Yuma has one of the biggest – and coolest – creative playgrounds in the country. Yuma kids helped design Stewart Vincent Wolfe Memorial Playground at West Wetlands Park (enter from 1st Street at 12th or 22nd avenues), which was built entirely by volunteers. From a towering dragon slide to a Marine fighter jet to a miniature western town, this one-of-a-kind playground encourages imagination and exploring.
We’re in the desert, so it’s the perfect place to meet a camel. And you can, at Wildlife World Zoo & Camel Farm (15672 S. Avenue 1E, 627.7511). Besides the herd of dromedaries (the one-humped kind), this working farm has more than 200 animals and 25 other species. Buy a cup of treats and prepare to meet and greet!
For close encounters of the feathered kind, visit the duck pond at Yuma Conservation Garden (2520 E. 32nd St., 317.1935). Desert tortoises, too, along with walking paths through native Sonoran desert plants and antique farm machinery.