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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.

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium General Admission

2. 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: Grand Canyon Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek

3. 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.

Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe

4. 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.

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.

Phoenix and Mesa: Kayaking Trip to Granite Reef

6. Phoenix and Mesa: Kayaking Trip to Granite Reef

What better way to beat the Arizona heat than in the cool waters of the Lower Salt River? Kayak out into the beautiful wilderness of the Tonto National Forest. Keep your eyes peeled for native, desert wildlife. On the Granite Reef float, you'll witness the confluence of the Salt and Verde Rivers and the majestic Red Mountain. The sit-on-top kayaks are very stable and easy to maneuver; after a 15-minute orientation, even beginners will feel safe and comfortable in the water. This self-guided float is the most convenient way to kayak the Lower Salt River. Park your car at Saguaro Lake Ranch — no Tonto Pass required — and launch from a private kayak beach. Enjoy the 4.5-hour float. At the end of the route, staff will be waiting to gather the kayaks as you board an air-conditioned van and return to the ranch.

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.

Scottsdale: 3-Hour Electric Go Car Rental

8. 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.

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.

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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

The whole trip was great, lots to see. Our driver was excellent and very knowledgeable of the history of each stop.

This was an amazing tour! Great way to see the grand canyon and Sedona without driving ourselves. Recommend!

Our guide, Eric, was absolutely amazing! I highly recommend this tour!