Nestled deep in Navajo County, Arizona, Pinetop is a small town with beautiful views of the White Mountains. This picturesque place provides families with plenty to do. Tour several Apache historical landmarks, enjoy the clean mountain air while hiking, view a variety of natural geological formations, or experience adventure in the Salt River Canyon. Once you book one of these Pinetop vacation rentals for your family, fill up your itinerary with these 11 fun activities.
1. Go Salt Water Whitewater Rafting
Arizona is well-known for its whitewater rafting tours. Spend the day traversing through the choppy waters on an adventure of a lifetime. Sign up with an experienced tour guide and see spots along the river you would otherwise miss. Appreciate animals native to the area as they look for food and watch from the land above. Get everything you need for the family at Arizona River Runners or Outdoors Unlimited, including personal flotation devices and dry bags. Choose from several different trips to suit your family’s needs and budget.
2. Challenge the Family to a Go-Kart Race
The White Mountain Family Fun Park provides an evening of fun for families with kids of all ages. Older children may enjoy speeding around on the paved Go-Kart track. There’s a laser maze that is ideal for rainy weather, and a large arcade with plenty of games to test your skill. If you love putt-putt, play a round of mini golf before heading back to your vacation rental.
3. Feed the Ducks at Woodland Lake Park
Woodland Lake Park is the perfect outdoor setting for families that like to stay active. The lake is home to a variety of ducks and beautiful grassy areas. Pack a picnic lunch and let the kids feed the ducks. There is a playground to expend some energy and lighted tennis courts for those who want to play a match. Stretch your legs and hike on the paved walking trail or bring mountain bikes and ride along the dirt trails.
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4. Fish for Trout
Take the whole family to one of the surrounding lakes for a day of fishing. Show Low Creek off of the Woods Canyon Lake is stocked year-round with trout. Fool Hollow Lake has bass and sunfish, while Bear Canyon Lake, Black Canyon Lake, and Big Lake are also prime locations for catching trout. Stop by Paradise Creek Anglers or White Mountain Outdoor Rentals for all your fishing gear and necessities.
5. Rent Canoes or Kayaks at Fool Hollow State Park
Pack up some drinks and snacks and head to Fool Hollow State Park for a day of kayaking or canoeing. Rented boats come with everything you need for a safe day on the water. You can also try your skill at paddle boarding. The park is open year-round, but rentals are only available in the summer. There is a visitor center for more information on the lake and the rules for visitors and a park store for gifts and necessities.
6. Encounter Tropical Fish at the Sea Life Aquarium
If you are looking for a family-oriented activity, visit the Sea Life Aquarium to visit with a variety of aquatic creatures. During the school year and in the morning, the aquarium offers special discount tickets for toddlers, and you can also get discounts for large groups. View the interactive tidepool where you can touch starfish and several other animals, or step inside the unique shoaling ring and have hundreds of flagtails swim around you.
7. Explore the Wildlife World Zoo
With over 600 species of animals represented, the Wildlife World Zoo is home to Arizona’s largest collection of exotic endangered and exotic animals. Stop by during the feedings and listen to the guides give details about the animals. You’ll see sharks, alligators, white tigers, and giraffes. Eat lunch at the rainforest café, and then stop by the gift store for souvenirs before heading back to your vacation rental.
8. Ride Horses at Porter Mountain Stables
If you love horses, take the kids to the Porter Mountain Stables for an afternoon scenic trail ride. The rides take you to Scott’s Reservoir and through a variety of creeks and streams. Experienced riders can opt for the longer tour that goes up to the Ice Caves or the Mesa Overlook for spectacular views. If you’re looking for something to do in the evening, sign up for the sunset ride. Afterwards, the kids can give the horses treats.
9. Go Bowling
Beat the heat on a summer day with a game of bowling at the Ponderosa Bowling Center. There is a small restaurant that sells burgers, pizza, snacks, and soft drinks, and on special nights they have live music. Check the calendar for specials or for special events, like the annual Bowling for Vets Tournament in July.
10. Hike On the White Mountain
Some of the best hiking trails in Pinetop is located on White Mountain. There are hundreds of trails for all skill levels. Families with young children can try to Big Springs area or Woodland Lake Park. Both offer relatively flat hikes that are relatively easy to traverse. For a slightly longer and moderate hike, try the Buena Vista trail that is approximately 9 miles long. Experienced hikers can opt for the Mogollon Rim trail, which winds its way up to a mountain summit.
11. Rent ATVs
The Maverick Motorized Trail offers 60 miles of forested lands and communities for off-roading adventures. Check with Arizona Outdoor Fun to rent ATVs, motorcycles, dirt bikes, and all safety equipment. This activity is best suited for older children, and all drivers must be at least 16 years of age.
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