About Scottsdale

The City of Scottsdale

Scottsdale may be famous for its spas, resorts, and major events, yet one of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive is the stirring beauty of our Sonoran Desert. The remarkable clarity of light, exotic cactus blossoms, and lush desert landscape create an environment that will leave you inspired. It’s the perfect place to breathe a little deeper, let go of everyday worries, and settle in to an easier pace.

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Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess provides the perfect setting to enjoy al fresco living in the blooming Sonoran Desert. As in the Native American tradition, you'll live in harmony with nature ... vast open spaces, lushly landscaped grounds, regal Saguaro cacti and a burning orange sun sinking behind the majestic mountains will inspire and energize you. From the rich purple hues of the desert sunset to the green agave plants and coral pinks and butter yellow of blooming cactus flowers, the natural palate at play is of the most unique and stunning in the world.

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Things to Do in Scottsdale

 

  • Arizona Historical Society Museum

    Nestled against the base of beautiful Papago Park, the museum features exhibits spanning more than 100 years of Central Arizona history, making it the perfect place to enjoy the best of Arizona’s past and present. Learn more

  • Butterfly Wonderland

    Butterfly Wonderland is the largest indoor butterfly pavilion in America. This amazing state-of-the art facility includes a magnificent glass atrium that provides the ideal tropical rainforest habitat where thousands of butterflies from around the world fly freely. Learn more

  • Dolphinaris Arizona

    Dolphinaris Arizona allows visitors to interact with dolphins, learn about this amazing species, and support ocean conservation efforts. At Dolphinaris Arizona, you can meet dolphins from dry land or in the water. Either way, you can share a handshake, dolphin kiss, and more. You can even become a dolphin trainer for a day, with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at our world-class dolphin care. Learn more

  • Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum

    College football fans will delight in an array of exhibits featuring memorabilia from Fiesta Bowl events and bowl games, all 128 FBS team helmets, and some of college football’s most prestigious award trophies, including the Fiesta Bowl, Heisman, Eddie Robinson, and The National Championship Coaches’ Trophy. Learn more

  • McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

    A 40-acre railroad park. Features a 15 in gauge railroad, a Magma AZ Railroad locomotive, a railroad museum, three model railroad clubs and a 7.5 in gauge live steam railroad. Learn more

  • Music Instrument Museum

    MIM provides a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages with more than 6,500 instruments on display from around the world. Learn more

  • Octane Raceway

    Octane Raceway is a Scottsdale entertainment landmark and the Valley’s definitive “Must Do” adventure. Enjoy high-speed kart racing on the the only full time indoor/outdoor track in the U.S. or indulge in velocity virtual reality gaming in the first free-roam multiplayer virtual reality arena to open in the Western United States. If you’re looking for fun, action, adventure, and an adrenaline rush, come in for a kart race or team game play. Learn more

  • OdySea Aquarium

    The Odysea Aquarium is a fresh and salt water aquarium featuring over 30,000 sea creatures, including sea stars, sharks, otters, penguins, and the Apache trout, the critically endangered state fish of Arizona. Come explore approximately 60 exhibits in what’s considered to be the largest aquarium in the southwest, at 200,000 square feet and two million gallons of water. Learn more

  • Old Town Scottsdale

    Old Town is located on the original townsite of Scottsdale. This district offers boutique shopping alongside souvenirs, jewelry, and art with a Southwestern flair. The area is also home to hip eateries, fine dining, and a vibrant nightlife scene. Learn more

  • Papago Park

    Papago Park is a municipal park of the cities of Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, USA. It has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride. It includes Hunt's Tomb, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Includes botanical garden, golf course, hiking trails, etc. Learn more

  • Penske Racing Museum

    The Penske Racing Museum Showcases an amazing collection of cars, trophies and racing memorabilia chronicling the career of one of the most successful dynasties in all of sports. Penske Racing has over 50 years of racing experience and over 400 major race wins highlighted by 16 Indianapolis 500-mile race victories. On display in the museum are cars detailing the diversity of Penske Racing including a replica of the 1963 Pontiac Catalina which Roger Penske drove to victory in the 1963 Riverside 250. Additionally, a number of Indianapolis 500-mile race winners are on display including the 2009 Dallara Honda which Helio Castroneves drove to win the 2009 Indy 500. Learn more

  • Phoenix Zoo

    Originating with the ambitious vision of a dedicated philanthropist and other community leaders, the Phoenix Zoo has welcomed more than 43 million guests since 1962, fulfilling its mission of providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world. Beginning in 1962 with Operation Oryx, one of the world’s most successful global wildlife conservation programs, it has become world renowned for its contributions to the field of conservation science. Today, more than 7,000 Arabian oryx exist world-wide, setting a precedent for subsequent successful Phoenix Zoo conservation initiatives involving Black-footed ferrets, Chiricahua leopard frogs, narrow-headed gartersnake, thick-billed parrots, Mexican wolves and many others. Learn more

  • River of Time Museum

    In 2003 the River of Time opened its doors with an innovative mission. Using a variety of tools including: history, archaeology, anthropology, art, geology, and geography, the museum presented the past of the Lower Verde River Valley through water. During the following ten years the museum amassed information and artifacts, and the programs grew beyond the confines of its 5,000 square foot space. Learn more

  • Scottsdale Historical Museum

    The mission of the Scottsdale Historical Museum is to present, preserve, and interpret through research, exhibits, and educational programming, the prehistory, history, and cultural heritage of Scottsdale and the Southwest. Learn more

  • Taliesin West

    Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91. Learn more

  • Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West celebrates the art, history, culture, and unique stories of the Greater Western region. The museum features regularly changing exhibitions, entertaining events, gallery tours, and educational activities that bring to life the unique stories of the people, places, and events that embody our western heritage and play a role in shaping its future. Learn more

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