Phoenix, Arizona is the fifth largest city in America, and Phoenix has many budget-friendly family activities for the whole family to enjoy. The desert landscape can be brutal in the hot summer months, but that’s an excellent time to take advantage of indoor activities. When the rest of the country is buried in snow during the winter months, Phoenix has a moderate climate and outdoor activities can be enjoyed nearly all winter long.
Spend Time at One of the Many Phoenix Parks
Parks abound in Phoenix and the surrounding suburbs. A quick search at ParkGrades.com found more than 500 parks in and around a 25-mile radius of Phoenix, Arizona. Taking the family to a park on a nice day, with a picnic lunch, can be a great outing that everyone can enjoy.
Because of the hot temperatures in Phoenix, some parks have “spray grounds” that let the kids cool off as an option to getting into a pool. Many parks offer amenities such as tennis courts, hiking trails, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, and wide open fields for organized games or birthday parties. This budget-friendly way to spend the day might just be a favorite of most younger children.
Take in a Minor League Baseball Game for Free
The Arizona Rookie League of Minor League Baseball (MiLB) plays its games at ball fields in Phoenix and surrounding towns of Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Goodyear, Surprise, and Peoria, Arizona. Admission is free to these games.
The games are held during the hot summer temperatures starting in mid-June and go through August. But if the kids want to watch baseball up close and personal, this is a great way to do it totally free. Take along plenty of cold water and a cap or hat to stay cooler. Most of the games are played at night, which make tolerating the heat a bit easier. And the free admission price is right.
Ride the Free Old Town Scottsdale Trolley
Old Town Scottsdale has a quaint downtown with shops, restaurants, and art galleries. The free Scottsdale trolley will take you all around Old Town Scottsdale, which is a great way to see what’s available on each street without hitting the hot pavement.
The trolley has four routes that run at varying intervals. It even goes to the Scottsdale Fashion Mall to save you the hassle of finding parking. Kids like to ride the old-fashioned trolley and pull the cord to signal the driver when it’s time to get off.
Visit a Museum for Free
Many Phoenix area museums are free all the time or have free days each month. The Arizona Capitol Museum is free every day. There’s even free parking. The Phoenix Art Museum is free each Tuesday from 3 to 9 p.m. For a closer look at more free museum days at museums in and around Phoenix, check out Phoenix With Kids.
For a taste of the desert landscape around Phoenix, check out photos of the Desert Botanical Garden.