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Ultimate Guide to Winter and Spring Things to Do in Scottsdale, AZ

There are many benefits to spending the winter or spring in Scottsdale. Of course, being the desert that it is, you’ll discover that even in the midst of winter the weather is comfortable, and one can still enjoy all the outdoor activities one has come to love and look forward to each year. As well, in the spring you will have the perk of not only cool weather but also get to observe the blooming of the desert plants as they awaken from their winter-long slumber to join the rest of the world during the season of rebirth and life. This is of course in addition to the plethora of urban activities that are scattered throughout the area, waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. So, if this has piqued your interest, make sure you read on and learn about our ultimate guide to winter and spring things to do in Scottsdale, AZ!

Enjoy the Outdoors

You’ll find that there is all manner of outdoor fun things to do in Scottsdale that can be enjoyed in both the spring and the winter. For instance, why not take some time to enjoy the variety of hiking trails and adventures that can be found in the desert world beyond the city boundaries. Head on over to the Tom’s Thumb Trail, which features a four-mile out-and-back trail that will have you walking through breathtaking patches of wildflowers and even get a glimpse of desert tortoise and javelina. One could also check out Camelback Mountain, which is known as one of the most popular hikes in the area for good reason. You’ll find that despite its rather short nature, it has quite the elevation gain that makes it such a difficult trail. However, should you conquer it, you’ll come to the peak and be gifted with views of the beautiful and breathtaking views of the cityscape spread out before you as the breeze caresses your cheek. One could also head out on a tour and enjoy getting up close and personal with the natural world as you also have an adventure along the ways. Head on over to REI Co-op Adventure Center, which offers a variety of different tours, from easy walking tours of the city and desert to mountain biking excursions where you’ll be flying across the trails as you pedal towards your next destination; they even offer rafting trips that will have you bounding along as the river carries you along.

Urban Fun Things to Do in Scottsdale

You’ll find there are many other ways to enjoy your spring and winter with us. For instance, one could head on over to Butterfly Wonderland, the largest butterfly conservatory in the country! You’ll find the tropical rainforest within the facility is home to quite literally thousands upon thousands of fluttering beauties that will often come over to say hello. One can even enjoy a variety of interactive exhibits, including their reptile collection! One could also try out some of the most popular breweries in the area and take a break as you enjoy a good drink. For instance, head on over to Bone Hause Brewing, which offers a variety of brews for you to try. One could go for the Cooper Crypt (an imperial IPA), the Zeiger Hazy Pale Ale, or even the sisters of Amsterdam (wheat beer). They even offer a variety of events throughout the week such as a bat presentation, live music, BBQs, and more!

Afterwards, make sure to try some of the world-class restaurants that can be found in the area. For instance, one can head on over to Reserve and dine on their 12-course chef’s tasting menu in their intimate outdoor seating area. Enjoy cuisine from around the world, from Chilean sea bass to wagyu striploin to even a chocolate caramel cake at the end. One can even sign up for their wine parings which will have each dish served with a wine hand-picked by their sommelier.

A Place to Stay

Of course, when one travels to spend some time enjoying the weather and various things to do in Scottsdale, AZ, you’ll need to have an equally great place to stay after a day of exploration. When you rent with Scottsdale Rentals, you’ll discover that we offer a range of different rentals, from the large and extravagant to the simple and classy. You’ll find some with sharp modern edges and colors, while others feature the warm colors and wooden hues of classical design. You’ll further discover that many of our rentals come with private pools and hot tubs which are always a great way to relax after a long day or spend a lazy afternoon floating upon the cool waters. Many of our rentals come with full kitchens that are sure to just call you to whip up a feast.

As a company, we strive to give you your dream vacation. We are all locals here, and thus are more than happy to fill you in on all the secret hidden gems that only a local knows and few tourists get the chance to see. We can put together the perfect itinerary that will have you seeing all that you had hoped to and more.

All in all, you will find that the winter and spring are some of the best times to come and experience the deserts of Scottsdale. As well, when you choose Scottsdale Rentals, you won’t just be getting a place to call home for a spell, but also get a company looking out for you and working to give you the vacation you always desired. So, should you have any questions about our rentals or the area, don’t hesitate to call us at (844) 619-8716 today!

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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