Sedona, Arizona is a beautiful place to take that next family vacation. It’s filled with natural wonders, beauty, red rock formations, and of course home to that beautiful Arizona sunset. But did you know there are plenty of things to do in Sedona with kids?
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I haven’t been (yet!), but I’ve put together a fun list of family friendly activities in Sedona for when I do. Check out the top things to do in Sedona with kids with the list below!
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How to Get To Sedona
The closest airport to Sedona is Flagstaff. If you’re able to fly in here, it’s about 40 minutes of a drive to get to Sedona.
However; the closest major airport to Sedona is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). You’ll most likely have better luck flying into Phoenix, as well as more affordable airfares. From PHX, it’s just about 2 hours of a drive to Sedona.
🚙 If you are flying in, don’t forget to reserve a rental car in advance! Check here to compare prices.
What is the Best Time to Visit Sedona?
March-May and October-November will give you the most comfortable temperatures in Sedona, ranging from high 60s to 85 degree-highs throughout those months.
Unless you’ve got lots of water activities planned, I would recommend staying away during the core summer months, as temperatures reach 90s and 100s. As Sedona has a lot of great outdoor activities, that might not be so comfortable for you or the kids.
Family-Friendly Hotels in Sedona
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The Sedona Real Inn and Suites – From $159 A pool, beautiful scenery, and rooms that can fit up to 6 people make this highly rated hotel the perfect place for families. Located in the West Sedona.
Matterhorn Inn– from $152. Get a room, or get a house! You can definitely fit your family at Matterhorn Inn. It’s nicely updated, clean, has an outdoor pool, and is walking distance to attractions in Sedona (like Tlaquepaque).
Junipine Resort– From $275 This apartment-style hotel will comfortably fit your whole family. The natural setting will really make you feel like you’ve escaped! It’s highly rated, and located right near Slide Rock State Park.
Top Things to do in Sedona with Kids!
Now on to the best things to do in Sedona for families!
Try an Amazing Stargazing and UFO Tour
Sedona is mainly known for its red rock and its stargazing potential. Reserve a spot on a stargazing tour with a guide who knows just where to go.
On this tour, you’ll get military grade goggles to watch for stars, UFOs, and other things part of the spiritual realm.
The tour is highly rated (and the most popular company), and kids can join, too. However, young kids will have to share goggles with an adult and be supervised due to the cost of goggles.
Want a tour with just stargazing, and with a refundable option? This one is highly rated as well!
Photo by Deborah Lee Soltesz, March 21, 2016. Credit U.S. Forest Service Coconino National Forest on Flickr
Palatki Ruins – Sedona with Kids
Forest Rd #795, Sedona
Kids will love exploring these cliff dwellings in Sedona. Filled with pictographs in one section, you can step back in history over 1,000 years ago to the largest cliff dwellings in the red rock area.
There are 3 trails to different areas, and doing them all is only about 1.5 miles round trip.
Strollers will not be able to access everything, so I recommend a carrier for the young ones!
Open 7 days a week, reservations required most times. Call (928) 282-3854 to reserve. Check the usda website for updated info.
America the Beautiful passes accepted.
Shop, Eat, and Play at Tlaquepaque in Sedona with Kids
336 AZ-179, Sedona
Visiting Tlaquepaque, the Arts and Shopping Village, is an experience. Tlaquepaque is a charming village with a cozy courtyard, filled with a beautiful fountain, shops, and restaurants.
It was designed and created after a traditional Mexican Village and will give the whole family a unique, southwest experience.
If you time it right, you may be able to stop in on one of the short improv plays or poetry readings that happen year round.
Or, April through October brings lizards and snakes in a hands-on (and FREE) experience the first Tuesday of the month.
So yes, Tlaquepaque is more than just shopping. It’s filled with fun, festive, and educational events all year long, making it a great stop for kids in Sedona.
See here for the current Events Schedule.
Photo by Deborah Lee Soltesz, January 19, 2011. Credit: USFS Coconino National Forest on Flickr
Visit the Sinkhole and Seven Sacred Pools – Sedona with Kids
Soldier Pass Trailhead, Forest Service 9904 Rd, Sedona
There’s tons of hiking to be done, but this is a perfect hike for kids in Sedona to see some cool geological features.
Head to the Soldier Pass Trail to visit. The whole loop is 4.5 miles, but you don’t have to go that distance to see the sinkhole and Seven Sacred Pools.
The sinkhole was formed after a giant, underground cave collapsed. The Seven Sacred Pools are just that: pools that formed within the rock.
The scenery is guaranteed to be awesome and kids will love finding the fun formations.
Arrive early, parking is very limited.
Cool Off at Grasshopper Pointe in Sedona with Kids
N State Rte 89A, Sedona
A hot spot for those hot days, Grasshopper Pointe makes a great place for swimming and playing. You can hike along the creek, and jump in at the large swim area.
Pack a picnic and enjoy the day at Grasshopper Pointe. This is one of many perfect things to do in Sedona with kids. They’ll love playing and splashing around.
While there are spots for cliff jumping, it is discouraged for obvious safety reasons.
Also, depths can vary in the swim areas. I’d make sure little swimmers have their floaties to stay safe, as well as water shoes for the rocky floors below (we have these water shoes. They work great at an affordable price.)
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Have an Easy and Convenient Day of Fishing in Sedona with Kids
3500 N State Rte 89A, Sedona
Head over to Rainbow Trout Farm where everyone can enjoy some time fishing. You’ll be set up with a pole, bait, and everything you need to fish in the fresh, artesian spring water ponds.
The fish are hatched and raised with high-quality feed (no hormones or antibiotics.)
After you get your catch, you can season and grill it up right on site. It’s a family activity and meal all-in-one.
The Natural Playground at Slide Rock State Park in Sedona with kids
6871 AZ-89A, Sedona
The area of Slide Rock State Park started as homestead back in the early 1900’s. It grew into a large apple orchard before it became a fun, popular spot for tourists to explore.
At Slide Rock State Park, you can still see the old homestead and cabins on the land.
Make sure to bring your swim suit, because you can also hop into the water and go down a few natural slides in the water, or jump off some lower cliffs for some adventure. The slide is about 80 feet long, and covered in algae to make it nice and slick!
If you don’t want to slide, you can find the watering hole to just relax.
If you’re looking for what to do in Sedona with kids on a hot, sunny day, this is the perfect way to cool off.
Currently $10-$30 per vehicle admission (depending on day/time of year). See here for updated info
Chapel of the Holy Cross – Sedona with Kids
780 Chapel Rd, Sedona
Is visiting a church really a fun thing for kids to do in Sedona?
This isn’t just any church. It’s actually the top attraction in Sedona, and for good reason.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona has a cool history with it, as well as a cool location. It is built right within the red rocks of Sedona. The concept was born in 1932 and actually was hoped to be built in Hungary, but with the outbreak of WWII rancher/sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude decided to build it right at home in Arizona.
The church was completed in 1956.
You can go in today and admire the architecture and setting of this Catholic church.
Visitors are welcome everyday between 9am and 5pm. Please be respectful (and quiet) as you enter.
For more info, visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross’ website.
What to do in Sedona with Kids
Sedona is packed-full of things to do with kids. Every kid loves to play in water, and Sedona gives you plenty of options! You can really plan a fun family vacation to Sedona with different things to do and sites to see.
What will you be visiting in Sedona with kids?