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My Favorite Things to do in Phoenix with Kids

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Phoenix has fantastic museums, great shopping and terrific dinning. I love all of these, but my favorite things to do with kids in Phoenix are outside! Phoenix has a beautiful and unique landscape that everyone in your family will enjoy.

Hiking

My kids love hiking. It might be because there is somehow always a candy bar at the top of the trail, or that they like racing each other to the top. Whatever the reason, hiking is a fun way to see the desert. Phoenix is a valley surrounded by mountains, so a trail is always just a short distance away. Only ten minutes from Point Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is one of the most popular hiking trails in Phoenix, Piestewa Peak.

Another favorite trail for kids is Papago Park. Papago Park not only has unique rock formations, it is also the location of the Phoenix Zoo. The Hole-in-the-Rock Trail is a must do and is an easy hike for any age child.

Parks

Phoenix is filled with parks that will help you soak up the sunshine. Across the street from Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas is McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. My parents brought me here as a child and now I love to bring my children here too. Ride the train, visit the railroad displays or ride the antique carousel. The kids will love the playgrounds and parents will love the surrounding views.

Near the Phoenix airport is Tempe Town Lake. This man-made lake is adjacent to Arizona State University and the park has activities for everyone. You can rent boats or bicycles, go fishing, or play at the splash playground. After you are finished at the park, walk down to Mill Avenue and have a great meal at one of the many outdoor restaurants.

Tempe Town Lake Park is one of the great things to do in Phoenix with kids.

Tempe Town Lake Park is one of the great things to do in Phoenix with kids.

Swimming

If you vacation in Phoenix, pool time has got to be on your list. Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort has eight pools for guests to enjoy. Cabanas are available and are the perfect way to relax in the shade as you view the beautiful mountain area around you. If you are visiting in the summer, pool time might be your only outdoor activity because of the intense heat, but there is a plus! Hotel rates are at their lowest in the summer.

There is so much to do in Phoenix to enjoy the outdoors. If you plan it right, you might wear the kids out so you can fit in a round of golf or a trip to the spa!

Tricia P Posted by:

Tricia lives in Phoenix with her husband, 11 year-old daughter and eight year-old son. She is a special education teacher for elementary students.

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