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Sears-Kay Ruins

On our way to Bartlett Lake, we ended up at the Sears-Kay ruins instead! How? Well, we unfortunately were in a line to go behind a pilot car to take us on a newly paved road. The Pilot car was taking a long time, and honestly, Pilot cars are a different thing here than anywhere…

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Tempe Town Lake Boat Rentals

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The kids and I took a fun trip over to Tempe Town Lake to rent a paddle boat. The boat fits four people, and in 2021, it cost a little less than $40 for an hour of paddling around the lake. We looked at their donut boa, run by electricity. That The donut boat fits…

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South Mountain Preserve Phoenix

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One place we had never been in Phoenix was the South Mountain Preserve and I had wanted to go there forever. The kids are older so we decided to head out there on an unseasonably cool April morning for a change of pace. I will admit that I was not prepared for where we should…

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Best Parks for BIG Kids!

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We have a great post for great parks for Toddlers, but sometimes your kids GROW and you need a park where there are things for big kids. This post is dedicated to the Best Parks for BIG kids! Now that my kids can run freely and I don’t have to worry that they will fall…

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Sweetwater Park-Peoria

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Have you ever looked up a place and thought “Yeah I have been there before” and arrived and realized that you actually have not been there before? Well, that is exactly what I did with this park. We were supposed to meet a few friends at this park. There is another park on Sweetwater in…

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Royal Palm Park-Phoenix

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Royal Palm Park in Phoenix is located at 8405 N 15th Ave Phoenix. For a park that has the name Palm in it, it didn’t have many palm trees around! Parking was off street, which was lovely for families of small children. The park has sand, so that is good for some families, but I…

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Granada Park Phoenix

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Granada park in North Central Phoenix is amazing with two cute fishing ponds, a playground and sidewalks for walking. If you are looking for a lot of great greenspace, this is also a lovely area to check out. I personally love driving down the 51 and checking out the beautiful landscape around this area. It…

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Liberty Park-Peoria

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Liberty Park is one of Peoria’s newest Parks (it’s not even on the map yet)! Located at 9700 West Williams Road (ish), you’ll find this park has pickleball courts, bathrooms, greenspace and playgrounds for toddlers and big kids! If you are headed to this area, make sure you use GOOGLE MAPS to get there, as…

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Christy Cove Park-Phoenix

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Christy Cove Park in Phoenix is located near Dreamy Draw Recreation and is a beautiful area! It is a quieter area, and be careful as you drive to the park. On 24th Street, on the way to the park, there is a “traffic quieting” area. Pretty much curbs in the middle of the road to…

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Deer Valley Park Phoenix

Deer Valley Park

Deer Valley Park in Phoenix is a great place to hang out with your kids, or your pooch! With a fully fenced in doggy park, you can bring your dog for a full run too! This park also has a swimming pool on the premises, a rec center, exercise course, grills and greenspace. There are…

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Vulture City Wickenburg

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In a quest to find outdoor activities that are also social distancing friendly in 2020, I stumbled across Vulture City in Wickenburg. Vulture City is a working mine in Wickenburg, but is also a historical mine that started in 1863. So, you can get a little bit of history mixed in with a currently operating…

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Tuzigoot National Park

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Tuzigoot National Park is Located in Clarkdale, Arizona and is approximately 2 hours from Surprise. It is also close to Cottonwood and not far from Jerome. One interesting thing about our trip out to Tuzigoot from Surprise. After getting off if i17 (rt 260), every mile to two miles there was a round about. I…

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Jail Trail-Cottonwood

Jail Trail

If you are looking for an easy trail that goes by Verde River, the Jail Trail is an easy out and back trail for kids and parents. The whole trail is about 1.5 miles. The trail is right off of Main Street in Cottonwood with easy parking nearby. You could also pick up a map…

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Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town-Jerome

Phoenix with Kids blogger Jana Tingom and I, with our children, decided to do a trip up to Cottonwood and Jerome and picked a few fun spots to hit. We decided to check out Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town as one of our spots. The Gold King Mine is actually located in Haynes,…

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Arizona Falls

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Did you know that there is a waterfall in the Phoenix metro area? Yes! Arizona Falls is located at 5802 E Indian School Rd in Phoenix. Before you get to excited, it isn’t a naturally occurring waterfall, but it is pretty and accessible to the public. AND it helps power homes in the area using…

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