Phoenix Journals

Family Fun in Phoenix!

A travel journal to Phoenix by azprincess

Usery Mountain Park Photo, Phoenix, Arizona More Photos
Quote: Long regarded as a desert oasis, the metropolitan Phoenix area hosts over 12 million visitors each year, 62% of whom are leisure travelers. With its Sky Harbor Airport serving 21 airlines, over 52,000 hotel rooms, a rich Mexican and Native American heritage, and 300 days of sunshine per year, Phoenix is an ideal option for a family escape. Like many family vacation planners, you probably feel lost in a sea of travel brochures. Never fear, as a Phoenix resident and freelance travel writer, I can offer inside tips on the top spots to visit during your Phoenix family vacation.
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The AZ Science Center is one of our all-time family favorites. The kids enjoy the hands-on exhibits and always seem to find new things each time we visit. During our last trip in March, the kids emptied grandpa's wallet of pennies with the penny-flattening machine. They also enjoyed the interactive video/light exhibit and the musical instrument room. The adults' favorite things included the gyro-bike in which the guest rides a bicycle around in a loop-de-loop (wear closed-toed shoes, there is a height restriction). Don't skip the fourth floor, where I rode a Segway scooter, my own personal favorite. Tip: Be warned that on hot summer days or days coinciding with school vacations, the m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2003

Arizona Science Center
600 East Washington St
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(602) 716-2000

Phoenix Zoo

Attraction | "The Phoenix Zoo"

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In this traditional family zoo, habitats of thousands of animals are situated along four main trails. At the end of your visit, stop at the zoo's playground for a chance to rest on a park bench while the kids expend any energy they may have left over.

Adults $12, seniors $9, children 3-12 $5, children 2 and under FREE. Discounts offered for adults and seniors during summer season.

Tele: 480.273.1341 Phoenix Zoo.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2003

Phoenix Zoo
455 North Galvin Parkway, 64th Street Between Van Buren & Mcdowell Roads
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
(602) 273-1341

Arizona Mills Mall

Attraction | "Arizona Mills Outlet Mall"

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Featuring a clever mix of unique shops and outlet stores, this indoor mall will keep teens and parents happy for hours. Off Sak's Fifth Avenue and Nieman Marcus' Last Call are two of the department store outlets. Old Navy, Reebok Outlet, Children's Place Outlet, Etienne Aigner Outlet and many, many more line the halls of this retail monster. Check the website for a complete list of stores. As if the shops alone weren't enough, the shopper is entertained as he/she walks through the wide corridors by huge ceiling-mounted television monitors playing all the latest hip videos. Just off the food court are two great family restaurants - Gameworks and The Rainforest Cafe. With both IMAX and t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2003

Arizona Mills Mall
5000 Arizona Mills Circle
Phoenix, Arizona 85282
(480) 491-7300

Usery Mountain Park

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Usery Mountain Park Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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This beautiful mountain park encompasses over 3,600 acres with elevation varying from 1,700 to 2,750 feet. Hiking and mountain biking are great ways to experience the Sonoran Desert up close. Family-friendly (translation: easy) trails include the Merkl Memorial Loop (.9 miles) and the Blevins Trail (2.9 miles). If your kids are over five, you may want to opt for the Wind Cave Trail which is only a bit more difficult and offers magnificent mountain views. Check the website for other trails available with varying levels of difficulty. Throughout the park there are also several picnic ramadas, some with nearby playgrounds to wear out your kids (just in case they didn't get enough exercise on the tr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2003

Usery Mountain Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85207
Ph: 480-984-0032

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This amazing museum houses thousands of firefighting tools and exhibits dating as far back as the days of the horse-drawn manual fire engine. The museum's "Hall of Heroes" salutes firefighters who have received national recognition or have died in the line of duty, including 343 FDNY firefighters.

Tip: View the largest collection of wildland firefighting equipment exhibit in the USA at the newly-opened Wildland Firefighting Gallery.

Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2003

Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
6101 East Van Buren St
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
+1 602 275 3473

Desert Botanical Gardens

Attraction | "Desert Botanical Garden"

Desert Botanical Gardens Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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Discover beautiful desert plants from all over the world. Hosting over 250,000 visitors each year, the DBG is situated within Papago Park and serves as home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species. You'll get more out of your visit if you spend a couple extra bucks to hire a docent to lead your tour, but self-guided tours are also very enjoyable and informative. Tip: On the DBG website, click on the interactive "Sammy Saguaro" to peak your kids' interests about desert plants and wildlife before your visit. Hours are seasonal: October through April 8am to 8pm; May through September 7am to 8pm ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2003

Desert Botanical Gardens
1201 North Galvin Parkway (southeast Of Mcdowell Road & 64th Street)
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
(480) 941-1225

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Among the gardens and fountains at this beautiful outdoor mall you will find exclusive stores such as Sak's Fifth Avenue, Gucci, Cartier and Ralph Lauren interspersed with moderate retailers like Victoria's Secret, Williams-Sonoma, The Discovery Store, Barnes and Noble and Macy's. Restaurant choices include The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen and Steamers. Although this is undoubtedly where the area's wealthy residents do most of their shopping (count the number of chauffers leaning up against Bentleys and Rolls Royce Coupes in the parking area), the average shopper will not feel out of place. If you happen to be in town on a Friday between October and May, check out the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 20, 2003

Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 East Camelback Road (northeast Corner 24th Street & Camelback Road)
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
+1 602 955 8400