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Summer Family Vacation in Sedona

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The summer family vacation to Sedona, Arizona is approaching, the kids are excited, the bags are packed and you’re ready to escape your hectic life and relax, kick back, and rejuvenate. There are plenty of things to do in Sedona and the Verde Valley as a family that will provide you and your children with fun, excitement and some education for their young minds. We have put together just a few fun things-to-do for you to keep in mind as you plan your activities in Sedona, that should please everyone in your family.

• Sedona Heritage Museum located at 765 Jordan road in Uptown Sedona. With the main focus of shedding light on the early pioneers of 1876 to the present time, the museum is home to three historical buildings, the Jordan home (1931), the Fruit Packing Shed (1946) and the Tractor Shed (1929). They have recently added a audio tour and there are plenty of exhibits, including a 46-foot apple machine.

• Institute of Ecotourism at 91 Jordan road in Sedona. My 10 year old niece is a big fan of theirs. They have an abundant amount of free events like Native American Storytelling, Geology of the Red Rocks, Native American flute concerts, and they provide interactive exhibits that are state of the art. Not to mention they have a green house on site to explore.

• Montezuma Castle National Monument is an educational and fun day trip from Sedona that gives interesting insight into ancient local culture.

Adventure and Knowledge

All of these Sedona tour companies use experienced and knowledgeable guides to enhance your tour and are able to answer questions on the desert flora, fauna and history of Sedona.

• ATV Adventure Tours is a great way to get out into West Sedona and really explore. You can do your own driving on these tours and if your kids are age appropriate then this is the adventure for you. They have trails for all skill levels even if it is your first time.

• Verde Canyon Railroad gives your children a chance to ride the rails and learn an appreciation of the geology, archaeology, desert flora and fauna, and the Indian lore of the canyon. You have an opportunity to see eagles soaring high above the tracks and their outdoor viewing platforms offer an exquisite look at the canyon.

• A Day in the West offers a tour called the Complete Western Experience. You will enjoy a two hour jeep tour, horseback riding along the Verde River and a picnic lunch after you cross the river. How cool is that!

• Last but not least, Blazin’ M Ranch (only 20 minutes from Sedona) is the ultimate cool place for kids and parents alike. They know how to bring the cowboy or cowgirl out in all of us. They offer activities such as friendly farm animals, shooting gallery, horseshoe pits, and mechanical roping horse.