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Scottsdale in a Nutshell

Blessed with sunshine, ample outdoor activities and spirited Western-flavored culture and history, Scottsdale is one of those special destinations that invite families to come out and play. Kids, and adults prepared to spoil their inner child, will find endless opportunities here not only to be entertained, but to learn as well (who knew learning could be so much fun!).

Whether watching live demonstrations devoted to Native American culture, listening to a cowpoke rattle off Western lore, or learning about the habits of gila monsters from a desert guide, Scottsdale is a treasure trove of enriching experiences for families ready to explore. No wonder then that when it comes to family travel options, the sky is the limit in Scottsdale. Following is just a selection of the many diversions and activities that make Scottsdale such a welcoming destination for families.

Visitors can reach new heights with a hot air balloon ride or experience the beauty of the Sonoran Desert up close with a morning trail ride through the McDowell Mountain foothills. And that's just the beginning! Visitors also can float down the cool waters of the Salt River on a raft, dive into the crystal blue waters of a hotel or resort pool, or glide across Saguaro Lake in a kayak. When it comes to fun in the sun, it's all here in Scottsdale! Scottsdale is located in central Arizona in the heart of the lush Sonoran Desert. But don't let the term 'desert' fool you!

The Sonoran is the richest, most biologically diverse desert ecosystem in the Americas, and is home to thousands of species of plants and animals. This unique setting provides the city with a whole host of benefits including breathtaking scenic vistas, an abundance of outdoor recreation options, and indigo skies that glow with more than 330 days of sunshine each year. And this magnificent setting is just the beginning of Scottsdale's story.

The McDowell Mountain foothills
The McDowell Mountain foothills

Scottsdale Citypark
Scottsdale Citypark

Native American music, dance and art at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
Native American music, dance and art at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall



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