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Phoenix Car Rental

 

Beautiful scenery and vibrant historical detail make Phoenix a wonderful place for families to visit. Many activities in Phoenix are geared towards families and children, like museums, science centers, and gardens. When you rent a car for your Phoenix vacation, you give yourself the freedom to visit great hiking spots around Phoenix on your own terms.

 

Family Things to Do in Phoenix
Take a Day Trip from Phoenix
Tips for Driving Around Phoenix
When to Visit Phoenix


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Mesa Falcon Field Arpt (MSC)

4766 E Falcon Dr
Mesa, AZ 85215 US
Phone: (888)826-6893

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Mesa Gateway Arpt (AZA)

6033 S Sossaman Rd
Mesa, AZ 85212 US
Phone: (844)370-9819

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Phx Sky Harbor Intl Arpt (PHX)

1805 E Sky Harbor Cir S
Phoenix, AZ 85034 US
Phone: (844)370-9817

Family Things to Do in Phoenix

 

Phoenix's Desert Botanical Garden is a wonderful place to take the whole family. Trails loop through Sonoran Desert exhibits featuring the beautiful flora of the American Southwest. Choose different loop trails to see and learn about different plants and people of the desert. Every trail is an outdoor adventure; if you have small children and don't want to walk very far, choose the short Center for Desert Living loop with its Herb Garden exhibit or visit the central Heritage Garden.

 

The Arizona Science Center will delight people of all ages, whether you're traveling with your small children, a group of teens, or your best friends. Every day the museum puts on demonstrations in its various wings, highlighting information about DNA, paleontology, starfish, and more. The permanent exhibits focus on exciting topics like digital communication, renewable energy, and Earth's weather.

 

The artists in your family will get a kick out of the Musical Instrument Museum. This gigantic instrument collection shows you instruments from around the world. The museum offers a look at how professionals restore antique instruments, and has an interactive Experience Gallery where you can actually play instruments from around the world. Kids especially love the Experience Gallery! Be sure to check out the museum's concert series so you don't miss any fantastic music.

 

Walk through history when you visit Phoenix's Heritage Square. The square sits on block 14 of the original city, and showcases some of the best parts of 1800s Phoenix. The Rosson House Museum is the square's biggest attraction; it's a restored historic house dating back to 1895. Take a tour and learn more about life in Phoenix at the turn of the last century. Heritage Square also features events year-round. Plus, you can visit Handcrafted, an immersive historic experience where you can get your hands dirty crafting things inspired by a time before electricity.

 

Take a Day Trip from Phoenix

 

Head 30 minutes outside of central Phoenix, past Scottsdale, to find Camelback Mountain.U.S. News ranks a visit to Camelback Mountain the number one thing you can do when you visit Phoenix, and when you get there you'll understand this peak's popularity. There you'll find hikes of varying difficulty degrees, and since the park is open from sunup to sundown, it makes a perfect daytime activity. Pack sunscreen and water, and bring a picnic lunch with you, which you can enjoy in Echo Canyon Park (where Camelback Mountain sits) at one of the public picnic areas. A visit to Camelback Mountain is free.

 

About 8 miles from Phoenix's city center (18 minutes by car) is Papago Park. The park sits within both Phoenix and Tempe city limits. Though it's probably close to where you're staying, Papago Park is worth a day trip. The desert park spans more than 1,400 acres between the two cities. It houses many of Phoenix's popular attractions, including Hole in the Rock and the Phoenix Zoo. For the budding zoologists in your family, the Papago Ponds are worth visiting after you see the zoo. You'll find beautiful fish species, toads, and even bats living there.

 

If you're up for a long day trip, make the two-hour drive to Sedona to spend a day in some of the most enchanting scenery you'll find in the Southwest. Sedona is the perfect destination for active people and families with kids who love to run around. State parks, hiking trails, swimming, and more outdoor adventures await you in Sedona. Plus, you'll get to soak in the natural red rock formations that make it such a picturesque place to visit. You'll be glad you made the two-hour trek!

 

Tips for Driving Around Phoenix

 

Phoenix traffic isn't bad compared to other cities. Congestion happens in any big city, but compared with other major metropolitan areas, a commute in Phoenix isn't as stressful. That being said, you can make smart driving moves, even as a tourist, to keep yourself out of the worst of Phoenix traffic. The Phoenix New Times offers several driving hacks that will get you around Phoenix speedily, even during rush hour, like choosing State Route 51 for northern commuting.

 

When to Visit Phoenix

 

If you'll be driving a lot in the city, visit during the slow season so you don't have to deal with as many tourists. Mid-summer is the least busy time to visit Phoenix, though you can get away with spring or fall if you don't mind a bit of an extra crowd. The summer is hot, but it's dry, so you won't feel the heat the same way you would in other parts of the country such as Florida. The worst time to visit if you're not a fan of congested roads and confused tourist drivers is winter. People flock to Phoenix during the winter to take advantage of the mild temperature and outdoor activities.

 

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