Things to Do

These are the places you don't want to miss

The New York Time’s has referred to Old Town Scottsdale as the West’s version of South Beach. With clubs, bars, restaurants, art galleries and shopping, Old Town Scottsdale (located only a few minutes from our townhome) is a must see while you are here. Below we have highlighted some popular places to visit as well as a few of our favorites.

5th Avenue Shops

5thaveThis charming section of Old Town features plenty of unique shopping, dining, and entertainment. Fun specialty stores line the street. Clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts, and gifts for the home and garden are all at-hand. And take time to stop and check out the Bob Parks designed fountain that features five rearing Arabian horses. This is a must-see destination to anyone paying a visit to downtown Scottsdale, and the perfect place to pick up a souvenir and take a picture.

Start at 5th Ave and Scottsdale Rd and see where the shopping takes you!


Sugar Bowl

Website: sugarbowlscottsdale.com
Address: 4005 North Scottsdale Road.
Phone: 480-946-0051.

sugarWhen the Sugar Bowl opened in 1958, Scottsdale was more cow town than swanky place to chow down. Now located in “Old Town, the ice cream parlor still sports the bright pink outside and the framed Bil Keane (Family Circus) cartoons on the inside. We recommend the Top Hat, which is a cream puff with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. Don’t waste a meal here – there are too many great places to eat lunch or dinner, but definitely stop by for an afternoon treat or after dinner dessert.


Horse drawn carriage ride

Website: ScottsdaleHorseandCarriage.com
Main Street and Brown Avenue
Phone: 480-656-5353

When the temperature is cool, enjoy a run around Old Town Scottsdale with a horse and carriage or stagecoach ride. The free rides are Friday and Saturday afternoons from Fifth Avenue. It’s even better when Scottsdale has an event going on because the carriage operators can get you up close to the activity and you need not worry about finding parking.


Scottsdale Art Walk

Thursdays from 7-9pm

in the downtown art district.

(Scottsdale Rd west to Goldwater Boulevard and

Marshall Way north of Indian School Rd to

Fifth Ave)

 

artwalkArtWalk in downtown Scottsdale’s gallery district is most Thursdays. Special ArtWalks include the Fiesta Bowl, the Summer Spectacular and the Holiday. But don’t discount November’s Western ArtWalk, which celebrates the city’s heritage with surprising freshness on what constitutes Western art.


Native Trails

Website: ScottsdalePerformingArts.org
3939 North Drinkwater Boulevard
Phone: 480-499-8587

nativeGrab a front-row seat and witness history during Native Trails. The series of song, dance, storytelling and traditional Native American foods is held most Thursdays and Saturdays at the Civic Center Mall in Scottsdale. The event is well-attended by tourists and out-of-towners.


Scottsdale Farmers Market

mid-October thru mid-June, Saturdays 7-11am
3806 N. Brown Ave
(The city parking facility at the corner of Brown and 1st St, next to the Carriage House)

famersNow in its 5th year, this lively market features local growers and specialty food producers, Be ready to find a wide variety of organic, and pesticide free produce. Find seasonal specialties such as cider and apples, flowers, natural pork, beef, fish, free range eggs and local cheeses. Freshly baked artisan breads, Amish friendship breads, jams, picadillies, and tamales, are just some of the great local foods you’ll find here.


Camelback Mountain Hike

camel2Camelback Mountain is arguable the best hiking trail in the Phoenix Valley. Echo Canyon is the most popular route and ascends 1400 feet up the west side of the mountain and is just over a mile. The Cholla trail climbs the east side of the mountain. The trail is well maintained, but 1.3 mile route becomes rocky and more difficult as you reach the ridge-line and is not recommended for children or beginners. From the top of either climb are breathtaking views of the entire valley.

Bring plenty of water and be mindful of the temperature as there is no shade from the sun once on the mountain.


Taliesin West

Website: FrankLloydWright.org
Address: 12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.
Phone: 480-627-5340

talie1View the product of genius that becomes even more relevant with the green movement today at a behind-the-scenes tour of Taliesin West in Scottsdale. The campus, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, offers many tours but one of the most spectacular is the evening tour, with dramatic sunset views of the Valley.


Phoenix Zoo

Website: PhoenixZoo.org
Address: 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

zooHome to more than 1400 animals including more than 30 different endangered species from around the world, the Phoenix Zoo is fun for everyone and only 5-10 minutes from South Scottsdale. Have you ever ridden a camel? You can at the Phoenix Zoo!!


Desert Botanical Gardens

Address: 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Website: dbg.org

desertOne hundred and forty acres of beautiful botanicals and exhibits unique to the US Southwest. The Garden has been around for more than 70 years and serves as an accredited museum for teaching, research and desert conservation. Located near the zoo, it is a great (and safe) way to experience the desert’s natural beauty.


Buffalo Chip Saloon

Website: BuffaloChipSaloon.com
Address: 6811 East Cave Creek Road

 

buffaloRide or run if you get bucked off during the live bull-riding on Wednesday and Friday nights at the Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek. Spectators jam the metal bleachers to watch amateur and semiprofessional bull riders get on a bull and then drink a beer. The bulls are semiretired (and hopefully mellower) with blunted horns and names like No Escape, Chop Stewey and Ghostbuster.


Food Truck Caravan

October thru March, Saturday evenings starting at 6:30pm
5th Ave and Goldwater

truckSome of the Valley’s hottest food trucks are invited to set up and provide guests with their yummy food from around the world. Each week 5 to 8 of the valley’s top 30 trucks are rotated in.


Artisan Market

October thru April, Thursdays 5-10pm & Sundays 10-4pm at the Scottsdale Waterfront
(7134 Stetson Drive, SouthEast of Fashion Square Mall)

artisianGlass, photography, paintings, jewelry, pottery, wearable art, live music and more! A perfect way to organically experience the Scottsdale art community.


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