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Planning a family vacation to Arizona? Whether you’re taking the family to the Grand Canyon, taking advantage of the pools, golf courses and other amusements in the Phoenix area, or something else, you’ll have a wide range of accommodation options to choose from. These Airbnb rentals, from homes with gorgeous pools to farm stays, are some of the coolest kid-friendly picks.
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The Playhouse Retreat is the ultimate Airbnb to bring the kids, not only in Arizona, but perhaps world wide. It provides plenty of luxuries for the adults but it’s truly a child’s dream home with a village of playhouses, a gated saltwater pool and hot tub, a playground, mini golf course, splash pad, and soccer field. Inside, there’s a playroom filled with toys and games, and two bedrooms just for the kids, including one with a crib and another one with two sets of bunk beds. It includes in-home chefs, daily housekeeping, full concierge services, transportation coordination, on-demand grocery delivery, and much more.
The Grand Canyon Train house is sure to please adults and kids alike. It’s located close to the Grand Canyon Train in Williams, perfect for families who plan on enjoying the ride to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Not only does it resemble the train station but it offers fabulous indoor and outdoor spaces – in fact, you can even watch the train from the front yard. Clean and spacious, it includes a full kitchen, a grill, and a deck for alfresco dining as well as a washer/dryer and train-themed board games.
This four-bedroom home is located in downtown Gilbert and sits on a large lot that includes all sorts of amenities for the entire family. There’s a giant outdoor chess game, plenty of space to run around, a ladder ball, a beautiful heated pool, and a fire pit where you can roast marshmallows under the stars. It comes stocked with board games, bikes, and all the essentials, including a full kitchen and game room. When you want to dine out, it’s just a mile from Gilbert’s dining district which hosts favorites like Zin Burger and Liberty Market.
This large two-bedroom home in Tucson accommodates six and includes so many amenities you might think you’re staying at a resort. You won’t have to go anywhere for entertainment as it has a game room with a 50″ TV, Ping Pong, Foosball, an electronic dartboard, a Playstation 4 with games, and a golf practice net. There’s a 4-hole putting green, a heated pool that’s maintained throughout the year, a large sauna, 8- to 10-person hot tub, and pool basketball. You’ll have access to a paved trail for biking, with bicycles available if you don’t bring your own too. Of course, all the necessities like a kitchen and Wi-Fi are also included.
Perfect for a family who wants to enjoy the beauty of Sedona’s red rocks – you can bring the kids and even the cousins to this four-bedroom Airbnb that can sleep as many as 17 guests. It offers a view that looks like Disneyland’s Thunder Mountain – in fact, Walt Disney once noted that he got quite a bit of his inspiration from Sedona. Relax and enjoy cookouts on the wood-burning grill built right into the red rocks (or on the regular gas grill) while enjoying the views. There’s a fire pit that’s ideal for gathering around under a brilliant night’s sky along with amenities for the little ones like a baby bath, books, toys, and plastic dinnerware.
Enjoy Arizona’s cooler mountain terrain with a stay at this log cabin in Flagstaff. It’s close to scenic trails that wind through the wildlife-filled forest and Route 66, while the Grand Canyon is a doable day trip just 90 minutes away. It includes two bedrooms, with a loft in one that the kids can climb up into and enjoy their own little hideaway. You’ll find everything a family needs, including a washer/dryer and a pack ‘n play, a full kitchen and Wi-Fi.
The kids are sure to be excited about this unique underground Kiva, a type of traditional underground room used by Native Americans to take part in religous rituals and host meetings. It’s half underground and filled with charms with sky views from every angle. There’s no TV but you’ll enjoy plenty of outdoor space on a quarter-acre lot along with jaw-dropping sunsets over the Sonoran desert. There are walking trails to explore and an outdoor fire pit on the property for enjoying those amazing starry nights and making s’mores.
Located at the River Ridge Guest Ranch 90 miles southeast of Tucson in the scenic San Pedro River Valley, this three-bedroom ranch-style house can accommodate a large crew and is kid-, pet-, horse-, and RV-friendly. With 28 acres and miles and miles of hiking/biking trails just outside the gate, you’ll have plenty of room to roam, and for the kids to burn off all that energy. The house has a design that brings the outdoors in, and as it sits at an elevation of 4,200 feet, the climate is moderate year-round. Enjoy soaking in the backyard hot tub, watching the animals roam around, and all the comforts of home too. Plus, Bisbee is less than a 30-minute drive away for a fun day trip.
Enjoy a unique farm stay at the Lodestar Loft in Apache County east of Show Low, a place that one guest notes is like “accidentally stumbling into a secret hideaway that showers you with peace and tranquility,” with beautiful sunsets, mountain views and a vast night’s sky. The property includes farm animals for cuddling up with, gardens, ponds, greenhouses and labyrinths with hiking and mountain biking on the grounds or nearby. It’s a private, separate, self-contained loft apartment with everything you need for a fun family vacation.
Ideal for those who are looking for a stay in the Phoenix metro area, you’ll be just 10 miles from downtown Phoenix while enjoying a large, 3,000-square-foot home with five bedrooms, accommodating as many as 10 guests. There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained, with a 65″ TV, multiple board games, and an open loft game room with a pool table. It includes all the essentials too, with a full kitchen, laundry room, workspace, and gym. In the backyard, enjoy the heated diving pool that has a relaxing waterfall, pool toys, and tubes.
This three-bedroom home in Peoria is less than 30 minutes from downtown Phoenix and the airport, with a park and playground across the street. Ideal for families, the pool is totally fenced in and gated for safety, and there’s a Weber gas BBQ plus three big-screen TVs with cable, FireStick, and a Blu-Ray DVD player.
Enjoy a farm stay on Morning Bluebird Ranch while taking advantage of the location, just a short drive from the Grand Canyon. The space is a two-bedroom in-law apartment for four that includes a kitchenette plus a grill out front and a fire pit in the back. The five-acre property is home to goats (and often baby goats), chickens, horses and mini donkeys that the kids are sure to love. You can even enjoy fresh eggs and goat’s milk too. National Forest trails can be accessed from here for hiking, and after dark, you’ll be able to gaze up at the Milky Way with the skies free of light pollution. Keep in mind that as it is a farm, there will be a rooster crowing at dawn.
Another unusual place to stay that’s sure to bring plenty of thrills is this traditional Navajo Hogan on a ranch in Navajo Nation in northern Arizona. It sits on a working sheep ranch providing an off-the-grid experience for families who want to get back to nature and perhaps reconnect with each other instead of staring at electronic devices. You’ll cook your dinner under the moonlight on the outside fire pit and wake up to a traditional Navajo breakfast with blue corn porridge, fresh fruit and ranch coffee or tea sourced from the land that’s filled with horses, sheep, and sheepdogs. The earth and log structure include a wood-burning stove so you’ll keep toasty warm on chilly desert nights.
Ideal for an adventurous family, the Taylor Mountain Cave Inn Retreat accommodates up to six and is very off the beaten path set among over 100 acres of rugged desert terrain 90 minutes from Las Vegas and Grand Canyon West. There are hiking trails to explore, a functioning 1890s Stamp Mill and other old mining equipment, along with opportunities for off-roading, so bring your ATV if you have one. You’ll also have access to a BBQ grill, Foosball, Ping Pong, horseshoes, and darts. It is remote, accessed via a six-mile primitive dirt road, but as it’s far from light pollution, the stargazing is incredible too.