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Phoenix Zoo: One Day General Admission Ticket

1. Phoenix Zoo: One Day General Admission Ticket

Nestled on 125 acres within the beautiful Papago Park, the Phoenix Zoo is a wondrous place of curiosity, imagination, and discovery. The zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the U.S., caring for over 3,000 animals with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened and endangered species. It features over 3,000 animals, including Bornean Orangutans, Asian Elephants, Sumatran Tigers, Komodo Dragons, Masai Giraffes, and more. It's a great place to create memories that will last a lifetime. Other animals include the African Lion, Giraffe, Zebra, Mexican Gray Wolf, Ringtail, Golden Eagle, Sloth, Cotton-Top Tamarin, Dalmatian Pelican, Orangutan, Asian Elephant, Jaguar, Cheetah, Coyote, and Komodo Dragon. The Zoo features approximately 2.5 miles of walking paths and is divided into Arizona, Africa, Tropics, and Children’s trails. Usually, the Africa and Tropics Trails take about an hour each and the Arizona and Children’s Trails take about half an hour each. It is recommended that you take approximately three hours to see the entire Zoo, depending on the size and ages of your group in addition to how fast you walk.

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Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe

2. Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe

Experience the Grand Canyon National Park during this guided tour. Explore the canyon rim with its panoramic views and visit Route 66 with your guide. Start your tour at Route 66. Experience the historic highway in the town of Williams, the last town passed by I-40. As you explore this famous location, you have the opportunity to purchase lunch in Williams or Grand Canyon. Spend approximately 3 hours within the National Park marveling at the beauty that is the Grand Canyon. Don’t forget to visit the historic El Tovar Lodge and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village. Visit the South Rim and take in the dramatic views — ideal for photographers. Stop into the shop or enjoy your lunch and relax with the best seat in the house.

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SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium General Admission

3. 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.

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From Phoenix: Grand Canyon Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek

4. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek

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.

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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.

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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.

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From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

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

***You can edit the listing but please don't activate*** Defy gravity with skill, style, and courage at iFLY Ontario, California. Enjoy an unforgettable experience at the iFLY wind tunnel venue conveniently located near the Ontario International Airport. Get one-on-one instruction from professional flight instructors on how to make different body positions to control how you fly inside the tunnel. Receive complimentary skydive gear rental and the actual flight experience at a fraction of the cost of a tandem jump, but with much longer freefall time. The gravity-defying flight itself lasts for 2 minutes. Each wind tunnel has multiple large fans that can blow a wind of up to 185mph (300kph), and a pressurized staging area that can fit up to 12 flyers at one time. Safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens, and realistic for skydivers, the iFLY experience will leave you smiling from cheek to cheek.

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Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale: Evening Tour in a Tesla

8. Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale: Evening Tour in a Tesla

Enjoy an evening tour in an eco-friendly Tesla with stops in Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale. See modern art like "Her Secret is Patience" or the glowing Frank Llyod Wright spire. Start the evening with pickup from your accommodation in an eco-friendly Tesla Model X SUV. Stretch your legs on a stroll along a lakeside boardwalk in the heart of downtown Tempe. Enjoy the scenic views on the boardwalk and learn about how important this lake is to the community. Next, drive along the Red Mountain Freeway which offers spectacular views of the Tempe and Phoenix evening skylines. After a short drive, arrive at a 145-ft-tall aerial sculpture called "Her Secret is Patience." Admire this piece by Janet Echelmen that depicts the ever-changing flux of the desert winds. It reminds onlookers of the importance of sustainable practices in everyday life. Head to the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens to learn about how the history of Arizona is deeply rooted in military sacrifice. Lastly, explore the mysterious Frank Llyod Wright spire, a modern-day relic of what could have been Arizona's future. Learn about Wright's vision for Arizona and his architectural methods what have impacted the city before returning to your accommodation.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 185 reviews

Parking easy, upon entering we were able to rent a wheel chair for my aunt, receiving deposit back when we returned it), A great day, easy to get around the entire park, clean, fabulous views to see the animals, all the people we came into contact, zoo employees and the public were helpful, friendly and enjoying themselves. Can not say enough about how great a time we had.

Great day at the ZOO with the little ones. Have two boys age 2-5. They had a blast. We rented the double stroller cart and they enjoyed walking/being pushed around. Lots to explore. They loved seeing all the animals and getting to pet the goats at the petting zoo. The weather was perfect and it was great to see everything decorated for the Holidays.

Sam is an amazing tour guide who’s passionate about traveling and Grand Canyon history and geology. His enthusiasm rubbed off very positively on rest of the tour group and made for a very exciting fun filled day. Highly recommend taking this tour with Sam.

Wonderful day at zoo! Great weather, animals were very interesting. Zoo was well maintained and everyone was very helpful.

Great time, great group, great guide (Malcolm). And an amazing National Park! Thank you.