Fun Places to Visit in Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona is a unique city located in the Sonoran Desert. Arizona has many warm days, which accommodates various outdoor activities. If the heat doesn’t bother you, visit Arizona during the summer months. Arizona’s average temperature is about 73 degrees. If you are traveling to Scottsdale, make sure to experience its unique venues and attractions. Scottsdale is next to Phoenix, allowing tourists to easily explore all that the two cities have to offer. Be sure to check out the following attractions and find nearby hotels in Scottsdale for a memorable visit.
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A perfect place to catch a ball game, Scottsdale Stadium offers sports entertainment and is only a short walk away from a selection of restaurants. Sports fans will enjoy watching the San Francisco Giants’ training sessions in the spring, while they explore downtown and eat at Oregano’s Pizza Bistro or Blue Moose Sports Bar. If you are in town during a training session, you might be able to get autographs from the players. About 30 minutes before the game starts, the players will give autographs near their dugouts.
Built in 1992, Scottsdale Stadium provides great views of surrounding mountains and it hosts the Arizona League Giants in the summer months. Be sure to find out what events are happening at the stadium during your visit.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
For visitors who want to enjoy Arizona’s warm weather, the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park offers a fun-filled day for the whole family. The park includes a train ride, a carousel from the 1950s, a railroad museum, picnic areas, and souvenirs. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the model railroad building, equipped with a trolley, interactive displays, railroad information, and a view of seven trains. Tickets only cost $1 and the park is usually open 363 days of the year.
On your way out, stop by the Snackstop and enjoy yogurt, hamburgers, and refreshments. Hartley’s General Store also offers ice cream, hot dogs, and souvenirs. Whether you want to learn about the railroad’s history, enjoy a train ride, or just enjoy a picnic on a warm day, this unique park is located in the center of Scottsdale.
Scottsdale Fashion Square
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If you are looking for a place to shop, Scottsdale Fashion Square is the largest shopping mall in the city. With 250 stores, this mall offers brand-name stores and a variety of restaurants. A few popular stores include H&M, Burberry, and Coach. Enjoy a meal at Kona Grill or Blue Burrito Grille. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, visitors can stop by the mall when it fits into their schedule.
The Day Tripper Trolley allows visitors to easily explore the mall, as it travels on Scottsdale Road and makes stops throughout north and south Scottsdale. During your visit, check out the events and deals at different stores. Scottsdale Fashion Square offers two shopping packages in which you can experience complimentary services, gifts, and concierge services.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
To really experience a taste of the west, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is the ultimate attraction. This museum just opened in January and offers a glimpse into the past. With pieces of art, artifacts, interactive displays, and educational programs, this museum has something for everyone, including exhibits and information on Lewis & Clark and John Wayne. Experience the Story Circle, where you can listen to historical stories, discuss them, and watch riveting performances.
With a convenient location for visitors, the museum is just south of Main Street. Tickets costs $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and active military, $8 for students and children, and admission is free for children 5 years old and under.
Soleri Bridge and Plaza
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The Soleri Bridge and Plaza gives sightseers a unique look at Scottsdale’s architecture and art. Named after and designed by Paolo Soleri, an Italian architect and artist, this stunning area is located downtown. Take in views of the Scottsdale Waterfront and marvel at the solar calendar. This area combines the past and present by celebrating solar events. During the solstices, a red line will guide visitors along the bridge. The bridge sits above the Arizona Canal and acts as a passageway for bicycles and pedestrians.
Even if you are not in Scottsdale during the solstices, make sure to take a walk along the waterfront and take in the unique architectural designs created by Soleri. This attraction is only about an eight-minute walk away from nearby hotels.
A popular attraction for kids, Butterfly Wonderland is a fun venue in which you can learn about the rainforest. As the largest butterfly pavilion in America, visitors will experience an indoor rainforest filled with thousands of butterflies and various plants. Visitors can walk right into the venue and butterflies will greet you; they might land on a shoulder or hand. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $11.95 for children ages 3 to 11, $17.95 for seniors, students, and military, and admission is free for children 2 years old and under.
Visit the 3D Theater where you can watch a movie about the life of butterflies. On your way out, stop by the Butterfly Treasures Gift Shop. Here you can purchase memorable souvenirs, including books, jewelry, and nature-themed clothing.
During your next trip to Scottsdale, make sure to check out the city’s many popular attractions. Although your trip will come to an end, you will be sure to have memories that will last forever. The unique and bustling city of Scottsdale has something to offer every member of your family. Please share this post with others who want to travel! Also, send any additional tips in the comments below.
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