Spring Break 2022: Arizona Day Trip and Overnight Adventure Guide

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Spring Break Buffalo ParkHi, friends! 

With Spring Break approaching, and no plans in sight, I asked my fellow contributors for their top pick for Spring Break fun. 

Whether it’s a place to play, a vacation, or a day trip! I wanted to round-up our top in-state picks for Spring Break 2022 with kids! 

Hope you find inspiration in these suggestions and let us know where you are heading for Spring Break!

xo,

Ashley


Day Trips:

Barbara’s pick: Colossal Cave, Vail/Tucson 

I’m an Arizona native and I didn’t know about this hidden gem until recently! The classic cave guided tour lasts about 45 minutes and each participant gets their own lantern which kids think is super neat (even if you’ll end up holding it 15 minutes later). 

Note that this is a school-aged kid day trip; children under 5 are not allowed on the tour.

Mom hack: cave tours require online reservations ahead of time.

Tiffany’s pick: Fossil Creek 

Fossil Creek is a great day trip for Spring Break. Not only is the water and scenery beautiful, but you also get a workout getting to the waterfall. Taking our children and getting them down to the waterfall was very adventurous, 10/10 recommend it. 

Make sure you bring plenty of water and snacks but don’t over pack because lugging bags will become difficult. 

Most importantly park at the nearest parking lot that you can, the waterfall lot preferably. It fills up fast, so get your parking pass months in advance. 

Laurel’s pick: Montezuma’s Castle

While her kids were initially disappointed that this castle didn’t have Anna and Elsa, they loved checking out these awesome rock carvings!

With this adventure being only a 2 hour drive from the valley, (in Camp Verde) it makes a great day trip for a variety of ages. These dwellings were originally produced by the Sinagua people, making for a great history lesson too! 

It’s also very close to the Out of Africa Adventure Park and Kid’s Quest at Cliff Castle if you wanted to make it a longer stay! 

Overnight Stays

Kira’s pick: Strawberry

We love going to Strawberry every year because it’s an easy drive (only about 1.5-2 hours from the East Valley). It’s an adorable, accessible town- everything is conveniently located with lots of great accommodations to choose from! 

There are great food options, our family loves the Randall House for breakfast. Also, there is SNOW! We had a bunch of snow last year and it was so fun for the kids. 

 

Amy’s pick: Cozy Peach at Schnepf Farms

We recently stayed at Schnepf Farm’s glamping experience called The Cozy Peach and loved it. Vintage Airstream trailers have been updated to be cozy “cabins” where families can camp on the farm. 

Guests have access to explore Schnepf Farms during the day and at night can unwind at their glamp-site with a fire pit, yard games and more. 

Trailers are equipped with microwaves, fridges and outdoor barbeques for rustic meals (we brought steaks for one night!), or it’s close enough to town to head out for dinner (like our favorite, Uncle Bear’s Brewery) and make it back to the farm for s’mores on the fire pit. 

Kim’s pick: Greer

We had so much fun spending our last Spring Break in Greer. We joked it wasn’t very “springy” but it sure was “breaky”! Spring Break Greer

Greer is significantly colder than the valley and it can snow as late as May! There are places to sled and for the bid kids sunrise is only 8 miles away for a day at the slopes! 

If you crave a slower pace and aren’t ready for the heat, Greer is a great spot for your Spring Break! 

Ashley’s pick: Flagstaff 

I don’t like being in the middle of nowhere on vacation, and I love having lots to see and do. We love vacationing up in Flagstaff, with two toddler aged kids. I love that Flagstaff can be as eventful or relaxed as I want it to be. 

With a million fun parks, lots of great local food and drinks, we enjoy spending a couple days throughout the year up in Flagstaff. 

Little America hotel is fun with small kids as the property is huge for fun walks and has a playground on site. Buffalo Park is a great place to picnic, hike and hangout! 

Lindsey’s pick: Marriott Star Pass in Tucson 

I chose Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, they have a family friendly vibe, lovely pool amenities, and yummy food! Kids eat dinner free with a paid adult and you can get a free 9 holes of golf per day. Plus, I can get the perfect cocktail while I watch my kiddos play! 

With amazing views and a ton of fun places to visit in Tucson, our family loves staying here near the action! 

Close to the Reid Park Zoo, Pima Air and Space Museum and more! 

Need more travel tips, tricks and ideas? Check out more of our travel posts here!

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Ashley is Disney-Obsessed Momma to 2 adorable little ones (Charlotte & John) who are both in their toddler years. She has two fun and lovable rescue pups, and an amazing husband whom she first met in second grade. Together they all enjoy hiking and supporting small local businesses. In her free time Ashley is a basic mom who, like most, enjoys Target, coffee, and wine! She also enjoys traveling to Disneyland and eating Pineapple Dole Whip frequently. She loves eating all things sweet, and loves the rain! She is a HUGE fan of watching Disney movies and drinking iced coffee year round. It’s never too cold for iced coffee, seriously, she drinks it in the snow. Ashley’s perfect day (besides a day spent in Disneyland) would be snuggling on the couch watching a Disney movie with a great cup of iced coffee, and the door open to the rain outside!

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