Want to go on a fun weekend trip with the kids? Here are some of the top family-friendly attractions in Scottsdale, AZ:
Old Town Scottsdale
Explore Old Town Scottsdale on Segways. Glide past beautifully renovated buildings and landmarks while guides fill you in on the local history. Or join other food and art tours. Browse Old Town Scottsdale’s specialty stores where you can pick up everything from fascinating art pieces to kitschy Wild West souvenirs.
Crackerjax Family Fun & Sports Park
16001 North Scottsdale Road
The Crackerjax Family Fun & Sports Park promises fantastic activities for kids, teens, and adults. This 28-acre park has been a family destination for 25 years and continues to be a favorite among residents. Here, you can race in go-karts, challenge yourselves in unique mini golf courses, beat the top scores at the video arcade, hit the batting cages, and more.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
7301 East Indian Bend Road
Learn all about how trains were instrumental in defining the West at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Visit the Western Town area with its beautifully restored carousel and playground. This 40-acre park features a historic Magma Arizona Railroad locomotive, railroad memorabilia, model railroad displays, three model railroad clubs, and a train museum. You can also enjoy a one-mile train ride that goes through the park on a scale replica of a Colorado narrow gauge railroad.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
3830 North Marshall Way
One of TripAdvisor’s top rated attractions in Scottsdale was also named the “Best Western Museum” in 2016 by True West magazine. Western Spirit features regularly-changing exhibits that include Hopi pottery and artworks of the early American West. Discover Old West art in the museum’s Sculpture Courtyard, watch documentaries in their auditorium, and buy western-themed items in the souvenir store.
McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
7729 East Greenway Road
Experience the beauty of the true Sonoran Desert with the whole family. Here you can hike, hop on a bicycle, and go horseback riding or rock climbing. The area has over 200 miles of pathways including the Bajada Nature Trail, a half-mile of barrier-free trail.
26540 North Scottsdale Road
Go on a weekend day trip to MacDonald’s Ranch. Here, kids of all ages can ride horses, go on a hayride to the pumpkin patch, and even mine for gold. Bring kids to the petting ranch where they can get up close with sheep and donkeys. Enjoy cowboy cookouts and live entertainment for when you want to just sit back and watch a show.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 East Second Street
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art showcases fascinating exhibitions with works from local and international artists. Kids will definitely love the interesting contemporary art and design, great architecture, and beautifully landscaped outdoor courtyard.
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