Fun Things To Do In Arizona

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Looking for some fun things to do with the kids in Arizona? Consider these top picks.

Free Fun

Does someone in your family love military history? Then consider taking them to the Fort Bowie National Historic Site (http://www.nps.gov/fobo/) in Bowie. Here you can tour remnants of the fort and artifacts from the time when the US military went to battle against the Chiricahua Apaches. You can also take self-guided tours of the Navajo National Monument (http://www.nps.gov/), where three intact cliff dwellings still stand.

Educational Fun

Kids can learn all about the human body and other aspects of science at the Arizona Science Center (http://www.azscience.org/) in Phoenix. The Pima Space and Air Museum (http://www.pimaair.com/) near Tucson offers your kids the chance to explore over 250 aircraft on display, and you can also schedule a tour of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Bone Yard. The Children’s Museum of Phoenix (http://www.children’smuseumofphoenix.org) gives younger children hands-on exhibits to explore, allowing them to showcase their creativity while learning more about how the world works.

Environmental Fun

If you live near Tucson, plan to take your kids to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (www.desertmuseum.org). Part zoo, part arboretum, this museum is an outdoor showcase of the flora and fauna of Arizona, including a hummingbird aviary that lets you get close to the world’s smallest birds. Grand Canyon National Park (http://www.nps.gov) is a must-see outdoor attraction in the state. The Phoenix Zoo (http://www.phoenixzoo.org/) was voted one of the top 5 zoos for kids in the nation, so you must make sure you take to trip to visit it.

Seasonal Fun

If you live near the Phoenix Zoo, make sure you visit during Christmas for the annual Zoo Lights event, where the zoo is lit up by millions of holiday lights. For fall fun, visit Phoenix for the Arizona State Fair in November. Also in the fall, the Railroad Park in Scottsdale (www.therailroadpark.com) hosts the annual Railfair, where your kids can explore models and real trains of all types. Spring is a good time to catch a baseball game, as Arizona hosts many MLB teams for their spring training sessions.

Just for Mom Fun

Arizona is known for its many wonderful spas. If you are looking for one of the best, consider Canyon Ranch (http://www.canyonranch.com/), a destination spa in Tucson. You can also get a nice spa treatment at the Centre for Well-Being (http://www.thephoenician.com/spa) at the Phoenician in Scottsdale. If a trip to a luxury spa is not in your budget, you can save money by shopping and doing so at the Outlets at Anthem (http://www.outletsanthem.com/). For some grown-up cultural time, plan a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum (http://www.phxart.org/) without the kids.

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