Family Vacation to Sedona, AZ

If you never thought of Sedona Arizona as a family vacation destination, think again. There are several great family fun activities in the Sedona area, both in Sedona itself and some just a 20 to 60-minute car ride away.

All of these suggestions can be found here on under the Things to Do section, with links to the attractions’ websites and an overview of what they have to offer.

In town, a Sedona Jeep tour is THE classic “must-do” for Sedona visitors of all ages, and it's something you should do earlier in your vacation than later because your Jeep tour guide will help you understand the lay of the land, the names of the different red rock formations, and educate your family about the history of Sedona's ancient people as well as the various plants and animals you're sure to encounter along the way. Sedona Jeep tours routinely cater to families with young children, tailoring both the level of adventure and their educational narrative to suit all ages and pique kids' natural curiosity. Even children aged 5 and under can take a Jeep tour, provided they follow Arizona state law and ride in a car seat. Many companies provide car seats if you don't have your own; just let them know in advance when booking your reservation. There are several companies to choose from on that offer jeep tours in Sedona so visit each company's website to see which best suits your family.

As an alternative to a Jeep tour, a trolley ride will take your family all over Sedona from the Village of Oak Creek out to West Sedona. The trolley is a great way to become acquainted with Sedona's geography and landscape. The trolley also allows your family tour on its own schedule; you simply hop on and hop off where you want to explore, or to check out local shopping and dining.

When it's time to get active and work out the wiggles, make a drive up Oak Creek Canyon, stopping along the way at Grasshopper Point and/or Slide Rock State Park; both are fun for some natural water-play in the warmer months and fairly easy hiking along the creekside. Kids aged 6 - 12 can complete the Junior Ranger program at Arizona State Parks like Slide Rock and Red Rock. If you need further specifics on where to go, look here or ask a local; most of Sedona's residents are open-air enthusiasts and will happily point you toward the best locations where your kids can explore nature. Also in the canyon, check out the trout farm for fishing with 100% guaranteed success for even the littlest anglers, and do some easy hiking at West Fork.

If your kids are older and like most parents of tweens and teens, you're having a hard time separating your kid from his or her smartphone, don't fight it — USE IT to your advantage! Put your teen in charge of taking all the family photos. You can even check out our Sedona Photography Challenge — a scavenger hunt of sorts — and share the pics with us on Instagram!

If the kids can stay up a little late, you might check out some Sedona astronomy tours and take advantage of seeing Sedona’s beautifully dark skies filled with stars. This is what you call family-friendly, natural Sedona entertainment and nightlife!

Just a short 45-minute car ride, in Camp Verde, look for some of the most family-friendly attractions in the area. First, check out Out of Africa wildlife park – a great zoo experience for the whole family, featuring a Tiger Splash show and a brand new Predator Zip-Line. Also in Camp Verde, take the kids to Cliff Castle Casino for some (perhaps surprisingly) family friendly fun including bowling and an arcade. If the grownups want to do some gaming and entertainment, the kids will love Kids Quest, a child care center beyond their wildest dreams with a huge indoor playground, karaoke state and Barbieland. Finally, don't leave Camp Verde without a visit to Montezuma Castle National Monument for a fascinating, up-close look at one of the best preserved ancient cliff dwellings in North America.

Just a bit south of Sedona and west of Camp Verde, look for the Verde Canyon Railroad (about 20 min from Sedona in the town of Clarkdale, just outside Cottonwood) for an old-fashioned train ride through a riparian canyon, a spectacular sightseeing experience where you'll observe the remnants of an old mining town, steep canyon walls and lots of wildlife, all from the comfort of your indoor passenger car and adjacent open-air observation car. And don't miss Blazin’ M Ranch for a cowboy cookout dinner (also 20 min from Sedona and can be combined with a Verde Canyon rail ride for a full day of fun.)

There are some really fantastic special events in Sedona happening year-round. See our Sedona event calendar. Depending on the dates of your visit, you may catch the Sedona Arts Festival, one of many music festivals, live theater like Shakespeare Sedona or the Sedona Film Festival. Several popular fall & winter holiday events like Fiesta de Tlaquepaque and the famous Sedona Luminarias are reason alone to take a family vacation to Sedona, AZ. And anytime of year during your sightseeing in Sedona, be sure to look for all the “Javalinas on Parade,” a public art installation all around town. Kids love to use their “treasure” maps and go “hunting” for the Javalinas.

1. A Day In The West

Sedona's oldest continually owned family tour business (since 1949) offers a wide variety of tours, including: Jeep tours, horseback rides w...  More
  • (928) 282-4320
  • 252 West Highway 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $49.00 - $190.00

2. Best Western PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas

The Best Western PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel and Creekside Villas is located in Uptown Sedona, providing near-Grand Canyon accommodations within...  More
  • (928) 282-4001
  • 400 N. State Rte. 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $199.00 - $429.00

3. Blazin’ M Ranch

Blazin’ M Ranch features a BBQ chicken and ribs chuckwagon supper and a toe-tappin Western stage production by award-winning musicians. Gu...  More
  • (928) 634-0334
  • 1875 Mabery Ranch Road
  • Cottonwood, AZ
  • 86326
  • $20.00 - $40.00

4. Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

Come see Tiger Splash show at 1:15 every day. Watch Bengal tigers in natural play as they "hunt" their caretakers. Open Daily 9:30 a.m.-5:00...  More
  • (928) 567-2840
  • 3505 Highway 260
  • Camp Verde, AZ
  • 86322
  • $14.95 - $29.95

5. Predator Zip Lines

Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature’s wildest predators. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on a ...  More

  • (928) 567-9947
  • 3505 Highway 260
  • Camp Verde, AZ
  • 86322

6. Sky Ranch Lodge

Enjoy our Sedona views extending up to 75 miles in all directions. Sedona sunrises and sunsets fill the skies daily with breathtaking color....  More
  • (928) 282-6400
  • 1105 Airport Rd
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $110.00 - $259.00

7. Arroyo Pinion Hotel

This Freshly Renovated Boutique Sedona hotel is located near the Thunder Mountain, Lizard Head, Chimney, Sugarloaf and Coffeepot Red Rock fo...  More
  • (928) 204-1146
  • 3119 State Route 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $135.00 - $175.00

8. Pink Jeep Tours

Since 1958, Pink Jeep Tours has been providing the most talked about off-road adventures in the Southwest. Our award-winning excursions are ...  More
  • (928) 282-5000
  • 204 West Highway 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $45.00 - $125.00

9. Sedona Hiking App

Take a Hike! The Sedona Hiking App currently has over 100 trails, three hundred and sixty miles of trail documented and available in the ...  More

  • Sedona
  • AZ, US
  • 86336

10. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course is an elevated obstacle course set in the tall Ponderosa Pines. It is securely suspended between the t...  More

  • (888) 259-0125
  • Fort Tuthill County Park
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

11. Best Western PLUS Inn Of Sedona

Save on your accommodations by booking the one of our money-saving vacation packages. Packages include one night’s lodging with Free Delux...  More
  • (928) 282-3072
  • 1200 W Hwy 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $149.00 - $185.00

12. Sedona Timeshare Resales

Don't miss Sedona's best kept secret, the Arroyo Roble Resort-all Sedona timeshare villas are beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathrooms with 2 fi...  More
  • (800) 344-3763
  • 100 Arroyo Roble Road
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336

13. Coffee Pot Restaurant

  • (928) 282-6626
  • 2050 Arizona 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336

14. Secret Garden Cafe

  • (928) 203-9564
  • 336 Highway 179
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336

15. Ken's Creekside Restaurant

  • (928) 282-1705
  • 251 Highway 179
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336

16. Wildflower Bread Company

  • (928) 204-2223
  • 101 Arizona 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336

17. Family Friendly Suites Sedona Real

Sedona Real understands that sometimes it's the little things that help make a successful family trip. From free hot breakfast buffets to pe...  More
  • (928) 282-1414
  • 95 Arroyo Pinon Drive
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $129.00 - $189.00

18. Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen

  • (928) 282-4140
  • 1855 Arizona 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336


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