The Dolly Steamboat
Nestled in the heart of the Superstition Mountains lies the spectacular Canyon Lake, home of the Dolly Steamboat. Continuing a tradition of cruising since 1925, the Dolly Steamboat now cruises the secluded inner waterways of this beautiful lake. View the majestic desert bighorn sheep, bald eagles and a host of other wildlife, waterfowl, and birds. Experience the unique ambiance that is created by the sounds of plying through the waters of Canyon Lake. Listen as your captain recounts the legends and lore of the mysterious Superstition Mountains. Expect to be treated with outstanding service and personal attention to your every need. Feel free to ask questions, move about and mingle with the crew. Air conditioned lower and upper cabin during summer months.
Oasis Water Park at Arizona Grand Resort
Voted by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s Top 10, Arizona Grand Resort & Spa’s expansive, wild and fun Oasis has something for kids of all ages, making it perfect for your next family getaway. Built across 7 acres, this premium amenity boasts 8-story thrill slides, a giant wave pool, a 25 person hot tub, the Valley’s only side-by-side active river, and Wild Cat Springs which is perfect for younger children. Oasis Day Passes and Cabana rentals are also available for non-resort guests on select dates exclusively through ResortPass. See their website for details.
Octane Raceway
Indoor cart racing as well as VR games. Great for group events, corporate events and family fun. Note that racers must be a minimum 54" tall.
Mountain View Park
PARK FEATURES * 30-acres * Basketball court (lighted) * Two tennis courts (lighted) * Sand volleyball court * Playground * Three soccer fields * 12-station exercise course * Restroom COMMUNITY CENTER FEATURES * 12,000 square feet * Half basketball court (drop-in only) *Closed until further notice * Two activity rooms * Kitchen
Aztec Park
* 9-acres * Shaded playground * Two baseball fields (lighted) * Four drop-in ramadas (lighted) * Two tennis courts (lighted) * Two basketball courts (lighted) * Two sand volleyball courts (lighted) * Restroom
iFLY Phoenix
Indoor skydiving facility for all ages. Make sure to check their website for any restrictions and book well ahead of time for parties and events.
Western Spirit
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West celebrates the West and its importance by informing, educating, inspiring, and engaging museum guests. We offer high-quality exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach addressing regional history, particularly as reflected by the arts and the dynamic cultural exchanges that have marked the transition of the Old West into the New West.
Golfland Sunsplash
Golfland Sunsplash is Arizona’s premier family fun destination. Featuring over 30 exciting rides and attractions in one location! From thrilling waterslides , to award winning miniature golf, Golfland Family Fun Center and Sunsplash Water Park has something for the whole family! We can’t wait to see you here! We are easy to find just outside of Phoenix in Mesa, AZ.
Cactus Park
FEATURES * 17-acres * Aquatic center * Fitness center * Sand volleyball court (lighted) * Playground * Basketball court * Restroom * 2 large reservable ramadas * 1 small non-reservable ramada
Heard Museum
Dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art, the Heard successfully presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the beauty and vitality of traditional and contemporary art. The Heard Museum sets the standard for collaborating with American Indian artists and tribal communities to provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.
Pinnacle Peak Park
Pinnacle Peak Park features a moderate out-and-back trail through the pristine Sonoran Desert environment. FEATURES * Trailhead office equipped with a variety of informational materials * Interpretive displays along the trail * Restrooms and drinking fountains * Rock climbing routes * 90-space, paved parking lot with four motorcycle spots * Bike rack * Four picnic tables and a shade ramada
D-BAT Scottsdale
Indoor batting cages
Thunderbird Park
FEATURES * 10-acres * Playground * Drop-in ramada * Three reservable baseball fields (two are lighted) * Three reservable soccer fields (two are lighted) * Two tennis courts (lighted) * Full basketball court (lighted) * Sand volleyball court (lighted) * Restroom
Rydables
RIDE. SMILE. REPEAT. Rydables brings out the kid in all of us! Adorable stuffed animal on the outside. Super safe mobility-style electric cart on the inside. Rydables creates a fun, memorable, interactive experience for all sorts of events, fundraisers, and business opportunities.
Bowlero
Bowling alley, arcade, restaurant and bar
Vista del Camino Dog Park
This half-acre dog park has plenty of shade trees, benches and water fountains for you and your dog to enjoy. Parking is available off of Pierce Street links to external site , just north of McKellips Road. The dog park is just north of this parking area. Hours 5:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Scottsdale Historical Museum
The rich history of Scottsdale comes alive in the photos and exhibits in the two-room, Little Red Schoolhouse, now Scottsdale’s official historic museum. From our founder Winfield Scott to fabled Mayor Herb Drinkwater, from the pioneers who built Scottsdale’s canals and early farms, to the modern era developers of our neighborhoods, schools, shopping malls, ballparks and airport, visitors will learn about our city’s past and present.
Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs
Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs is an indoor interactive exhibit and educational center located at OdySea in the Desert. Complete with more than 80 lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that roam through exhibits and true-to-life recreations of prehistoric habitats, Pangaea is designed to transport guests back to the age of the dinosaurs. Guests can enjoy family-friendly activities, educational explorations, high quality dining and 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 17 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.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
A museum dedicated to contemporary art, architecture, and design.
Enchanted Island Amusement Park
Whether you like spinning, flying, dropping, bumping, driving, rocking, or rolling, the rides at Enchanted Island Amusement Park are sure to thrill and delight. If you’re in a leisurely mood, tour the grounds on the C.P. Huntington Train, go back in time on the Encanto Carousel, and rent a pedal boat or canoe. More adventurous riders will also want to take in the spectacular skyline views from the Parachute Tower, crash and splash in the Bumper Boats, and maneuver their own airplane on the popular Red Baron ride.
Fever Events
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Glow Putt Mini Golf
Glow Putt Mini Golf is an indoor, glow-in-the-dark, miniature golf course. The jungle-safari theme surrounds a challenging 18-hole course that is illuminated with special UV lighting. Even the golf ball is special as it glows brilliantly each time it passes through one of the many custom-made CHARGERS located throughout the course. The layout is designed to challenge and please all skill levels as you make your way through the air-conditioned course.
The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is operated by the city of Scottsdale’s Parks & Recreation Department. The 30 acre park, located in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona, is the most unique park of its kind in the country. Take a ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and the 1950-vintage Allan Herschell carousel. Visit a variety of shops and museums, play on our one-of-a-kind playgrounds or play areas, or just relax in the grass under a tree in Scottsdale’s most beautiful park.
Great Wolf Lodge
Family friendly resort including an indoor water park, climbing wall, and a ton of activities to be enjoyed by the whole family. Day passes or resort stays are available.
McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic & Fitness Center
POOL FEATURES * 8-lane, 25 yd lap pool * Two 1-meter diving boards * Two 3-meter diving boards * Large tube water slide * Lazy river * Zero-depth entry play pool * Water play features and spray pad * Grassy sections with multiple shady areas * Veranda seating with a view of the pool area * Party island with seating at the lazy river * Skate Park * Fitness Center
OdySea Mirror Maze
Mirror mazes are challenging adventures for the body and mind. By surrounding your pathways with mirrors you see infinite reflections, impossible corridors and mind-bending light effects. Imagine entering a dark room and a web of lasers pops to life right in front of your eyes. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to navigate through the puzzle of lasers as quickly as possible.
Arizona Outdoor Fun
Arizona Outdoor Fun specializes in getting you up close and personal with the famous Sonoran Desert by providing Guided and Unguided ATV/UTV tours, Off-road rentals, and Shooting Range Adventures! Experience the rugged wilderness of the Bradshaw Mountains with our incredible team of guides who will ensure you have a thrilling yet safe excursion! With our top-of-the-line equipment and highly-trained staff, this will be an adventure you will never forget!
Horizon Dog Park
This small dog park is located in a retention basin on the far west end of Horizon Park. It has a large shade structure, a water fountain for you and your dog, and a water feature to control the dust. This area of the park is prone to flooding after a storm. Hours Sunrise to sunset (no lights) Please note that sprinklers turn on intermittently after sunset Closed for Maintenance Mondays & Thursdays | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rotary Park
FEATURES * 8 acres * Two drop-in ramadas * Playground * Picnic areas * Restroom
Imagine 3D Mini Golf
lmagine a world where one of a kind, hand-painted 3D art looks so real playing black light mini golf that you'll feel like you're trapped in a world of fantasy while encountering dragon caves, sunken pirate ships, and unicorns! Wow! How cool would that be?
Tempe Town Lake
A desert oasis in the middle of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, Tempe Town Lake offers a variety of exciting events and activities to enjoy year round. Tempe Town Lake, located adjacent to Downtown Tempe, provides a recreational haven for kayaking, sailing, rowing, jogging, fishing or picnicking. Tempe Town Lake is the perfect spot to experience some fun and enjoy the outdoors. It’s a bit unexpected for visitors to find a large body of water right in the heart of the city, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Tempe Town Lake. From January to December, winter or summer, the lake is a nice place to visit throughout the year.
Spinners on the Green Disc Golf Store & Bike Rental
Driving disc golf in AZ since 2005 – We have fun helping you have fun! Spinners on the Green is conveniently located within walking distance of the Shelly Sharpe Memorial Disc Golf Course, in Vista Del Camino Park along the Indian Bend Wash. Enjoy playing the course that is home to one of the most elite Disc Golf Events – The Memorial Championship presented by Discraft. Come to us for bike rentals, too. Bike through Scottsdale’s Indian Bend Wash Multi-use Path on beach cruisers, hybrids or a tandem bike. The well-maintained paved path stretches from North Scottsdale to the Tempe Town Lake. Several lush and mature parks are located along the way.
Agua Linda Park
All amenities are available when the park is open, unless otherwise noted. * 4 acres * Two drop-in ramadas * Full basketball court (lighted) * Sand volleyball court * Playground * Spray poles * Restroom
Comanche Park
Features * 11-acres * Playground * Drop-in ramada * Basketball court (lighted) * Tennis court (lighted) * Exercise course
USA Skateland - Indoor Roller Skating
They provide Roller Skating and Family Fun for all ages. USA's Skateland features a Roller Cafe full of family favorites. They also offer State of The Art sound systems, live DJs, a fully stocked cafe and a huge arcade with awesome prizes. Come join us for kids’ birthday parties, fundraisers for your schools and groups, exercise and family fun for all! They are THE #1 place in Mesa for not only birthday parties but parties of all shapes and sizes! Wristguards are mandatory for all skaters regardless of age or experience. Wristguards are free off charge at our skate counter.
Northsight Park
Features * 19-acres * Playground * Picnic areas * Drop-in ramada * Basketball court (lighted) * Two tennis courts (lighted) * Two sand volleyball courts (lighted) * Restroom
Ice Den Scottsdale - Ice Skating
Currently no public skating due to Covid. Please check their website for updated scheduling. Public Skate sessions are generally held on Friday & Saturday nights and Saturday & Sunday afternoons. Special sessions are also held on select holidays and throughout the year on weekday afternoons during school breaks. Due to hockey tournaments, skating competitions and special events the public skate schedule varies monthly.
Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale
Delightful stroll through famous Scottsdale streets showcasing art galleries and shops. Chocolate samples in a variety of forms, which may include truffles, cupcakes, other baked goods, ice cream, hot chocolate and others. Fun and friendly atmosphere. www.chocolatetourofscottsdale.com
AZ on the Rocks - Rock Climbing
AZ on the Rocks is Arizona’s largest indoor climbing gym. The facility was constructed by Eldorado Climbing Walls in late 2003. The facility has activities for kids and adults of all ages. They have on site Yoga and Fitness facilities to complete our world class climbing gym. AZ on the Rocks has a complete set of top of the line cardiovascular and weight machines, as well as free weights. Purchase a climbing membership and get the benefits of a traditional health club too. Any access purchased gives you full access to the climbing area, yoga classes, the exercise equipment and the Ninja Warrior rig.
Musical Instrument Museum
MIM began with a vision to create a musical instrument museum that would be truly global. Realizing most musical museums featured historic, primarily Western classical instruments, MIM’s founder Bob Ulrich (then CEO of Target Corporation) was inspired to develop a new kind of museum that would focus on the kind of instruments played every day by people worldwide. A focus on the guest experience shaped every aspect of the museum’s development. From the beginning, our goal has been to deliver a musical experience that is enriching, inspiring, interesting, and fun. Today, MIM has a collection of more than 8,000 instruments from more than 200 world countries. The galleries reflect the rich diversity and history of many world cultures. But music and instruments also show us what we have in common—a thought powerfully expressed in our motto, music is the language of the soul.
OdySea Aquarium
OdySea Aquarium® offers an entertaining, interactive, and educational experience for guests of all ages by combining theme-park-style amusement with highly engaging presentations of aquatic life.
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) rescues native wild animals that have lost their homes to development, or are found injured, orphaned, or abandoned. When possible, the animals in our care are rehabilitated and released — healthy and wild — back where they belong. Southwest Wildlife shares its knowledge and passion about animals through education. We hope not only to educate but also to inspire people to learn about and respect our wildlife and conserve its habitat. We are open to the public by appointment only for guided tours.
Wonderspaces
Wonderspaces is a year-round, evolving art show featuring extraordinary artwork from around the world. Periodically, individual artworks rotate out to make room for new works. View our full review of Wonderspaces here!
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Travel through the mists of time to a forgotten age and a tale of devotion, courage and love—at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Imagine the pageantry and excitement that would have been yours as a guest of the queen ten centuries ago. That’s exactly what you will experience at North America’s most popular dinner attraction. See our electrifying show featuring heroic knights on spirited horses displaying the astounding athletic feats and thrilling swordplay that have become hallmarks of this unique entertainment experience. Enjoy a “hands-on” feast as the dynamic performance unfolds before you. A sweeping musical score and brilliant lights provide a fabulous backdrop for this spellbinding experience that blurs the boundary between fairy tale and spectacle!
Butterfly Wonderland
Butterfly Wonderland transports guests of all ages to the rainforest by immersing them in the world of butterflies and other rainforest animals. Learn about Monarch migration in a captivating 3D movie, observe live chrysalis as they emerge naturally into beautiful butterflies, spend ample time strolling through the conservatory with the butterflies, get up close to unique reptiles that inhabit rainforests across the world, and even indulge in edible insects!
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Great hiking area in North Scottsdale area. Easy access from HWY 101. Bathrooms and water at visitor center and ample parking.
Zuni Park
Features * 4-acres * Playground * Full basketball court
Scottsdale Wine Trail
The Scottsdale Wine Trail is comprised of: Aridus Wine Company, Carlson Creek, LDV Winery, Merkin Vineyards, and Salvatore Vineyards. All of the wineries produce award-winning wines that are available for tasting and purchase at unique tasting rooms/retail shops in the heart of Scottsdale’s entertainment district. Spend the day or the weekend and experience downtown Scottsdale – great wine tasting, culinary delights, first class lodging, diverse entertainment, art galleries, theaters, shopping, baseball, and museums. There is something for everyone.
Arizona E-Bike Tours
We are a Tour Company designed to take groups of up to 15 people out for the e-bike experience through Scottsdale, Tempe & Phoenix Papago Park. Discover parks, paths, mountains, homes as well as unique locations and experiences. Our Tour is hosted by facilitators who will inject information, fun stops and a message on "get out and play" while providing a unique 1.5-3.5 hour tours of the Scottsdale Greenbelt, Arizona Canal Banks, Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park. We use existing bike paths and trails which are all provided by local municipalities and we follow all the rules of the path, parks and roads. We're not renting bikes, we are providing a tour with experts on outdoor recreation and the area trails. The bikes are pedal assist and designed for almost all physical abilities and offer a variety of sizes to meet your participant needs. We offer weekly seasonal set tour times as well as custom private group events.
KTR Indoor Action Sports Playground
Full indoor activity park for skateboarding to parkour.
Taliesin West
Taliesin West is a UNESCO World Heritage site and National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona. Wright’s beloved winter home and desert laboratory was established in 1937 and diligently handcrafted over many years into a world unto itself. Deeply connected to the desert from which it was forged, Taliesin West possesses an almost prehistoric grandeur. It was built and maintained almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, making it among the most personal of the architect’s creations.
Grape Society 52
Grape Society 52 hosts various wine events and tastings at local restaurants and venues with the goal to educate and inspire everyone from the wine connoisseur to those who are new to wine.
Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden
The Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park provides an educational resource where growing regionally appropriate plants also grows public awareness to reduce outdoor water use, fosters development of sustainable landscaping and enlists community participation to conserve water resources for the future.
Scottsdale Art Walk
Scottsdale’s ArtWalk offers the opportunity to stroll at your own pace, wander into galleries through a festive area enjoying dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and live music. Horse-drawn carriage rides, golf carts and trolley rides are available from plentiful free parking areas nearby. Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA), in partnership with the City of Scottsdale presents the Scottsdale Art District Art Walk each Thursday evening and the special event Gold Palette Art Walks numerous times throughout the tourism season. The Scottsdale Gallery Association’s Gold Palette ArtWalks are offered eight times a year in addition to the SGA’s weekly Thursday evening ArtWalks and feature extended gallery hours, special activities and experiences for attendees such as complimentary wine tasting and/or small bites, and live music and entertainment that align with each event’s theme.
Horizon Park
Features * 24-acres * Community center * Dog park * Four softball fields (lighted) * Three basketball courts * Two playgrounds * Five sand volleyball courts * Eight pickleball courts (lighted-LED) * Restroom
Chaparral Dog Park
Scottsdale's most popular dog park includes 3-acres of grass, benches, play features and water fountains. Specialized Areas The dog park is divided into three specialized areas: Two areas will be open the majority of the time with one area designated for active dogs and another for passive dogs. The area not be used will be closed for maintenance and turf repair. Hours Nov. 1 - April 30 | 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. May 1 - Oct. 31 | 5:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Closed for Maintenance - Tuesdays and Fridays | 8 a.m. - noon
MacDonald's Ranch
Offering everything from horseback rides, stagecoach rides, hay rides, and a pumpkin patch this family owned ranch is sure to be a blast for all ages!