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Plenty for Kids to Do at the Grand Canyon

September 3, 2013 by

Grand Canyon

While the Grand Canyon is one of the most popular natural attractions in the U.S., some parents worry there won’t be enough to do to keep the children happy. That is one concern you can put to rest. Once your kids are old enough to walk distances, they are ready to visit the Grand Canyon’s 1,218,375 acres.

The Grand Canyon Railway

The Grand Canyon Railway offers a unique journey through the Grand Canyon. It’s a train ride for all ages that┬ádeparts and returns from the South Rim.

The train features a glass roof with unhindered views, along with Wild West shooting scenes complete with actors and musicians who bring the Old West to life. A variety of options are offered and tours can take from 2-4 hours with some including lunch.

Mule Rides

If your children are old enough to ride on a mule, mule rides provide an excursion into the canyon they will never forget. A variety of mule tours are available for different lengths of time, and take different paths depending on the adventure you choose.

Mule Ride Tour

Helicopter and Plane Tours

For a spectacular aerial view of the Grand Canyon, tours are available by air. Due to the popularity of these tours, book ahead to arrange for your preferred date and time. Your kids will be captivated by the flying experience as well as views of the park.

Walking and Hiking Tours

A whole host of walking and hiking tours are also available. For younger children, choose a shorter walk or hike designed for young attention spans. These tours are guided and a great way to explain the environment and answer all the questions your children have.

IMAX Movie

When you’re ready to relax and enjoy some air conditioning, The Hidden Secrets IMAX movie features exciting scenery and stunning photography complemented by incredible sound. All ages enjoy this adventurous film.

Adventures with Johnny

Adventures With Jonny: Road Trip to the Parks

If your children are younger, consider buying a copy of Adventures With Jonny: Road Trip to the Parks. This short book offers a wealth of information about national parks in the US and Canada. Read it with your kids to get them familiar with practical hiking, camping, and travel tips like what they should pack, animals to watch for, and more.

Photo credits: SteveD, Irene, Amazon

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