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Things To Do In Scottsdale, Arizona

There Are Many Scottsdale Attractions



Fountain in the Scottsdale Arts District

© Judy Hedding

Scottsdale, Arizona actually has a slogan: The West's Most Western Town. With a population of over 200,000 and more than 300 days of sunshine each year, Scottsdale continues to grow its population as well as its tourism. More than 7 million people visit Scottsdale each year. You may wonder, what do they do there besides lounge at exquisite resorts, and eat at fine restaurants? Well, here is my list of some of the best Scottsdale attractions that you won't want to miss!

  • Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction
    The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company is well known for being the premiere classic car auction company in the United States. At the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction even the most serious collector will find enticements in the form of some of the most exclusive vehicles available at auction.

  • At Butterfly Wonderland you can walk among thousands of butterflies in the largest butterfly atrium in the country.
  • Climate-Controlled Golf
    Topgolf isn't just a driving range where you can hit a hundred balls. It's also a place where a group of friends or family can play target golf in friendly competition utilizing user-friendly technology. This isn't simulation -- you'll hit real golf balls with real clubs. All levels of golfers will have fun.

  • Fiesta Bowl Museum
    In central Scottsdale, at the corporate offices of the Fiesta Bowl, you can stop in during the week and visit the Fiesta Bowl Museum. Trophies relating to college football are on display, as are exhibits about the history of the Fiesta Bowl organization, its volunteers and the games. The museum is free.

  • Golf
    If you are a golfer you will find paradise in Scottsdale. There are about 50 golf courses just in Scottsdale. Championship courses of all types can be found here, including the TPC Scottsdale where the Phoenix Open is played each winter as one of the first PGA tournament events of the year.

  • A Hot Air Balloon Ride can give you a view of Scottsdale that relatively few people ever see. It's a truly unique experience!

  • Indian Wash Greenbelt
    This greenbelt in Scottsdale actually connects four parks: Vista Del Camino, Eldorado, Indian School and Chaparral. The greenbelt is 12 miles long, and is the most popular place in town for inline skaters, as well as joggers, cyclists, walkers, and anyone with a dog. There are sports fields, ramadas, fishing lakes, tennis courts, and more.

  • Kerr Cultural Center
    Part of Arizona State University, the Kerr Cultural Center was originally intended as a hall for chamber music. Chamber performances are still held there, as well as other types of musical programs and concerts. This is a smaller venue, making the programs intimate and enjoyable.

  • McCormick Stillman Railroad Park
    Unique park amenities for the young ones include a lovely carousel. This park is special because of the trains and railroad-related exhibits. A ten minute train ride also takes you through an arboretum located in the park.

  • Native Trails
    Each winter, Arizona and guest Native American representatives present outdoor programs featuring music, dance and cultural interpretations. Free admission.

  • Old Town Scottsdale
    If it isn't too hot and you like to walk and window shop, forget that traditional mall and make your way to downtown Scottsdale. Here you'll find winding streets full of unique shops and galleries. You may also hear this area referred to as Fifth Avenue Shops.

  • Parada del Sol Rodeo
    Professional cowboys from allover the country converge on north Scottsdale for the Parada del Sol Rodeo. The Rodeo is a culmination of various Scottsdale events sponsored by the Scottsdale Jaycees, including the Parada del Sol Parade.


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