As one of the sunniest cities in the United States, it is no wonder so many families want to make the most of the natural world near Phoenix by finding somewhere to stay with kids nearby. Staying in one of these places means you can bring the whole family along to enjoy some fun activities in the sun. Start by hiking the nearby Camelback Mountain where trails and mountain vistas await. In Papago Park, see some exotic animals in Phoenix Zoo and relax under the sun during your lunchtime picnic. Have a unique day out with the cacti in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, and cool off by taking a swim in Encanto Park. For a heart-racing day, head to Lake Pleasant to try jet skiing.