Kids Activities in Tanque Verde

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With the Sonoran Desert as the backdrop, the guides at Spanish Trail Outfitters shepherd horseback riders through serpentine trails. Tours launch from two locations, the Westward Look Resort and the Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. Both Westward and Hacienda Del Sol afford breathtaking views of mountain peaks and other natural sights.

13401 East Old Spanish Trail
Tucson,
AZ
US

An authentic western guest ranch on the west side of the Tucson Mountains, located on 3,000 acres of pristine desert. Lodging, meals, horseback rding, heated pool and gift shop are just a few of the amenities. Restaurant is open to the public by reservation only.

9251 W Twin Peaks Rd
Tucson,
AZ
US

At Skinny Fingers Gaming Center, the air is filled with the feverish tapping of buttons as customers test new games and compete on more than 30 PCs, Xbox 360s, Wiis, and PS3s. Gamers can purchase hourly or all-day passes as they pick out a title from a large list of games that include the team-based thrills of DOTA 2, the Sisyphean journey of Dark Souls, and the meditative silence and platforming of Gandhi's Karma Kastle. In addition to the friendly all ages atmosphere, the center features concessions to refuel hungry gamers and also hosts a calendar of events such as tournaments and ritualistic sacrifices of dusty board games.

1927 East Grant Road
Tucson,
AZ
US

The experienced horsewomen behind Way Out West Ranch host equine activities that range from riding lessons and trail rides to jumping and cattle work. The facility's location affords it easy access to miles of scenic desert trails, which groups can explore from a saddled vantage point. Riders steer well-trained and responsive horses, never having to worry that the steed will buck at the sight of a lizard or shirk its responsibilities to run off and build sand castles. Riders who'd like to brush up on their technique can also enlist the on-staff farm hands for instruction in the disciplines of Western, English, and Jumping.

10420 North Thornydale Road
Tucson,
AZ
US

At Bedroxx Bowling, stone columns and prehistoric cave-like structures carry the weight of the Flintstones-esque theme, while 30 state-of-the-art bowling lanes and a veritable maze of amusements balance the decor with modern entertainment amenities. Inside the 44,000-square-foot entertainment center—which won Tucson Weekly's Readers Pick award for Best Bowling Alley in 2010–2011—every corner teems with activity. Bowlers pummel pins and avoid bumpers like an elitist avoids the common cold during 10-frame competitions. Overhead screens flare up with music videos, video games flash and beep in the video arcade room, and pool players battle it out over billiards and foosball in The Quarry, a full-service country bar that keeps patrons fueled and entertained with drinks and live music on weekends. Winners at the Toy Box game center can redeem their hard-earned tickets for a host of prizes and then celebrate with nachos, hot dogs, and Bedroxx pizza at the snack shack.

4385 W Ina Rd
Tucson,
AZ
US

The sight of a medieval castle surrounded by tall cacti may seem anachronistic at first, but it's hard to question the image when one is trying to putt a mini golf ball into a grassy hole off the circulating paddles of a windmill. It's whimsical moments like this that make Golf N’ Stuff's name feel understated. Beyond the two lush 18-hole mini golf courses that draw year-round visitors, the entertainment center boasts go-karts, bumper boats, and more than 100 arcade games. Batting cages let both kids and adults perfect their swings. Visitors can refuel on hot dogs, Dippin' Dots ice cream, and soda at the snack bar.

6503 E Tanque Verde Rd
Tucson,
AZ
US