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101 Family Day Trips and Day Trips Around Phoenix

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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and day trips for less than a tank of gas. KidsOutAndAbout has tons of ideas for places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

          Pine Creek Canyon Lavender Farm

   Windy Hills Lavender Farm

          Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix

          Desert Botanical Garden


All Aboard!  Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 


           Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum

           Daisy Mountain Railroad Park

           Desert Breeze Railroad

        Dolly Steamboat

    Grand Canyon Railway

           Martin Auto Museum

           McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

       Pima Air & Space Museum

    Planes of Fame Museum

Amuse Yourself 

           Castles and Coasters

           Enchanted Island Amusement Park

           Golfland Sunsplash

Beach Life

     Buckskin Mountain State Park

     Cattail Cove State Park

  London Bridge Beach

     Patagonia Lake State Park

     River Island State Park

  Roper Lake State Park

  Rotary Beach

            Tempe Beach Park

  Windsor Beach/Lake Havasu State Park

Cities to Explore 








Day at the Museum

           Arizona Museum of Natural History

           Arizona Science Center

       Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

           Challenger Space Center Arizona

           Children's Museum of Phoenix

           Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting

           i.d.e.a. Museum

           Musical Instrument Museum

           Phoenix Art Museum

    Yuma Territorial Prison Museum

Get Out & Take a Hike

        Boyce Thompson Arboretum 

           Desert Botanical Garden

 Grand Canyon

           Hayden Butte Preserve Park  (“A” Mountain)

 Petrified Forest National Park

           Papago Park - Hole in the Rock 

     Slide rock

           Usery Mountain Regional Park

Grow Some Fun at the Farm

 Apple Annie’s Orchard

           Hickman’s Egg Ranch

           Mortimer Farms

           Schnepf Farms 

           Shamrock Farms

           Superstition Farm

           The Farm at South Mountain

           Vertuccio Farms

Light Up Your Life

 Lake Havasu City Lighthouses 

Play Ball!

           Arizona Cardinals

           Arizona Coyotes

           Arizona Diamondbacks

           Arizona Rattlers

           Arizona State University Sundevils

           Cactus League Spring Training (multiple valley locations)

           FC Arizona

        Northern Arizona Suns

           Phoenix Mercury

           Phoenix Rising FC

           Phoenix Suns

        Tucson Roadrunners

        Tucson Saguaros

       University of Arizona Wildcats

Shop Your Heart Out

            Arizona Mills

           Arrowhead Towne Center

           Biltmore Fashion Park

           Chandler Fashion Center

           Desert Ridge Marketplace

           Phoenix Premium Outlets

           Tanger Outlet Center

           Tempe Marketplace

           Westgate City Center

Splash into Fun

          Salt River Tubing

           Oasis Water Park at the Arizona Grand Resort

           River Ranch at the Squaw Peak Hilton Resort

           Hurricane Harbor Phoenix

Talk to the Animals


           Butterfly Wonderland

           OdySea Aquarium

       Out of Africa Wildlife Park

           Phoenix Zoo

       Reid Park Zoo

           Sea Life Arizona Aquarium

           Wildlife World Zoo

Time Travel

           Arizona Horses Ranch

           Heard Museum

           MacDonalds Ranch

           Pioneer Living History Museum 

           Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse

           Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West


Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Phoenix. For those that are a bit farther away:

            = Less than 1 hour away

         = 1 to 2 hours away

      = 2 to 3 hours away

  = Just over 3 hours away