in Phoenix, AZ (showing 1 - 12 out of 21)

The city is full of hidden gems and treasures. If you’re tired of always hitting the same spots, take a look at all the options below. We showcase businesses near you where you could spend countless hours of endless fun with your entire family.

Say goodbye to the boring weekends and routine birthday parties. Think outside the box and dare to try something new. Take a look at what your city has to offer – all within driving distance of your location. You might be surprised!

Arizona Science Center

600 E Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85004   Directions

(602) 716-2000


Explore, discover and learn at the Arizona Science Center. More than 300 hands-on exhibits and attractions in five themed galleries turn this museum into an all-out fun learning experience.

The Arizona Science Center opened in 1984 as a project by the Junior League of Phoenix, and has since blossomed into a $33 million facility that has reached more than 750,000 visitors since its inception.

The Arizona Science Center has hosted a large number of nationally traveling exhibits, stages daily demonstrations and provides a summer science camp and other fun events throughout the year.

The center's informal science education programs have stirred the imaginations of schoolchildren and adults alike, adding to the appeal and demand for more space.

Besides classrooms and gallery space, the facility recently added an IMAX Theatre that seats 285 people; more than 300 hands-on exhibits; a multimedia planetarium that seats 200; and a gift shop and lunchroom.

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Camelback Mountain

4925 E McDonald Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85018   Directions

(602) 261-8318


Hike one of Arizona's most intriguing natural attractions, Camelback Mountain. Named for its resemblance to a reclining camel, the mountain features sheer red sandstone cliffs and attracts climbers and hikers of every skill level. Trail heads and trails are open from 7a.m. to sunset.

Camelback Mountain is a spectacular formation of red sandstone cliffs that attracts thousands of outdoor enthusiasts each year. The mountain earned its name from its unusual silhouette, which looks like the head and body of camel with a distinctive hump in the middle.

The majestic beauty of the area can be appreciated from the many vantage points throughout the region. Hiking trails are especially challenging, but a few easy paths encourage visitors to visit and explore the mountain up close at a more leisurely pace.

The summit of Camelback Mountain is at 2,704 feet above sea level. Originally, it was under preservation by the federal government, but the mountain was eventually deeded to private investors. As development began to encroach on the natural beauty of the mountain, the state legislature took over part of the land for further protection.

Small wildlife inhabits the designated parkland of Camelback Mountain.

Two hiking trails lead to the mountain's peak, with an average round trip time of 2 hours.

The Praying Monk is a smaller sandstone formation that is used by rock climbers. Its silhouette resembles a man kneeling in prayer.

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Castles N' Coasters

9445 N Metro Pkwy E
Phoenix, AZ 85051   Directions

(602) 997-7575


Bring the family to Castles N' Coasters, where knights and princesses can ride roller coasters, splash around on the water rides, and play miniature golf. The rides and attractions here aren't all tame. You'll also find the Desert Storm coaster, with vertical drops, flips and spins on one wild ride.

Challenger Space Center

21170 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382   Directions

(623) 322-2001


Go on a mission to learn more about science and space at the Challenger Space Center. The attractions here allow you to fly simulated space flight missions, explore an Atlantis Space Shuttle model, or tour the Meteorite Exhibit.

Children's Museum of Phoenix

215 N 7th St
Phoenix, AZ 85034   Directions

(602) 253-0501


Kids play to learn at the Children's Museum of Phoenix, where every exhibit and attraction is meant to be touched, prodded, broken down and rebuilt. Learning centers include an art studio, a book loft, a noodle forest and a rock n' roll ballroom. Let the fun begin!

Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85281   Directions

(480) 941-1225


Experience an oasis of surprising bursts of color and expressive succulents at the Desert Botanical Garden. Perhaps you'll find your green-thumb inspiration in the garden's Berlin Agave Yucca Forest or the Desert Wildflower Loop Trail.

The Desert Botanical Garden has been wowing naturalists for more than 70 years, featuring more than 145 acres of stunning desert blooms, flora and fauna year-round.

The site is located within Papago Park in Phoenix and opened in 1939. Today, more than 21,000 plants fill the land, including outdoor exhibits and displays, specialty greenhouses and preservation of endangered and fragile species.

One-third of the plants are native to the area. The remainder come from all over the world. Special collections from Australia and Baja California are featured alongside specimens from South America. Ecosystems represented include mesquite bosque, semidesert grassland, and upland chaparral scrub.

The Desert Botanical Garden is especially noted for its agave and cacti collections. Educational demonstrations showcase the power of energy efficient ecosystems and their influence on technology, including a rainwater capture system and greywater irrigation.

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Enchanted Island Amusement Park

1202 W Encanto Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85007   Directions

(602) 254-1200


It's every bit as whimsical as the name. Return to a simpler, more magical time at Enchanted Island Amusement Park, a specialty theme park attraction for children ages 1 to 10. Ride the Encanto Carousel or pedal-boat across fish-filled lagoons. Games and carnival food are also part of the fun.

Grand Canyon National Park

Village Loop Rd
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023   Directions

(928) 638-7888


Grand Canyon National Park is the must-see attraction in Arizona, no matter what part of the state you are visiting. Plan to hike, camp, backpack or ride the Colorado River. Enjoy spectacular scenery any time of year, but especially in the fall and sprin

Grand Canyon National Park is considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world, which should come as no surprise. The storied park covers 1,902 square miles, and includes the Grand Canyon itself, formed as a gorge of the Colorado River.

The South Rim by far is the most popular visiting point, with easy access from Route 64. Most of the Grand Canyon is remote and inaccessible, adding to the canyon's storied reputation.

Many appreciate the Grand Canyon for its colorful geography and its role in preservation history.

For adventurous explorers, the rim of the Grand Canyon provides multiple points of access to the parkland and everything else below the rim. Hikes, mule riders and river runners can be seen enjoying the Grand Canyon's natural beauty.

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Great Arizona Puppet Theater

302 W Latham St
Phoenix, AZ 85003   Directions

(602) 262-2050


Watch favorite storybook characters come to life in the imaginative artistry of puppetry. At the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, you'll see classics like "Rumpelstiltskin" and "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," along with surprises like the adults-only Puppet Slam night.

Imagination Avenue

10614 N 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85028   Directions

(602) 765-3192


Let the little ones run wild at Imagination Avenue, the perfect attraction for a children's birthday party or a Saturday morning play date. Kids have the run of a huge play area that includes a kid-sized town with 9 different play houses.

Jubeelieve Indoor Playland

965 E Van Buren St
Avondale, AZ 85323   Directions

(623) 428-7529


Orpheum Theater

203 W Adams St
Phoenix, AZ 85003   Directions

(602) 262-6225


The vibrant and popular Orpheum Theater is back, better than ever after a $14 million face lift. Take in the best public performances of the Phoenix Opera, the Phoenix Ballet and more.

The Orpheum Theatre is a palatial backdrop to grand performances in downtown Phoenix. It draws elements of Spanish Baroque Revival and Italian Renaissance architecture to create a unique ambiance for guests and performers alike.

The multi-purpose cultural facility was recently restored to its former glory, complete with full-range sound, theatrical lighting and other improvements to upgrade the quality of performances hosted at the theater.

The Orpheum Theatre is a historic landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Place. The theater was originally built in 1929 to showcase vaudeville acts, then grew to accommodate the age of motion picture.

Eventually, the theater graduated to hosting Broadway shows, and after its recent $14 million renovations the Orpheum is once again ready to act as a central hub of spectacular entertainment in downtown Phoenix.

Concerts, Broadway productions, comedy shows and other events now fill the Orpheum Theatre to capacity once again

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