Scale the walls of an indoor climbing gym, ride the trails of the Sonoran Desert, work as a team to decode clues, and challenge opponents to a game of mini-golf. Even the most athletic, audacious, clever and competitive families find adventurous activities in Tucson.
Begin in the heart of downtown, where you can explore hidden gems and historical sites by deciphering clues and completing challenges throughout a two-mile scavenger hunt with Urban Adventure Quest. Stops include Hotel Congress, Fox Tucson Theatre and the Tucson Museum of Art, among other popular destinations. 311 Court Ave., 805.603.5620
For master riddle solvers and clue decoders, Escape Room Tucson gives teams 60 minutes of mind-boggling challenges inside themed rooms like the Red Rum Cottage and Cold War Espionage. 3655 N. Oracle Road, Suite 102, 520.887.2583
Escape from the Central Bank or Zombie Lab at Fox in a Box Tucson (972 E. University Blvd., 520.488.4393), work your way through clues inside the Six Shooter Bunk House and the Illusionist room at Ace of Escape (48 N. Tucson Blvd., Suite 101; 236 S. Scott Ave., Second Floor, 520.222.7395) and pinpoint Agent Q’s location while inside the Secret Agent Room at Will You Escape? 2577 N. First Ave., 303.562.4614
Get an aerial view of the Sonoran Desert while soaring above saguaro cacti during the Zipline EcoTour with Arizona Zipline Adventures. Five zip lines range in length from 400-to-1,500 feet. For a different perspective, opt for the Sunset Zipline or Starlight Zipline tours. 35406 S. Mt. Lemmon Road, Oracle, 502.308.9350
Test core strength while climbing the indoor rock walls at Rocks and Ropes. Take turns climbing and belaying at R&R's downtown location (330 S. Toole Ave., 502.882.5924), or carefully scramble up 7,000 square feet of state-of-the-art bouldering walls at The Bloc in northeast Tucson. 8975 E. Tanque Verde Road, 502.209.2562
Family Fun Park
Siblings and parents alike unleash their competitive sides while pushing the pedal to the metal on a go-kart course, taking aim during a round of laser tag or miniature golf and challenging each other to arcade games at Funtasticks Family Fun Park. 221 E. Wetmore Road, 502.888.4653
History buffs and desert explorers find adventures underground during cave tours at Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Options include the regular tour, day and nighttime ladder tours and the Wild Cave Tour, which ventures into unlit and unmarked passageways. 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail, 520.647.7275
Saddle up and explore Saguaro National Park on horseback during a two-hour trail ride with Houston’s Horseback Riding. Participants pair off with retired rodeo horses for morning and evening guided adventures. 12801 E. Speedway Blvd., 520.298.7450.