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Family Fun Guide to Phoenix

Summer is in full swing, and oh my, there are so many fun and exciting things to do with the family in and around Phoenix!

Whether you’re looking to cool off from the heat with some shade and a beverage, scope some exotic animals, or can’t wait to get your thrill-seeking juices going, we’ve put together a list of some of the coolest things you and your family can get into this summer!

Octane Raceway

Get ready to rev your engines at Octane Raceway! Their 1/3 mile track is the largest indoor/outdoor Go Kart racecourse in the entire country, and it’s fun and challenging for all skill levels! They have various different types of races, and you can either book the track for you and your group or show up for free range hours.

The racing is complemented by a restaurant, full arcade, Virtual Reality videogame stations, and axe throwing!

Crayola Experience

Color overload delights the visual senses at the Crayola Experience. Located in Chandler, this 20,000 square foot playland has something for everyone with 19 unique, one-of-a-kind attractions!
You can be a Star in your own coloring book, create swirly masterpieces with melted wax, or run around and stomp on a colorful, interactive floor. There’s definitely something for everyone!

iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Have you ever wanted to jump out of a plane, but were too scared to actually do it? iFLY’s got you covered! Their state-of-the-art fans and world-class instructors make the experience of skydiving fun and easy, no matter what shape you’re in or skill level you have.

Think you’re too old or too young to participate? Think again! Kids as young as 3 and adults as old as 103 have taken the plunge at iFLY. So, what are you waiting for? Go fly like a bird with the whole family!

Desert Wolf Tours

There’s nothing quite like touring the arid desert around Phoenix in an ATV, and the folks at Desert Wolf Tours are some of the best in the business. Ranked the #6 Thing to do in the US (wow!) and the #1 ATV outfit tour in the area, you can enjoy letting them lead your entire family on a safe and exciting journey through the desert.

They offer half day tours either in the morning or late afternoon (each tour is about 3.5 hours). Reach out to Desert Wolf Tours today to book your family’s outing!

Arizona Biltmore Hotel & Resort

The area’s premier Hotel and Resort offers a pretty sweet deal for Arizona residents – 25% off stays! With a world class spa and fitness center, two golf courses, seven dining options and so much more, this is the weekend staycation you’ve been looking for.

Your family can enjoy the incredible Paradise Pool that now has a triple water slide! And with a children’s only pool area and a swim-up bar, the whole family can cool off and find what they’re looking for at the Arizona Biltmore.


Mavrix is the place to be for a fun family night out. With bowling lanes, billiards tables, lazer tag, dart boards, shuffleboards, and so many more games on offer, Mavrix provides endless entertainment for the entire family.

Mavrix also has a pub-style bar and restaurant, with dozens of big screens to watch your favorite team’s game.

Medieval Times

Travel back in time and tap into your inner Lord and Lady at Medieval Times in Scottsdale, the epic medieval jousting tournament and dining experience.

Choose which color faction you want to belong to for the evening, and cheer on your side’s knight as he valiantly battles the other warriors to win the honor of the Queen!

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park

This museum and archeological park is recognized as the cultural gateway to the history of the Phoenix area. Its mission is to be a unique community resource that provides engaging educational programs and presents cultural items and customs in a sound and thoughtful way.

The museum opened in 1929, and since then it’s been renovated and expanded. Visitors today can walk through a two-thirds of a mile interpretive trail that takes them around the remains of structures built by the Sonoran Desert people who were identified by archaeologists as the Hohokam culture. You’ll also see along the trail a variety of native plants and an interpretive agricultural garden featuring local crops grown such as corn, cotton, beans, and squash.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

This arboretum specializes in the flora of arid deserts from around the world. With over 3,900 different plant species from places as far away as Australia and Israel, you can immerse yourself in the natural, harsh beauty of the plants that live and thrive in such dry conditions.

In 2014, the arboretum expanded significantly by accepting a donation of thousands of plants from the estate of Henry B. Wallace. Now known as the Wallace Desert Gardens Collection, this new collection offers expansive views, Creekside trails, and hundreds of new plant species, including some considered to be rare or endangered.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

Here you’ll find Arizona’s largest collection of exotic and endangered animals, over 600 species, from the land and the sea! There are also exciting rides to try, as well as daily shows and a petting zoo. (No, you can’t pet the tiger!)

In the newly renovated Dragon World area, you can meet “Jaws,” the only saltwater crocodile in Arizona. These crocs are native to Australia and Southeast Asia, and are considered to be one of the most aggressive types on the planet. And with their ability to grow up to 22 feet long, that’s probably one you don’t want to get too close to!

Phoenix Rising FC

Did you know Phoenix had a professional soccer team? As part of the USL, Rising has some exciting players that compete against other teams like Memphis 901 FC, Sacramento Republic FC, and the Las Vegas Lights FC for the USL championship each year!

The current season is underway, with regular season games going until October of this year. You can find upcoming home games here.


The ultimate place to build your Lego dreams, Legoland is a huge space with millions and millions of Lego blocks for you to play and build with. Interactive stations, movies, and downhill race tracks will keep the kids entertained for hours.

You can also take advantage of Legoland’s proximity to SEA LIFE Arizona, located next door, with a combo ticket for both places!

Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona Museum

Come learn first-hand how airplanes were used in WWI to the present and how man’s relationship with these machines has evolved over time. A walk through their large hangar will bring you up close to bombers, fighter jets, and cargo planes, and the friendly, knowledgeable volunteer staff are happy to answer any of your flight-related questions.

Bearizona Wildlife Park

If the family is feeling up for a road trip, pack the kids and a cooler and head up to Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams, about 170 miles north of Phoenix. Up among the ponderosa pines, this park offers a scenic 3-mile drive where you’re bound to see bighorn sheep, black bears, elk, wolves, and bison in their natural habitat.

You can also explore Fort Bearizona, where you can get up close with bear cubs, javelinas, and bobcats!

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