Places to Visit in Flagstaff AZ

Located a short drive from the Grand Canyon and the San Francisco mountain range, and surrounded by the Coconino National Forest, it’s not surprise that Flagstaff is such a popular place to base for a great outdoors adventure!

Places to Visit in Flagstaff AZ
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However, you’ll be also glad to know that the Flagstaff itself boasts many family attractions, interesting cultural attractions and annual events such as Pioneer and life reenactments events where you can learn about Flagstaff's traditions and cultural heritage.

Below, you have 10 of the top places to visit in Flagstaff AZ:

Flagstaff Visitors Center

If you’re visiting Flagstaff for the first time, the Flagstaff Visitors Center is, without a doubt, one of the first places to visit in the city. You’ll be able to get local insights, find out events and get maps, as well as other free brochures.

The visitor’s center is located in the heart of the downtown area, which is also Flagstaff’s Amtrak train station.

The Arboretum at Flagstaff

If you’re looking to spend a nice afternoon learning about nature with kids, the Arboretum at Flagstaff is one of the nicest places to visit in Flagstaff AZ with the family. The Arboretum offers guided tours of the gardens as well as birds show displays where you’ll be able to see hawks and falcons up-close and performing daring free-flights!

If you’re visiting Flagstaff’s arboretum during the summer, you’ll also be able to catch the Arboretum's Summer Concert Series, and see world class performances. The Arboretum at Flagstaff is roughly located between the Navajo Army Depot and Flagstaff Pulliam Airport.

Pioneer Museum

The Pioneer Museum is housed on the former Coconino County Hospital and it’s another great place to visit in Flagstaff, if you want to learn about pioneer life and traditions through fun events such as Heritage Festival in early August.

You’ll also be able to attend interesting events such as a Civil War reenactments on Independence Day, and haunted tours during Halloween month.

Lowell Observatory

The Lowell Observatory is another top family attraction in the city that you can’t miss to add to your list of places to visit in flagstaff AZ.

The Observatory is, without a doubt, an attraction that everyone can enjoy, especially kids. There are cool educational tours and activities on space, planets and the galaxy, and you’ll be able to look through the Observatory’s famed Clark Telescope which points towards the planets of Mars and Saturn.

The Lowell Observatory is located a short walk from Thorpe Park’s western side.

Coconino Center For the Arts

The Coconino Center For the Arts is Flagstaff’s cultural hub and heart of the city. This center boasts a massive art gallery and a theater where you can catch concerts, films and interesting performances.

Besides these, the Coconino Center hosts regular art and crafts markets, workshops and festivals such as the Recycled Art Exhibition in April; the Elemental Craft Exhibition in December; and the Folk Music Festival in June.

The Coconino Center For the Arts is located 10 minutes drive north of Flagstaff’s city center, and it's just next door to the Pioneer Museum.

Museum of Northern Arizona

The Northern Arizona Museum (pictured) is perhaps one of the best educational museums to visit in Flagstaff Arizona with family and kids.

There are over seven galleries featuring anything from archeology findings to exhibits about Native American tribes that lived in the region.

Besides the indoor exhibits, the Museum of Northern Arizona also offers organizes outdoor activities nearby to explore local plants and wildlife.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is located on the way to Flagstaff Country Club, just opposite Flagstaff City Reservoirs.

Heritage Square Trust

Heritage Square Trust is located in downtown Flagstaff and it’s one of the best places in the city to find free local entertainment. The Heritage Square Trust hosts a movie night and live entertainment every Friday, while on Thursday evenings you can catch a Guitar Hero competition.

During the summer months, you can catch a summer concert series in the afternoon every weekend.

Arizona Snowbowl

Arizona Snowbowl is another top attraction worth adding to your list of places to visit in Flagstaff AZ.

Arizona Snowbowl is normally a popular ski spot for skiing and snowboarding near Flagstaff during the winter. However, during the warm months you can still enjoy a visit to Snowbowl since the chairlift remains open all year round.

You can hop on the chairlift for a ride to the top of the mountain and get amazing scenic views of the beautiful surroundings. Once you reach the top, you’ll find many park rangers which are offering free talks about the natural history of the area.

Arizona Snowbowl is located around 30 minutes drive by car, north of Flagstaff’s city center.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Riordan Mansion Park is located on the Northern Arizona University campus, and it’s another great attraction not to be missed in Flagstaff, especially if you’re a history buff.

You’ll be able to tour the 20th century Riordan Mansion, which still contains original furniture; and learn more about the history of the Riordan family.

National Monuments

Flagstaff’s National Monuments are also one of the top attractions of the city and visiting them on a day trip are a popular thing to do! Flagstaff is home to two national monuments nearby, which include:

- Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is located 35 minutes drive north-east of Flagstaff and it's a great place to see lava flows and cinder fields at the base of Sunset Crater.

- Walnut Canyon National Monument is located just 20 minutes drive southeast of Flagstaff and boats stunning cliff dwellings.

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