An abundance of natural and man-made wonders define Scottsdale and its surrounding region. Find the Resort ideally located near desert attractions, cultural institutions and sporting activities, providing a wealth of things to do in Scottsdale.
Things to do in Scottsdale
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A Concierge at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North shares travel tips, from the best places to hear live music in Scottsdale to how families can experience the Sonoran Desert.
6 Reasons to Visit Scottsdale
Dramatic desert landscapes, outdoor adventures and Southwestern culture top our list.
Things to Do in Scottsdale With Kids
With its golf courses, outdoor activities and enchanting desert landscape, Scottsdale, Arizona, makes for the perfect family vacation spot.
Desert Botanical Garden
Presenting the world's finest collection of arid-land plants from deserts around the world, with more than 50,000 plants showcased on five thematic trails, including desert wildflowers and more.
Founded in 1929 by Dwight and Maie Heard to house their personal collection of cultural and fine art, the Heard Museum has since become the nation's most prestigious private Native arts centre.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West
Considered one of Wright's greatest masterpieces, Taliesin West was literally created out of the desert, with rocks and sand to keep the design in balance with the surrounding environment.
Tucked into the mysterious Superstition Mountains, the Apache Trail once served as a stagecoach and freight wagon route. Highlights include the Superstition Mountain Museum, Goldfield Ghost Town and more.
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Montezuma is a well-preserved ancient Native (Sinaguan) cliff dwelling, built more than six centuries ago. The Sinagua people are still a great mystery, having vanished without a trace centuries ago.
Oak Creek winds through a rugged canyon, flanked by red rock cliffs and shaded by sycamore. Find two of Arizona’s finest swimming holes; one of them, Slide Rock, has been made into a state park.
Old Town Scottsdale
Old Town Scottsdale gives you the flavour of the Old West. The area's more than 150 shops and restaurants offer a wide variety of traditional, Southwestern and contemporary merchandise.
Cave Creek and Carefree Galleries
These galleries represent famed artists inspired by the unique beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Discover a wide variety of media and styles from traditional to contemporary, paintings to sculpture.
Every Thursday, over 100 galleries — representing every medium and style of art — take part in ArtWalk. It’s perfect for a casual evening with family or for searching for that perfect piece of art.
Explore a unique complex of desert-appropriate, experimental, concrete structures created by Paolo Soleri, the originator of arcology, an urban concept embodying a fusion of architecture and ecology.
Phoenix Art Museum
The Phoenix Art Museum is the largest museum in the Southwest, with world-class exhibitions and a collection of over 17,000 works of art, including the Thorne Miniature Rooms showing historic interiors.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Featuring compelling contemporary art, architecture and design from around the globe, the Museum presents a wide variety of changing exhibitions, educational programmes and special events.
Kierland Commons offers more than 70 high-end specialty stores, fine dining and entertainment. Stroll through Kierland Commons, and enjoy dancing fountains and terrace seating.
Scottsdale Fashion Square
Scottsdale Fashion Square is the Southwest's largest shopping destination and most distinctive address for premier shopping, dining and entertainment, with a collection of more than 225 retailers.
The ComericaTheatre is a state-of-the-art entertainment venue designed specifically for concerts, Broadway shows, family stage shows, boxing and convention meetings.
Scottsdale Center for the Arts
Promoting creative expression, from classical to cutting edge, Scottsdale Center for the Arts blends entertainment with interactive, thought-provoking education in a year-round performing arts season.
Located in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, OdySea Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Southwest, spanning 200,000 square feet. The two-level, state-of-the-art facility holds more than 2 million gallons of water and accommodates up to 10,000 visitors daily. With over 50 exhibits and 500 different species, there are more than 30,000 animals that call OdySea home.
Butterfly Wonderland is the largest butterfly conservatory in America. It features an indoor conservatory that brings a tropical rainforest environment to Arizona where thousands of butterflies fly freely. There are interactive exhibits, a Butterfly Emergence Gallery, 3D movie theater, Spineless Giants exhibit, Café, Gift Shop and a Rainforest Reptile exhibit.