Family Fun near Downtown Phoenix

Phoenix Family FunPhoenix, Arizona has a notable amount of family-friendly activities and attractions. The natural resources of the area are outstanding in beauty and interest, and the possibilities for outdoor entertainment are seemingly endless.

If it's too hot, swimming is a good choice, but the mountains and desert provide excellent views of the surrounding area and a chance to see plant and animal life that doesn't exist in many other parts of the country. A horseback ride on a mountain trail is a good way to see more of the flora and fauna, and the trail leader provides information about the "cowboy" trail features.

Hiking and biking are also fun, but kids have to be old enough to go a fair distance to really appreciate the environment and its unique attributes. The Phoenix Zoo is an option for younger kids, too. Older kids might like mountain biking, but then the parents have to be able to keep up!

The Salt River Canyon on the west side of Scottsdale, which is on the northwest edge of Phoenix, offers white water rafting in the spring, and there is tubing for more leisurely water enjoyment. Shuttle service for tubing is available seven days a week.

Indoor activities are equally entertaining and there is something for every age group. The Children's Museum of Phoenix is geared toward ages up to 10 and the parents of these children. The Musical Instrument Museum appeals to everyone, and it is recommended by Tony Bennet, Carlos Santana and Andy Summers of the Police. Who can argue with that?

The MIM is in Phoenix and has its own beautiful setting as a backdrop for its ultra-modern architecture. There are high-resolution flat screen TVs that show videos of various musical instruments being played, and different artists, like Taylor Swift, are featured in one gallery.

The Heard Museum, also downtown, is known for its presentation of the United States' Southwestern Native American culture and art. It is a center for current Native American artists and draws about a quarter of a million visitors per year.

The CityScape downtown is a shopping, dining and nightlife section of Phoenix, but there are child-magnet outdoor fountains, bowling and cornhole games too. It is a good indoor option on a hot day. Kierland Commons, on the Scottsdale border, is an upscale mecca of shopping and dining, but there is a Starbucks if browsing and coffee are preferred.

Phoenix is a big city with all the frills and entertainments that go along with it, but its climate and recreational opportunities are family fabulous.