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Phoenix Zoo: One Day General Admission Ticket

1. Phoenix Zoo: One Day General Admission Ticket

Pick up a ticket to the Phoenix Zoo, one of the largest non-profit zoos in the U.S. nestled on 125 acres within the beautiful Papago Park. Explore the home of over 3,000 animals with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened and endangered species. Discover over 2.5 miles of walking paths, divided into Arizona, Africa, Tropics, and Children’s trails, each taking about 1 hour to complete. Admire a variety of inhabitants, including Bornean Orangutans, Asian Elephants, Sumatran Tigers, Komodo Dragons, Masai Giraffes, African Lions, and more. Learn about the threats that endanger many of the species and wildlife you encounter and discover interesting facts about Jurassic ecosystems with animatronic dinosaurs and installations. The hours of operation of the zoo vary depending on the season: from June 1 to August 31, 7 AM-1 PM; from September 1 to October 31, 9 AM-5 PM. from November 1 to January 15, 9 AM-4.30 PM; from January 16 to May 31, 9 AM-5 PM

From Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Oak Creek Day Trip

2. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Oak Creek Day Trip

Take a trip to one of the 7 wonders of the natural world on this day tour of the Grand Canyon National Park. You will be collected from selected hotels or apartments in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, or Mesa Arizona. The journey north takes you through amazing views of the Saguaro Cactus in the Sonoran Desert. You will travel through the Ponderosa Pine Forests of Flagstaff where the Lowell Observatory is located. Stop among the Red Rocks of Sedona for time to take in the breathtaking scenery and lots of pictures. Travel through Oak Creek Canyon famous the world over for its spectacular scenery. In the afternoon be taken to the Grand Canyon National Park. Stop for pictures of the Red Rocks of Sedona. Make several stops along the South Rim for picture taking and enjoying the incredible views. See the El Tovar Lodge, a former Harvey hotel. Have the afternoon to explore the sublime park and see many of its ecological wonders and natural beauty. Your professional guide will be able to inform you of the history and stories behind this ancient wonder.

From Phoenix: Grand Canyon with Sedona Day Tour

3. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon with Sedona Day Tour

Experience the Grand Canyon National Park during this guided tour, entry tickets in. Explore the canyon rim with its panoramic views and visit Sedona along the way. Experience the stunning red rocks of Sedona. Photograph the famous location and take the opportunity to gaze upon the stunning sights of Arizona. Spend approximately 3 hours within the National Park marveling at the beauty that is the Grand Canyon. Discover historic El Tovar Lodge and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village. Visit the South Rim and take in the dramatic views, ideal for photographers. Enjoy some shopping, walk the rim, or relax at one of the many viewpoints. For the public tour, travel in a 13-seater custom tour van with High Ceilings allowing for full standing, as well as leather captain's chairs. For the private tour, travel in a luxury Suv.

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium General Admission

4. SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium General Admission

Explore the magical underwater world at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium. Come see thousands of creatures including sharks, rays, and sea turtles. Touch a sea star or walk through the incredible 360-degree ocean tunnel. Marvel at over 30 unique displays and encounter these amazing creatures from the graceful jellyfish, the beautiful seahorse, or the clever sea turtle. Get up close and personal with the local residents of Arizona’s Salt River at the freshwater exhibit. Come see the Shoaling Ring and watch as hundreds of barred flagtails swim around you. Discover the Bay of Rays and be mesmerized by the happy and smiley rays. Escape to the Temple of the Seahorse and see these mythical creatures up close.  Escape to a kaleidoscope of color at the Coral Reef exhibit. The Coral Reef is bustling with their underwater cities teeming with fish that come in every shape, color, and pattern you can imagine. Visit the Conservation Cove exhibit and learn about how SEA LIFE Arizona works to develop a system of care and best practices to protect the oceans and its creatures.

From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

5. From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

Come join us on an adventurous tour along the Apache Trail and into the Sonora desert, then take a cruise on Dolly Steamboat through Canyon Lake. Driving into the Superstition Mountains, you will visit Tortilla Flat, a quaint Arizona town with a population of 6! Next, relax on a 90-minute cruise over picturesque Canyon Lake, with its magnificent desert surroundings. Don't forget your camera, as this is the ideal platform from which to snap postcard-perfect landscape photos. Your guide will then lead you into the desert for an explanation of the local flora, including the majestic Saguaro cactus and Arizona's state tree, the Palo Verde.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

6. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

Explore the ultimate indoor LEGO playground at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona. Have fun with the many LEGO attractions such as the Kingdom Quest adventure ride where families hop aboard a royal chariot to save the princess in this interactive journey. Discover a JURASSIC-sized adventure, Dino Explorer, to create a LEGO dinosaur and even snap a picture with the larger-than-life LEGO T-Rex. See famous LEGO characters on the big screen, like The LEGO Movie™ A New Adventure, at the 4D LEGO Cinema. Go faster and higher on Merlin’s Apprentice Ride where families control an enchanted cart to conjure the sorcerer’s spell and soar into the sky. Explore MINILAND, a Phoenix cityscape, made entirely out of LEGO Bricks – over 1 million to be exact. Build friendship in LEGO Friends Heartlake City and create new colorful additions to add to their growing town. Get a selfie with a LEGO Friend during the visit too. Create a LEGO racing car at the LEGO Build & Test and race vehicles on the test track for the quickest time.

From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

7. From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

Visit one of the most remarkable areas in the Southwest, the Red Rocks of Sedona, on a day tour from Phoenix. Travel back in time to the Montezuma Castle National Monument. Departing from Phoenix, travel along the banks of Beaver Creek to reach a Sinagua Indian cliff dwelling. Stop at the visitor center to see beads, pottery, and tools used by this long-lost culture. Admire models which help you understand what life was like for the Sinagua Indians 1000 years ago. Next, head to the amazing red rocks of Sedona. Find yourself surrounded by such famous rock formations as Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock and experience the serene beauty of Oak Creek Canyon. Continue towards uptown Sedona, a shopper’s delight. Here, find intriguing art galleries, boutiques, and a variety of restaurants. For the non-shoppers, a side trip from the city is available, traveling deeper into this magnificent country. Finally, drive up Mingus Mountain to the turn-of-the-century mining town of Jerome, a former ghost town that is now a thriving mountainside village. Enjoy free time to visit the many shops and galleries or grab a photo of Sedona from above before beginning the journey back to Phoenix.

Saguaro Lake: Guided Kayaking Tour

8. Saguaro Lake: Guided Kayaking Tour

Paddle year round on beautiful Saguaro lake. Whether you enjoy a refreshing day on the water to cool off in the summer months or looking to venture out on one of Arizona's warm winter afternoons, kayaking Saguaro Lake offers an escape stunning scenery and diverse wildlife. Step away from the stress of daily life and enjoy paddling along diverse desert cliff-lined shores and tall canyons on a guided kayaking tour with friends and family. Some of the local wildlife you can expect to see during your paddle may include bald eagles, bighorn sheep and blue heron. The contrast of the blue water against the desert topography is like nowhere else in the world. Meet your guide at Saguaro Lake's Butcher Jones Beach Recreation Site, approximately a 40-minute drive from Scottsdale or Tempe for pre-launch instructions to prepare for a 3-mile (approx. 3 hours) paddle tour to Willow Springs Canyon area and return to Butcher Jones. Your guide will provide all necessary paddle equipment, tips and information for an amazing experience.

Scottsdale: 4-Hour Self-Guided E-Bike Tour

9. Scottsdale: 4-Hour Self-Guided E-Bike Tour

Take in the sights and sounds of Scottsdale on this outdoor adventure with a convenient 4-hour E-bike rental. This self-guided exploration will allow you to go at your own pace and become acquainted with this beautiful city. Start your day at the offices of the local partner. From here you will receive your E-bike, helmet and map before setting off on your self-guided tour. The Greenway belt bike tour will take you all the way to Tempe and then back to Scottsdale. This path is one of the most popular bike trails in Arizona. It consists of many beautiful parks, lakes, paths, and golf courses. You will not want to miss out on this 14-mile bike tour.

Scottsdale: 3-Hour Electric Go Car Rental

10. Scottsdale: 3-Hour Electric Go Car Rental

Rent your own electric Go Car and set off a personal adventure. Explore Scottsdale in style and create your own, unique experience. Enjoy discovering the city in the open air as you zoom around the city in a compact car powered by an electric motor. Reach top speeds of up to 75mph and cover more ground with eco-friendly transportation. Explore the Old Town area of the city, drive through the scenic mountains nearby, and stop for lunch. Create your own adventure with this personal rental car and discover the city at your own pace.

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What people are saying about Tempe

The Phoenix Zoo is spacious but easy to navigate. It presents an enormous variety of animals who are clearly well cared for. There is helpful information about each species. It is a worthwhile adventure for all ages.

Great morning at the zoo. Bring a good pair of hiking boots and lots of water. The walk is wonderful and all the people are very helpful

The Phoenix zoo is great! I highly recommend going in the morning before it gets too hot, the animals are very active before 10 am

Great zoo and the prices are on par with other zoos. Loved the reptile area - spent an hour watching the snakes.

It was great. Hot, but great! Will definitely buy cheaper tickets on here again!