Family-Friendly Flagstaff

Family Friendly Hotels

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.

Kid Friendly Activities

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. He can even try to complete our Flagstaff Photography Challenge and share your pics with us on Instagram!

Family Friendly Restaurants

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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1. DoubleTree By Hilton Flagstaff

We are a newly renovated hotel right on route 66. With banquet space, indoor whirlpool, outdoor Jacuzzi and spa, fitness center, lounge a...  More

  • (928) 773-8888
  • 1175 W Rte 66
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

2. Pink Jeep Tours 5 Star Rated Gr...

Transform your trip to the Grand Canyon into an experience full of memories that will last a lifetime. Relax in an open-air Jeep Wrangler as...  More
  • (800) 999-2137
  • 450 AZ-64
  • Grand Canyon Village, AZ
  • 86023
  • $99.00 - $135.00

3. Grand Canyon Railway

Visit the official website for Grand Canyon Railway. Book your reservation online for a train tour on one of five classes of service on our ...  More
  • (800) 843-8724
  • 233 North Grand Canyon Boulevard
  • Williams, AZ
  • 86046
  • $65.00 - $219.00

4. Little America Hotel Flagstaff

Little America is truly one of the best Flagstaff hotels. From our 500-acre private forest to our friendly, knowledgeable concierge staff, ...  More
  • (800) 352-4386
  • 2515 East Butler Avenue
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $119.00 - $183.00

5. Bearizona Wildlife Park

At Bearizona Wildlife Park you will Steer your way through 2 miles of forest and get up close to bears, wolves, bison and more. After your d...  More
  • (928) 635-2289
  • 1500 West Route 66
  • Williams, AZ
  • 86046

6. Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Ben...

Adventure Southwest offers private group hiking and sightseeing trips to amazing Southwest destinations including Grand Canyon, Horseshoe...  More

  • (800) 514-0884
  • 1515 North Main Street
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $119.00 - $139.00

7. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Cou...

Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course is an elevated obstacle course set in the tall Ponderosa Pines. It is securely suspended between the t...  More

  • (888) 259-0125
  • Fort Tuthill County Park
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

8. Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

Come see Tiger Splash show at 1:15 every day. Watch Bengal tigers in natural play as they "hunt" their caretakers. Open Daily 9:30 a.m.-5:00...  More
  • (928) 567-2840
  • 3505 Highway 260
  • Camp Verde, AZ
  • 86322
  • $14.95 - $29.95

9. Grand Canyon Day Tour

Voted on Trip Advisor as the most popular Grand Canyon day tour. This is the best way to enjoy the Grand Canyon without doing any strenuous ...  More
  • (800) 514-0884
  • 1515 North Main Street
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $119.00 - $139.00

10. GreenTree Inn Flagstaff

Located just minutes away from Northern Arizona University, and only three miles from Downtown Flagstaff, GreenTree Inn offers guests a comf...  More
  • (928) 773-1111
  • 2755 South Woodlands Village Boulevard
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001
  • $56.00 - $125.00

11. The Ultimate Off Road Adventur...

At Guidance Air in Sedona, we fly Robinson helicopters, specifically the R44 and R66, which have unrivaled views. This means clear views fro...  More
  • (928) 351-1000
  • 1200 Airport Rd
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336

12. One Day Colorado River Float T...

For a scenic and fun day out in Arizona, you can't go past this relaxing float trip down the mighty Colorado River. After being picked up at...  More
  • (702) 648-5873
  • 4825 North Rancho Drive
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89108

13. Holiday Inn Express Flagstaff

Holiday Inn Express, Flagstaff AZ Hotel is conveniently located near the Grand Canyon at the intersection of I-40 and Butler Avenue in Flags...  More
  • (800) 345-8082
  • 2320 East Lucky Lane
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $110.00 - $170.00

14. Arizona Mountain Inn & Cab...

Our Tudor-style inn and 17 cabins are tucked away on 13 acres of secluded Ponderosa Pines. The grounds are bordered by the Coconino Nationa...  More
  • (928) 774-8959
  • 4200 Lake Mary Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

15. Predator Zip Lines Camp Verde,...

Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature’s wildest predators. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on a ...  More

  • (928) 567-9947
  • 3505 Highway 260
  • Camp Verde, AZ
  • 86322

16. Flagstaff Mountain Film Festiv...

The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival is celebrating it's 15th year of highlighting a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking ...  More
  • Flagstaff
  • AZ, US

17. Days Inn & Suites Flagstaf...

For a southwestern vacation to remember, book a room at Days Inn & Suites Flagstaff East hotel near Northern Arizona University. Our pet...  More
  • (928) 527-1477
  • 3601 East Lockett Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $79.00 - $159.00

18. Flagstaff Area National Monume...

Visit all three Flagstaff Area National Monuments: Walnut Canyon National Monument (7.5 miles), Sunset Crater Volcano (14 miles) and Wupatki...  More
  • (928) 526-1157
  • Flagstaff
  • Flagstaff, US
  • 86001

19. Guided Outdoor Rock Climbing &...

Flagstaff Climbing Center is located in historic downtown Flagstaff. The center features over 6500 square feet of widely varied climbing ter...  More
  • (928) 556-9909
  • 205 South San Francisco Street
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

20. Mormon Lake Lodge

Situated in the tall pine country of Northern Arizona is just 30 min. south of Flagstaff. The quaint Western ambiance of this remote 280-acr...  More
  • (928) 354-2227
  • 1991 Mormon Lake Road West Side
  • Mormon Lake, AZ
  • 86038

21. Grand Canyon & Navajo Indian R...

Enjoy spectacular views at the Grand Canyon South Rim and East Rim, and pick up a native American souvenir on this full day tour from Flagst...  More
  • (702) 648-5873
  • 4285 North Rancho Drive
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89130
  • $105.00 - $105.00

22. Sedona Day Trip from Flagstaff

Spend your day exploring Sedona Red Rocks on our Sedona Day Tour. Your professional Sedona Guide will take you through beautiful Sedona and ...  More
  • 18777
  • 1515 N Main St
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $69.00 - $80.00

23. Brandy's Restaurant

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  • (928) 779-2187
  • 1500 East Cedar Avenue
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

24. Hampton Inn & Suites Flags...

Flagstaff isn't just a beautiful spot in the desert; it's also one of the most conveniently located. Point your car in virtually any...  More
  • (928) 913-0900
  • 2400 South Beulah Boulevard
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001
  • $149.00 - $219.00

25. The Arboretum

Open to the public from May through October, The Arboretum at Flagstaff is home to 2,500 species of plants in greenhouses, gardens, and natu...  More
  • (928) 774-1442
  • 4001 South Woody Mountain Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

26. Pioneer Museum

Located in the historic Coconino County Hospital for the Indigent. Exhibits reflect Flagstaff and northern Arizona history, as well as ranch...  More
  • (928) 774-6272
  • 2340 North Fort Valley Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

27. Drury Inn and Suites Flagstaff

At Drury, you’re certain to stay full with our free HOT! QUIKSTART breakfast. We believe "hot" means Belgian waffles, sausage, b...  More
  • (928) 773-4900
  • 300 South Milton Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001
  • $135.00 - $195.00

28. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Flags...

Wyndham Flagstaff, located in Northern Arizona's high country, offers you a neighborhood-style home away from home with a full range of ...  More
  • (928) 526-3232
  • 1900 Country Club Drive
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $119.00 - $179.00

29. Riordan Mansion State Park

Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, Riordan Mansion is an impressive example of gracious living and Arts and Crafts style architecture. ...  More
  • (928) 779-4395
  • 409 West Riordan Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

30. Great West Adventure Company

The Grand Canyon Specialists! Several Grand Canyon tour options: helicopter tours, river rafting, Railway, IMAX, SUV tours, and scenic Sedon...  More
  • (877) 367-2383
  • Sedona
  • Sedona, Ar
  • 86336

31. La Bellavia Restaurant

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  • (928) 774-8301
  • 18 Beaver Street
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

32. The Geekery

Perfect for families, enthusiasts, and casual gamers, The Geekery in Flagstaff is your local gaming headquarters! We are your one stop shop ...  More
  • (928) 225-5803
  • 1800 South Milton Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

33. IMAX Grand Canyon National Geo...

Located 1 mile from the National Park South Rim Entrance. Go beyond the rim in the spectacular IMAX adventure film shown on a 6-story high s...  More
  • (928) 638-2468
  • Arizona 64
  • Grand Canyon Village, AZ
  • 86023

34. Museum of Northern Arizona

Located just three miles north of Flagstaff, MNA features exhibits relating to anthropology, biology, geology, and fine art. The Museum has ...  More
  • (928) 774-5213
  • 3101 North Fort Valley Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

35. Big Foot BBQ

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  • (928) 226-1677
  • 120 North Leroux Street
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

36. Residence Inn Flagstaff

The Residence Inn Flagstaff offers a comfortable home base, whether visiting the Canyon, historic Downtown Flagstaff, Northern Arizona Unive...  More
  • (928) 526-5555
  • 3440 North Country Club Drive
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $139.00 - $219.00

37. Embassy Suites Flagstaff

Nestled in the heart of Flagstaff, Arizona, our Embassy Suites Flagstaff hotel offers superb accommodations ideal for business and leisure t...  More
  • (928) 774-4333
  • 706 South Milton Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001
  • $119.00 - $219.00

38. Hotel Aspen InnSuites

he Hotel Aspen Flagstaff strives to provide our guests with the highest quality of service, exceptional value and complimentary amenities yo...  More
  • (928) 774-7356
  • 1008 East Route 66
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001
  • $75.00 - $155.00

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