Phoenix Family Attractions
DESCRIPTION: Voted one of the nation’s Top 5 Zoos for kids. The amply-sized venue features over 1,300 animals including 200 endangered or threatened animals. Trails include Africa Trail, Arizona Trail, Discovery Trail, and Tropics Trail. Take guided safari train tours, visit the gift shop and cafes.
ADMISSION: see pricing metric on their website
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
DESCRIPTION: Engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups with hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10. Among the many exhibits and museum cafe, notice the five geometric sculptures suspended from the ceiling.
ADMISSION: $9, children under 1 enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sun 9a-4p
ADDRESS: 215 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Science Center
DESCRIPTION: Another architecturally distinct venue that gives downtown a remarkable family attraction. The center is filled with interactive exhibits that teach, entertain and most of all, give parents a break – if know what I mean. It includes an Iwerks theater, a 203-seat planetarium.
ADMISSION: Adults $9, Ages 3-12 $7; for Planetarium visit add $5
DAYS & HOURS: daily 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 600 East Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ
Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum
DESCRIPTION: You’ve seen it on Western movies, now experience the real thing. See a real Arizona town as it appeared in the 1800s in the Wild Wild West in the largest living history museum west of the Rocky Mountains; covers over 90 acres of history from the 1800s. The Buffalo Soldiers exhibition during the fall season is a must see. Other sites include an Opera House, Saloon, Church, Bank, Blacksmith, Teacherage, Carpenter Shop and special event yard.
ADMISSION: Adults $7, Age 60+ $6, Age 6-18 $5, Age 5 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Winter hours 9a-5p, Summer hours 8a-2p
ADDRESS: 3901 West Pioneer Road, Phoenix, AZ
DESCRIPTION: Originally called Bank One Ballpark or the “BOB” and renamed to Chase Field in 2005, this architecturally dramatic structure is home to Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks. The venue seats 48,500 and has a grass surface under its retractable dome.
ADDRESS: 401 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ
Talking Stick Resort Arena
DESCRIPTION: You are immediately struck by soaring glass walls, a 12×20 foot video screen and Pavilion grand entrance. Give props to management for keeping this 1992 arena state-of-the-art for fan value. It hosts the NBA Phoenix Suns, WNBA Phoenix Mercury, NHL Phoenix Coyotes, Arena Football’s Arizona Rattlers, as well as a ton of concerts and other events throughout the year. It seats 19,000.
ADDRESS: 201 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ
State Farm Stadium
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 2006 as University of Phoenix Stadium, the venue rolls the grass inside the dome just before games, then rolls it back out for overnight watering and sunlight. The dome roof is retractable to take advantage of fair weather days. It seats 64,000 for Arizona Cardinals NFL football games and expands to 73,000 to host college bowl games and the SuperBowl.
ADDRESS: 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, AZ