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McCormick-Stillman Scottsdale Railroad Park

There’s a lot of history to be found and experienced while you’re visiting Scottsdale. For those interested in learning more about the history of railroad, a visit to the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is a must. Operated by Scottsdale’s Parks & Recreation department, these 30 acres offer a lot of fun for families. Entrance to the Scottsdale railroad park itself is free, with tickets charged for attractions. Read on for information about one of our favorite family things to do in Scottsdale!

Ride a Train (or a Carousel)

The Scottsdale train park’s very first attraction was the Paradise & Pacific Railroad, built to be a scaled reproduction of a Colorado Narrow Gauge railroad. Then there’s the ‘hidden’ train of the Arboretum Railroad, which takes riders on Saturdays and Sundays through a 10-minute journey through the park’s desert arboretum. The Arboretum Railroad is open from October to May. And after a train ride, take the kids for a spin on the Scottsdale Charros Carousel.

Hours for the Paradise & Pacific Railroad train and the carousel vary on a monthly basis. But roughly speaking, the rides open at 10 a.m. and close between 5:30 and 7 p.m., save for the summer months of June to September when the rides start at 9 a.m. and close at 1 p.m. during weekdays and at 6:30 or 7 p.m. on weekends.

Rides for the trains at this Scottsdale railroad park cost a ticket per rider, with tickets sold at $3 apiece. Discount ticket packs and all-day wristbands are also available for purchase.

The Scottsdale Railroad Museum

For $2 a ticket, you can visit this unique museum to learn about different parts of Arizona’s railroad history.

See the Roald Amundsen Pullman Car, constructed in 1928 for $205,000 and one of the last cars the Pullman Company made. This car was used by every president from Hoover through to Eisenhower and it is on the National Historic Register. Another Pullman Company car in the museum is the Baggage Car. Originally one of four dining cars, it was repurposed to carry baggage during World War II. And there’s much more history to be uncovered outside of these two exhibits.

The museum is open from October to May from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed from June through September.

Playgrounds

Take a moment to relax while your kids blow off some steam (yes, that’s a train joke), at the park’s two play areas. There’s the railroad-themed playground, with features designed to entertain children two to twelve. And there’s the mini Western Town along the park’s train tracks, a popular attraction.

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Fort McDowell Adventures

This unique company offers a wide range of activities from kayaking, land and river tours, desert Segway adventures and so many more. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline rush or something more serene, you’ll find it with Fort McDowell Adventures. You can schedule corporate, special event, retreats, and even wedding parties at Fort McDowell.
14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Road, Scottsdale
480-816-6465.

Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland, in the heart of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community houses a tropical rainforest that is home to thousands of butterflies from around the world. In addition to the butterflies, there are several galleries with interactive exhibits, a modern theater, and even educational laboratory spaces. This is a perfect place for a family adventure or even a romantic stroll through the gardens. 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, 480-800-3000

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is a unique railroad park offering a look at the history of the railroad. The park is home to a one-of-a-kind Model Railroad Building, housing a model railroad, four model railroad clubs, and a Magma Arizona Railroad locomotive. This interactive railroad museum offers a variety of objects and artifacts related to the railroad industry including the Roald Amundsen Pullman Car, the Merci Train, and the Model Railroad. The park also has several playgrounds, picnic areas, and a charming antique carousel, making it perfect for visitors of all ages.
7301 E. Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale
480-312-2312

Octane Raceway

Octane Raceway is an indoor/outdoor racing venue offering a casual and competitive kart racing for all ages. Octane Raceway features a third-mile track, which winds indoors and outdoors, with European electric race karts that travel up to 45 mph. Visitors can come in, register and race, and their race is scored in a Fastest Lap format. Octane Raceway also caters private and special events such as corporate and team building events and birthday parties. The Raceway also has a Trackside Bar & Grill, and several other entertainment facilities, including a Pit Crew Challenge, bowling alley, a games arcade, and billiards.
9119 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale
602-302-7223

Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale

Those with a sweet tooth will love exploring the sweet side of Scottsdale on a guided walking tour that visits all the town’s best chocolate destinations. You’ll visit a variety of chocolatiers and local shops where you’ll have the opportunity to discover the history of this confectionery and how the products are made and sample varieties of the world’s most popular treat, including truffles, hot chocolate, ice-cream, cupcakes, and other baked goods made with or from chocolate and meet the owners and chocolate-makers of some of Scottsdale’s best chocolate stores, while at the same time soaking up the wonderful ambiance of this vibrant town.
4225 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale
408-421-8868

Desert Splash Adventures

Desert Splash Adventures is your go-to source for scenic flights over some of Arizona’s most dramatic, breathtaking landscapes, ending in an exhilarating water landing on Roosevelt Lake or Lake Powell. Operated by Island Air Express, Desert Splash Adventures provides an exclusive and unique desert adventure experience from the comfort of a Cessna Caravan Amphibious Seaplane. Highly experienced commercial bush pilots, (who are based in Alaska in the off season), fly the planes, and they guarantee absolute safety throughout the journey. Start your adventure conveniently located near the Scottsdale Airport, in an executive lounge that is a luxurious space to relax before the flight. Desert Splash Adventures also offers a range of other adventures ranging from gourmet brunches on a private island to canyoneering in the magnificent rock formations of the Sonoran wilderness.
15115 N Airport Drive, Landmark Aviation (FBO), Scottsdale
877-588-8819