Top 10 Things to Do in Scottsdale

Top 10 Things to Do in ScottsdaleScottsdale is known for the city to go to if you love great weather and entertainment. People move to the Valley or visit just to experience everything from golfing to horseback riding with the ability to do both in the same day if desired.

Scottsdale is like one big playground with countless entertainment options and activities from museums to night clubs and so much more. If you like to get out and play, check out the top ten things to do in the city of Scottsdale.


1. 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.


2. San Francisco Giants Spring Training

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.


3. Heard North

32633 N. Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
(480) 488-9817

Heard North is the equally well-regarded Scottsdale counterpart to the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Heard North is dedicated to keeping the rich Native American culture of the Southwest region alive and appreciated. There is so much to be explored within the realm of Native American art, and the Heard North continues to discover and showcase the art and culture in an interesting and dynamic way that is culturally relevant today.


4. TPC Scottsdale

17020 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 585-4334

Home of the fan-favorite Waste Management Phoenix Open, the largest-attended tournament in the world, TPC Scottsdale is an excellent blend of challenge and playability offering two championship golf courses to enjoy; the world famous Stadium Course and the breathtaking Champions Course, compelling both golf’s top players and recreational golfers alike. 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.


5. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. Second Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Amphitheater on 75th Street and Main St
(480) 499-TKTS

The Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts is one the premier venues for experiencing the performing arts in Scottsdale. It is affiliated with the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, which is also a division of the Scottsdale Cultural Council. The Performing Arts Center makes a point to bring new and adventurous talents to their stages, both of which have central Scottsdale locations. The acts they bring to town are among the best in the nation, and with the number of performances each year, they’re sure to have something you find interesting.


6. 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.


7. MacDonald’s Ranch

26540 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

MacDonald’s Ranch is is one of Arizona’s oldest riding stables and the premier horseback riding stable in tranquil Sonoran Desert in North Scottsdale, offering activities for individuals, small groups, larger conventions or corporate gatherings. Visitors to the 1300 acre ranch can choose from guided horseback rides, hayrides and cowboy cookouts, and other entertainment. Open year-round, they recommend contacting them in advance to confirm season weather and hours of operation. Their location is close to many conveniences, close by most Valley resorts, hotels, airports and easily accessible.


8. Desert Storm Hummer Tours

8668 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Desert Storm Hummer Tours is considered a pioneer and leader in Hummer Outfitting, with over fifteen years of local experience in delivering memorable off-road tours through Arizona’s Sonoran Desert of the desert to families, groups and corporations, offering something unique fore everyone to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. They offer a variety of activities and options for every interest level, hosting tours year round and will provide an unforgettable experience. Voted one of the Top 100 Adventure Tours in America by National Geographic, April, 2000, the crew has a fun-loving reputation and commitment to excellence through entertainment which has helped make Desert Storm Hummer Tours one of the Southwest’s most popular and unique tours.


9. 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!


10. 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.

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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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