Things to Do in Sedona with Kids

Sedona is an incredibly family-friendly destination that keeps families coming back season after season, year after year. Whether it’s eating ice cream on Oak Creek in the summer, sipping on apple cider in the fall leaves, climbing up the towers or interacting with the red rocks and its beauty together as a family – the community and culture that Sedona gives alongside its physical beauty is unmatched. You could even go off-roading in the rugged terrain on bikes or on a jeep tour - any family can now explore the wilderness of this Red Rock country.

The best time of year to visit Sedona with the kids is April-May and September-October, but it is a stunning destination year-round. If you want peace and quiet and snow on the Red Rocks, you should go in January-March.

The thing is no matter who you are or where you are traveling from, Sedona will strike a chord in you. Maybe it will give you that rush of “awe” that you have been craving; perhaps it will give you a sense of comfort and warmth in the chanting you hear throughout the canyon walls. If you’re looking for high-class cuisine or local Mexican tacos; a fancy massage or enlightening palm reading; a scenic hike, a classic rock-climbing route, or an endless bike trail – Sedona will have it for you.

Some favorite activities for families or a large group is always hiking and exploring the land. Whether you are on mountain bikes, running with dogs, or slowly meandering - exploring Sedona’s endless trails is an activity to do with your family that keeps giving. Get out there, stay on the trails and really enjoy and interact with Mother Nature.


Kid-Friendly Activities

Top 3 Hiking Trails for Families with Kids:

    #1 West Fork You hike along water, and it is a flat hike, so it is fun for a variety of ages. Arrive early this parking lot fills up fast.

    #2 Visit Red Rock State Park A beautiful state park just south of Sedona city limits.

    #3 Slide Rock State Park Another amazing state park but completely different, sitting North of Sedona inside Oak Creek Canyon there is swimming, sliding and trails here. Slide Rock sits below a 10-acre orchard which you can also visit while you are there.

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.

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 to 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, see our recommended hikes. 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.

If the kids can stay up a little late, you might check out some Sedona astronomy tours or UFO tours and take advantage of seeing Sedona's beautifully dark skies filled with stars.

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 reasons 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 “Javelinas on Parade,” a public art installation all around town. Kids love to use their “treasure” maps and go “hunting” for the Javelinas.

There are several family-friendly hotels throughout Sedona, but two good places to start are the Village of Oak Creek (not to be confused with Oak Creek Canyon) and West Sedona. In general, you'll find that familiar pocket-friendly hotel and motel chains as well as lower-priced singular hotels are located in both West Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek.

If you're traveling with tweens, teens or with another family, you may want to find accommodations with some extra elbow room. There are several hotels with suites available, but Sedona is fortunate to be able to offer visitors vacation rental homes as well as several timeshare or vacation ownership resort options as a spacious alternative. Particularly attractive for a 3+ night stay or longer, a vacation home rental or timeshare resort rental is a great solution for families on vacation, even if you're not a timeshare owner. Search the web for vacation rentals by owner to find vacation rentals, and familiarize yourself with Diamond Resorts, Sedona Pines, Poco Diablo, Los Abrigados, Arroyo Roble, Wyndham, Hyatt and Hilton resorts for accommodations ranging from one to three-bedroom condos or suites.

Let's face it: the kids will be tickled "red" if you choose a hotel with a swimming pool in the summer. It will be particularly refreshing upon your first afternoon's arrival, especially after a long(ish) drive, the hotel's pool is the perfect place to head immediately after you drop your bags in the guestroom. Let the kids swim and tucker themselves out while you enjoy poolside refreshments and towering red rock views; the crimson color gets cranked up to the max in the setting sunlight. Enjoy a good night's sleep in your budget-friendly, perfectly located, spacious accommodations because there's a whole lotta family-friendly activities to explore on your Sedona vacation!

One thing parents often hear when traveling with kids is the whine of "I'm huuuuunnnnggrryyyyy!" Faced with the challenge of finding kid-friendly places to eat at least three, and sometimes more, times a day on your vacation, you are wise to look in advance for restaurants and eateries that cater to families.

While it's certainly true that most places in Sedona will welcome you and your progeny, why not check out these especially kid-friendly joints that offer a decent array of choices on their children's menus, won't break your budget (probably), and will keep the kidlets entertained long enough for you to actually take a rest, maybe have a cocktail, and enjoy a meal yourself.

Insider tip: If you're staying a couple of days and your lodging has a fridge and/or microwave in the guestroom, make an early stop at one of the local grocers like Safeway or New Frontiers Natural Marketplace to stock up on some kid-friendly snacks and maybe even a simple ready-to-eat meal or two. You'll be happy to have fresh goodies and drinks on hand to not only keep up your sightseeing energy, but also avoid having to eat every single meal in a restaurant.

  • Classic - Coffee Pot Restaurant {B, L; lots of kids' menu choices; West Sedona}
  • Casual Anytime - Wildflower Bread Company {B, L, D; easy location with good parking; Uptown}
  • Breakfast - Red Rock Cafe {B, L, D; locals' favorite; Village of Oak Creek}
  • Lunch - Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen {L, D; Organic, local and gluten-free ingredients on pizzas and pasta; West Sedona)
  • Healthful - The Secret Garden Cafe {B, L, D; Several nutritious and delicious options for kids and adults; Uptown/Tlaquepaque}
  • Patio - Ken's Creekside {B, L, D; Good variety in the kids' menu; Uptown}
    More Kid-Friendly Place to Eat

  • The Hudson 671 State Route 179 Suite D Sedona, AZ 86336 Everyday 11:30a-9:00p
  • The Hideaway House 231 AZ-179 Sedona, AZ 86336 (928)202-4082 Everyday 11:00a-9:00p
  • Coffeepot Café Breakfast spot 2050 W State Route 89A, Sedona AZ 86336 Everyday 6:00a-2:00p
  • Tamaliza Café Mexican food 115 W State Route 89A, Sedona AZ 86336 (928) 202-9296

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Briar Patch Inn

Briar Patch Inn is the #1 Ranked B&B in AZ since 2011 and has received Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence
The Briar Patch Inn features 19 cabins situated on 9 lush acres in Oak Creek Canyon, just 3 miles north of Sedona. Each individual cabin is dressed in

Briar Patch Inn is the #1 Ranked B&B in AZ since 2011 and has received Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence
The Briar Patch Inn features 19 cabins situated on 9 lush acres in Oak Creek Canyon, just 3 miles north of Sedona. Each individual cabin is dressed in distinctly different southwestern decor. The lush grounds - home to wildlife, birds and two resident sheep - showcase rambling walking paths, canyon oaks, giant pines and sycamores, all providing the perfect setting to nurture your relationship with nature. Healthy, bountiful, homemade breakfasts are offered by the creek in spring and summer and by the lodge fireplaces in fall and winter. An attentive, longtime staff strives to provide a quality of fine service that is the hallmark of this "magical" sanctuary. A Fodor's Choice and a Frommer's favorite.


Munds Park RV Resort

Stay for a day or stay for the season. Take day trips to explore the iconic Grand Canyon or see Sedona’s stunning sunsets! Enjoy over 30 local ATV & Hiking trails, two dog parks, onsite pool, heated spa, live events, fully stocked general store and MORE! Embark on a journey of relaxation a
Stay for a day or stay for the season. Take day trips to explore the iconic Grand Canyon or see Sedona’s stunning sunsets! Enjoy over 30 local ATV & Hiking trails, two dog parks, onsite pool, heated spa, live events, fully stocked general store and MORE! Embark on a journey of relaxation and adventure, where the charm of the outdoors meets the comfort of modern amenities. Authentic discoveries & unforgettable experiences only at Munds Park RV Resort.

Sedona Real Inn & Suites

Our family-owned and operated inn feels different from other Sedona hotels because it is. When you're here, you'll experience the comfort and convenience that you're used to in your own home. With our very own pet-friendly park, sparkling pool, and fitness center, many of our guests enjoy
Our family-owned and operated inn feels different from other Sedona hotels because it is. When you're here, you'll experience the comfort and convenience that you're used to in your own home. With our very own pet-friendly park, sparkling pool, and fitness center, many of our guests enjoy spending part of their Sedona vacation relaxing with us. With a country inn atmosphere, and bed and breakfast feel, each of the 42 traditional rooms and 47 spacious suites offer comfortable accommodations. All our rooms include complimentary WiFi and a hot breakfast bar to get your day started! Your four-legged family members will love our grassy outside play area with a barbeque and fire-pit. The concierge is on-site daily to share the best things to do in Sedona.
8.9
248 reviews

Hilton Sedona At Bell Rock

A magical location, stunning landscape with sweeping vistas: Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock is your ideal home for adventure in red rock country. With a recent multi-million dollar renovation, our refreshed resort features 221 modern guest rooms and suites, all with fireplace, patio or balcon
A magical location, stunning landscape with sweeping vistas: Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock is your ideal home for adventure in red rock country. With a recent multi-million dollar renovation, our refreshed resort features 221 modern guest rooms and suites, all with fireplace, patio or balcony, and mini kitchenette. Enjoy the full-service spa, athletic club with fitness classes, two swimming pools and 18-hole championship golf course.
8.2
360 reviews

Oak Creek Terrace Resort

Escape to Oak Creek Canyon among the red rocks and tranquility of Oak Creek. We are the perfect couple's getaway with in-room fireplaces and jetted Jacuzzis. Made to order for honeymoons and anniversaries, this Sedona, Arizona resort also offers great family fun by the creek in double hamm
Escape to Oak Creek Canyon among the red rocks and tranquility of Oak Creek. We are the perfect couple's getaway with in-room fireplaces and jetted Jacuzzis. Made to order for honeymoons and anniversaries, this Sedona, Arizona resort also offers great family fun by the creek in double hammocks, swings, barbecues, and picnic areas. Cabins, bungalows, and family units available. Come stay with us!
8.7
249 reviews

Junipine Resort

Junipine Resort is the perfect location for small business meetings or a family vacation. Our secluded creekside setting is the perfect retreat from the hectic pace of our everyday world. Enjoy coffee on your private Sedona, Arizona hotel room patio watching the sunrise over the Red Rocks.
Junipine Resort is the perfect location for small business meetings or a family vacation. Our secluded creekside setting is the perfect retreat from the hectic pace of our everyday world. Enjoy coffee on your private Sedona, Arizona hotel room patio watching the sunrise over the Red Rocks. Slide Rock State Park is adjacent to our resort, and Sedona is just 8 miles away.
8.8
689 reviews

Coffee Pot Cabin

Boasting garden views, Coffee Pot Cabin provides accommodations with a garden and a patio, around 6.2 mi from Chapel of the Holy Cross. Featuring free private parking, the holiday home is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as hiking, skiing and cycling.

The ho

Boasting garden views, Coffee Pot Cabin provides accommodations with a garden and a patio, around 6.2 mi from Chapel of the Holy Cross. Featuring free private parking, the holiday home is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as hiking, skiing and cycling.

The holiday home features 4 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 2 bathrooms with a shower.

9.5
2 reviews

West Sedona House with Deck - Mins to Uptown!

Located within the West district in Sedona, West Sedona House with Deck - Mins to Uptown! has air conditioning, a patio, and city views. Guests staying at this holiday home have access to free WiFi and a balcony.

The holiday home is equipped with 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV wit

Located within the West district in Sedona, West Sedona House with Deck - Mins to Uptown! has air conditioning, a patio, and city views. Guests staying at this holiday home have access to free WiFi and a balcony.

The holiday home is equipped with 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a fully equipped kitchen that provides guests with a dishwasher, a microwave, a washing machine, a fridge and an oven.


Sunny Sedona Getaway - Hike, Golf, and Relax!

Featuring a garden, Sunny Sedona Getaway - Hike, Golf, and Relax! is located in the West district of Sedona, only 3.1 miles from Chapel of the Holy Cross. This property has free WiFi.
0
0 reviews

Sedona Vista To Red Rock

Featuring air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony, Sedona Vista To Red Rock pets friendly is located in Sedona. This property has a terrace and free private parking.

With free Wifi, this 4-bedroom vacation home provides a flat-screen TV, a washing machine and a kitchen with an ov

Featuring air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony, Sedona Vista To Red Rock pets friendly is located in Sedona. This property has a terrace and free private parking.

With free Wifi, this 4-bedroom vacation home provides a flat-screen TV, a washing machine and a kitchen with an oven and microwave. Towels and bed linen are provided in the vacation home.

The vacation home has an outdoor fireplace. There's a garden with a barbecue at this property and guests can go cycling nearby.

Chapel of the Holy Cross is 5.6 miles from Sedona Vista To Red Rock pets friendly, while Cliff Castle Casino is 17 miles away. The nearest airport is Flagstaff Pulliam Airport, 47 miles from the accommodation.


2-Acre Sedona Casita with Deck and Red Rock Views!

2-Acre Sedona Casita with Deck and Red Rock Views! is located in Sedona. The air-conditioned accommodations is 8.1 mi from Chapel of the Holy Cross, and guests benefit from private parking available on site and free WiFi.
10
1 reviews

Unique Sedona Home with Mountain Views and Guest House

Set in Sedona, within 2.1 mi of Chapel of the Holy Cross, Unique Sedona Home with Mountain Views and Guest House offers accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and a garden. Guests benefit from a balcony and a children's playground.

The holiday home is fitted with 3 bedr

Set in Sedona, within 2.1 mi of Chapel of the Holy Cross, Unique Sedona Home with Mountain Views and Guest House offers accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and a garden. Guests benefit from a balcony and a children's playground.

The holiday home is fitted with 3 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 3 bathrooms with a hairdryer and free toiletries. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is offered.


Holiday Inn Express Sedona - Oak Creek, an IHG Hotel

Located 16 miles away from Red Rock State Park, this Arizona hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub. It serves a daily continental breakfast. All guest rooms offer free Wi-Fi. A flat-screen TV with extended cable channels is featured in each air-conditioned guest room at H

Located 16 miles away from Red Rock State Park, this Arizona hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub. It serves a daily continental breakfast. All guest rooms offer free Wi-Fi. A flat-screen TV with extended cable channels is featured in each air-conditioned guest room at Holiday Inn Express Sedona - Oak Creek. For convenience, all rooms include ironing facilities and a work desk.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is 5 miles away from this hotel. Montezuma Castle National Monument is 25 minutes’ drive away.


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