Choose from 63 Fun Things to Do in Arizona
- The Apache Trail Circle Route takes a full day to complete, although visitors can choose to stay overnight to spend more time hiking, camping, and exploring the desert.
- Take extra caution when driving, as portions of the road are unpaved and the desert’s terrain is rough and includes steep cliffs.
- Wear comfortable shoes and sun protection, and bring plenty of water.
- The Grand Canyon Railway is popular among kids and families.
- Dress in layers and don’t forget sunscreen and a hat.
- Both coach and first-class cars are wheelchair accessible.
Located in Coconino National Forest, the steep ascent to this famous land formation draws travelers in search of a challenging hike, clear desert air, breathtaking views and wide-open space. And while the trail is only a short 1.5 miles, a quick 600-feet elevation change means parts of the passage can be a real scramble. Pack water, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a serious climb with views that are truly worth it.
- The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is ideal for families and natural history fans.
- Children can explore and act like desert creatures in the Packrat Playhouse, a simulated desert environment.
- The museum has two restaurants, a coffee bar, and an ice cream shop. The garden also contains two small picnic areas for visitors who bring their own food.
- The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, which are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.
As a non-profit organization, the Arizona Science Center‘s main goal is to entertain and educate people of all ages about science. They opened in 1984 as a small, 10,000 square feet (3,048 square meters) museum featuring select hands-on exhibits. Since its humble beginning, the Arizona Science Center has quickly grown into one of the most popular local attractions in Arizona. Today the Arizona Science Center stretches over 120,000 square feet (36,576 square meters) and is one of the most high-tech museums in the world. With over 40,000 square feet (12,912 square meters) of gallery space, they currently feature over 300 hands-on exhibits in five different themed galleries. There are daily shows in their multi-media Dorrance Planetarium as well as in the giant, five-story IMAX Theater.
The Arizona Science Center is designed around the concept of making learning fun. Exhibits are created to be interactive, encouraging visitors to learn from doing. In addition to the regular exhibitions, you can enjoy a variety of educational programs to help people of all ages have fun with science, such as summer camp programs, adult night outs, and even use of the facilities to host events such as high school proms and birthday parties.
The Arizona Science Center is located in downtown Phoenix within the Heritage and Science Park and sits towards the south end of the park, notably recognized by its unique futuristic architecture designed by Antoine Predock. In addition to the science center, the Heritage and Science Park features the Phoenix Museum of History and Historic Heritage Square, a historic location featuring a variety of old buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants.
Many travelers visit on photography tours to capture the colors and shapes of the winding canyon's walls or to spot local wildlife, such as the pronghorn antelope. Antelope Canyon tours often also visit Lake Powell or nearby Horseshoe Bend, a scenic viewpoint overlooking a curve in the Colorado River. Slot canyon tours from Flagstaff and Sedona typically include round-trip transportation. Other more comprehensive multi-day tours of the southwest depart from Las Vegas or the Grand Canyon National Park.
- This Navajo nation landmark can only be seen with an authorized tour guide. The Navajo people know the land well and take sightseers through the narrow canyons and around the surrounding area.
- Bring your camera—photography enthusiasts travel from all over to snap shots of Antelope Canyon. Because the interior is dimly lit, you may also want to bring a tripod for longer exposures.
- The more popular of the two, Upper Canyon is easily walkable thanks to a level sandy surface. Lower Canyon, a few miles away, involves a longer, more narrow walk that requires climbing metal staircases and is therefore inaccessible to wheelchair users.
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- The Grand Canyon Imax Theater is a must-see for first-time visitors and families traveling with kids.
- Purchase your Imax tickets ahead of time to skip the queue and avoid disappointment.
- The theater is wheelchair accessible and offers seating for eight wheelchairs.
- Remember to bring sun protection, hiking shoes, and plenty of water.
- Bring warm layers—the elevation of Grand Canyon Village is 6,800 feet (2,074 meters), so cool temperatures are common in the evenings.
- The canyon’s four rims are quite far from one another, meaning that travelers should choose the area best suited for them for their visit.
- To save time, take advantage of the shuttle bus that runs between the park’s many lookouts.
- All park shuttles are wheelchair accessible, but visitors using wheelchairs may need assistance on the rocky terrain.
- Bright Angel Point is a must-visit for photographers and those looking to get off the beaten path.
- Wear sturdy shoes; the walk to Bright Angel Point, while short, is steep at points.
- Remember that walking at this elevation can be strenuous.
- Public restrooms are available behind the North Rim Visitor Center.
- The Bright Angel Point trail is steep with drop-offs and stairs, and is not wheelchair accessible.
- The Desert View Watchtower is a must-see for art lovers, history buffs, and photographers.
- Be prepared to climb 85 steps to reach the tower’s observation deck.
- The Kiva Room within the structure houses a shop selling books and gifts.
- Only the bottom floor of the Desert View Watchtower is wheelchair accessible.