If you’re planning a trip to Arizona for your spring break or summer vacation and are looking for fun Unique things to do in Arizona that would be a perfect idea for families and friends, then make sure you read our list of 10 places you can visit!
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10. Visit Grand Canyon National Park
It shouldn’t be a surprise to see the Grand Canyon on our list. At over 277 miles long, and up to 18 miles wide in some sections, this awe-inspiring national park is beautiful in pictures, but absolutely mind-blowing in person. Perhaps this is why over 6 million people visited just last year alone. People love visiting the Grand Canyon for its Unique photo opportunities, hiking trails, mule rides, helicopter tours, and even a glass bridge that you can walk on.
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9. See Amazing Animals at the Phoenix Zoo
If you’re in the mood for seeing something wild, then check out the Phoenix Zoo! This zoo is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States. if you’ve got a favorite animal, there’s a good chance they have it – there is more than 3,000 animals onsite including 30 different species! The zoo is broken into trails that guide you through Unique wildlife from Arizona, Africa, and the Tropics, while a Children’s Trail allows the young ones to get close to many small animals from around the world.
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8. Visit Taliesin West
Taliesin West was the winter home and school of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, from 1937 until his passing in 1959. Though the icon is gone, his school remains (now renamed The School of Architecture at Taliesin) as does the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. It’s a perfect example of FLW’s magic touch – incorporating elements of the Unique surrounding environment into the design of the house. Open to public tours, this complex is a must for fans of the architect, or architecture in general.
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7. Cross the London Bridge
Most people don’t realize that the prior London Bridge (used during 1831-1967) is now located in Lake Havasu City in Arizona. The bridge was bought by Robert P. McCulloch ( the same McCulloch whose engine is found in the first go-kart ) and taken apart piece by piece in London, shipped by boat, and transported by truck from California to its present location. Instead of the River Thames, the London Bridge now spans the Bridgewater Channel canal, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the Southwest city each year.
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6. Get Your Wings at Pima Air & Space Museum
Fans of aircraft and space flight need to rocket over to Pima Air & Space Museum for their collection of nearly 300 aircraft spread out over 80 acres of land. Once you’re done exploring the museum, take one of the bus tours that leave from the museum to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, home of “The Graveyard” – the largest aircraft storage and preservation facility in the world.
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5. Be in 4 States Simultaneously at the Four Corners Monument
At the Four Corners Monument, you can be in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah all at the same time. This Unique monument is located at the precise quadripoint that these four states meet, providing this awesome and unique photo opportunity.
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4. Shop at Mill Avenue District
If your idea of a good time is walking around and window shopping, then make sure you take a stroll down Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe. With a variety of shops – from small mom & pops to popular chains like Urban Outfitters and Sunglass Hut – there’s something for everyone in this historic downtown district. If you’re looking for nightlife and entertainment, catch a show at Gammage Auditorium. There’s also plenty of dining options, from sports bars to fine dining establishments. As you can see, it’s easy to spend hours on Mill Avenue District!
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3. Build & Ride at Legoland Discovery Center
For the old or young Lego fan in your life, check out the Legoland Discovery Center in Tempe, Arizona. With two rides, 10 Lego build & play zones, a 4D cinema, and more there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy. Discover how your favorite brick toy is made, experience MINILAND – an interactive city comprised of over 1 million bricks! Open seven days a week, this family fun location is full of social media-worthy photo opportunities.
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2. Sea Life Arizona
If you do make it Legoland, you might as well hop over next door to the Sea Life Aquarium. They have thousands of sea animals waiting to meet you, and child-level viewing bubbles that allows your kid to experience what it’s like to look around under the sea. You also can’t skip their Unique 360-degree ocean tunnel – the closest you’ll get to walking underwater without getting wet! Look into their combo tickets with Legoland for some extra savings.
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1. Experience Authentic Go Kart Racing at K1 Speed
If you’re someone that craves excitement and Unique experiences, then a trip to K1 Speed in Phoenix should definitely be on your Arizona list of fun things to do. Known as the world’s largest and premier indoor go-karting operator, K1 Speed features go-karts are all-electric, so you don’t need to worry about breathing in exhaust fumes or leaving with stinky clothes. Plus, the power is instant, giving these karts a much faster acceleration than any gas-powered kart you’ve driven before. Junior karts speed up to 25mph and delight kids 4’ or taller, while adult karts rocket to 45mph for racers 4’10” or taller. The location is immaculate and features motorsport memorabilia fit for a museum, meeting spaces for group events, an arcade for all ages, and an onsite eatery that serves food & beverages. And since everything is indoors, it doesn’t matter if it’s pouring rain or scorching hot – you can still enjoy this popular worldwide attraction, open seven days a week. If you’ve never experienced go-kart racing before or have never been to a K1 Speed – you simply have to stop in for an Arrive & Drive race. If you’ve been to a K1 Speed, try out their track layout – exclusive to this Phoenix location.