Arizona Family Entertainment
- American Park and Swap - Carries on the age old tradition of the outdoor marketplace. Alternative shopping in the Great Outdoors!
- Arizona National Livestock Show - Arizona's largest livestock show with over 2200 head of the nations best cattle, horses, sheep and swine competing.
- Arizona's West Coast - Dominated by the Colorado River, Arizona’s West Coast is a pleasant surprise for travelers… where turquoise-blue water laps at the feet of postcard-perfect Arizona cactus. Throughout the past century, those who tamed the mighty Colorado created wildlife refuges, watersports paradises and bustling urban areas. With all the attractions, facilities and amenities offered by the river cities, and their locations midway between the Southwestern population centers of both Arizona and California, the Grand Canyon State’s West Coast is a convenient and unforgettable place for business get-togethers.
- AZ Fun with your Kids - - There are wonderful things to do with kids in the Phoenix area. Sometimes, though, budget may be an issue. Here are some free activities that will keep the kids happy.
- Cerreta Candy Company Tour - How about a handmade truffle or a Camelback from Arizona's Sweetest Attraction? Just minutes east of Historic Downtown Glendale's Murphy park await temptations destined to test the most dedicated dieter's willpower. For more than 70 years, the Cerreta family has cooked their candy the old fashioned way-by hand. Order your edible Arizona souvenirs, shaped like cactus and cowboy boots, today-or have them sent directly to friends and relatives for a SWEET impression. Free tours and delicious free samples are offered Monday through Saturday.
- Grand Canyon Railway - Travel a century-old rail line aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway and arrive just steps from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Be entertained by cowboy characters, enjoy the tunes of strolling musicians, and be part of a mock train robbery as train travel from the early 1900s is recreated during the scenic 65-mile journey to the canyon.
- Mesa Market Place Swap Meet - Located in the beautiful desert area of Mesa, Arizona right beneath the Superstition Mountains. This beautiful 55-area facility is the largest open air market under one roof in Arizona. The Swap Meet has 1600 booths filled with everything from used treasures to brand new items, antiques, home furnishings, clothing, jewelry, toys, and from fruits to nuts. Miles of items at rock-bottom prices, even on new merchandise.
- Native American Tourism Center - Travelers wanting to make contact with contemporary Native Americans should start at the Native American Tourism Center (4130 N. Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, 602/945-0771), where information is available about the local reservation, plus the powwows, dances, and other celebrations throughout the state. The innovative center publishes a calendar of Native American events, hosts an arts and crafts weekend once a month, and organizes customized tours with native-American cultural resources as the focus. One of the unusual and popular programs is referred to, with some levity, as the "Take an Indian to Lunch" program. Through this program, for a fee, a traveler can arrange an hour's restaurant conversation with a real Native American.
- Tickets Unlimited - Tickets Unlimited Inc. is an independent, privately owned company engaged in the business of buying and selling tickets at a premium for all local, national and international sporting events, concerts, theater, opera and symphony.
- Tovrea Castle - Thousands have admired it from afar, awed by the imposing picture it forms atop a small desert hill in the heart of an urban setting. Few, however, have been beyond its fenced surroundings and permitted inside its granite walls. The City of Phoenix, which acquired the landmark and some of its adjacent property in 1993, is hoping to change that with an exciting plan to open the 3-tiered castle and the sprawling Carraro Cactus Gardens that surround it to the public.
- Western States Ticket Service - Western States Ticket Service offers tickets for events, sports and more! WSTickets Ticket Service offers tickets for baseball, football, basketball, hockey, rodeo, boxing and more. WStickets has concert tickets, theatre and other international and local events.
MINING & GHOST TOWNS
- Bisbee Queen Mine - Get outfitted with a miner's helmet and headlamp and take a tour of an 1877 copper mine via a mine train. South of the Old Bisbee business district off the US 80 interchange. Bisbee. 520-432-2071
- Goldfield Ghost Town - Authentic 1890s village with underground mine tours, narrow gauge railroad, helicopter rides, jeep tours, carriages, shops and cafes. 4650 N. Mammoth Rd., Apache Junction. 480-983-0333.
- Jerome - This town is a slice of Arizona's mining history. See historic buildings, the Mining Camp Ghost Town, vintage shops and more. Take I-17 to Hwy 260 to 89A. 928-634-2900.
- Old Tucson - From daring cowboy stunts with fiery explosions to rip-roarin' can-can musicals and comedies, Old Tucson Studios offers some of the best old west entertainment this side of the Pecos. The experience is so authentic, you can taste it! We pride ourselves on our mesquite-grilled barbecue and authentic Mexican dishes. Knock it down with your favorite brew in the Grand Palace Saloon, and head to Main Street for some turn-of-the-century shopping. Get all decked out and gussied up in some old-fashioned duds for an old-time photo or take a horseback ride into the beautiful desert surrounding the park. And don't miss Old Tucson Studios' very own "silent" movie star, The Reno locomotive! Proudly stationed at the north end of town, The Reno has more than 100 film and television credits. 201 S. Kinney Rd., Tucson 520-883-0100.
- Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum - More than 30 original and accurately reproduced historic homes, shops, ranches and ruins make up this 1800s town. Authentically costumed actors entertain and educate. I-17 north to Exit 225, 3901 W. Pioneer Rd., Phoenix. 623-465-1052.
- Rawhide Wild West Town - Features gunfights, stunt shows, attractions, rides, games, Native Amerian dances, gold panning, stagecoach and train rides, shopping, restaurants and more. 23023 N. Scotsdale Rd., Scottsdale. 480-502-5600.
- Rockin' R Ranch - See an old fashioned gunfight reenactment, pan for gold, take a wagon ride, have some vittles and enjoy country music at this authentic old west town. 6136 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa. 480-832-1539.
- Sharlot Hall Museum - Tour nine territorial buildings on one site including the Governor's Mansion, the rock and pine log Sharlot Hall Building, the 1875 Victorian Bashford House and Fort Misery, the oldest log building associated with the territory of Arizona. 415 W. Gurley St., Prescott. 928-445-3122.
- Tombstone - Visit the "town to tough to die." Take a stagecoach ride, see a staged shootout and view the OK Corral. Take I-10 east to Hwy 80 and go south to Tombstone. 520-457-9317.
- Vulture City Gold Mine Ghost Town - Take a self-guided tour of a bunkhouse, assay lab, blacksmith shop, jail and the hanging tree. Loated three miles west and 11 miles south of Wickenburg on Vulture Mine Rd. 602-859-2743.
RIDES & GAMES
- Bounce Zone - An indoor facility featuring giant inflatables like those at carnivals, including an obstacle ocurse, giant slide and bounce house. Also has air hockey and a few video games. 1166 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 110, Gilbert. 480-632-9663.
- Castles and Coasters - Whether you're young or old, big or small, you'll find lots of fun, food and excitement at Arizona's Finest Family Fun and Thrill Park. From the thrilling sky high roller coasters and exciting water rides, to the exotic countries of the world class miniature golf course and enchantment of an old fashioned carrousel, there's magic and new adventures waiting for you and your family. 9445 Metro Pkwy East, Phoenix. 602-997-7575.
- CrackerJax Family Fun and Sports Park - Enjoy bumper boats, two miniature golf courses, driving range, batting cages, volleyball go-carts and video arcade. 16001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. 480-998-2800.
- Enchanted Island Amusement Park - Look for the 1948 carousel, bumper boats, kiddie cars and mini roller coaster; nine rides total. Geared for chilren ages 2-10. Inside Encanto Park. 1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix. 602-254-1200.
- Fiddlesticks Family Fun Park - Features go-karts, bumper boats, batting cages, video arcade and miniature golf. Tempelocation also inclues a driving range. Scottsdale location has laser tag and seven-ride Kiddie Land. 1155 W. Elliot Tempe, 480-961-0800; Indian Bend Road in the Pavilions, Scottsdale. 480-951-6060.
- Jeepers - Indoor child-sized rides and games for ages 12 and younger. Three-level soft play area with chutes and slides. 4961 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix. 602-439-9200.
- Jungle Jim's Playland - Indoor child-sized rides and games for ages 12 and younger. Three-level soft play area with chutes and slides and imagine area for toddlers. 2726 S. Alma School Rd., Mesa. 480-820-8300
- Laser Quest - Indoor laswer tag offers a type of electronic hide-and-seek for active pre-teens and older. 2035 S. Alma School Rd, Mesa 480-752-0005; 3335 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix 602-548-0005.
GARDEN AND NATURE CENTERS
- All Western Stables - Offers trail rides, hayrides and cookouts along with a small petting zoo with goats and pigs. Children younger than 5 are half-price. Located near the southern entrance of South Mountain Park. 10220 S. Central Ave. 602-276-5862. map | driving directions
- Arizona Horse Lover's Park (Tatum Blvd north of Bell Rd, Phoenix). 602-262-4903
- Arizona Stagecoach Adventures - 895 West Running Bird Lane, Benson, AZ 85602. (520) 825-0208 map | driving directions
- Cave Creek Trail Rides - Trail rides available as well as a horse program for scout badges. Provides chaps, hats, ehlmets and boots for riders that want them. Free pony rides for children under 6. Inside Cave Creek Recreation area, 32nd St. north of Carefree Highway. 623-742-6700.
- Circle C Ranch - 971 East Ranch Road, Apache Junction, AZ 85219
(480) 982-3287 map | driving directions
- DeWitt Stables - Trail rides through east Mesa orange groves and along canal banks. Cookouts and a horse program for scout badges also available. Riding lessons for ages 7 and older. By appointment only. Mon - Sat. Located near Gilbert and McDowell roads, 2211 E. Quince St., Mesa. 480-835.9689. map | driving directions
- Don Donnelly Stables & Horseback Vacations - 5580 South Kings Ranch Road, Gold Canyon, AZ 85218. (480) 982-7822 map | driving directions
- Donnelly Don Stables - Apache Junction, AZ 85219 (480) 982-7822 map | driving directions
- El Conquistador Stables - 10000 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85737 (520) 742-4200 map | driving directions
- Fort McDowell Adventures - Trail rides, cookouts and hayrides. Minimum age 6. East of Fountain Hills on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation near the Fort McDowell Casino. Reservations required. Mon-Sat. 480-816-1513. map | driving directions
- Lee Valley Stables - Sunrise Park Resort, Greer, AZ 85927 (928) 735-7454 map | driving directions
Miller Ranch (29607 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale) 480-585-7990. Features Missouri Foxtrotter mounts that are pried for their gliding gait.
- OK Corrall - Trail rides, hay rides and cookouts along with scout badge workshops and a guide service for dults into the Superstition Mountains. 2655 E. Whitely, Apache Junction. 480-982-4040.
- Papago Riding Stables - Trail rides through Papago Park, including Hunt's Tomb overlooking the zoo. Reservations required. Near Tempe Town Lake. 400 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe. 480-966-9793.
- Old Mac Donalds Farm - 26540 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 585-0239 map | driving directions
- Papago Riding Stables - 400 North Scottsdale Road, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 966-9793 map | driving directions
- Pitts Vickie C - 13700 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85739 (520) 825-1664 map | driving directions
- Pondeosa and South Mountain Stables - Hay wagon, breakfast, sunset and cookout rides. Near the southern entrance of South Mountain Park, 10215 S. Central Ae., Phoenix. 602-268-1261.
- Pusch Ridge Stables - 13700 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85739 (520) 825-1664 map | driving directions
- Rawhide Wild West Town - Horseback rides Fri-Sun as well as burro and camel rides. Enjoy Fort Rawhide playground and petting zoo as well as other attractions. Free admission and parking; riding extra. 23023 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. 480-502-1880.
- Rockin' R Rides - Tucson, AZ 85701 (520) 825-3147 map | driving directions
- Rocking K Ranch Stables - 13401 East Old Spanish Trail, Vail, AZ 85641 (520) 647-0040 map | driving directions
- Saguaro Lake Ranch Trailrides - Trail rides through the Tonto National Forest. Reservations recommended. 13020 Bush Highway, Mesa. 480-984-0335.
- Spur Cross Stables - Trail rides, hay rides and a small petting zoo. A small pueblo area for birthday parties with 30-minute trail rides and grills for barbecuing also available. Four miles north of Cave Creek, 44209 N. Spur Cross Rd., Cave Creek. 480-488-9117.
Westworld Park (16601 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale) 480-312-6802. The nation's largest equestrian exhibition facility claims 11 arenas, 480 stalls, 2 polo fields, cross-country equestrian and grand prix courses.
- Wigwam Stables - Rides in the Estrella Mountains near Avondale. Holds workshops for scout riding badges and horse-related subjects. 115th Ave. south of I-10. 623-935-4404.
LEARNING CAN BE FUN!
- Arizona Science Center - The Arizona Science Center offers hands-on, eye-opening fun with more than 300 interactive exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium, five-story giant-screen theater, live demonstrations, and traveling exhibitions.
- Biospere 2 - Situated on 250 acres, amidst the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Biosphere 2 is one of the largest living laboratories of the world. A monumental feat of engineering, the glass and metal shell hosts several different land types, or biomes, where scientists use the latest technology to experiment on Earth systems on a relatively large scale.
- Deer Valley Rock Art Center - The Deer Valley Rock Art Center represents a unique architectural solution featuring the sculptural use of precast concrete and weathering steel. This 7000 square foot facility provides spaces for exhibit presentations, laboratory research, classroom teaching and curatorial preservation of ideas and materials related to the study of rock art.
- Flandrau Science Center - Stop by about an hour after sunset to view the heavens through our 16-inch cassegrain telescope. An expert astronomer/telescope operator is always on hand to direct your attention to planets, galaxies, star clusters, or to answer any questions you may have. Come visit the Flandrau Observatory for an educational evening experience that the whole family can enjoy.
- Heritage Square & Science Park - Historic Heritage Square is a striking remnant of Phoenix’s Victorian past. The Rosson House is the cornerstone of a city block dating from the late 1800s. Museums, shops and restaurants now inhabit the block, which encompasses the only remaining group of residential structures from the original townsite of Phoenix. Historic Heritage Square is a part of Heritage & Science Park that includes the Arizona Science Center (602-716-2000), Phoenix Museum of History (602-253-2734), restaurants and a parking garage Christmas Events Schedule
- Kitt Peak National Observatory - part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun. Founded in 1958, KPNO operates three major nighttime telescopes, shares site responsibilities with the National Solar Observatory and hosts the facilities of consortia which operate 19 optical telescopes and two radio telescopes. Kitt Peak is located 56 miles southwest of Tucson, AZ, and has a visitor's center open daily to the public.
- Lowell Observatory - Lowell Observatory is a privately owned astronomical research institution located in Flagstaff, Arizona at an elevation of 7,260 feet. The Observatory was founded in 1894 by Boston mathematician Percival Lowell. Best known for the discovery of Pluto, Lowell Observatory is also where scientists gathered the first evidence of the expanding universe. Today the Observatory's astronomers carry out forefront research in all areas of astronomy.
- Mineral Show Calendar of Events - The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum is located on the Northwest corner of Washington and 15th Avenue. It is open Mondays-Fridays 8am to 5pm and Saturdays 11am to 4pm. Admission is free. The mineral displays and outdoor exhibits commemorate Arizona's rich heritage as America's largest producer of non-fuel minerals.
- Mt. Graham International Observatory - The Observatory Base Camp is located six miles south of Safford, Arizona on State Route 366, also known as Swift Trail. We are on the east side of Mt. Graham at the base of the mountain
- Southwest Center for Education & the Natural Environment - The Southwest Center for Education and the Natural Environment (SCENE) was founded to promote learning about our environment through scientific discovery. SCENE's mission is to provide Arizona citizens with a scientific basis for making informed decisions about the environment.
- Whipple Observatory - Located near Amado, Arizona on Mount Hopkins. The Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) is the largest field installation of the Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) outside Cambridge, MA. Since October 1968, the FLWO has been used as the site for experiments requiring extremely dark skies, dry climate, and good "optical seeing."
- Dugan's Dairy Farm - A working diary farm thta teaches chilren the origin of diary products, cow milking and diary veterinary techniques. Hayrides and hay maze available. 2471 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler. 480-899-8795.
- Electronic Zoo - This collage of animals reveals just a tiny fraction of the fascinating world of zoology. Our exhibits on animals will help you make sense of the complex and beautiful story of their history. For each group of organisms (each taxon), we present information on the group's fossil record, life history, ecology, systematics and morphology. The Web pages on systematics show the various subgroups of each taxon, and are thus your connection to other exhibits in our UCMP Virtual Museum of Paleontology.
- Heritage Park Zoo - Located on a 10 acre site in Heritage Park, Prescott opened its gate in 1988 as the Prescott Animal Park. In 1995 the name was changed to the Heritage Park Zoo. The zoo provides housing for selected exotic endangered species all of which are obtained as captive born surplus from other zoos or similar facilities.
- Out of Africa Wildlife Park - Out of Africa Wildlife Park is not a zoo or a circus; it is truly an experience. It is a garden-like setting that allows visitors to actually encounter the kingdom of the wild. The animals come to you in nine unrehearsed, educational programs everyday. There are no tricks, no training and no facades - everything is real. In Tiger Splash, the park's most popular show, the staff is chased by tigers, who dive in a giant pool after their human friends. The animals demonstrate primal behavior in which the humans are the prey. We teach them to hunt. 9736 N. Fort McDowell Rd., Scottsdale. 480-837-7779.
- Phoenix Zoo - The entrance to the Zoo is off Galvin Parkway in the heart of Papago Park, between McDowell and Van Buren. The Phoenix Zoo is open every day, rain or shine (excluding December 25). Regular season hours (September 1 thru May 31) are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer season hours (June 1 thru August 31) are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices: Regular Season: Adults $12, Seniors $9, Children (ages 3-12) $5. Children two and under are admitted free. Summer Season: Adults $9, Seniors $7, Children (ages 3-12) $5.
- Reid Park Zoo - Come visit the Tucson zoo, and have a wild time. Meet the more than 400 animals—rhinos, elephants, anteaters, polar bears, lions, and many more! Adventure in our African, Asian, and South American regions. Explore the Flight Connection, our full-flight, walk through aviary. Go behind the scenes and discover the inner workings of the zoo. Have a howl at your next birthday party—at the zoo. Spend the day adventuring with your family at one of our many classes, programs, and camps. Adopt an animal. See what's new at Reid Park Zoo. Be a part of our global conservation efforts.
- Riparian Preserves. A 110-acre wildlife habitat with trails and fishing lake. Ideal for birding, studying aquatic creatures and spotting desert animals. Also offers educational programs. Southeast corner of Guadalupe and Greenfield raods, Gilbert. 480-503-6744.
- Switch Zoo - Switch the animals' heads, legs and tails to make new creatures at this surrealistic virtual zoo - Thousands of combinations are possible.
- Wildlife World Zoo - Wildlife World Zoo has Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals, totaling more than 1,300 individual animals. The Zoo is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. That means we are open everyday of the year.....even Holidays! 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchield Park. 623-935-9453.
- Zoos and Wild Animal Parks in AZ - Zoos and Wild Animal Parks in Arizona shows you where to find the most interesting zoological gardens in the state. Enjoy the lions and tigers in the Out of Africa Wildlife Park and the Phoenix Zoo in Phoenix, or see the deer, reindeer, and buffalo on the Grand Canyon Deer Farm west of Flagstaff, or marvel at the venomous snakes in the Southwest Live Rattlesnake Exhibit in Apache Junction. Everyone loves a zoo -- and Arizona has some of the finest!
- Big Surf Water Park - A wonderful, wet oasis in the desert! Ride the waves at the Waikiki Beach Wave Pool - One of the largest in the World! Race down the Hurricane Falls Speed Slides, relax and soak up the sun on the cool, grassy beaches or take the little one to play at Captain Cook's Landing Wading Pool. Located at: 1500 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ. Open Daily 5/31 to 8/13 - Open Weekends 8/16 to 9/1. Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm; Sunday 11am -7pm
- Kiwanis Recreation Center and Wave Pool (6111 S. All-American Way, Tempe 480-350-5201) Indoor heated wave pool with wter slide. "Float-In" movies are held the 3rd Friday of every month.
- Mesa Golfland - Sunsplash - The place to be for all kinds of cool fun! Fastcar Raceway; Video Arcade; Three 18-hole miniature golf courses; Thunder Bay Wave Pool; Lazy River; Master Blaster Water Coaster. With two action packed family entertainment centers in one convenient location, you'll find something for everyone! Location: 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa. Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10am - 8pm; Friday & Saturday: 10am - 9pm; Sunday: 11am - 7pm
Salt River Tubing & Recreation - Arizona's beach party! If you're lucky enough to be a metropolitan Phoenix resident or visiting the area during tubing season, you can enjoy a wonderful day floating down the Salt River. Come relax in the beautiful Tonto National Forest surrounded by scenic desert, cacti, and mountains. Tubing season is usually from mid-April until mid-September, 7 days a week, weather permitting. However, the river water can be surprisingly cold and feels best when the mercury hits 100 degrees or more.
Waterworld Safari - The wettest, wildest water adventure you will ever go on! Take a safari to Waterworld, where explorers of every age will find nonstop fun on more than 25 acres. Surf and swim in the Serengeti Surf wave pool, blast down the Cobra or Black Mamba slides, or simply relax with the kids in Jungle Jim’s wading pool. For a breathtaking thrill ride, climb the Kilimanjaro, and then zoom down one of two speed slides that are 6 1/2 stories high! Located at 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Glendale, AZ. Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 8:00pm; Friday - Saturday 10:00am -9:00pm; Sunday 11:00 - 7:00pm
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