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23 August . 2021

How to Celebrate Labor Day in Arizona

The Valley offers a variety of great experiences and activities, plus there are a number of exciting adventures that are only a short day/weekend trip away.

Fun Things to Do on Labor Day Around the Valley
Labor Day is right around the corner and now is the perfect time to start planning the best way to enjoy the long weekend! Fortunately, the Valley offers a variety of great experiences and activities, plus there are a number of exciting adventures that are only a short day/weekend trip away. Here are some of our top picks for fun things to do on Labor Day weekend:

Get Out of the Valley
Kartchner Caverns State Park
You can enter a whole new world by exploring the expansive underground treasure of Kartchner Caverns, located in the quaint town of Benson. This giant limestone cave offers stunning views of stalactite and stalagmite formations and even features the world’s longest stalactite formation, known as Kubla Khan, which stands at an impressive six stories tall! Guided tours are available and if you’re brave enough, you can take a headlamp tour -- just be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the bats. Additionally, there are a number of camping and RV sites nearby that offer quick access to the state park. Staying nearby offers the entire family the perfect opportunity for stargazing after the sun goes down, making this pick a top choice for a Labor Day activity idea.

Lake Powell
If you are looking for the ultimate outdoor Labor Day activity idea, look no further than Lake Powell. With an abundance of options for hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, and more, Lake Powell is an exciting weekend getaway for family and friends. You can rent a boat and spend the day lounging around on the water or grab some jet skis to explore the many twists and turns of the lake. For lodging, you can choose from the abundance of camping spots, hotels and resorts, or earn your sea legs by staying overnight on a houseboat.

Bearizona
If you’re in the mood for a taste of nature without having to leave the comfort of your own car, head on over to Bearizona for a fun thing to do on Labor Day - something the whole family can enjoy. Located approximately 33 miles outside of Flagstaff, Bearizona offers a unique experience that enables individuals to have an up close and personal experience with animals you don’t see every day. As visitors drive through the three mile route, they’ll get to view a collection of animals such as black bears, wolves, bison, bighorn sheep, and more. Then, after the drive-thru portion of the tour, guests can meander through the walking portion that includes more hands-on activities. This includes a petting zoo and the Mine-Shaft Experience where you can take a look at some fascinating nocturnal creatures.

Staycation Ideas
Don’t feel like going too far for the long-weekend? You can still treat yourself and your family to a fun weekend getaway at one of the many boutique hotels and resorts located around the Valley. Here are just a few of our top picks for staycations for a fun Labor Day activity idea:


Stay at Home
For those who don’t feel like going anywhere for the long weekend, there are still a variety of fun things to do on Labor Day that can be enjoyed at home! For residents living in Estrella, there are a number of exciting outdoor activities for the whole family. With 72 acres of pristine lakes and complimentary canoes, kayaks, sail boats, and more at Estrella’s Yacht Club, Labor Day weekend offers the perfect opportunity for residents to get out and appreciate the great outdoors.

Estrella residents can also spend the weekend poolside at one of Estrella’s three resort-style pools. We recommend bringing sunglasses, sunscreen, and a good book to read while you lounge by the water. For kids, they can enjoy the sunshine at the StarSplash Waterpark or splash pad to celebrate the long weekend.

For those who want to stretch their legs and explore the desert, Estrella offers more than 50 miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails that give you an up close and personal experience with the desert wildlife and vegetation. Another outdoor Labor Day activity idea includes packing a blanket, lunch, frisbee, and football and enjoying a picnic in the shade at one of Estrella’s 40 community and neighborhood parks.

Whether you are looking to get out of the Valley for the long weekend or would rather stay in, there are a number of fun things to do on Labor Day that are either a short drive away or can be right outside your backyard!