Scottsdale Things to Do

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    PGA Tour’s FBR Open in February

    by jumpingnorman Written Aug 2, 2009

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    Jumpingson on a putting green, Scottsdale, AZ

    The PGA Tour’s FBR Open is the largest event in Scottsdale, with half a million golf enthusiasts attending in February. So, if you see some traffic and some road enclosures and big white tents in February, that’s what may be happening and maybe join in and see famous golfers for yourself – 2 words, Tiger Woods (if he attends of course). This one in Scottsdale is also considered as the Tour’s largest and one of the oldest five.

    Note that there are 1,233 golf holes on 51 courses in Scottsdale, so if you love golf, enjoy!

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    Most Luxurious Things to do in Scottsdale

    by jumpingnorman Updated Aug 2, 2009

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    What can I say – this place is really a favorite among those who want to be pampered. Get into famous Spa Resorts and Scottsdale actually has more than 25 resort and day spas with the Spa at Camelback Inn being a favorite after its $50million dollar renovation and offering desert nectar honey wrap and the oh-so famous hot-stone massages that some of my nurses swear by! (5402 E Lincoln Dr, 480-596-7040, camelbackspa.com). I have not yet tried these stone massages but nearby Sedona (2 hours from Scottsdale has those treatments as well).

    If you really want a more family-oriented luxury resort though with activities for the kids, try the Fairmont Scottsdale which also has the Willow Stream Spa (7575 E Princess Dr 480-585-4848). I have seen the pools here and they are awesome.

    Other Award Winning resorts in Scottsdale: Four Seasons at Troon North, The Phoenician (always have meetings there but have not taken pictures for some reason, but the place is very classy), Canyon Suites at the Phoenician.

    The Phoenician also offers good expensive golf – and along with Fairmont Scottsdale, The Four Seasons and The Boulders Resort, it got in at the Top 75 Best Golf resorts according to who else…Golf Digest!

    Shopping of course goes with luxury, and other than the Scottsdale Fashion Square which I have already written about, there are so many specialty shops – there are actually over 5500 places where you can shop in Scottsdale! For fashionistas, Barney’s New York is at the Square…and I read that you can even hire a chauffeured limo as you shop through Spree! The Art of Shopping at 10105 East Via Linda, Suite 103, 480-661-1080 --- this is just a bit too luxurious I think, hehehe (azshoppingspree.com)

    And at night, go and look good at so many hot night spots like the Italian restaurant Sassi which overlooks Pinnacle Peak (10455 E Pinnacle Peak Pkwy, 480-502-9095)…well for me, I just like looking at the “beautiful” people passing by as we are having teppenyaki with the family at Sapporo, hehehe…There are more than 600 restaurants in Scottsdale and I am just too lazy to write them all, but go get a guidebook which can be found all over the city. I am a bit lazy writing about restaurants but I do remember one French Fondue (dipping strawberries in choco syrup, cooking meat in hot soup) restaurant that my wife and I enjoyed a romantic evening at before we had the twins (North Scotttsdale).

    There is also the 3700 acre DC Ranch that lights up at night with amazing homes and sidewalkswhere you can enjoy shops of buildings described as “modern-rustic” (stroll along classy Market Street).

    What to look forward to – the Talking Stick Resort which I think will open in 2010? I gotta see that later…I will update this page as time moves on…In the meantime, Enjoy Scottsdale!

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    $1 Carousel- $2Train Ride- McCormick-Stillman Park

    by jumpingnorman Updated Jul 24, 2009

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    McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale
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    Whenever we have time, the kids enjoy going to the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale which has a train ride for only two bucks, and carousel rides for a buck! Children under 3 are free with paying adult.

    The first time we went here was during the birthday celebration of one of my Iranian friends. The party was held in the park and there were special rides for the guests on the carousel and a big railroad train as well...

    The park is on 30 acres of land, and thus has very spacious playgrounds where families sometimes set up jumpers for kid's birthday parties! However, my son did fall once face first onto the sand when he followed some older boys jumping from an old cowboy playden...I saw him with his nose bloodied and crying...but I did First Aid and he was fine! Kids!

    They also have the Hartleys General Store, Hand dipped ice cream, icees...and you will families enjoying the picnic ramadas and railroad museum.

    Everyday open from 10 AM to 630PM

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    The Heard Museum North Scottsdale

    by jumpingnorman Written Jul 24, 2009

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    The Heard Museum is known for its nice collection of traditional and contemporary Native American Art, the major building being at Phoenix. However, the art center also has branches around the Metro Phoenix Area - one on the west side in Surprise...and now one that is located North at The Summit at Scottsdale - 32633 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

    You may also be able to purchase some of the distinctive arts on the display (pricey but unique!)

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    Old Town Scottsdale - Look for four horses

    by jumpingnorman Written Jul 5, 2009

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    We have become resort-addicts in the Scottsdale area and so I found it fit to explorer Old Town Scottsdale. I looked at one of VTer Yaqui’s Old Town Scottsdale pages and I saw a picture of a fountain with four horses which looked familiar (on 5th Ave and Marshall) – so I told Yaqui I was going to look for it.

    Then, when I went there, I remembered I’ve been in the area before but forgot about the fountain! How could I when it looks so beautiful. I guess being a VT tipmaker makes you realize more how things look like and taking pictures of them and writing about it “imprints” on the brain better. Or maybe I just have early Azheimmer’s, hehehe…

    But this fountain does have four beautiful horses – reminding me of a similar fountain in the oldest shopping mall in the USA at the plaza in Kansas City. One of the horses’ name is EUROS, written underneath the horse. Maybe you can find out the names of the other horses…

    Nice little boutique shops and snackhouses surround the area and this beautiful fountain can be a good meeting point.

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    Hiking Around Scottsdale Perimeter!

    by jumpingnorman Written May 17, 2009

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    Jumping/Hiking Kids in Scottsdale, Arizona

    Well, Scottsdale is surrounded by the mountains of Phoenix which include the Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak (named after that first lady soldier killed during the USA invlovement with Iraq) and we are blessed with amazing hiking trails:

    South Mountain Park
    largest city park in the world which has spectacular views of Phoenix and also has miles of nature, biking and horseback trails

    Camelback Mountain
    This one is the most popular though; since it is the higest mountain with 1.2 mile trail that can be very steep at the summit --- best reserved for experienced hikers IMO.

    Piestewa Peak (formerly known as Squaw Peak)
    There was so much controversy when they changed this mountain's name - but now everybody agrees to it. It is a less strenuous hike but has still amazing views.

    North Mountain Recreation Area
    Located on either side of Seventh Street between Dunlap Ave and Thunderbird Road --- a flatter hiking trail

    Cave Creek Recreation Area
    This has hiking and biking trails

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    Go on a SEGWAY Tour of Scottsdale!

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 15, 2009

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    So, you've seen them riding it - the Segway, two wheeled platforms that you stand on and then it moves with you grasping on the handle bars. Well, you can experience this at the JW marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa for only US$65 per person!

    It is a Segway Personal Transporter (PT), a delightful machine that can take you where cars and bikes can't. It can actually travel as far as 24 miles/ 38 km on a single battery charge depending on the terrain...and in Scottsdale, you will enjoy riding it as you look at the gorgeous McDowell Mountains for 90 whole minutes! There are three guided 90-minute tours daily.

    Just one thing, don't forget to wear a helmet! And you also have to be at least 16 years old...

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    See Mountain Lions and Bobcats!

    by jumpingnorman Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    The twins saying hello to the wildlife

    The mission of the Southwest Wildlife Rehabilitation and Educational Foundation is rescuing and rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife native to the southwest - and you can be a part of it! For only US$10 for adults, and $7 for kids, you can see mountain lions, bobcats, bears and other animals that thrive in the desert.

    To achieve their mission, the Southwest Wildlife even has an on-site medical care center, wild animal rehabilitation, full-time wildlife consultation and education services, an accredited sanctuary for those animals that cannot be released, and volunteer dispatch teams that immediately respond to wildlife emergencies.

    Truly this is an organization that we can (and should) support ion Arizona!

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    Catch a Tilapia in posh Scottsdale!

    by jumpingnorman Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    Son in wrong fishing attire by an Arizona lake

    Tilapia, carp and catfish are available for fishing in Scottsdale!

    I remember having caught hundreds of catfish while we were living by the lake in Southern California - but I always returned them to the water most of the time!

    Kids who are under 13 do not need a license to fish! The Chaparral Lake is stocked with trout and catfish twice every month. And it is open everyday from sunrise to 1030PM

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    Go on a guided hike!

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 8, 2009

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    My diva Mom hiking with an umbrella in Arizona

    “The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy champions the completion and sustainability of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve for the benefit of this and future generations. We connect the community to the Preserve through public and private partnerships, environmental education and stewardship."

    This is a great group of people, conservationists and naturalists in Scottsdale, Arizona - and they offer guided hikes through their website! It is a very educational tour of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and best of all, it is FREE! However, tours are seasonal...

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    Taliesin West

    by AVG2319 Updated Oct 16, 2008

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    Whether or not you enjoy architecture this is an enjoyable tour. The first Taliesin was built in Spring Green, WI. Taliesin (pronounced tally-essen) West was the winter home for Frank Lloyd Wright, his third wife and a small group of architects who came out to the Arizona Desert soon after the Great Depression. With little money his wife suggested he teach and lecture others about architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright built Taliesin West (40,000 square feet of living space) for around $10,000. Frank Lloyd Wright liked to see his work as Organic Architecture, which it is designed to blend in with nature. None of the buildings are taller than the tallest Palo Verde Tree. As you approach Taliesin West the buildings are really not even visible.
    His designs were unique and the thought processes put into the designs are incredible. The tour was enjoyable and informative, our tour guide was a student there at the school. We took the Insight Tour which was 2 hours in length (says 90 min, but we were there for full 2 hours) This tour shows you several theaters, the pools, sculpture garden, Frank Lloyd Wrights office, his bedroom, the Garden Room, etc. There are several tours to choose from. Most start every hour on the hour.
    Frank Lloyd Wright was a visionary and he did designed his houses as works of art. You can see the modern, organic and oriental designed combined in a visually unique way. I loved the way he played with light and the fact that none of the rooms are square. They call it "deconstructing the box", all of the rooms are angled, the entryways are narrow with angled roofs designed to keep people moving into the main room.
    Fascinating tour, interesting house just see if you can guess where the Front Entrance to the home is!

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    Frank Lloyd Wright Spire

    by AVG2319 Updated Oct 16, 2008
    Frank Lloyd Wright Spire

    This isn't really a place to see, but if you are in the area this work of art is beautiful especially at night when it is illuminated. You can pull into the mall to see it close up. It is 125 feet tall and constructed of steel. This design was taken from Frank Lloyd Wrights concept design of the Arizona State capitol building.

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    Cracker Jax Family Fun Park

    by AVG2319 Updated Sep 2, 2008
    Bumper Boats at Cracker Jax

    An Amusement park fun for the kids and adults alike. Cracker jax has three 18-hole miniature golf courses with varying degree of difficulty. It also has go-karts, mini go-karts (for those under 56") bumper boats, putting course, batting cages, and a large indoor (nice and cool) arcade area. The park is opened late, and is well lit, so it is still enjoyable to go in the evening during summer months. One of the best spots for kids in the Phoenix area-they will have a blast!
    Well lit, fun for various ages, and clean facility.
    You can usually find 2 for 1 coupons on their website or in the Entertainment book.

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    Cosanti Orginals

    by AVG2319 Written Jun 16, 2008

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    Tucked away in a residential area, you could almost miss this little gem in Scottsdale. Preferably visit on a day with a slight breeze, so you can walk around the grounds and listen to the beautiful windbells. It truly is a magical place to stop for a bit. Paolo Soleri was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and has designed these works of art. You can walk around the grounds, enjoy the sounds of the hundreds of windbells, watch as they are crafted, and of course you can purchase them. The bells range from around $30 on up to hundreds or thousands of dollars.

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    Carriage Rides in Old Scottsdale

    by starship Updated Jun 2, 2008

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    KC's Classic Carriage Company offers carriage rides throughout Old Downtown Scottsdale, the Arts District, and several other areas for those interesting in seeing this part of town in a more leisurely way. Narration by the driver gives facts and history of what you're seeing. In Summer, I probably would pick a time other than in the mid-afternoon due to the heat and out of consideration for the horses and driver. Pricing depends on the number of passengers.

    Nice carriages and well-taken care of horses make it a pleasurable way to see some of the town. Carriages stop & pick up at Brown & Main Streets and are generally available on a walk-up basis. If you desire a specific time & date, however, reservations are suggested. Call 480-855-3810 to make sure you aren't disappointed. Carriages are also available for special occasions and events (weddings, parties, etc.) so call the same number for pricing and pick of carriages.

    Ask about the Scottsdale Livery and Antique Carriage Museum which displays a variety of vintage carriages, etc. This small museum is open only part of the year.

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