Scottsdale is Arizona’s sixth largest city and is continually ranked as one of the premier golf and resort destinations in the world. There are lots of things to do and places to explore around the “Most Livable City” in the country. Below are just a few…
Butterfly Wonderland is a one-of-a-kind experience, and one of the best activities for families and visitors of all ages. It is the largest indoor butterfly pavilion in America, and should certainly top your list of “Things to do in Arizona” whether you’re a tourist or a local. This amazing state-of-the art facility includes a magnificent glass atrium that provides the ideal tropical rainforest habitat where thousands of butterflies from around the world fly freely; a state-of-the-art theater for viewing the impressive and educational “Flight of the Butterflies” 3D movie; interactive nature exhibits for children, a gift shop and a café.
It is also home to the OdySea Aquarium and OdySea Mirror Maze that host a variety of adventures from Sea Trek helmet diving, touch pools, penguin interaction program, behind the scenes tours, Rainforest and Mayan Temple mirror mazes, as well as a laser maze challenge that will keep you and your family busy with hours of entertainment and delight for all ages!
Fort McDowell Casino is more than just a casino and gaming resort, it has all kinds of attractions to relish in. One of the premier destinations in the Valley of the Sun, Wekopa Resort & Conference Center is located immediately adjacent to the casino. You’ll find this beautiful new 4-Diamond facility an elegant and luxurious overnight, weekend or extended-stay experience. The Eagle View RV Resort is the ultimate destination for Southwest RVers! Offering prime weather conditions and local Scottsdale, Arizona amenities not offered anywhere else, it establishes a new standard for premier RV Resorts.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club was designed by golf course veterans Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw and Scott Miller. A daily fee golf facility with two 18-hole courses, Cholla and Saguaro, it offers both seasoned pros and weekend golfers a memorable golf experience.
The Stables at Fort McDowell Adventures is one of the finest stable operations in the Southwest, set on 25,000 acres of spectacular open desert. While you’re high in the saddle, you’re apt to see eagles, roadrunners, coyotes, mustangs, huge cacti and other wild things that call the Sonoran Desert home.
Guided Kayaking Tours on the Lower Salt River is quickly becoming one of their most popular river recreation tours. Guests experience all of the wonder of being in the unique environment of a desert river, which provides a home for the greatest diversity of plant and animal life that our region has to offer.
Guided Segway Tours is like a hike in the desert without the hassle of sweating. The Segway allows you to view the desert flora and fauna without all the encumbrances of vehicle windows and doors. It provides a smooth ride and fun challenge while enjoying the beautiful sites of the Sonoran Desert.
Love to hike? Scottsdale has many trails to choose from! From Brown’s Ranch Trailhead, Fraesfield Trailhead, Getaway Trailhead, Granite Mountain Trailhead, Lost Dog Wash Trailhead, Quartz Trailhead, Ringtail Trailhead, Sunrise Trailhead, Tom’s Thumb Trailhead and Westworld Trailhead, you have plenty of access to different levels of hiking to partake in!
Love to read? Scottsdale has several libraries to choose from if you are an avid reader or need access to resources for your personal projects. From Appaloosa Library, Arabian Library, Civic Center Library, Mustang Library, to Palomino Library, you can be rest assured that your love for books and resources are met!
The Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt is an oasis of parks, lakes, paths and golf courses traversing 11 miles through the heart of Scottsdale. The greenbelt features more than 24 grade-separated crossings, meaning users can avoid major cross traffic. This world-renown flood control project is rated among the top urban “green spaces” in Arizona.
Kierland Commons has all your shopping and dining needs in a unique outdoor setting with a relaxing atmosphere! It also houses the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa which celebrates the rich legacy of Arizona. The hallways, public spaces and grounds pay tribute to the people and landscape that have shaped the state’s cultural heritage.
Mayo Clinic has several campuses in Scottsdale and is world renowned for its medical services, doctors and health systems. Their mission is to inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research.
Old Town Scottsdale is the ultimate destination for visitors and residents alike to enjoy art galleries, specialty retail, dining venues that range from casual to upscale, southwestern cultural attractions and an extraordinary nightlife.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is the hub for baseball events and spring training facility of the Arizona Diamondback and Colorado Rockies. They also host many other large and small events throughout the year, from food festivals and concerts to corporate functions and birthday parties, Salt River Fields has something for all.
Scottsdale Promenade is another great open-air mall that has a mix of well-known retail stores, specialty boutiques, plenty of dining options, and open areas to meet up with your friends and neighbors.
Scottsdale Quarter is an open-air center, and is one of Scottsdale’s top shopping destinations. Located in ‘the Beverly Hills of the Desert’, Scottsdale Quarter boasts breathtaking landscape, highly sought retailers, unique dining and top of the line beauty services. The Quarter offers some of the best shopping in Scottsdale with over 80 retailers, and is home to iPic Movie Theater, 18 office tenants including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Apple Store, Maracay Homes, iCrossing and Superior Home Services as well as the park-like public gathering space, The Quad, featuring the largest pop-jet fountain in the region.
Talking Stick Resort & Casino is Scottsdale’s top entertainment destination that’s perfect for everything from a relaxing couple’s getaway to a large business conference event. Stay in their AAA Four Diamond hotel and enjoy premium amenities, like complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, delicious 24-hour dining and 24-hour access to our 14th floor Fitness Center with the latest equipment and amazing views of Scottsdale. The Spa at Talking Stick is a luxurious open-air space located on the 14th floor of Talking Stick Resort. Voted one of the 10 best spas in Scottsdale by USA Today, it features private rooms with unparalleled views of the Valley. The Talking Stick Golf Club was designed by legendary course architects Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, and include two distinctive championship golf courses, The North Course and the South Course, that offer a variety of scenery and memorable experiences.
Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale is woven into the Sonoran Desert with stunning panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains. It showcases 36 holes of inspiring golf and upscale amenities that let everyday golfers experience “a day in the life” of a PGA TOUR player. As Arizona’s professional golf headquarters, TPC Scottsdale offers an unparalleled sporting experience. The club boasts two championship courses and 36 professional-level holes – including the world-famous Stadium Course, designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf, and the newly-renovated Champions Course, crafted by Randy Heckenkemper.
HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center is a certified Chest Pain Center and Heart Attack Center. The facility has earned Magnet designation, the highest national designation for excellence in nursing care. With over 400 beds, women’s services, a dedicated pediatric emergency department, pediatric ICU, and a Level III neonatal ICU. The hospital also is known as a bariatric surgery center of excellence, its total joint replacement center, and cardiology and oncology services.
The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, is on the Shea campus and houses the HonorHealth Research Institute.
WestWorld of Scottsdale is located in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona and can host just about anything you can dream up! From its over 300,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space located on 386 acres of pristine desert at the base of the McDowell Mountains, WestWorld’s historic success is grounded in its world-renowned equestrian center. Each of the past few years, more than 90 equestrian events, utilizing over 247 use days have taken place with some 220,000+ attendees. Annual major events hosted at WestWorld include the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Good Guys Car Show, International Sportsmen’s Expo and more!