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Arizona Bucket List: 50 Activities To Do in Arizona

We have gathered things to do, sites to see or places to eat for your family to check out.

By Veronica Leon, Publisher Macaroni Kid N Scottsdale-PV - nscottsdale.macaronikid.com January 1, 2023

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Arizona is full of cool things to see and do. Here are 50 must-do items to add to your bucket list. A great list of things to do, sites to see or places to eat.

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  1. As a lifetime member of OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, I can say this is one of our favorite aquariums to visit.
  2. Butterflies are my favorite and when Butterfly Wonderland opened, I was thrilled to see so many butterflies. Recently added an insect exhibition. 
  3. KTR Indoor Action Sports is an indoor trampoline and skate park for all ages.
  4. McCormick Stillman Railroad Park is a unique train and carousel park with various events and activities to enjoy.
  5. Ice Den Scottsdale is our go to indoor ice-skating place with friends.
  6. Visit the Dinosaurs at Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs for the best Dino encounters.
  7. Rachel’s Young At Art studio is the best place to spend time with your little ones enjoying all the wonderful art Rachel provides. 
  8. Visit Imagine 3D Mini Golf for 18 holes of glow fun. 
  9. We were excited to find out a Sky Zone Trampoline Park was being built so close to us and endjoy the endless indoor fun and toddler time. 
  10. Explore one of these beautiful Arizona Reservoirs & Lakes.
  11. Take a Family Road Trip with RVshare 
  12. Desert Botanical Garden us home to thousands of species of cactus, tress and flowers from all around the world.
  13. Explore the Mirror Maze at Arizona Boardwalk.
  14. Visit AZ on the Rocks, for endless fun of rock climbing and summer camps.
  15. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament gives us locals the chance to feast on roasted chicken with our bare hands and watch brawny knights fight to the death. Huzzah!
  16. Great Wolf Lodge, Scottsdale, provides Arizona the indoor water park feels and staycation all should try. 
  17. Enjoy family fun at Mavrix Scottsdale, 22 lanes of bowling, 85 arcade games, laser tag, billiards, and our delicious restaurant and bar.
  18. Visit the worlds first livecade from the creator of escape the room with Bam Kazam.
  19. Explore the many hiking trails with our Arizona Best Hikes for Families listing.
  20. Take an art class with Creative Color Art Studio
  21. Visit UFO Experience is a one-of-a-kind attraction that explores the history and fascination of UFOs.
  22. Grab the family for some virtual fun with VR Xtreme at Arizona Boardwalk. 
  23. Enjoy a cowboy ranch, horseback riding tours at MacDonalds Ranch and one of our favorite pumpkin patches held every Fall.
  24. Enjoy the outdoors and explore with McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.
  25. Take a short drive to Williams, AZ to visit Bearizona for some, a drive through bear park and walking zoo that was so much more!
  26. Enjoy quality, family-friendly dining directly above Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs at Pangaea Dinosaur Grill features top-notch cuisine as well as dinosaur-themed entrees and desserts.
  27. Cook with one of Macaroni Kid Publisher recipes 
  28. Find your family fun and visit Jake’s Unlimited in Mesa.
  29. Plan a staycation with The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
  30. Grab a coffee, breakfast or lunch with Cafe au Plait, while the little ones enjoy playtime.
  31. Masterpiece Art Parties is your traveling full service of arts and crafts provided to children of all ages and parties. 
  32. Enjoy family time at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix in downtown Phoenix.
  33. Take the family and explore Bull Pen Canyon!
  34. Visit our local Phoenix Zoo for some outdoor fun or cruising through the zoo. 
  35. Enjoy a staycation with entertainment and casino fun at Talking Stick Resort
  36. Baseball and softball season year-round with indoor batting cages at D-BAT Scottsdale
  37. Catch a Diamondbacks Baseball game at Chase Field in Phoenix.
  38. Head north to Mortimer Farms to feel a bit cooler and enjoy their patches and festivals.
  39. Enjoy great family exhibits at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. 
  40. Check out TopGolf Scottsdale for great entertainment, high-tech driving range & swanky lounge with drinks & games.
  41. Visit Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), a musical trip around the world.
  42. Enjoy hours of steaming, massages, pampering and beauty treatments at Joya Spa at Montelucia Resort & Spa.
  43. Take the Desert Belle Cruise Sightseeing Cruise on Saguaro Lake
  44. Visit the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River.
  45. Enjoy indoor high speed kart racing at Octane Raceway.
  46. Get your heart racing with indoor-skydiving with iFLY Phoenix
  47. RoadHouse Cinemas Scottsdale offers a great menu, full bar, high quality wines, craft beers and comfortable movie recliners. 
  48. Grab a slicer with fries at White Castle Scottsdale.
  49. Head up North and explore Flagstaff Extreme- Zip Lines and Adventure Course, largest suspended challenge course in AZ.
  50. Family seasonal events at The Scottsdale Princess.

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