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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.

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.

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.

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: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

5. 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.

From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

6. 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

7. 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.

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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What people are saying about Tempe

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 699 reviews

Aldo was absolutely amazing! He did a fantastic job as our tour guide. He made sure everyone was comfortable, stopped multiple times for breaks along the way & was extremely informative and knowledgeable with the sites and history along the way. He took us to a great Italian spot for lunch in Williams, which was also a really cool place to see! All in all a truly five star experience. Highly recommend requesting Aldo as your tour guide!

We had an awesome trip. Tracy our driver was terrific and informative. Everything was done timely without being rushed. The Grand Canyon was absolutely incredible.

The guide was on time, kind, hilarious, informative, took awesome pictures, and made sure we were all safe. Loved the trip ❤️

Mark was an excellent tour guide. The van was very comfortable. The Grand Canyon was breathtaking. It was a wonderful tour.

Enjoyed this tour immensely. Mark was a great tour guide.