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Castles ‘n’ Coasters

  Stop by your local family fun center, Castles ‘n’ Coasters, for go-karting, arcade games, mini-golf and roller coasters. Located close to your I-17 hotel in Phoenix, this popular destination has been known for their “rides ‘n’ stuff” since 1992. With attractions for all ages, whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely carousel go-around or a thrill-inducing high-stakes roller coaster just for the big kids, you’ll get all your kicks at Castles ‘n’ Coasters. Splash Down is the perfect way to chill out on a hot summer day, or you can head indoors for all-day games, treats and more. Private parties are available for special events, and children under four years old are welcome to ride or play for free with an adult reservation. Customize your party by connecting with a party planning expert and let the professionals take care of all the work for you! Party On Like Royalty The local amusement park was originally built in 1977 as Golf ‘n’ Stuff, family-owned and operated. However, in the 90s the park was renovated and expanded to include 10 acres and a number of rides. It still features the state’s only double-loop coaster, Desert Storm, along with a long […]

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South Mountain Park

  Hurry before the heat arrives! Hiking South Mountain Park gives outdoor lovers incredible views of the city and landscape, and May is the perfect time of year for a visit. Explore, 16,000 acres with three mountain ranges including the Ma-Ha-Tauk, Guadalupe and Gila. As one of the biggest parks in the U.S., there are 51 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Boasting options for all ability levels, South Mountain Park offers a unique way to experience Arizona. At the main entrance, drive just over five miles to Dobbins Lookout. Schedule your visit for sunrise or sunset for the most impressive views of the valley. You can also check out Gila Lookout for a view of the gorgeous Gila River Valley. Keep in mind that scenic roads are used by hikers and bikers, too. A Phoenix High The highest point in the park is Mount Suppoa, which isn’t accessible to the public but soars above the skyline at 2,690 feet. There’s Dobbins Lookout for hikers at 2,330 feet, the highest accessible point in the park. Pack a picnic lunch and spend some time discovering the beauty of this sprawling park, from the maintained trails to the […]

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Butterfly Wonderland

  There’s so much more to the Butterfly Wonderland than gorgeous winged creatures, especially with the Reptiles of the Rainforest opening in time for spring. Here, you’ll discover the full and incredible life of the butterfly all the way from caterpillar to the chrysalis stage and beyond. Spring is the perfect time for a visit, with many butterflies emerging and drying their wings before daily releases as they take flight. The newest experience introduces guests to a slithering slew of rainforest inhabitants. You’ll have a chance to get up close to amphibians and reptiles as you learn more about the creatures that so often share space with butterflies in rainforests. Meet green tree pythons from New Guinea, dwarf caimans and stunning dart frogs in every imaginable color. A Wild Ride Whether you’re visiting with little ones, on a solo adventure or planning an epic date, Butterfly Wonderland is an excellent choice and close to your hotel in Phoenix. Take a break in the 3D theater, where butterflies seemingly jump off the screen in the “Flight of the Butterflies” short feature. Watch daily hatchings in the Butterfly Emergence gallery, and head to America’s Largest Butterfly Pavilion to see over 3,000 butterflies […]

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