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Top Activities for Social Distancing in Scottsdale

With gorgeous desert landscapes and expansive state and national parks, social distancing in Scottsdale isn’t limited to just virtual happy hours and Netflix. From drive-in movie theaters to safe river tubing, here are the top activities in Scottsdale for social distancing.

Stay Fit at McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Get outdoors and hit the trails at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. With over 40 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding in spectacular desert scenery, it’s easy to keep to yourself while maintaining a safe distance from other park visitors. The park is also limiting day use capacity to comply with social distancing, so you can get your morning run in with peace of mind.

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Catch a Flick at a Drive-In Theater

Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback, and a surprising number of drive-ins can be found all throughout the Scottsdale area. For the classic drive-in experience, head to West Wind Glendale 9, Arizona’s last true drive-in movie theater located just 30 minutes away from Scottsdale. At the Sonora Village shopping center in Scottsdale, Moonlight Movie Nights comps your ticket when you grab take out from the restaurants at the shopping center. You can relax and watch a few movies as great social distancing activities.

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Go Tubing on the Salt River

Looking to cool off from the Arizona heat? Enjoy a day of tubing down the Lower Salt River rapids with Salt River Tubing! Located just 30 minutes outside of Scottsdale in Tonto National Forest, the cool and refreshing waters of the Salt River are perfect for beating the heat while maintaining social distance. Salt River Tubing manages safe distancing between customers on beach areas of the facility, as well as limiting passengers on shuttle buses and nightly shuttle sanitizing. Face coverings are required in beach areas, shuttle transports, and rental facilities, ensuring the safety of staff and customers. Salt River Tubing is located at 9200 North Bush Highway in Mesa, Arizona.

Unwind with Your Own Private Pool

If you’re not yet comfortable going out in public, you can easily kick back and relax with one of our luxury Scottsdale vacation rentals. Our boutique properties feature luxe amenities like pools, hot tubs, and outdoor patios so you can enjoy some fresh air in the comfort and privacy of your own space. We keep our rentals at a high standard of cleanliness, ensuring your safety before your stay. Whether you just need a change of scenery or you’re traveling from out of state, our vacation rentals offer you the chance to book your own villa with a pool or other fun amenities to enjoy while maintaining social distance.

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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

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