Summer fun with Valley Metro! | Valley Metro
Photo of kid boarding an Orbit bus

School’s out! Did you know that you can use Valley Metro to connect to many fun family attractions? As a parent of three active sons, I’m always looking for ways to burn up some of their energy. There are many attractions along bus and light rail that are not only educational, but they’re also fun.  I can think of three attractions along transit routes that I have enjoyed with my family. The money we save on gas and parking helps extend our fun at each of these destinations.

Castles and Coasters is a great place to take the entire family. There are many things to do like playing miniature golf, riding the roller coasters, and bumping a family member in your own bumper car without causing a real collision. Even if you happen to have a gamer in the house, there are plenty of indoor games that will keep you busy. If you are interested in checking out this theme park, take light rail westbound to 19th Ave/Dunlap and connect to bus Route 90.  It will drop you off within walking distance of the park.

Photo of Valley Metro bus outside the Phoenix Zoo

The Phoenix Zoo is another fun and educational outing. Be prepared to get plenty of exercise and don’t forget your spill-proof container to bring onboard the train to stay cool and hydrated.  Your camera will come in handy while exploring and meeting new furry friends. Remember, when exiting the train make sure to grab all of your items. I know from my own experience you can get distracted when you’re having fun. Take the light rail train to the Priest Dr/Washington station. From there, bus Route 56 will take you straight to the entrance of the park. You can check out this blog for more information about having fun at the Phoenix Zoo.

Photo of light rail train going by Home Run Stadium

Maybe you want to test your batting skills with the family without bringing your own equipment and food. Well, you are in luck! Light rail trains will take you right to the fun at Home Run Stadium in Mesa at the Gilbert Rd/Main St station.  I don’t think it gets any better than that. 

These are just three of my favorite places to go on bus and light rail. Don’t forget to purchase a 1-day pass for just four dollars. Until you ride again, have a great summer!

Remember: The best gifts in the world are not in the material objects one can buy from the store, but in the memories we make with the people we love. - Amanda Bogarshinov

Christina Braggs
Christina Braggs
Operations Communications Specialist
A California native, Christina has enjoyed a variety of careers from hospitality and law enforcement to being a stay-at-home mom. She was one of the original Customer Experience Coordinators on the light rail system. Her hobbies include baking, interior design, fishing and fashion.