You don't have to travel far for a different view.
Kayak at Sahuarita Lake Rentals
Location: Sahuarita Lake Park, 15466 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd.
🚗 Not too far. You'll drive for about half an hour.
Hours: Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sahuarita's peaceful, man-made lake is the perfect place to forget you live in Saguaro City. Ride a bike, take a gentle stroll or kayak. You can rent stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, pedal boats, and canoes from Sahuarita Lake Rentals. It's inexpensive and everyone can ride.
Prices per hour
• Stand-up paddle boards cost $25 and include a life jacket, a paddle and a leash. You must be at least 12 years old to ride.
• Kayaks cost $20 and include a life jacket and a paddle.
• Pedal boats cost $25 and include life jackets.
• Tandem kayaks cost $25 and include life jackets and paddles.
Play in the snow at Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley
Location: Mt. Lemmon, 10300 Ski Run Rd.
🚗 Expect to an hour-long drive. Bring snacks.
Hours: Open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the weekend.
Snow isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Arizona. Here's your gentle reminder to visit Mt. Lemmon's Ski Valley when the snow hits. It's magical. Get on the ski lift before the snow arrives to see what fall is supposed to look like.
Don't know how to snowboard or ski? You can pay for lessons before you hit the slopes. An adult only pays $70 for the first-time skier package and children (12 and under) pay $47. Already a pro? Full-day or half-day lift tickets and rental information is listed here.
Iron Door Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch.
A new environment at Biosphere 2
Location: 32540 S. Biosphere Rd.
🚗 Expect to drive for about an hour.
Hours: Open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Experience a tropical rainforest or the Savanna without having to worry about getting lost or running into wild animals. At Biosphere 2, you'll experience seven model ecosystems and learn about research that could change the future.
Admission: Adults pay $20; military pays $18; children (6-12) pay $13; UA student/faculty/staff with UA CatCard pay $10; and non-UA student/faculty/staff with college ID pay $15.
Look at the universe at Kitt Peak
Location: Kitt Peak National Observatory
🚗 Expect to drive for a little more than an hour.
Hours: The Visitor Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Arizona has beautiful skies so experience something bigger than yourself at Kitt Peak. Learn about astronomy and telescopes by participating in daytime or nighttime activities or attending a tour.
Prices vary by program and tours, check the website for more information.
Sip wine at Kief-Joshua Vineyards
Location: 370 Elgin Rd.
🚗 Expect to drive for about an hour drive.
Hours: The tasting room is open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Napa Valley may be hours away but the search for rich wines and exquisite vineyards doesn't have to take that long. Head to Elgin, Arizona for Arizona's own Napa. While there are many vineyards to choose from, we recommend Kief-Joshua Vineyards. Learn the basics of wine tasting, attend a public tour or let wine bring your coworkers together (more information here).