When guests fly in for the holidays, it can be difficult to think of ways to keep them entertained. Luckily, we have your go-to list of some of the West Valley’s most unusual, exciting, and memorable attractions!
Here are 13 unique ideas for entertaining out-of-town guests over the holidays (organized by town for your convenience):
- Located at 16594 W. Garfield St. Goodyear, AZ 85338
- Hours: 8:00am-8:00pm daily
What better place to show guests the beauty of Arizona than from the sky? With Equinox Hot Air Balloon Rides, you and the whole gang can enjoy the adventure of a lifetime soaring over the Sonoran Desert and learning about the history of this oldest form of manned flight. Click here to book your ride now.
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Take visiting friends on a walk around the neighborhood on the New River Trail. The Peoria side leads into Rio Vista Community Park, which features a skate park, splash park, picnic areas, and more. It’s the perfect place to end the day exploring all that this trail has to offer!
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Located at 7701 W. Paradise Ln. Peoria AZ 85382
Treat your family to something special by booking a holiday party at the Arizona Broadway Theater. Enjoy a delicious, festive meal while catching a professional Broadway production, all in one convenient location. When it comes to making your event one to remember, no place beats ABT!
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- Located at 9700 N. 91st Ave. Peoria, AZ 85345
- Hours: 5:00pm-10:00pm Monday; 3:00pm-10:00pm Tuesday-Friday; 10:00am-7:00pm Saturday; 11:00am-5:00pm Sunday
If your visitors are up for some healthy competition, swing them by the Ape Index Rock Climbing Gym. All first-timers complete a thorough orientation session and there are walls for every skill level, so everyone can enjoy a fun and safe rock climbing experience.
- Located at 13649 N. Litchfield Rd. Surprise, AZ 85374
Surprise’s AMC Theatre offers an unparalleled experience with reserved seating in cushy recliners, a bar with movie-inspired cocktails, and IMAX, the most immersive movie-watching system to date.
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- Located at 7602 S. Avondale Blvd. Avondale, AZ 85323
Treat your visiting NASCAR fans to a weekend unlike any other at the Phoenix International Raceway! Reserve an RV space and camp out as you watch your favorite drivers race to victory. The Can-Am 500 NASCAR Semi-Final Weekend is this November 10-12, so book your space in ZOOMTOWN, USA now.
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- Located at 16501 W. Northern Ave. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
- Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm daily (Zoo Exhibits); 9:00am-7:00pm daily (Aquarium Exhibits)
Introduce your guests to the largest collection of exotic animals in Arizona at Wildlife World. This park features everything from ocean predators and Safari animals to their rare and coveted white alligator. Don’t bring visitors to any plain old zoo, bring them to Wildlife World!
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- Located at 3000 S. Palo Verde Rd. Buckeye, AZ 85326
- Hours: 8:00am-6:00pm daily
For your guests who are seeking a thrill before heading home, take them to the Desert Skydiving Center. This spot offers skydive coaching and tandem jumps (by appointment). With a friendly staff and a clean landing area, you and the gang can have a safe, yet exhilarating experience to check off the bucket list.
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- Located at 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Glendale, AZ 85310
- Hours: For info on hours for 2017, click here
Arizona in the fall and winter can still get pretty hot, so if you and your visitors are looking to beat that heat, consider heading over to Wet’n’Wild Phoenix. This park features numerous water slides, a wave pool, a splash playground, and so much more. With something for the whole family, Wet’n’Wild feels like a summer vacation in the middle of November.
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- Located at 819 N. 195th Ave. Buckeye, AZ 85326
What better way to take advantage of the desert terrain than with an ATV? At AZ ATV Rentals, you and your guests can rent an ATV vehicle and they can either deliver it to you or you can pick it up on your way to the Glamis Sand Dunes, Salton Sea, Copper Basin, or other great Arizona riding destination. Click here to book your ATV rental today.
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- Located at 415 E. Grant St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
Drop some knowledge on visiting family and friends with a trip to the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. Here, guests will learn about the African American heritage, art, and culture that helped to make Arizona the state it is today. For more information on the history of this institution, click here.
- Located at 849 N. 3rd Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85003
For a fun and quirky educational experience over the holidays, take your guests to Phoenix’s Museum of Television. Through interactive exhibits, you can explore how TV has changed over the years and how it has shaped today’s modern American culture. Take the ultimate trip down memory lane this season!
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- Located at 145 W. Adams St. Phoenix, AZ 85003
- Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday; closed Saturday-Sunday
Take your visitors on a trip back in time at the Wells Fargo History Museum. Explore a replica stagecoach, an interactive telegraph, and an art gallery featuring the largest public display of N.C. Wyeth’s western-themed work. With various holiday events and guided tours offered, you can all get the most out of this one-of-a-kind Arizona attraction!
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