Old Town Scottsdale is the heart of the city. It’s an area that’s home to many great restaurants, bars and shops. The best part about Old Town Scottsdale is that it’s in walking distance from everywhere else in Scottsdale.
If you’re looking for old fashioned western charm, then head over to Main Street Square where you’ll find plenty of opportunities for shopping, dining or simply relaxing on a bench and enjoying what this area has to offer. If you want more modern entertainment options then head down Marshall Way towards 7th Avenue where there are lots of nightclubs and bars lined up side by side with each other- but make sure to bring your dancing shoes!
The Waterfront is a great place to hang out. The waterfront has a restaurant, bar and lounge area, which are all open late. The food is good and the drinks are even better. It’s also a good place for watching boats sail by on their way up the canals or land more fish at the docks nearby. If you’re looking for some exercise, take a walk or run around one of Scottsdale’s many parks while enjoying beautiful views of Camelback mountain as well as Old Town Scottsdale and downtown Phoenix in the background!
The Museum of the West is a great family museum, as well as a great place to learn about the history of Scottsdale. In fact, it’s where I learned that my first home in Arizona was built by Frank Lloyd Wright! They have tons of information about Arizona and its history, so it’s definitely worth going if you’re interested in learning more about your city or state.
The museum is divided up into several separate sections: Western History, Natural History and Wildlife, Native Cultures, Fine Art Gallery and Special Exhibits (which change periodically). You can also take tours outside on their beautiful grounds where there are plenty of places for kids to run around or explore.
The Scottsdale Arts District is the heart of downtown Scottsdale. It’s home to a variety of art galleries, museums, and theaters. If you’ve ever wanted to visit the Guggenheim in New York City but don’t have time for an international flight, this is your chance! The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1989 as one of the first modern art museums outside of New York City. Today it features exhibits from both emerging and established artists.
The Scottsdale Cultural Council offers free walking tours that highlight different aspects of the arts district each month (check their website for details). You can also pick up a map at the information desk in the lobby at City Hall or use our self-guided walking tour below:
The Talking Stick Resort Arena is home to both the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Rattlers, and it’s also used for concerts. It’s located in downtown Scottsdale, which makes it easy to access from anywhere in town. The arena is also huge—the largest in Arizona—so it’s great for kids who love sports or just want to be active on vacation!
Carefree Sundial Circle is a bit of a drive from Scottsdale, but it’s well worth the journey. This quaint town provides an authentic experience of what Arizona was like in the 1950s and 60s. You can’t go wrong with Carefree Sundial Circle for your next vacation destination!
Bicycling is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of Scottsdale. If you have never ridden a bicycle before, don’t worry! First, check out this handy guide on how to ride a bike. Once you’ve got all the basics down, come join us in Scottsdale and let’s hit the road.
You’ll find lots of bike paths through town that are perfect for getting out and exploring our city by bike. A few popular routes include: