From the moment the sun rises over the Sonoran Desert until long after it sets, Scottsdale offers exciting options for things to see and do. From outdoor adventures and championship golf to upscale shopping and spa treatments, Scottsdale days can be as active or relaxed as you’d like. And after dark, every hour is happy hour, especially in downtown where more than 80 restaurants, clubs and lounges await.
AZ on the Rocks
Arizona’s largest indoor climbing gym with 14,000 square feet of textured climbing terrain. Whether you’re an experienced climber or a beginner, AZ on the Rocks will help you learn the ropes and perfect your technique.
Enjoy all your favorite casino games, as well as fine dining and live entertainment at Casino Arizona. Who knows? You may win big at this Scottsdale gem.
Queen Creek Olive Mill
Learn about the process of creating gourmet olive oil. Products from flavored oils and tapenades to bath products are available in the Mill’s marketplace. Enjoy lunch onsite at Del Piero.
Hot Air Ballooning
You’ll have to get up early for this one (most flights depart at sunrise), but the spectacular views will make it all worthwhile. As your balloon lifts off, you’ll fly low enough to see desert critters scurrying about below. Then, as you gain altitude you’ll get amazing 360-degree views of Valley of the Sun and the surrounding mountain ranges.
Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden showcases more than 50,000 arid-land plants from the world’s deserts in a breathtaking natural setting. Explore the Garden’s paved thematic trails, which illustrate topics like conservation, desert wildflowers, and plants and people of the Sonoran Desert. The Garden also offers guided tours, Gertrude’s restaurant and special events, including live concerts, summer Flashlight Tours, Las Noches de Las Luminarias, art exhibitions, and more.
Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park
Discover the culture of the ancient Hohokam at this 1,500-year-old archaeological site. A fully accessible 2/3-mile trail takes you through a prehistoric Hohokam village site that includes a partially excavated platform mound, ball court and replicas of traditional dwellings. Within the museum you’ll find permanent exhibits on Hohokam culture and hands-on activities to help children learn about archaeology. The museum hosts several annual events including the popular Indian Market in December.
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