Seven days may seem like a long time, but once you get to Scottsdale, you’re going to run out of time. There are so many great family-friendly things to do in Scottsdale!

Things to Do in Scottsdale – Head Outside!

If your family loves the outdoors, there are many family activities in Scottsdale like the McDowell Sonoran Preserve that has several trails that are easy or moderate. The kids can keep an eye out for snakes and lizards sunning themselves along the trail while you keep an eye on them. If your kids are old enough, kick things up a notch and go on a guided tour of the desert on ATVs. The kids will love it! They might also enjoy a horseback ride through the desert. McDonald’s Ranch offers a “full Western experience” with horseback rides, stagecoach rides, a petting zoo and more.

Kids of all ages will enjoy a trip to the nearby Phoenix Zoo, with over 400 different animals. Local area wildlife is represented as well as many endangered species from around the globe, including coyotes and bobcats, Sonoran pronghorns and Mexican gray wolves. Other favorites include parrots and toucans, zebras, African lions, orangutans, and jaguars.

If there are any train lovers in your gang, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park has playgrounds, a model railroad exhibit, trains to ride, and a restored antique carousel.

Stay Cool Inside

Your entire family will enjoy these family activities in Scottsdale, like the interactive exhibits at the Musical Instrument Museum, as they learn about instruments from around the world. Everyone can stay cool in the AC while they have fun playing a Javanese gamelan, a West African djembe, a Peruvian harp, and the ever-popular theremin.

The Western Spirit Museum’s exhibits focus on Western and Native American art, artifacts and cultural treasures. You’ll wander through exhibits featuring saddles, spurs and sheriff stars, Kit Carson’s pistol and message pouch, Native American buffalo robes and gauntlets, and Hopi pottery.

Enjoy Your Vacation Home

Your kids will enjoy the fact that most of our Phoenix vacation rentals feature private pools! They can take a quick, refreshing dip in the pool after a long hard day of desert fun. Book one of our rentals that boasts a pool table and give your kids a few tips during a friendly family competition. Stay in for family movie night or gather around the fire pit with gooey s’mores and ghost stories.

Free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, pools and more! Our Scottsdale vacation rentals have all the amenities you’ll need to make this weeklong vacation something to remember. We also offer car and driver services, housekeeping services and more. Give us a call today!