Top 10 Scottsdale Attractions

Top 10 Scottsdale AttractionsScottsdale is jam-packed with exciting things to see and do. With its golf courses, world-class resorts, parks, gardens, culture and art, Scottsdale is one hot city for attractions! Visitors can enjoy historic sites, hiking, biking, art, glorious flowers, nearby mountain views and educational spots.

You can’t get bored in this city and there are many kid-friendly sites. Check out the top attractions in Scottsdale, get out, and have some fun!


1. TPC Scottsdale Golf Course – Waste Management Phoenix Open

7226 N. 16th St. #100
Phoenix AZ 85020

The most famous of Scottsdale’s 50+ golf courses, the TPC Scottsdale golf course hosts the largest-attended tournament in the world and widely popular annual event, seemingly bringing in a new record crowd every year and is a big attraction for both locals and tourists alike. The event is highlighted by the busy scene at the 16th hole of the world famous Stadium Course and the Birds Nest concert series held each evening after the tournament. Situated in the rugged Sonoran Desert and surrounded by the scenic McDowell Mountains, TPC Scottsdale is Arizona’s only PGA TOUR facility, providing a unique opportunity to experience the quality service and standards that are normally reserved for the pros.


2. Scottsdale ArtWalk – Scottsdale Gallery Association

PO Box 2045
Scottsdale, AZ 85252

“America’s Original ArtWalk,” the Thursday Night Scottsdale ArtWalk in the Scottsdale Arts District has been a tradition for over 30 years and is a self-guided tour through a wide array of over 125 professional art galleries and studios in Old Town Scottsdale, marked by colorful signage on the sidewalks. This weekly gathering takes place every Thursday evening (year-round, except Thanksgiving) between 7 and 9 pm and essentially serves as an open house for the Scottsdale Arts District when all member galleries belonging to the Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA) open their doors to the public, displaying work of outstanding Southwest artists and others from around the world.


3. Taliesin West

12345 N. Taliesin Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 627-5340

Taliesin West is the masterpiece of world-renowned architectural genius Frank Lloyd Wright, who was inspired by the desert landscape of Scottsdale. This amazing structure was Wright’s personal vacation, and now it doubles as a museum and a school of architecture. The museum offers a variety of private and public tours, both in day and in night- we recommend trying both if you get the chance, as a big part of the genius of the building is how it transitions from day to night. There are so many aspects to Taliesin West that it fascinates even those who don’t have a particular interest in architecture!


4. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

7301 E. Indian Bend Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, is a free family park located in Scottsdale and is the most unique park of it’s kind in the country offering vintage train rides on the Paradise and Pacific Railroads and an antique carousel. While you’re there, you can also visit a variety of shops, an arboretum with over 100 different species of plants, enjoy one of the two large playgrounds, or just relax in one of the park’s picnic ramadas.


5. San Francisco Giants Spring Training Baseball

7408 East Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

In beautiful Old Town Scottsdale each March, the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants play Spring Training games at Scottsdale Stadium. Up to 12,000 fans each game can enjoy great views of Camelback Mountain, enjoy a variety of concession food options and catch some rays while enjoying Cactus League action. Baseball fans can see up-and-coming rookies and players making their way to the pros while getting uncommonly close to the players, both while playing, and then after many of the games near the players’ parking lot, where autograph hounds and picture seekers unite.


6. Scottsdale Museum of the Contemporary Art

7374 East Second Street
Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale is home to some of the best art museums in the Valley. The Scottsdale Museum of the Contemporary Art is considered to be one of the most thriving resources for art and culture in the Southwest. It focuses on contemporary and modern art, architecture and design. The museum strives to present exhibitions that are global in focus and that are innovative and interesting in content. This museum is good for those who anyone who enjoys the modern arts and is interested in exploring less traditional mediums.


7. CrackerJax

16001 N. Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 998-2800

With over 28 acres of fun for the whole family, CrackerJax boasts a double level driving range, golf school, bumper boats, three miniature golf courses, go karts, batting cages, a bungy dome, volleyball, water wars, arcade, and restaurant. This activities venue is great for group gatherings such as birthday parties and corporate retreats with special packages and group rates available.


8. The Ellie & Michael Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Center & Museum

7135 E. Camelback Rd., #190
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 350-0900

College football fans will rejoice with the large variety of exhibits featuring memorabilia from Fiesta Bowl events and bowl games, as well as all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision team helmets, along with some of college football’s most prestigious award trophies, including the Fiesta Bowl, Heisman, Eddie Robinson, and The National Championship Coaches’ Trophy. At the Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum, visitors can also recall and relive the greatest moments in Fiesta Bowl history.


9. Calvin Charles Gallery

4201 North Marshall Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
A world-renowned gallery collecting recognized work from Europe, the Americas, China, Vietnam, and Japan, The Calvin Charles Gallery is an elite Scottsdale’s contemporary event location and art gallery. It has progressed from a humble Asian antique gallery into a leading contemporary art destination and private event space, bringing together an eclectic blend of international artists, as well as nationally recognized artists in their prime, as well as local emerging ‘diamonds in the rough.’


10. Scottsdale Greenbelt

4289 N Hayden Rd
Hayden/Indian School & Hayden/Camelback
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

The Scottsdale Greenbelt is one of the biggest and most beloved parks in the city. The greenbelt is 12 miles long and connects four parks: Indian School, Vista Del Camino, Eldorado, and Chaparral. The Greenbelt is no ordinary park- it has man-made lakes, jogging and bike paths, and a full-fledged golf course. For many, it’s one of the best parts about living or visiting Scottsdale, and with such easy access from so many neighborhoods, it’s easy to see why people love it so much. The Greenbelt starts at Roosevelt St. and Miller Rd. and goes all the way to Shea Blvd. & 91st Street.

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Eric Twohey

About Eric Twohey

A North Valley Resident, Eric Twohey loves to experience new places. He enjoys painting and is inspired by nature and traveling. He loves to experience new restaurants and Scottsdale area venues. Eric earned two degrees from CSU Sacramento, where he served on the University's student government board of directors.

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