Best Family Resorts in Arizona

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  • Arizona

  • USA

  • Family Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Active Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Luxury Travel

  • Outdoors

  • Hiking

  • Family-friendly

  • Multi-City

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Curator’s statement

Arizona is a dream destination for families seeking a perfect balance of natural wonders, vibrant cities, and diverse cultural experiences. From exploring the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon to discovering the unique desert landscapes, Arizona offers a plethora of outdoor activities like hiking, wildlife spotting, and thrilling water adventures. Families can embark on unforgettable journeys, whether it's riding horses at a charming ranch, enjoying the water parks and family-friendly amenities at luxurious resorts, or immersing in the rich Native American heritage. With family-friendly dining options, welcoming hospitality, and a year-round sunny climate, Arizona promises an incredible vacation where every member of the family will find something to love. Get ready to create lasting memories against the backdrop of Arizona's breathtaking landscapes and warm southwestern charm.

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The Phoenician - Scottsdale, Arizona: The Phoenician is a luxurious resort nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale. It offers an array of family-friendly amenities, including a water park, a kids' club, a family pool, and various recreational activities. Highlight: One of the highlights at The Phoenician is the Oasis Water Park, featuring water slides, a lazy river, and a splash pad. It provides endless fun and excitement for the whole family.

Enchantment Resort - Sedona, Arizona: Enchantment Resort is a breathtaking retreat situated amidst the stunning red rocks of Sedona. It offers a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and guided jeep tours, making it an ideal destination for adventurous families. Highlight: A highlight at Enchantment Resort is the Mii amo Spa, where parents can indulge in rejuvenating treatments while kids can enjoy fun activities at the Camp Coyote kids' club, offering arts and crafts, nature walks, and games.

Tanque Verde Ranch - Tucson, Arizona: Tanque Verde Ranch is a charming guest ranch located in the scenic Sonoran Desert near Tucson. It offers a unique cowboy experience with horseback riding, guided hikes, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Highlight: The highlight of Tanque Verde Ranch is the horseback riding program. Families can explore the beautiful desert landscape on horseback, accompanied by experienced wranglers, creating lasting memories.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch - Scottsdale, Arizona: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa is a luxurious desert oasis located in the heart of Scottsdale. It offers a variety of family-friendly amenities, including multiple pools, a water slide, a sand beach, and a Camp Hyatt kids' club. Highlight: One of the highlights at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale is the 2.5-acre water playground, complete with a 30-foot waterslide, a sandy beach, and 10 swimming pools, providing endless hours of fun for the whole family.

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort - Tucson, Arizona: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is a stunning desert retreat nestled in the Catalina Mountains in Tucson. It offers a range of family-friendly amenities, including two pools, a nature trail, a kids' club, and golf courses. Highlight: The highlight at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is the nature trail that winds through the resort's picturesque grounds. Families can take a leisurely stroll, enjoy the beautiful desert scenery, and even spot local wildlife.

Day trips

Arizona offers numerous exciting day trips for families to explore. Here are some fun family day trip ideas around Arizona:

  • Kartchner Caverns State Park: Located near Benson, Kartchner Caverns State Park offers a unique underground adventure for the whole family. Take a guided tour through the stunning limestone caves, marvel at the incredible formations, and learn about the cave's history and preservation efforts.

  • Out of Africa Wildlife Park: Head to Camp Verde and visit the Out of Africa Wildlife Park, a wildlife sanctuary where families can get up close and personal with exotic animals. Enjoy thrilling animal shows, take a safari tour, and learn about wildlife conservation efforts.

  • Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden: Spend a day exploring the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden, both located in Phoenix. Discover a variety of animals from around the world at the zoo, and then explore the stunning desert flora at the botanical garden, which showcases the unique beauty of Arizona's desert landscapes.

  • Grand Canyon National Park: While a day trip may not be enough to fully explore the Grand Canyon, families can still enjoy a visit to this natural wonder. Take a scenic drive along the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking viewpoints, participate in ranger-led programs, and capture unforgettable family photos against the backdrop of the majestic canyon.

  • Bisbee: Take a trip to the charming town of Bisbee, located in the southeastern part of the state. Known for its artistic vibe and historic mining town charm, Bisbee offers unique shops, galleries, and fascinating mining history. Families can explore the Queen Mine Tour, visit the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, and enjoy the colorful streets lined with boutiques and eateries.

Places to eat & drink in Arizona

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The Phoenician - Nearby Dining Option: For a family dining experience, head to "O.H.S.O. Brewery + Distillery." Located nearby, this family-friendly restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere, a great selection of craft beers for adults, and a diverse menu with options for both kids and adults.

Enchantment Resort - Sedona, Arizona: For a taste of local flavors, families can visit "Elote Café" in Sedona. This acclaimed restaurant serves delicious Mexican cuisine and is known for its vibrant atmosphere and friendly service.

Tanque Verde Ranch - To experience traditional southwestern cuisine, families can visit "Café Poca Cosa" in Tucson. This popular restaurant serves authentic Mexican dishes with a modern twist and offers a vibrant and colorful ambiance.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch - Families can enjoy a memorable dining experience at "The Mission," a stylish and sophisticated restaurant in Scottsdale. Known for its modern Latin cuisine, this restaurant offers a fusion of flavors and a warm ambiance.

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort - Tucson, Arizona: A fantastic family dining option near Tucson is "Guadalajara Grill." Located in the heart of downtown Tucson, this vibrant Mexican restaurant offers a welcoming atmosphere and a menu filled with delicious and authentic Mexican dishes. The restaurant also offers a kids' menu with options specifically tailored to younger taste buds.

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