The Enchanted Island Amusement Park is a special place where those children who typically can't participate at regular amusement parks, because they are too young or small, can have their day. This place is designed for kids up to ten years old. Before they even enter the amusement park, children will be delighted by the ducks and/or geese in the lagoon outside the park entrance.
Some rides in Enchanted Island at have a maximum height restriction, and several rides require that children under a certain height ride with an adult. All children under 42" tall must be accompanied on rides by paying adult.
Enchanted Island Amusement Park is located within the more than 200 acres that comprise Encanto Park. It's easy to spend an entire day with the family enjoying the rides along with park facilities including the lake and a public swimming pool.
The amusement park, itself, is not owned by the City of Phoenix.
What To Expect at Enchanted Island
Expect lots of smiles as both children an adults enjoy this smaller, gentler amusement park. It is easy to walk Enchanted Island, and you'll probably cover it several times while your kids go on rides over and over again. Don't forget your camera!
If older kids are with you, you might find that after a ride or two they wander over to the shaded arcade to play some coin-operated games.
There are several special events throughout the year including an Easter Egg Hunt and a winter wonderland during the Christmas season, complete with snow! Coupons are usually not accepted during special events.
You can purchase snacks and beverages at the Enchanted Island snack bar.
About the Rides
There are nine different rides at Enchanted Island Amusement Park.
- Red Barron airplane ride
- Mimi Enterprise spaceship ride
- Rock 'n' Roll twirling cars
- Kiddie Cars
- Bumper Boats
- Parachute Ride
- Dragon Wagon roller coaster
- Encanto Carousel
- C.P. Huntington Train
Pedal boats are available to rent at the Encanto Park lake, but they are not part of the amusement park. There is a separate charge to rent a boat.
In 2009 Enchanted Island opened the Splash Zone for summer, wet fun. Cool down, get drenched, soaked or splashed at the Flower Showers and Water Mushrooms. Bring your swimsuit and towel; children in diapers must wear swimmer pants. Admission to the Splash Zone is included with your general admission to the amusement park. If you aren't interested in the rides, you can purchase an all-day Splash Zone pass at a reduced price (no charge for adults accompanied by paying children).
Tip: If you purchase a day pass to Enchanted Island you can leave the amusement park, go to the pedal boats or the Encanto Park swimming pool and then come back later in the same day for more rides. Just make sure you do not remove that wristband!
Parties and Picnics
Picnics and parties are common occurrences at Enchanted Island Amusement Park. There are several areas where your group can enjoy a birthday party, camp or school outing, or a family reunion. Children get all-day ride passes and, depending on what you arrange with the management, there is availability for food, cake, hats, balloons and more.
Planning your company's family picnic? Enchanted Island can take care of that, too, with several food options, all-day ride passes, pedal boats,as well as other options like live music, family games, clowns or face painting.
Keep in mind that unless you have made prior arrangements with the management, food is not allowed to be brought into Enchanted Island Amusement Park.
A Special Carousel
Enchanted Island Amusement Park has been in operation since 1991, and the Encanto Carousel has a prominent central location at the amusement park; it is, appropriately, the center of attention!
The carousel at Enchanted Island is the oldest continuously-operating carousel in Arizona. In 1998, in celebration of the carousel's 50th birthday, it was donated to the City of Phoenix as a permanent fixture at Encanto Park.
Like all the other rides at Enchanted Island, you can pay as you go, so if you are in the area, you can simply purchase individual tickets for a very reasonably priced ride or two on the carousel.
Ride the Train
The original C. P. Huntington was built for the Central Pacific Railroad and used in the construction of the transcontinental railroad. Southern Pacific donated the engine to the State of California in 1964. It is now housed in the California State Railroad Museum.
Here in Phoenix, children and adults can ride a 1/3 replica of the C.P. Huntington Train. It takes less than 10 minutes to take the leisurely ride around Encanto Park. Don't forget that because there's no general admission charge to get into Enchanted Island, you can just stop by now and then, buy individual tickets, and take the train ride.
Hours, Location, Admission
Enchanted Island is open every weekend and most holidays except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Weekday operations and operating hours vary tremendously throughout the year and are limited in the summer months. Typically they open at 10 a.m. except in June, July and August when they switch to mornings, weekends and evening hours. Enchanted Island is almost always closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, except on holidays and the last two weeks of December. It's best to check the calendar before you go!
Enchanted Island Location
Enchanted Island Amusement Park is located in Encanto Park an historic residential section of downtown Phoenix, Arizona.
Enchanted Island Address
1202 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Directions to the Enchanted Island Amusement Park at Encanto Park
From the north: Take I-17 south to Thomas Road, exit and turn left (east) on Thomas. At 15th Avenue turn right (south) and drive to Encanto Blvd. Make a left turn (east). The entrance to Enchanted Island Amusement Park will be on your left.
From the south/ southeast: Take I-10 west toward Phoenix (Papago Freeway). Exit at 7th Avenue. Turn right (north) on 7th Avenue and drive to Encanto Blvd. Make a left (west). The entrance to Enchanted Island Amusement Park will be on your right.
From the east/northeast: Take either the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway west, or SR 51 Piestewa Peak Parkway south to I-10 west, Papago Freeway. Exit I-10 at 7th Avenue. Turn right (north) on 7th Avenue and drive to Encanto Blvd. Make a left (west). The entrance to Enchanted Island Amusement Park will be on your right.
Enchanted Island Prices
There is no admission charge at Enchanted Island. You pay as you go. Tickets are purchased at the entrance by the Clock Tower. The best deal is an all day pass. If you are in the neighborhood at least a few times during the year, you can buy a one year pass for your child and he/or she can enjoy unlimited rides for that year. The prices are very reasonable. An All-Day Pass is $17 and a Year Pass (12 months from date of purchase) is $70 +tax (2016). What a great gift idea for a niece, nephew or grandchild!
Check the Enchanted Island website for individual ticket prices for rides.
More About Encanto Park
The park offers lighted basketball, boating, exercise course, lighted handball/racquetball, picnic area, playground, pool, lighted softball, recreation building, restrooms, lighted volleyball, lighted tennis courts, grills, urban fishing, lagoon. There is a municipal golf course at Encanto Park.
Encanto Park Address
2605 North 15th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85007
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice. Some rides may be closed from time to time for maintenance.