There is more to Scottsdale than just golf, spas, and Spring Training baseball. This desert paradise has no shortage of exciting and interesting things to see and do. Conveniently located just a few miles to the east of Phoenix, Scottsdale has enough activities to appeal to everyone in your travel party. Whether you choose a swanky boutique hotel or a family friendly Scottsdale hotel and resort, this area is an ideal home base for any Arizona family vacation. Here are five of the best ideas to consider when planning your trip to Scottsdale:
OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE
As the heart and soul of the city, this community gathering place boasts an extensive collection of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The rideshare bicycles are an ideal way to check out all of the offerings. Grab a cup of coffee at one of many cafes and you will be on your way to a day full of fun in this artsy and trendy area of Scottsdale.
ODYSEA IN THE DESERT
This world-class entertainment destination boasts five unique attractions, guaranteed to appeal to everyone in your travel party. The Pangea Land of the Dinosaurs features over 50 dinosaur animatronic figures while the Bodies Revealed traveling exhibit provides a fascinating glimpse into the workings of the human body. Dolphinaris gives guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with live dolphins while butterflies are the main attraction at the Butterfly Wonderland. Lastly, the OdySea Aquarium will delight guests with an abundance of marine life viewing opportunities. There truly is something for everyone at OdySea in the Desert.
SHOP TIL YOU DROP
Scottsdale is a shopping mecca. In addition to the eclectic vibe of Old Town Scottsdale, the city boasts an incredible variety of shopping centers. The Shops at Gainey Village features a mix of upscale chain retailers and trendy local boutiques. The Scottsdale Waterfront area beckons visitors with its trendy mix of shops and dining establishment. Whatever your shopping fancy, you will be sure to find it while out and about in Scottsdale.
MCDOWELL SONORAN PRESERVE
This vast nature preserve is an ideal place to get out and enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors. The 200 miles of trails is a haven for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. As home to many different types of animals, plants, and birds, visiting the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a great way to become familiar with the geography of the area while getting in a good workout. Be sure to bring along lots of water!
WESTERN SPIRIT – SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST
The rich tradition, culture, and history of the Wild West are brought to life in this comprehensive museum. A variety of exhibits including a collection of Hopi pottery art and photographs by Barry Goldwater helps visitors to understand this region’s place in the history of the United States. A stunning theater serves as a gathering place for many people in the community.
Your family trip to Arizona will be sure to be a hit with Scottsdale at the heart of your travel itinerary.