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Things to Do in Scottsdale in Winter

Everyone year millions flock to Scottsdale and the larger Phoenix area. It makes sense that the area would be popular for those who comes from colder and snowy areas. After all, one of the biggest perks of staying in the desert during the winter months is you are assured not only comfortable weather, but also an almost total lack of snow. This means that many of activities that one might enjoy in the spring or summer can be done in the winter as well. What’s more, even during the deepest months of winter, one can get by with just a light sweatshirt and some jeans. So, if you’re thinking about becoming one of the snowbirds for a time and visiting our lovely metropolis during the winter months, read on to discover all the various things to do in Scottsdale in winter one can enjoy!

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Enjoy Some Outdoor Adventure

Hiking is always a popular pastime, no matter where you go, but when you come and visit Scottsdale this winter, you’ll discover you can do so and not even need to strap on those pesky snowshoes or cross-country skis. For instance, you might enjoy making the most of the cooler weather to tackle one of the areas most difficult, yet popular hikes, Camelback Mountain! Enjoy this 2.5-mile hike which will have you climbing to an elevation of over 2,700 feet. Not only will you behold fantastic views of the surrounding metropolis, but you will be able to see many of the other famous peaks and monoliths in the distance, making this a truly spectacular hike. One could head on over to Sunrise Trail which offers a 4.9-mile hike that features a variety of viewpoints where one can gaze out over the desert world with the various peaks jutting out in the distance. If one is looking for adventure but might like to have an experienced guide help show the way, head on over to REI Co-op Adventure Center. Offering a range of different tours from mountain biking to walking, kayaking, rafting, hiking and many more, you will find them the perfect way to see the desert up close and personal. If one is set on finding adventure and excitement on their own, then you’re in luck, as they also offer equipment rentals!

Sip Upon a Brew

Many don’t realize it, but Scottsdale hosts a variety of different breweries and tasting rooms that are sure to prove to be the perfect way for you to relax and enjoy your afternoon. You might like to head on over to the Shop Beer Co. who were even rated the New Times Best of Phoenix 2020 and who take pride in not only their creativity with their brews, but also their consistent quality. Try everything from their Crispy Blonde Lager to their Hazy IPA that is Whale in Space. One could also head on over to Wren House Brewing Company who were named the winners of the 2020 Great American Beer Festival and of who feature a variety of award-winning brews made with not but the best ingredients. Enjoy everything from their Jomax Oatmeal Stout to their American Lager of Valley Beer. No matter what your personal tastes are, you are sure to enjoy trying all the fantastic brews at the various tasting rooms scattered around town.

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Learn Something New

Of course, as with any large city, you’ll find a variety of educational things to do in Scottsdale in winter that the more studious in your group are sure to love. For instance, one could head on over to OdySea Aquarium where one can enjoy a variety of interactive and shockingly hi-tech displays and exhibits. For instance, head on over to their Odysea Voyager and enjoy a “submarine” ride as you explore this 20-minute story telling adventure. There is also SeaTrek where you can gaze at the creatures of the deep in their homes with their specialized underwater helmet. One could also enjoy the more beautiful side of study and head on over to the Butterfly Wonderland which holds the impressive title of being the largest butterfly conservatory in the country with quite literary thousands of these beautiful creatures fluttering around as you explore the artificial rainforest in which they call home. One can even check out their reptile exhibit which is sure to be a fascinating way to spend a few hours.

Where to Stay

Of course, with all these things to do in Scottsdale in winter, one will need an equally lovely space to rest their weary head and relax. Well, with Scottsdale Rentals, you won’t just find the perfect vacation home for you but will have your selection of a vast and diverse range of homes. You’ll also find that our rentals range in all manner of sizes and even prices! No matter the reason for your journey to us, you’ll be able to find something that not only fits you and all your guests comfortably, but which also fit your budget. As well, we are all locals here and thus we are more than happy to provide some insider knowledge on the area, and even help you put together the perfect and ideal itinerary to complete while staying with us. What’s more, we strive to always exceed expectations and give you something to tell of upon returning home. For this reason, if there is anything that might make your stay better, feel free to let us know and we’ll do all we can to make it a reality.

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All of this is of course just a very brief glance at the plethora of Scottsdale winter activities one can enjoy. What’s more, when you rent with Scottsdale Rentals, you are sure to find what is more a home than a rental, not to mention a company who truly desires to give you an experience to tell of upon your return. So, if you have any questions about some of the other winter activities that can be found in the desert, or perhaps are curious about what rentals we offer, don’t hesitate to give us a call today at (844) 948-1273!

Check out our many rentals in the area as well:


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

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

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

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

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