Spring Break is right around the corner and many families are looking for adventure. The great thing about Arizona, local families don’t need to travel far to find fun. We’ve put together a few day trips within the state that the entire family will enjoy as they take advantage of the beauty and fabulous weather Arizona offers in March!
Head south and Go Underground to take a tour through Arizona’s coolest caves at Kartchner Caverns just east of Tucson. A rare cavern that offers visitors a look at an entire family of colorful cave formations; Kartchner Cavern visitors will see stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, cave popcorn, shields, columns, totems, drapery, bacon and the massive 58-foot-tall Kublai Khan column in the Rotunda Room.
A few more miles southeast, Colossal Cave Mountain Park is also an Arizona favorite, with 3.5 miles of mapped passageways. The water source has disappeared, and the formations are not growing, so it’s now called a “dry” cave, but it’s still an awesome natural wonder.
Experience the rich history of Arizona by taking an unforgettable tour through active and inactive mines in Southern Arizona. Our top pick – the Copper Queen Mine in Bisbee. What beats getting dressed up in miner’s gear and riding a train into a copper mine? Visit mine websites for details on tour fees and reservations.
- Copper Queen Mine: 478 N Dart Rd, Bisbee, 206 miles from Cadence
- Kartchner Caverns: 2980 Arizona 90, Benson, 165 miles from Cadence
- Colossal Cave: 16721 E Old Spanish Trail, Vail, 138 miles from Cadence
- Flagstaff and Northern Arizona Activities
Looking for something a bit more extreme? Grab your coat and head north to Flagstaff and Williams. Our top pick is the Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course. It’s a chance to “play with friends and family up in the trees. Enjoy the challenge, feel the sweat, and push boundaries. Forge new ground on the course, and in the relationships that matter most,” according to their team.
Other options include: Segway and Pedal Tours, which have a variety of gear rentals to explore Northern Arizona. Book online before you go. It’s a fun way to experience the breathtaking terrain and take advantage of the knowledgeable staff and guides.
Another option – Fishing at Sedona Rainbow Trout Farm. Kids love to fish — especially if they’re pretty much guaranteed to catch a fish. If your family doesn’t have a favorite fishing hole, this is the place to get some fishing experience. It’s a great day trip, located off Highway 89A before you get to uptown Sedona. The trout farm has everything you need — bait, poles and easy-to-catch fish. Plan to get there mid-morning so the kids can catch their fish by lunchtime. Plan to pay $8 to $12 per fish, depending on the size. Then you can pay 50 cents to have your fish cleaned. Sounds good to us!
Bearizona is another Arizona favorite. It’s a fantastic way to see a varied collection of North American animals (Bears! Wolves! Bobcats!) from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle or in the exhibit area after the drive-through portion. A little bit pricey, but worth it. Here’s information to know Before You Go.
- Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course: Fort Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff, 172 miles from Cadence
- Segway and Pedal Tours: 19 W Aspen Ave, Flagstaff, 177 miles from Cadence
- Sedona Rainbow Trout Farm: 3500 N State Rt. 89a, Sedona, 152 miles from Cadence
- Bearizona: 1500 Historic Rte. 66, Williams, 204 miles from Cadence
- A Day at the Lake – Scorpion Bay Marina and Lake Pleasant Discovery Center
Many of us in the East Valley have visited Saguaro or Roosevelt Lake, but this spring break why not head west and check out the largest lake in the Valley – Lake Pleasant. With over 10,000 acres of water surface and 116 miles of shoreline, this place always has room for more. The best part, it’s located only 35 miles from downtown Phoenix.
Perfect for kids is the newly launched Lake Pleasant Discovery Center. It showcases hands-on learning and displays about early settlers, area wildlife and plants, and combines learning with fun. Onsite gift and snack shops are also available.
Scorpion Bay at Lake Pleasant is Arizona’s premier floating playground, offering daily pontoon and ski boat rentals. Go for the fishing or go for the frolicking—either way, incredible mountain views, fantastic dining and world-class marina services will be found. Scorpion Bay offers wakeboarding and wake surfing lessons, paddleboard yoga classes, plus kayaks, tubes and paddleboard rentals the whole family will enjoy!
- Discovery Center: 39345 N Overlook Rd, Peoria
- Scorpion Bay Marina: 10970 Peninsula Blvd, Morristown
Lake Pleasant is 76 miles from Cadence
- Tucson Activities
Tucson adventures are just two hours away and include a wide range of options. Don’t miss Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo. Founded in 1965 with a collection of birds, prairie dogs, farm animals, and a few squirrel monkeys, it now has expanded to a 24-acre campus with hundreds of animals in naturalistic exhibits. The zoo also offers education programs and special events throughout the year.
Tucson Roadrunners Hockey Games—the sports lovers in your family will love you for taking them to see a Roadrunners hockey game! Meet Dusty the mascot and cheer on these talented athletes.
Risk-takers will want to visit Arizona Zipline Adventures at Peppersauce Station, located at the base of the scenic Santa Catalina Mountains, just outside of Oracle, which is north of Tucson and Mt. Lemmon. Choose you’re your level of extreme by making reservations beforehand. For kids, Zipline guests must weigh between 50 and 250 pounds and under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Reid Park Zoo: 900 S Randolph Way, Tucson, 115 miles from Cadence
- Tucson Botanical Garden: 900 S Randolph Way, Tucson, 113 miles from Cadence
- Roadrunner Hockey: Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, 110 miles from Cadence
- Arizona Zipline Adventures: 35406 S Mt Lemmon Rd, Oracle, 103 miles from Cadence
- Spring Training in the Phoenix Area
It’s always a sure Spring Break bet to catch a game with professionals. Arizona is a prime location for spring training and the East Valley Mom’s blog has a great rundown on what’s best for kids from parking and snacks, to scoring the best seats in the stadium.
- Camelback Ranch (White Sox/Dodgers): 10710 W Camelback Rd, 50 miles from Cadence
- Goodyear Ballpark (Cleveland Indians/Cincinnati Reds): 1933 S Ballpark Way, Goodyear, 54 miles from Cadence
- Maryvale Baseball Park (Milwaukee Brewers): 3600 N 51st Ave, Phoenix, 41 miles from Cadence
- Sloan Park (Chicago Cubs): 2330 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, 25 miles from Cadence
- Hohokam Stadium (Oakland A’s): 1235 N Center St, Mesa, 24 miles from Cadence
- Peoria Sports Complex (Padres/Mariners): 16101 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, 60 miles from Cadence
- Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Diamondbacks/Rockies): 7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, 31 miles from Cadence
- Scottsdale Stadium (San Francisco Giants): 7408 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale, 28 miles from Cadence
- Surprise Recreation Campus (Royals/Rangers): 15960 N Bullard Ave Surprise, 68 miles from Cadence
- Tempe Diablo Stadium (L.A. Angels): 2200 W Alameda Dr, Tempe, 26 miles from Cadence
Wherever your Spring Break adventures take you, have fun making memories your family will cherish for generations.
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