it to be or where you want to go. The most important thing is that your family is enjoying and having a total blast. To emphasize more, one of the best ways to bond is to have a family getaway. Therefore, we have listed the best interesting places in Arizona for your family to take pleasure in together. This we hope could help you easily plan your next family vacation.

Grand Canyon National Park

Location: Center Loop Road Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023

Visiting Hours: The South Rim: Open 24 Hours a Day/Open Daily;

The North Rim: Open 24 Hours a Day/Mid-May to Mid-October

Admission Fee: $25 per Private Vehicle; $12 per person IF entering by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or non-commercial group. The fee is valid for seven days both for The South and North Rim.

Contact Number: 928-638-7888


First and foremost, you must visit the famous Grand Canyon. In fact, Arizona is best known for this attraction. Guess everybody knows that it is one of the Greatest Wonders of the World. So grab the chance to witness and be fond of the breathtaking sceneries of the Grand Canyon. The spectacular backdrop is truly fascinating. It literally makes your eyes glued to its prevailing beauty. We recommend you take a stroll at the long stretched of pathway. Or you can sit for long hours and gaze at the inspiring landscapes. You must know that the best hours to view its magnificent beauty are during the sunrise and sunset. There are also adventurous activities you can do while you’re there. For instance, you can avail the Grand Canyon Tours, Safari Jeep Tours, Railway Train Tour, Helicopter Tours, Airplane Tour, Grand Canyon Smooth Water Bus Trip, and Hiking Tours. Moreover, take note that camping is also allowed in the park.

Lake Powell

Location: Six Marinas: Dangling Rope, Wahweap, Bullfrog, Hall’s Crossing, Hite, and Antelope Point

Visiting Hours: Visiting the Lake Powell is open 24 hours daily.

Admission Fee: Rates and fees vary. Please check the website for full details.

Contact Number: 888-896-3829


Lake Powell is an excellent destination if your family adores exploring the great outdoors. The shimmering clear blue water is as inviting as the diverse activities waiting for you. That is why it is considered as the ultimate family playground. You can either rent a houseboat or put up a camp on the grounds of Lake Powell if you wish to stay longer. Besides from spending an incredible time playing around with water sports, you can go fishing, horseback riding and hiking as well. You can also pick out the Boat, Hummer, Jeep, or Scenic Air Tours for more adventurous experience at the Lake Powell.


Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Visiting Hours: Anytime you want!

Admission Fee: NA

Contact Number: 480-312-3111


You’ll definitely love this charming city in the middle of the desert. Scottsdale is undoubtedly an adorable and enthralling place you should visit in Arizona. This is the most splendid place you should go to if you want to see how a Western American Style looks like. Additionally for me this is one of the most attractive cities my family has been to. The city itself is very organized-looking and has a movie-like features and amenities. In the same way it is noted as an upscale tourist and shopping destination in the United Sates. Your family will definitely experience a peaceful stroll along the shopping boulevard. Keep in mind to visit one of America’s biggest malls too, the Fashion Square Mall. There are also outdoor activities you can do in and around Scottsdale. You can go for some horseback riding, hiking, biking, avail Jeep/Hummer tours, play golf, and ATV offroading.

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

Location: 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail Vail, Arizona 85641

Visiting Hours: Summer Hours: Open Daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (March 16 to September 15); Winter Hours: Open Daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (September 16 to March 15)

Admission Fee: Auto- $5.00 or $1.00 per person over 6 people; Motorcycle- $2.00; Tour Bus- $1.00; Bicycle- $1.00; School Busses- Free; Visit the website for more details on park rates (cave tour, camping, ladder, wild cave tour, candlelight tour, and trail rides)

Contact Number: 520-647-7275


Would you like to experience a different side of Arizona? Do it the Colossal Cave way. Explore the “dry” or “dead” cave. It means that the cave is not growing any new formations anymore. You can choose to take the regular cave tour or opt for a more adventurous tour. The tours are namely the candlelight tour, ladder tour, and wild cave tour. Before you head out caving, make sure you are fit and healthy enough to go through the trails. After the amazing cave tour, you can fancy for some horseback trail rides too. In addition, overnight camp is allowed same as having a picnic in the park.

Old Tucson Studios

Location: 201 S. Kinney Road Tucson, Arizona 85735

Visiting Hours: Click here for their 2010 Operating Calendar

Admission Fee: The General Admission Fees are $16.95 for adults ages 12 and over; $10.95 for children ages 4-11; Free for children 3 and under.

Contact Number: 520-833-0100


The Old Tucson Studios is a movie studio and likewise a theme park. There are shows and tours available in the park, similarly to the Universal Studios. You can witness how a Wild West movie is filmed, to have more unforgettable memories in Arizona. There are also ecstatic rides for kids and entertaining games for all ages. And yes! You can also try your luck to pan for gold. Just pay an additional $2.00 and try to hit the jackpot. You might lay your hands on gold worth thousand of dollars! So come on and have a wonderful experience at the Old Tucson Studios.

Funtasticks Family Fun Park

Location: 221 E. Wetmore Road Tucson, Arizona 85705

Visiting Hours: Open from 10:00 am to 7:00pm Mondays to Thursdays; 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Fridays; 10:00 am to 12:00 midnight Saturdays; 7:00 am to 9:00 pm Sundays

Admission Fee: For full details of tickets and prices, click here

Contact Number: 520-888-4653


Why don’t you head out to Funtastics Family Fun Park for a break from all the sightseeing and outdoor adventures in Arizona? This amusement park has Go-Karts, Atlantis Laser Tag, Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Video Arcade, Batting Cages, Kiddie Land, Air Bounce Jump Castle, Carousel, The Miner Mike Roller Coaster, and Rookie Go-Karts. Don’t forget to check out their website for specials and promotions beforehand to avail great discounts.

Tonto National Monument

Location: HC02 Box 4602 Roosevelt, Arizona 85545

Visiting Hours: Open Daily (except Christmas Day) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Admission Fee: $3.00 per adult which is good for 7 days; children ages 16 and under are free

Contact Number: 928-467-2225


This is certainly an ideal destination for families who can’t resist hiking. The Tonto National Monument showcases some rare cliff dwellings that were once occupied by the prehistoric Salado inhabitants. Your family can choose from either the 30-minute view of the lower cliff or the 60-minute visit including a hike to the lower cliff. You can make a call for other hiking tours and inquire for full details of the tours.

Biosphere 2

Location: University of Arizona-Biosphere 2 32540 S. Biosphere Road Oracle, Arizona 85623

Visiting Hours: Open Daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Admission Fee: $20.00 per adult; $18.00 for Seniors ages 62 and above; $18.00 for AAA Members and MIlitary; $13.00 for children ages 6-12 years old; Free for children under 5 years old

Contact Number: 520-838-6200


Another spot you shouldn’t miss is the Arizona’s enormous glasshouse. Biosphere 2 aims for a quality research and consist of experiments mimicking the composition of our planet Earth. It actually gave birth with a goal to study the possibilities of living in Mars. Take an amazing journey to Biosphere 2 and be educated at the same time. Find out how the scientists are envisioning this possibility in this glasshouse structure. Take the guided tour to know more about the Biosphere 2.

Arizona Science Center

Location: 600 East Washington Street Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Visiting Hours: Open Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Closed during Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Admission Fee: Click here for pricing information

Contact Number: 602-716-2000


Arizona Science Center demonstrates interesting, interactive and hands-on exhibits about Science. This museum aims to inspire, educate and entertain people about Science. If you have elementary or high school students in your family, they will come to love this place.

Four Corners Monument

Location: Four Corners Monument Road Shiprock, New Mexico 87420

Visiting Hours: Open Daily from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm (June to September); 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (October to May)

Admission Fee: $3.00 for all ages

Contact Number: 928-871-6647


Lastly, don’t miss the opportunity to stand in four states yet only at one spot! Include this destination in your itinerary to complete your family vacation in Arizona. The Four Corners National Monument is the only place in America where you can be present in four states at the same time. This place marks the intersection of Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. You can also explore the surrounding tourist destinations to add in your family adventure.

Have fun exploring the state of Arizona! After visiting these best places, go beyond for more interesting spots. Who knows you might discover your own favourite destinations that we could add to our list. Enjoy your family vacation!

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