Learn and have fun at the Explora! Science Center and Children's Museum. With over 250 hands on scientific exhibits about various aspects of technology.
A popular place to visit for kids is the American International Rattlesnake Museum with 30 species of rattlesnakes plus rattlesnake and and Native American artifacts.
The Rio Grande Zoo is another top vacation spot in Albuquerque with over 1,200 animals from 300 species. Many animals are housed in naturalized habitats with open moats for easy viewing.
This quaint Midwestern town of just a couple thousand people comes alive each July during its annual Rodeo Days event.
But this event is not only about its world class rodeo event; it is really about celebrating disappearing small town American values.
The whole town gets together for a solid week of events ranging from the uniquely wacky outhouse races (where the local Redbirds baseball team is a perennial winner) to donkey baseball games, turtle races, corn-cob feed, carnival rides and more.
The real highlight of the week is the impressive parade, with neighbors opening their lawns to anyone with a folding chair, turning the event into a town-wide block party.
Be sure to arm your kids with buckets because they will be filled with candy tossed to the onlookers by the parade participants. If you don't come from a small town yourself, you will feel like you are part of this one when you visit.
If you do plan to make the trip, check the dates because the event is held in July, but the exact date can vary. Often the timing of the event coincides with the fourth of July, which is also celebrated with a whole week's worth of fireworks displays. Of course the long mild summer evenings in this northern state are a welcome respite from the summer's heat in the rest of the country.
This is a wonderful vacation idea for families or for couples. The woods around the Flying L Guest Ranch has lots of trails which are great for hiking as wells horseback riding.
You can also participate in a primitive rustic cowboy experience on the overnight horseback ride to the ranch's Hilltop Gazebo. The Kid's Club has lots of fun chidlren's activities for all the smaller cowpokes. Things like target shooting with a Red Ryder BB Gun, Junior Cowboy Olympics, arts & crafts and lots more. There's Putt Putt Golf and bike rentals and the western flavored water park.
The is family fun at it's best. The ranch can accommodate small and large families with rooms that have 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms, a 12 person bunkhouse or individual cabins with full kitchens and porch. You can even sleep in a tepee if you want.
Oracle Road is a favorite riding spot because it has nice wide road shoulders and offers cyclist great mountain scenery. A more challenging ride is Sunrise Road which runs along the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Santa Cruz River Park has a nice multi-use asphalt trail that's great for bicycling along the Rillito River. For trails that are good for both road bikes and mountain bikes, go to the Saguaro National Monument and Tucson Mountain Park.