Things to Do in Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale attractions range from the low-key historical museum to a busy nightlife scene.

On Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 15:57
Scottsdale AZ

Scottsdale, AZ is most famous for its spas, shopping and golf, making this city all about relaxation and leisure. But that’s not all it’s known for. The city also offers unique museum and performance experiences, a variety of festivals, and an energetic nightlife.


A must-see Scottsdale attraction is the National Historic Landmark, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Formerly the architect’s school and winter home, the museum now works to preserve his works and ideas.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, located downtown, is another popular and enriching source of culture in the city. For something more educational, visit the Heard Museum, which provides a wealth of Native-American history and culture, complete with workshops and activities for children.

Performing Arts

Scottsdale's Center for the Performing Arts hosts opportunities to see live music and plays in an elegant venue equipped with wood interiors and seating designed to optimize the audience experience. The Greasepaint Youtheatre and Desert Stages Theatre, with young players making up the bulk of their staff, perform unique shows for kids and families.


Scottsdale’s long-running Thursday night Artwalk features 125 art galleries along Mainstreet and Marshall Way. Annual festivals in the city include Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, which takes place in February, and the world-famous Scottsdale Arts Festival, held in March, which displays work by some of the country’s best artists and offers live music and gourmet food.


Yahoo Travel named the Scottsdale/Phoenix area one of the 10 Best Places in America for Dating, making its nightlife a draw for the single crowd. Coach House and TT Roadhouse are perfect for those who like a laid-back, neighborhood bar. If nightclubs are your scene, visit Red Revolver Lounge, famous for its elegant decor and varied music selection, or the Roxy Lounge, a place where patrons can come and enjoy live music and dancing.

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