With its spectacular landscapes, warm climate, Navajo heritage, and numerous kid-friendly resorts, Arizona offers so many great things to do on family trips. A favorite destination to enjoy luxurious resorts for many travelers, the Grand Canyon State also offers a combination of luxury and convenience to families looking for a winter respite or summer getaway.
Arizona Grand Resort
Located just 15 minutes from the Phoenix airport, the Arizona Grand Resort has its own private seven-acre Oasis Park, which features three water slides, a 10,000-square-foot wave pool, and lazy Zuni River—and that's all in addition to the resort's six swimming locales spread across the resort grounds.
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort
Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains outside of Tucson, the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort offers tennis, golf, hiking trails, stunning desert mountain views, and a number of on-site restaurants. For families, the kicker is the Desert Springs Oasis pool area, complete with a 143-foot waterslide and a splash pad for younger kids. You can also relax in the hot springs and a waterfall-fed cold plunge.
Tanque Verde Ranch
Founded in 1868, the all-inclusive Tanque Verde Ranch in the Sonoran desert outside of Tucson offers all the horseback riding you want plus a spa, swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, mountain biking, and dedicated children's programs for kids ages 4 to 12.
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa
Twenty minutes from the Phoenix airport, the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa offers four acres of pools and water park features including a waterslide and a 1,600-foot lazy river. Parents can enjoy a soothing spa and two championship golf courses, too.
The Wigwam resort near Phoenix is upscale and unabashedly family-friendly, offering plush adobe-style casitas, swimming pools, a waterslide, and more. Plus, the hotel holds Camp Wigwam for kids on the weekends in the summer, which allows children to participate in activities such as obstacle courses, movies at the pool, and more.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Properly plush yet still kid-friendly, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess draws families with five lagoon-style pools and waterslides, dive-in movies, and a kids' program for children ages 5 to 12 (for a fee). This is Arizona, so naturally, there's also a spa and two championship golf courses.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa
The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch wows families with its oasis-like setting, Camp Hyatt kids club, and 2.5-acre water playground that includes a sand beach, 10 pools, and three-story waterslides. Younger kids and teenagers will enjoy the on-site climbing wall, putting green, and fun zone with giant versions of classic games like Jenga and Connect Four.
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa
Located in the desert near Tucson Mountain Park, the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort appeals to families with its multi-level pool complex complete with a lazy river and waterslide, kids' programs, terrific hiking, and other outdoor activities.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Feel like splurging? Four Seasons Resorts Scottsdale at Troon North is a secluded luxury property known for exemplary service and pampering. That pampering extends to pint-sized visitors, who get their own child-sized bathrobes, kids' menus, and complimentary kids' program for ages 5 to 12.
A historic landmark, the Arizona Biltmore is an upscale Phoenix property with kids' programs, family activities, playground, pools, and a waterslide. Families can play croquet on-site or rent bikes for scenic excursions around the property.
Rancho de los Caballeros
The low-key, ultra-authentic Rancho de los Caballeros in Wickenburg offers up many decades of history. Your kids will feel like real-life cowboys and cowgirls while horseback riding on the hotel ranch. Explore the Sonoran desert on ATV tours or guided hikes. Parents can take advantage of the supervised kids' club where the little ones can hang out so they can enjoy the spa, golf course, or a romantic meal alone.