What are the five best things to do with kids in Sedona?

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Stacey Wittig

Young visitors to Sedona will find all sorts of outdoor adventures and cool places to see. Here are the five best things to do with kids in Sedona:

1. Slide into Oak Creek. With its slippery natural waterslides worn into the red rock,  Slide Rock State Park is a favorite swimming hole for Arizona families. Join the fun and frolic on Oak Creek where the water gushes through an 80-foot groove in the crimson sandstone. There are other kid-friendly places to wade and swim along this half-mile section of the picturesque creek. Please be aware that there is no lifeguard on duty.

2. Feed a giraffe. Take a bush safari through habitats full of wild animals at Out of Africa Wildlife Park. Children will delight in seeing zebras and ostriches up close and feeding carrots to the giraffes.  As you ride in a safari vehicle, park guides narrate. After the tour, explore the aviary or Wildlife Preserve via narrated trolley or tram for photo ops of lions, tigers, wolves and hyenas. Expect wide eyes during the Tiger Splash, Wonders of Wildlife and Giant Snake shows.

3. Ride the Sedona Trolley. See the sights and get your local bearings with a ride on the trolley that passes local attractions, historic sites and humorously named rock formations. Children love the local nature stories. The narrative is a relaxing way for busy parents to learn more about the area without having to read lots of tour books or websites. Stops allow for taking photos of your children in front of some of the best red rock vistas. The driver will point out attractions and restaurants that will make your family vacation more enjoyable.

4. Discover arrowheads and potsherds. Kids will be looking for Indiana Jones around every corner of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde. The center displays arrowheads, large jars and other prehistoric household items unearthed locally Friendly and knowledgeable staff will answer questions about the lives of ancient Native Americans. Learn about the Yavapai-Apache that still live in the area with a “In their Own Words” display. Make sure to get a Sinagua Circle self-guided road tour of local archaeological parks including Tuzigoot National Monument, Montezuma’s Castle, Montezuma’s Well, and Palatki and Honanki Heritage Sites.

5. Cowboy up! In the Kids Korral at Sedona Historical Society and Heritage Museum, children choose from a trunk load of costumes for old-fashioned dress up. Take photos of your child against colorful backdrops of Sedona frontier life. And just like ranchers of the Old West, kids can design their stamp like the ones used to brand cattle.  Then explore the museum with illustrated scavenger hunt sheets or museum activity books of puzzles, mazes and art projects. The audio tour shares personal stories of Sedona’s early settlers while you view displays about pioneers, cowboys and movies made in Sedona.

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