Family-Friendly Flagstaff

Load up the van and head to Flagstaff for your next family vacation. We know what it's like traveling with kids, especially by car, but unlike many road trips, locals will tell you not to worry about making a long drive to get to Flagstaff, or trying to sightsee along the way. Just power through the time spent driving and get to Flagstaff as soon as you can; this is where you'll relax, especially if you arrive at least an hour before the evening's sure-to-be-glorious sunset. There is a host of family-friendly hotels and accommodations awaiting your family's arrival in Flagstaff, each meeting most parents' and kids' top criteria: budget, location, elbow room and amenities.

Budgets are subjective, of course, but we're willing to bet that a family on vacation will always appreciate getting a good value no matter how much or little they spend. Consider whether the hotel or motel includes breakfast, or offers free wireless internet access; value-added amenities like that can save a family around $25 per day.

There are budget and family-friendly hotels throughout Flagstaff, but a good place to start are on Milton Road just south of Downtown Flagstaff. Another family-friendly option is renting a cabin or a vacation home rental. In general, you'll find that familiar pocket-friendly hotel and motel chains as well as lower-priced singular hotels are located in both south of town and hotels on the east side of the town. Our Flagstaff hotel guide offers a quick look at each hotel's price range and displays them on a map, or you can use our Flagstaff hotel finder to sort by location and real-time rates for your particular vacation dates.

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 Flagstaff is fortunate to be able to offer visitors vacation rental homes and cabins for accommodations ranging from one to three-bedroom homes.

Today, on average, young people are spending 4 minutes a day in the outdoors, and, it is said, 6 hours a day in front of a television or a computer. Flagstaff is a phenomenal place to reverse that trend and get young people – in fact, all people – into the Great Outdoors, as part of a healthy vacation itinerary. While it's not the most obviously family friendly destination - in fact, part of Flagstaff's appeal may just be that there are no theme parks, arcades or sprawling malls - Flagstaff is a great place for families traveling with kids, IF you know where to look.

First, there are plenty of tour operators that will expertly help you get into the surrounding canyons by jeep, horseback, all-terrain vehicles or even a train ride to the Grand Canyon, and the guides will gladly tailor their narrative to fascinate kids and pique their natural curiosity.

Second, venture out on your own; independent activities such as hiking, golf, fishing, biking, or swimming at a swimming hole are the stuff that childhood memories are made of. In fact, kids aged 6 - 12 can complete the Junior Ranger program at Arizona State Parks. If you need further specifics on where to go, look here or ask a local; most of Flagstaff's residents are open-air enthusiasts and will happily point you toward quiet locations where your kids can explore nature.

Third, if you can't separate your tween or teen from her smartphone, make it work for you! Put your kiddo in charge of taking photos with the cell phone camera during your 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 Flagstaff 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.

 

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1200 Airport Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 351-1000
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2. Little America Hotel Flagstaff

Little America is truly one of the best Flagstaff hotels. From our 500-acre private forest to our f
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2515 East Butler Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
8003524386
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3. GreenTree Inn Flagstaff

Located just minutes away from Northern Arizona University, and only three miles from Downtown Flags
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2755 South Woodlands Village Boulevard
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9287731111
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4. One Day Colorado River Float Trip From Flagstaff From Viator

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4825 North Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89108
7026485873
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5. Predator Zip Lines Camp Verde, AZ

Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature’s wildest predators.

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3505 Highway 260
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
9285679947
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6. Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend

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1515 North Main Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
1-800-514-0884
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7. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

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Fort Tuthill County Park
Fort Tuthill-Palmer Bypass, Flagstaff, AZ 86005
(888) 259-0125
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8. Arizona Mountain Inn & Cabins

Our Tudor-style inn and 17 cabins are tucked away on 13 acres of secluded Ponderosa Pines. The grou
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4200 Lake Mary Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9287748959
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9. Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

Come see Tiger Splash show at 1:15 every day. Watch Bengal tigers in natural play as they "hunt" the
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3505 Highway 260
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
9285672840
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10. Grand Canyon Railway

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233 North Grand Canyon Boulevard
Kaibab National Forest, Williams, AZ 86046
8008438724
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11. Grand Canyon Day Tour

Voted on Trip Advisor as the most popular Grand Canyon day tour. This is the best way to enjoy the G
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1515 North Main Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(800) 514-0884
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12. DoubleTree By Hilton Flagstaff

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1175 W Rte 66
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
928-773-8888
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13. Holiday Inn Express Flagstaff

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2320 East Lucky Lane
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
8003458082
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14. Forest Treks Adventure Company

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Sedona
AZ 86336
928-451-1177
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15. Bearizona Wildlife Park

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1500 West Route 66
Kaibab National Forest, Williams, AZ 86046
9286352289
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16. Wilderness River Adventures

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Page
AZ 86040
8009928022
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17. Mountain View Lodge

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11120 Margaret Way
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
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18. Sedona Day Trip from Flagstaff

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1515 N Main St
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
1-877-7-SHUTTLE
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19. Pioneer Museum

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2340 North Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9287746272
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20. The Geekery

Perfect for families, enthusiasts, and casual gamers, The Geekery in Flagstaff is your local gaming
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1800 South Milton Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 225-5803
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21. Mormon Lake Lodge

Situated in the tall pine country of Northern Arizona is just 30 min. south of Flagstaff. The quaint
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1991 Mormon Lake Road West Side
Mormon Lake, AZ 86038
9283542227
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22. The Arboretum

Open to the public from May through October, The Arboretum at Flagstaff is home to 2,500 species of
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4001 South Woody Mountain Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9287741442
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23. IMAX Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center

Located 1 mile from the National Park South Rim Entrance. Go beyond the rim in the spectacular IMAX
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Arizona 64
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
9286382468
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24. Guided Outdoor Rock Climbing & Indoor Climbing Gym

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205 South San Francisco Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9285569909
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25. Brandy's Restaurant

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1500 East Cedar Avenue
Midtown Shopping Center, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
9287792187
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26. Riordan Mansion State Park

Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, Riordan Mansion is an impressive example of gracious living
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409 West Riordan Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9287794395
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27. Big Foot BBQ

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120 North Leroux Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9282261677
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4285 North Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130
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29. La Bellavia Restaurant

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18 Beaver Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9287748301
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30. Museum of Northern Arizona

Located just three miles north of Flagstaff, MNA features exhibits relating to anthropology, biology
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3101 North Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9287745213
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31. Hotel Aspen InnSuites

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1008 East Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9287747356
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32. Days Inn & Suites Flagstaff East

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3601 East Lockett Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
9285271477
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33. Flagstaff Area National Monuments

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Flagstaff
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9285261157
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34. Hampton Inn & Suites Flagstaff

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Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9289130900
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35. Embassy Suites Flagstaff

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706 South Milton Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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36. Great West Adventure Company

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37. Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff

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300 South Milton Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9287734900
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38. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Flagstaff

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1900 Country Club Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
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