If you’re looking for the perfect vacation get away with rich culture and history and a wide variety of activities, then you can’t go wrong with the Scottsdale, Arizona. People may only know Scottsdale for the heat and desert, but I assure you by the time you finish reading this article, you’ll probably have finished packing on your way there because the things you do in Scottsdale are endless and exciting. Apart from the scorching heat during summer and the beautiful deserts that are Arizona, Scottsdale has a lot more to offer from amazing world-class museums, wineries, farms, and ranches, to name a few. Here a few ways and examples to make sure that you enjoy Scottsdale Arizona in all its glory.
1. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve
You can’t truly experience a place without connecting to it through Mother Nature, which is how you truly enjoy a place. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve provides about 30,000 acres of desert goodness and beautiful, well-kept trails that enable a nice family hike while you enjoy the scenery. The best thing about the preserve is that it offers levels of hiking for the needs of different people. For example, there are extreme hikers who are extremely fit and who can take up a rocky trail such as the gateway loop, which very rocky and requires heavy-duty hiking gear such as shoes. For those who prefer to use the hiking experience to enjoy the scenery, you choose to use the more accessible trail, which is the browns ranch. Other activities in the preserve include bike riding, rock climbing, and wildlife watching.
2. Musical Instrument Museum
If you are a music lover or just interested in history and instruments, then you cannot go to Scottsdale and not visit the world’s largest instrument museum. This museum is nothing short of fascinating; as you go through the gallery experiencing hand-on demonstration, Elvis Presley’s feature in artists’ gallery and see and experience amazing instruments such as the piano, Jon Lennon used when he composed the song Imagine. This musical museum will take you through the journey of the best music legends and their instruments first hand.
3. Arizona Taco Festival
Okay, listen anywhere you go in the world kindly make sure that you partake in food festivals. Most tourist cities hold festivals yearly, and some will hold them for different food every year, especially during the tourists’ high seasons. Therefore if you are planning to travel somewhere, take time to research what festivals will be held during your visit. That said, the Arizona Taco Festival is a two-day event that includes a sampling of tacos from Arizona restaurants as they all gun for first place. The festival is a while Mexican fiesta complete with tequila sampling and even margarita competitions, Chihuahua beauty contest, and many more activities. I mean food and drinks and I’ve bands why wouldn’t you be there?
4. Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale
The Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale is an exciting tour for all the sweet tooth people who visit. The tour features a tour downtown to chocolate shops where chocolatiers will teach you how they make different types of chocolate and treats, and even learn the history behind it. How exciting as the tour also includes a sampling of different treats made of chocolate such as truffles, cakes, hot chocolate, and even chocolate ice cream.
5. Dominick’s Steak House
Try out various restaurants around Scottsdale that specialize in specific delicacies. An example is the famous steak house Dominick’s that is located in the Scottsdale quarter and where most people love to visit for special events, fancy dinners, and of course, to enjoy their juicy steaks and fresh, delicious seafood. The restaurant features a beautiful rooftop with a pool and a dining area that allows people to eat under the stars. For private special occasions, they have smaller rooms. The menu at Dominick’s states house is to die for as they cater to every palette.
6. Old Town Farmers market
Old town Farmer’s Market Scottsdale is an open-air market located on Brown Avenue that sells locally produced and organic farm produce that serves as a beautiful landscape for the market. The local farmers feature their food that ranges from vegetables, fruits, poultry, pork, beef, eggs, and locally made cheese. The beauty of this market is it shows how self-sufficient Scottsdale is by growing non-pesticide and organic food, which is also served in the local restaurants. The market also features freshly baked goods, homemade jam and holds food events in the market. Visiting the market is an experience on its own that you probably wouldn’t want to miss.
7. Wine tasting
With over 100 wineries, another fun way to experience Scottsdale Arizona Is through a wine tasting. To get to these wine tastings, tourists follow the wine trail at their own pace enjoying the scenery as you cannot drink and dive. The wine trail will lead you to wine tasting rooms such as Salvatore vineyards, Carlson Creek, and Aridus wine, among others that are located in the old town.
8. OdySea Aquarium
OdySea Aquarium offers a view into the sea world with over 500 different species of marine life to view. The Aquarium is the main attraction among other attractions such as the butterfly wonder world with over 3000 butterflies, a dinosaur exhibit with life-size showcasing of dinosaurs, and a mirror maze that would be extra fun to get lost in, or not.
9. Sugar bowl
The Sugar Bowl is a bright pink cute, and fun ice cream place located in the old town. After a long day of site seeing under the scorching sun who wouldn’t want a nice cold bowl of ice cream.
10. Horse carriage rides
Hop onto a carriage ride that will carry you around the streets of Scottsdale and guess what the rides are free on Friday and Saturday afternoons. The horse carriages are such a win as you can get from one point to another and have to worry about finding parking space.
This has barely scratched the surface with the top ten places s Scottsdale is rich in activities that one can do. There are tons of other attractions to keep your busy. Take your time to plan your activities before travel and do considerable research when you get there talk to the locals and have them show you where the goldmine of activities and adventures is. Enjoy!