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Things to Do in Benson With Kids

Take the family on a little road trip and explore Benson, AZ! This town is 2.5 hours south of Phoenix, and has quite a bit to offer, definitely enough to fill a day and then some. We barely scratched the surface when we visited last fall, so it’s on our return list! Take a look at our top 10 favorites.

Things to Do in Benson With Kids. Take the family on a little road trip and explore Benson, AZ!

This town is 2.5 hours south of Phoenix and has quite a bit to offer, definitely enough to fill a day and then some. We barely scratched the surface when we visited last fall, so it’s on our return list! Take a look at our top 10 favorites:

  • Stop at the visitor’s center for a mural map, and to see the “G” scale model train + drive the train (simulator).
  • There are over 30 murals to see downtown! Themes range from the old west, nature, trains, and nearby Kartchner Caverns.
  • On that note, the caverns are an absolute must-do! Even littles can go on a cave tour at this state park, and the discovery center is full of hands-on learning.

  • Forever Home Donkey Rescue offers relaxed tours of their donkey sanctuary, and a chance to feed these sweet animals.
  • The Benson Historical Museum offers a fun look back at local history. Don’t miss the outdoor exhibits with an old train car and stagecoach!
  • If you need a place to eat, we highly recommend Wild Dogs! Other places on our list are Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant and Native Grounds for a coffee.

  • The City of Benson park is a great place to let the kids play and run around. Bonus: the playground is shaded and there’s a skatepark!
  • Double R Guest Ranch offers horseback rides from 1hr beginner trails to full-day excursions. The ranch also offers lodging and other activities for overnight guests.
  • Gammons Gulch Movie Set is a living ghost town that offers limited tours of its extensive grounds, also used in movie productions.
  • Aliens don’t exist…or do they? Take a tour at The Thing, and you might be convinced that they have been around for centuries on earth. See the mysterious Thing at the end!
  • More great things to do around Benson can be found here!

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  • Chris Tingom

    Welcome to Phoenix With Kids, a place where we share the cool activities we do with our children around the state. I live in Phoenix with my wife Jana and our three kids. I design and build websites for select clients.

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