Budget Friendly Things to do in Flagstaff, Arizona
Arizona - January 23, 2021

Thank you to Wyndham, Flagstaff for hosting us. All opinions are my own.

Frolic in the snow and check out budget friendly things to do in Flagstaff, Arizona with the family like visit downtown Flagstaff, grab some coffee or take a hike.

Wyndham sign outside on concrete blocks covered in snow

We recently went to Flagstaff, Arizona with the boys.  They were so excited to play in the snow but other than that, we weren’t sure what kind of activities we were going to do but we wanted to discover Flagstaff.  Because of the weather, we had to prepare a bit. I

It’s amazing that you can go from wearing a tee shirt in Phoenix to snow boots and winter clothes in just 2 hours. This is a great reason to live in Arizona. The weather in different areas is so versatile.

There are so many things to do in Arizona. Just up the road and only 85 miles away is the Grand Canyon National Park. Other natural landmarks include Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon National Monument, the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert. There are also some Native American ruins to explore.

You can also check out Lowell Observatory, the San Francisco Peaks, Ponderosa Pines and Wupatki National Monument.

But the most important thing we had to consider was how to pick a hotel or resort in Flagstaff. Where ever we chose, we knew we had to stay at a family friendly and budget friendly resort. Preferably a place where the kids could find activities if stuck inside because of the snow. There are lots of things to do in Flagstaff for kids too.

Considering all this led us to realize that the best place for us would be a vacation rental. We’ve stayed in vacation rentals in Sedona, Az., Anaheim and Oceanside, California and after seeing all the benefits it was hard to go back to staying in a hotel.

The boys haven’t learned to ski yet, so Snowbowl would have to wait until next time. Since it was cold in Flagstaff, we had to rely on indoor activities for the most part.

Whenever we travel though, we always make sure that places we stay and the activities we do are family friendly and easy on the wallet.  For instance, a vacation rental usually has a full kitchen for us to cook at home and a kid friendly activity center.

That doesn’t mean to say that everywhere we go has to be cheap or free.  We were hoping to find free things to do in Flagstaff but we also like to just prioritize and see how we can get more bang for our buck. 

woman wearing black taking a picture of a mural in the snow

Downtown Flagstaff offers the charm of the old-West with a diverse collection of boutiques, shops, cozy restaurants and eateries.

It’s hard to choose what to prioritize when visiting Flagstaff. Here are some budget friendly, family friendly things to do in Flagstaff, Arizona we discovered and enjoyed.

Wyndham Flagstaff

We stayed at the Wyndham Flagstaff with Extra Holidays. We love staying in Vacation Rentals because they have so much more to offer than hotels.

furnished living room with vaulted ceilings

This spacious vacation club suite is located at Club Wyndham Flagstaff, a 2,200-acre retreat surrounded by gorgeous views of the Flagstaff, Arizona landscape and the onsite golf course, Continental Country Club.

the back of a vacation rental with snow surrounding it

The Wyndham Flagstaff is so inviting and beautiful we could have just stayed there the whole time cozied up in the vacation rental. There’s even a hot tub on the back patio!

This spacious two-bedroom resort suite comfortably sleeps four to six guests and range from 460 to 963 square feet. Suites feature one king bed in the master bedroom, two twin beds in the guest room and a sleeper sofa in the living area. Whether you’re traveling with extended family or a smaller party, you will appreciate the privacy of separate bedrooms, the economy of a fully equipped private kitchen, and the convenience of a washer/dryer in each suite. Plus, a whirlpool tub, full dining room, and TVs throughout are comforts you just won’t find in an average hotel room.

We loved the huge kitchen, equipped with everything, including a breakfast table and chairs for the bar. The fireplace and comfortable living space give you a welcoming feel.

tow boys standing in front of a sign saying Bear Paw Recreation Center

Club Wyndham Flagstaff is the ultimate Flagstaff, Arizona playground that is packed with exceptional vacation amenities to complement any age and lifestyle including Bear Paw Recreation Center.

I was so excited to find out that I could get Starbucks coffee there! Even though the kitchen has a coffee pot and coffee, I really wanted Starbucks.

The kids enjoyed Dryer’s ice cream and snacks while playing video games (PlayStation 4) and billiards.

boys sitting on couch in front living room with popcorn watching a movie

We also rented a couple of movies and the kids really enjoyed popcorn while watching the movies in the living room.

mini golf course

The kids had so much fun playing mini golf.

outside of a gold course

The onsite 18-hole championship golf course, 12-acre driving range and par 3 chip and putt course is sure to be a hit among golfers of all skill levels. The two outdoor swimming pools are the perfect spot to splash the afternoon away. Basketball courts, billiards tables and eight tennis courts offer action-packed days of recreation. There is also a resort restaurant; The Oakmont which features casual dining and has daily happy hour specials. You can relax with a view of the golf course

With so much to do at the Wyndham Flagstaff and all the amenities it has to offer, staying in a vacation rental is the way to go.

Book & Travel by December 31, 2020. Mention code VACAY20. Two-night minimum length of stay required. Valid for new reservations only. Reservations are subject to availability. Reservations are not valid over holidays and special events. Cannot be combined with any other offer. All monetary amounts are noted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

Fat Man’s Loop

If you’ve never hiked before, the Fat Man’s Loop is a great begginers hiking trail. It is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate.

sing for fat man's loop

There are different activities on the trail and it is dog friendly as long as they are kept on a leash. It free which is a bonus.

restaurant with bar and waiter standing

Flagstaff Brewing Company

We stopped by for a stress free, kid friendly lunch at the Flagstaff Brewing Company. It’s casual and friendly and in the heart of downtown Flagstaff. The food was good but the best part? No, not the beer.

two boys playing table tennis

The table tennis in nestled in the back of the restaurant. My husband and I were able to relax and enjoy our food while the kids played table tennis.

park covered in snow

Thorpe Park

We came across Thorpe Park while just driving around. We checked out Snowbowl but were not prepared to go skiing or spend the money. We passed by Thorpe Park and saw people sledding.

two boys sledding

So, since we came unprepared we went to Big Five and got a cheap sled. It was the highlight of the trip for the kids. I would literally drive to Flagstaff for the day just to hear the joy in their giggles while sledding. Plus, it’s free!

two boys standing outside in front of a sign saying Toasted Owl

Toasted Owl

We walked out of a couple of places before we found the Toasted Owl. It was recommended to us but like most tourists we wanted to discover and find out for ourselves. So, by the time we found it, we were starving.

image of the shrooming burger with swiss cheese oozing out of it.

We had the most delicious breakfast ever. I had almond flour pancakes with bacon and blueberries and my husband had a Shrooming Owl Burger. Besides the food and service being amazing, we discovered two things that would make up drive two hours back and forth for the day. First, they had $3 Mimosas (my husband had one or two and I drove, lol) and second we had the most ridiculous cinnamon bun ever.

I don’t even like cinnamon buns so I was just going to taste it. It was so good, we got one to go.

Coffee Houses

Let’s face it, you can’t’ spend too much in a coffee house, especially with kids.  I didn’t expect Flagstaff to have so many coffeehouses!

Matador Coffee Roasting Co.

This cute little coffee shop has the best coffee, which you can also refill for free all day.  They also had awesome cookies!

The cute little drive through wasn’t open but I picked up a coffee and a delicious cookie.

Firecreek Coffee Co.

This cute coffee shop is way more than a coffee shop. By day it looks like a coffee shop but as you walk deeper into the spot you pass a bar and find a backroom that looks like it’s dedicated to bands.

The coffee was fantastic and the kids had a delicious coconut macaroon.

Macy’s European Coffee House & Bakery

We stopped by Macy’s as it was highly recommended. We wanted a sit down breakfast with servers so we did not order full breakfast or lunch but we had a coffee.

The kid’s enjoyed a muffin and I had coffee, which was very good.

There are lots of other coffee shops in Flagstaff like Wicked AZ Coffee, Stronghold Coffee Company, Steep, Cedar House Coffee Shop, and White Dove Coffee Shop. Flagstaff really knows how to run coffee shops and they are a great place to hang out, by yourself or with the kids.

Budget friendly things to do in Flagstaff, Arizona.

There are a lot of budget friendly and free things to do in Flagstaff. What are your plans?

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