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Summertime Fun in Flagstaff

(Published on - 6/11/2020 4:45:50 PM)

Looking for something to do this summer? Flagstaff has you covered with a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities and places of interest. (Make sure to check in before you go, for COVID-related closures or protection measures.) Here is the starting point for you and your next Flagstaff area summer adventure:

Arboretum: The Arboretum sits among the Ponderosa pines at 7,000 feet. It is a botanical garden exhibiting more than 700 species of plants native to the Colorado Plateau. You’ll enjoy strolling through the themed gardens, hiking the nature trails and learning about local flora. Summer months offer outdoor concerts, special events and summer camps for kids. Open April-October.  thearb.org

Arizona Historical Society-Pioneer Museum: Arizona Historical Society’s Pioneer Museum is housed in the 1908 County Hospital for the indigent. It features exhibits displaying the history of Flagstaff and northern Arizona. The museum covers three acres with historic buildings and objects and is the site of the Flag Wool & Fiber Festival and year-round monthly events.  arizonahistoricalsociety.org 

 

Arizona Nordic Village:  Arizona Nordic Village is northern Arizona’s premiere outdoor recreation area featuring yurts, cabins and a memorable rustic chic location for destination weddings, business retreats and family reunions. Miles of trails for hiking, skiing and wildlife viewing in the Ponderosa pine forest. Venue services are provided year-round. arizonanordicvillage.com

Arizona Snowbowl Summer Scenic Chairlift:  Take in the dramatic scenery of northern Arizona from a bird’s eye view atop an extinct volcano at 11,500 feet. Kids and adults alike will love the on-mountain summer tubing and bungee trampoline activities, as well as interpretive talks, hiking, disc golf or lunch with a view at Agassiz Lodge Restaurant. Historic lodges offer a perfect setting for group trips, summer weddings, and special events. Open Memorial Day weekend through mid-October.  snowbowl.ski

Bearizona Wildlife Park:  Bearizona invites guests to drive into three miles of Arizona wilderness and witness North American wildlife including bison, big horn sheep, wolves and black bears, all from your vehicle. The Fort Bearizona walking area offers wildlife exhibits including the 11,000 square-foot Jaguar exhibit, gift shop and full restaurant and bar, Canyonlands. The complementary Wild Ride bus guided tour takes visitors through the exhibits for an up-close experience.  bearizona.com

Coconino Center for the Arts:  Flagstaff is rich in the arts and sciences, and the Flagstaff Arts Council is at the center of it all. They host ground-breaking art exhibitions, festivals, concerts, workshops and performances year-round at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The Center boasts a 200-seat theater and two distinctive gallery spaces. Open Tuesday-Saturday.   flagartscouncil.org

Elden Pueblo Heritage Site:  Elden Pueblo is an ancestral Hopi site with approximately 70 rooms that were inhabited by the Sinagua culture from 1070 to 1275 A.D. Self-guided tour brochures are available on-site during open hours with educational programs and group tours by appointment.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/recarea/?recid=55092

Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course (at Fort Tuthill): Flagstaff Extreme offers multiple courses that feature rope swings, scrambling walls, hanging nets, wobbly bridges and suspended “surprises”. The youth course, designed for children ages 7-11, allows parents to follow as their children progress through the course. For the more daring, Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Zip Lines are suspended 15-80 feet high in the tall Ponderosa pines. All courses are self-guided, and each guest receives training prior to their day of adventure.  flagstaffextreme.com

Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra: The mission of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, now in its 70th season, is to enrich, engage and inspire the Flagstaff community through the performance of live orchestral music. The orchestra is comprised of musicians who come together from diverse backgrounds to form an impressive and exciting ensemble capable of performing a variety of musical styles and repertoire.  flagstaffsymphony.org

Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center-IMAX:  73 miles north of Flagstaff, Hwy 64 at Grand Canyon South Rim entrance, you can explore 4,000 years of history in 34 minutes. In the IMAX film, Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets you will see the mysterious Anasazi people who inhabited the canyon and ride the raging Colorado River with John Wesley Powell. Also on site you’ll find Pink Jeep Tours, Adventure Store, air tour booking, Explorer’s Café, park pass sales and free maps. Purchase IMAX tickets in advance online and save 20%. explorethecanyon.com

Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel: 32 miles west of Flagstaff, The Grand Canyon Railway is more than just an iconic train. Riding the rails to the Canyon is one part of an unforgettable Grand Canyon experience. You can also enjoy the luxury of a bygone era with a stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and indulge in delicious dining options at the Fred Harvey Restaurant and Spenser’s Pub. thetrain.com 

Lowell Observatory:  For the best views in Flagstaff, head to Mars Hill and the grounds of the 125-year old Lowell Observatory where Pluto was discovered in 1930. On clear nights, gaze at the Moon, planets or deep-sky objects through the giant Clark refractor telescope, and visit the new Giovale Open Deck Observatory, a unique public observing plaza with six advanced telescopes.  lowell.edu

Meteor Crater: Meteor Crater is the best-preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. Its topographical terrain so closely resembles the surface of the Moon and other planets, that NASA astronauts use it as a training site just as the Apollo astronauts did 50 years ago. Enjoy guided rim tours, exhibit hall, gift shop and the 4-D Simulator Ride.  meteorcrater.com

Museum of Northern Arizona:  Tour the entire region in one stop, from the geology of the Grand Canyon to the colorful cultures of the Native peoples. This award-winning museum celebrates the art, culture and science of the Colorado Plateau. See the dinosaurs that once roamed. Learn about the 10 tribes of the region and share in their traditions at one of the annual art and culture festivals. The gift shop offers a large selection of fine art, authentic jewelry and books.  musnaz.org

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park:  Built in 1904 for two Riordan families instrumental in establishing Flagstaff’s early lumber industry, Riordan Mansion is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. The historic building is a remarkable example of American Arts & Crafts style architecture featuring a rustic exterior of logslab siding, volcanic stone arches and hand-split wooden shingles. The mansion’s interior is seen by guided tour only and includes a whimsical indoor swing. Reservations are recommended.  arizonahistoricalsociety.org

Theatrikos Theatre Company:  Theatrikos produces high-quality live theatrical productions that have entertained and engaged audiences since 1972. Located in the heart of historic downtown Flagstaff, they offer six MainStage productions annually ranging from musicals to new works to award-winning comedies and dramas. Their youth program, TheatriKids, offers a wide spectrum of theater education and performance opportunities to youth ages 7-17.  theatrikos.com

U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center:  The USGS works with NASA and other space agencies to lead scientific investigations, select planetary rover landing sites, create geologic maps and cartographic products for numerous spacecraft missions throughout our solar system. In 1963, the USGS Branch of Astrogeology was established in Flagstaff with the purpose of providing lunar mapping and astronaut science training for the Apollo program. One of the remaining lunar rover vehicle simulators used for training the astronauts is on display in the Center’s lobby along with other Apollo artifacts.  astrogeology.usgs.gov

Verde Canyon Railroad:  70 miles southwest of Flagstaff, enjoy the postcard-perfect scenery that is the magic of Verde Canyon Railroad. Passengers lose themselves in the crisp canyon air, the snaking curves of the Verde river and beauty of glorious red rock formation. First-class cars boast comfortable seating, complimentary appetizers and a full-service bar. All passengers have access to open-air viewing cars for photo opportunities.  verdecanyonrr.com

Willow Bend Environmental Education Center:  Visit the Center’s sustainable building made of straw bales and heated by the sun; tour the five habitat gardens with plants native to the Colorado Plateau; and explore the new exhibits tracing the path of a drop of water featuring the 3-D relief map of northern Arizona. Access urban trails along an incised section of the Rio de Flag through a lush riparian area that is great for birding. Willow Bend is located in the Sawmill Multicultural Art and Nature County Park.  willowbendcenter.org

 

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