Sunny weather and kid-friendly attractions makes Phoenix a prime destination for a memorable family vacation. The city is home to museums, restaurants and attractions that cater to family members of all ages. If you come in the summertime, prepare to pack sunscreen and drink plenty of water, as high temps average over 100 degrees from June through August. Better yet, plan your visit for the spring or fall when the weather is perfect for outdoor fun. Here is an easygoing itinerary for a fun day out with the family in Phoenix.
Kids will love exploring the hands-on displays at the Arizona Science Center. — Photo courtesy of Arizona Science Center
Start your day right with breakfast at Scramble, a quick casual breakfast spot known for fresh ingredients, healthy options and a unique take on comfort food breakfast classics. Kids will love the Dollar Cakes, French Toast and Egg Scrambles. Parents may want to sample the restaurant’s signature Brizzas, breakfast pizzas featuring hollandaise, scrambled eggs, and specialty toppings on hand-tossed dough. Omelettes, scrambles, breakfast sandwiches and burritos, French toast, pancakes and a large selection of sides and vegan options round out the menu.
After breakfast, head to the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix, where young children and teenagers alike will enjoy wandering the five large galleries featuring more than 300 hands-on exhibits. Check out the daily planetarium shows, or see what's playing on the big screen at the museum’s IMAX movie theatre.
For lunch, skip the chain restaurants and head to Rustler's Rooste, a traditional cowboy steakhouse serving up thick and juicy steaks, ribs, chicken and the fresh seafood dishes. One of the most popular menu options at Rustler's Rooste is Cowboy Stuff, a family-style meal that comes with barbecue chicken, shrimp, beans, baked potatoes, swordfish, pork ribs, sirloin steak strips, corn-on-the-cob, fresh raw vegetables, and rolls with a side of butter and honey. Make sure you and your crew come hungry. Kids will especially love the famous slide, which lets young kids skip the stairs and--that's right--slide into the dining room.
Castles n' Coasters is Phoenix's only amusement park and a popular family destination. — Photo courtesy of Castles N Coasters
Enjoy a night of family fun at Castles N’ Coasters, a classic amusement park featuring thrilling rides, a miniature golf course, go kart racing, arcade games, and even a zip line ride that lets you soar across the park.
For dinner, head to nearby Fajitas, a Sizzlin’ Celebration, featuring the classic southwestern dish made with marinated pieces of beef and onions, and served with sides of cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and homemade flour tortillas. Children will love the kid’s menu of cheese crisps, enchiladas, burritos, and for dessert, an ice cream taco. The fun Southwest-tinged atmosphere at Fajitas offers a relaxed finale to a day packed with family sightseeing.