If you’re looking for a vacation getaway in the suburbs of a major city, Surprise offers you many choices for a family trip. Northwest of Phoenix, Surprise offers your family something for every member to enjoy doing. You can find trendy condos and lofts or choose a small family or spacious single-family home if you have a larger family or group. Take a quick look at the top 10 Surprise vacation rental locations in and around the Phoenix area.

1. Surprise

Find a vacation rental along a quiet residential street or one in a busy area to meet your needs in Surprise. In the evenings, take the family to the Surprise Community Park for a stroll along the walking paths. If you brought your dog with you, this park offers a dog park area for pups under 20 pounds. Let the kids swim at the Surprise Aquatic Center with its outdoor pool, fountains, diving boards, and slides.

2. Sun City Grand Neighborhood

Enjoy upscale housing options with a rental in the Sun City Grand Neighborhood. Pack your golf clubs to get in an afternoon of golf at the Cimarron Golf Course while the kids play at the club’s pool. Treat yourself to a day at the spa with a reservation at the Cimarron Day Spa. You could even schedule a couple’s massage. Take the kids to the local park in the evening, or bring bikes and ride around the neighborhood as the day cools off.

3. Sun City West Neighborhood

With so many residential homes, finding a vacation rental in the Sun City West neighborhood is a snap. Book a tee time at the Hillcrest Golf Club, and then take the kids for an afternoon of shopping at the local mall with all your favorite stores, or catch the latest family-friendly movie at one of the local theaters. Drive into downtown Phoenix to visit the Desert Botanical Garden to see the plants and flowers that thrive in this hot climate.

4. El Mirage

To the southeast of Surprise sits the welcoming city of El Mirage with modest homes available for rent and some that even offer an included swimming pool. The Agua Fria River runs through this town so head down to the water’s edge for some splashing on a hot day. If you don’t want to get in the water, then take your fishing poles down to the banks and teach your little ones how to fish for their dinner.

5. Youngtown

A little further southeast is the town of Youngtown, which abuts the Agua Fria River for fishing and playing in the water on hot days. You can even hike along the banks. If the weather turns rainy take the kids to the Youngtown Library which often hosts family fun activities. Then stop next door at Greer Park for some time on the playground when the weather clears.

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6. Sun City

In Sun City, your family can enjoy the hum of living in the midst of all the action. Golfers can take an afternoon to keep their golf swing from getting rusty at the Sun City Lakes West Golf Course while you take the kids into the downtown area to tour the Phoenix Zoo, one of the largest privately owned zoos in the United States.

7. Wittman

Slow down and take life a little easier in the town of Wittman, northwest of Surprise. It is still within driving distance of downtown Phoenix, for a day of shopping and checking out the various museums. Contact one of the local stables to take the family for a horseback ride into the surrounding wilderness. Drive the short distance to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park for a day of hiking or biking on the trails that wind their way through the area.

8. Morristown

In Morristown, a small town to the northwest of Surprise, you and your family can settle into a modestly priced vacation rental with lots of space. Explore the town on foot along the sidewalks, or bring your bikes and use pedal power. Drive to the Lake Pleasant Regional Park for a day of boating fun and fishing. If you don’t want to leave land, hike around the shoreline.

9. Waddell

To the southwest of Surprise sits the area of Waddell with its friendly locals and laid-back attitude. Settle into an upscale, spacious hacienda-style home to reconnect with your kids. Look for a rental with an included swimming pool, so you only need to leave for groceries. A brief drive to downtown Phoenix lets you visit the Arizona Science Center with its hands-on exhibits and live demos.

10. Anthem

To the northeast of Surprise and Phoenix sits the rural town of Anthem with some nice vacation rentals for your family to enjoy. Get out and explore nature, then make the quick drive to downtown Phoenix or a nice dinner. Walk over to the Anthem Community Park each evening to walk along the trails and let the children burn off their excess energy on the playground.

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