Spring Break in Arizona {what to do here}

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photo 2If you are a local or you are planning a spring break visit to AZ, there are a ton of great things to do in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding areas. Here is our list of THE BEST activities for you to check out.

Local things to do, for all ages:

Spring Training Games: What better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than to watch some baseball?! Purchase the lawn seats, bring a blanket, and let the kids run around and play while you eat popcorn and watch baseball. So fun!

Splash Pads: We have quite a few choices when it comes to splash pads. They are an easy way to get the kids out of the house, play around in the water, and cool off. Some of the best splash pads are at Desert Ridge Marketplace, Scottsdale Quarter, Kierland Commons and the Phoenix Zoo.

IMG_0096Train Park: We tell everyone to visit this local park. Between the train rides, train museum and playground, there is much to see and do – plan on staying most of the day. This is a family favorite, for sure!

Zoos and Botanical Gardens: We have two local zoos (Phoenix Zoo and World Wildlife Zoo) to choose from, plus a fantastic Botanical Gardens.

Hiking Trails: To burn off some energy and explore the unique desert landscape, check out our best hikes here.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix: In case of rain or a crazy cold day, put the Children’s Museum on your list. You could spend a whole day there and the kids won’t want to leave.

WestWorld: Great location to watch a variety of different horse shows. Check out their schedule of events to plan your day and buy tickets.

Fountain Hills: This area of town has a lovely lake with great playgrounds, walking paths, and a little ice cream shop to make the trip a special treat.

Day Trips from Phoenix / Scottsdale:

There are some amazing places to see around the state, and you don’t have to travel too far to reach them. These places are all great for day trips or one night away, and each have been tried and tested by our contributors. Just follow the link to read more!IMG_1405

Sedona: With its magical red rocks and vortexes, this is a beautiful place to visit.

Prescott: Quintessential small-town Arizona with a lovely town and great hiking.

Tonto Natural Bridge: A great hike and natural park set between to quaint AZ towns.

Restaurants {kid friendly}:

We have tons of kid friendly restaurants available in every part of town. You can find a great list here, here, and here, plus super healthy options here, and allergy sensitive restaurants here.photo 1

Restaurants {date night}:

Who doesn’t need a night out without the children!?! This time of year, we love finding great local place with a patio to enjoy the beautiful weather. Try one of these fantastic restaurants where you can also sit outside.

Isabella’s Kitchen, True Food, The HenryThe Vig or visit one of our fabulous resorts for great restaurants and beautiful views (SMB Fan favorites are the Scottsdale Princess, the Westin Kierland, and the Sanctuary)westin

Shopping:

With our without the kids, the best Scottsdale spots are Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland Commons (between both of these shopping centers, and their splash pads, there is something for everyone).

If you are looking for fancier and/or indoor shopping, you can check out Fashion Square Mall. For outlet shopping, there’s always Anthem (north), Tanger (West), or Arizona Mills (South).

If you are looking for some unique local finds, stroll around Old Town Scottsdale to discover some great shops.

We hope that helps those of you traveling to Arizona for spring break find some great things to do and see. If you have any questions, please ask away!!

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