The Ultimate Guide to Fun Things to Do in Scottsdale

Toca Madera Staff

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The Ultimate Guide to Fun Things to Do in Scottsdale

Have you ever wondered where you can find the allure of the wild west blending seamlessly with contemporary elegance?

Meet Scottsdale, Arizona! Nestled in the radiant Sonoran Desert, this city is a treasure trove of unique experiences where there's no shortage of exciting activities to do.

1 - Discover the Beauty of the Sonoran Desert

Let's start with an absolute must-do. Whether you're an adventurer at heart or a nature lover, the Sonoran Desert offers a myriad of ways to create unforgettable memories.

  • Breathtaking Landscapes: The Sonoran Desert is a canvas of nature's artistry, with its towering saguaro cacti, vibrant wildflowers, and stunning sunsets painting a picture of serene beauty.
  • Wildlife Encounters: This desert is teeming with life - from the elusive mountain lions to the graceful deer, every encounter is a thrilling surprise.
  • Hiking Adventures: With miles of trails winding through the desert, hiking is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the Sonoran's captivating landscapes.
  • Kayaking Excursions: For a unique perspective, embark on a kayaking trip on the Salt River—experience the desert's tranquility as you glide along the water.

2 - Dine at a Fun and Classy Restaurant like Toca Madera

When it comes to dining in Scottsdale, Toca Madera is a place where good food meets good times.

  • Menu Variety: At Toca Madera, the menu is as diverse as the city itself, offering something for everyone.
  • Toca Tuesdays: Break up the week with Toca Tuesday, an evening of unique flavors and live entertainment.
  • Happy Hour: Unwind from the day's adventures with Toca Madera's Happy Hour, a time to enjoy a selection of budget-friendly beverages in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Vibrant Setting: Toca Madera's ambiance is a blend of lively and elegant, reflecting the spirit of Scottsdale.

Simply put, Toca Madera is a place where you can enjoy a classy meal, have a laugh, and soak in the Scottsdale vibe.

3 - Visit Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's Winter Home
Lodged in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona, stands an architectural wonder—Taliesin West.

This UNESCO World Heritage site and National Historic Landmark served as the winter home and desert laboratory of the celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Taliesin West stands as a testament to Wright's vision and his profound connection to the desert environment.

Today, it remains the lively home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, perpetuating many of the Fellowship's traditions.

4 - Visit Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland is a unique experience that brings the rainforest to Scottsdale.

  • Step into a Rainforest: Butterfly Wonderland is home to the largest butterfly conservatory in the country. Here, you can walk through a lush rainforest setting, surrounded by thousands of butterflies.
  • Meet Rainforest Reptiles: Experience an intimate encounter with exotic reptiles found in rainforests worldwide.

Keep in mind that Butterfly Wonderland's closing time is 5 pm, with the final entry allowed until 4 pm.

5 - Immerse yourself in the charm of McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Whether you're a history buff, a train lover, or simply looking for a relaxing day out, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park offers a delightful blend of fun and learning.

  • Model Railroad Building: This 10,000 square foot space is a haven for train enthusiasts, showcasing intricate model railroads.
  • Scottsdale Railroad Museum: Step back in time and explore over 200 years of railroad history through fascinating artifacts, exhibits, and train cars.
  • Playgrounds: Unleash your inner child or let your little ones burn off some energy at the park's playgrounds, including the iconic Western Town play structure.

Other Fun Things to Do in Scottsdale

Scottsdale is a city that never runs out of fun activities to offer:

  • For those with a need for speed, Octane Raceway provides an adrenaline-pumping experience.
  • If you're more into nature and outdoor activities, Pinnacle Peak Park and Camelback Mountain are perfect for mountain biking or a leisurely hike.
  • For sports enthusiasts, a visit to the Scottsdale Stadium is a must.
  • Horseback rides are also a popular activity in Scottsdale, offering a unique way to explore the city's beautiful landscapes.
  • The city isn't short on pristine golf courses if that's your thing.
  • For families, the OdySea Aquarium is a fantastic destination, where you can come face-to-face with fascinating marine life.
  • If you're a fan of luxury brands, you'll be thrilled to find a Louis Vuitton store in the city.
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square is also a shopping haven nestled in the heart of Scottsdale. This premier shopping destination is the Southwest's distinctive address for luxury shopping and a whole lot more besides - including a Neiman Marcus flagship store.
  • Papago Park is another great spot for outdoor activities, and if you're up for a challenge, try a stagecoach ride! For those who prefer a more relaxed experience, lounging by a rooftop pool is a great way to unwind.
  • Scottsdale's Museum of the West offers a glimpse into the city's rich history, including its ranching techniques. And if you have a sweet tooth, there are plenty of local bakeries to satisfy your cravings.
  • Lastly, don't forget to visit Pinnacle Peak, a local favorite for hiking and sightseeing.

Whether you're an adventure junkie or a laid-back traveler, Scottsdale has something fun for everyone.

Wrap Up Your Day in Scottsdale With a Vibrant Meal

Conclude your exhilarating day in Scottsdale with a culinary feast atToca Madera. This is where the city's vibrant energy finds its match in both the flavors of the meal and the vibrant atmosphere.

From the adventurous foodie to the comfort-food lover, there's a dish waiting to be discovered.

Toca Tuesday is a midweek treat that combines the thrill of live performances with the delight of unique dishes.

And the Happy Hour at Toca Madera is the perfect antidote to a long day. With a selection of beverages that are as pleasing to the wallet as they are to the palate, it's a time to sit back, relax, and let the day's adventures settle.

The ambiance at Toca Madera mirrors Scottsdale's spirit—lively yet elegant.

It's a place where laughter rings out over clinking glasses, and the city's vibe is served up on a platter.

So what are you waiting for? Book your table at Toca Madera and let your taste buds join in on the Scottsdale fun!