Before this last month, I honestly would not have even considered going on a family vacation to Scottsdale Arizona. Although I’ve been to Arizona and to the Grand Canyon as a child, I was pretty unfamiliar with the area. Our family got the chance to take a road trip down to Scottsdale and escape the cold for a few days. At the time, we were having 40 degree temps in Utah, so the high 70′s sounded like a welcomed escape. When I started researching what we would do as a family, I was actually amazed at all of the possibilities. At 5 & 7, my boys definitely have an opinion on what we should do, so they definitely helped us make some decisions. We didn’t even get to do everything that we wanted to, and I’m wishing that we would have spent another day or two there. Doesn’t it look like paradise?
I’ll warn you in advance, this post is very picture heavy! We had so much fun though and I was excited to capture all of the memories. I’m going to briefly outline all of the activities that we decided to do while in Scottsdale.
Goldfield Ghost Town
Our first day that we were there, we spent the morning and some of the afternoon at Goldfield Ghost Town. It’s about an hour from Scottsdale and has so much to offer. Our first stop was ride the Superstition Narrow Gauge Railroad. It was a 20 minute tour around the Ghost Town were we learned about the town, when it was popular, more about mining and more.
After the railroad, we had a mine tour where we rode down a shaft into a mine. My 5 year old needed a bit of convincing, but thought it was cool once he realized it wasn’t scary. We learned about mining, the tools they used and more.
Next, we were on to the Mystery Shack. This one was really fun and was a house built on angles. You could stand straight up at an angle, water went up instead of down, and brooms stood by themselves. Lastly, we enjoyed lunch at the Mammoth Steakhouse and Saloon. The boys loved the Sarsparillas and lunch was yummy!
That day we cooled off at the pool. We stayed at the Zona Hotel & Suites. They had 4 pools there and were very family friendly. Our suite had a full kitchen and laundry which was nice as we were staying there as a family. The weather was perfect for swimming and the pool was heated so the boys didn’t get cold.
Dave & Buster’s
Our next adventure was to go to Dave & Buster’s. It was our first time at a Dave & Busters. I had a steak that was absolutely amazing and the boys had a great time playing games and winning tickets to redeem for prizes. It was definitely a very family friendly place. You can eat and play a lot of really amazing arcade games all in one place.
The next day, we headed to the Phoenix zoo. There was so much to offer there. We were there for 4 hours and the boys were so tired from walking although we hadn’t seen everything. We rode around the zoo with a guided tour, got to touch sting rays, and rode the carousel multiple times.
DownTown Scottsdale & The Sugar Bowl
We couldn’t leave Scottsdale without heading downtown to see what it was all about. It had a country western feel and is nice and clean. We grabbed some sweets at The Sugar Bowl and they definitely did not disappoint!
If you are considering a vacation out west or live within driving distance of Scottsdale, I highly recommend that you come visit. As I mentioned above, there were other things we had planned that we just didn’t have time for. My boys are already asking to go back, and I can see us travelling back there in the next couple of years.
Scottsdale has a lot of awesome resources when it comes to helping you plan your trip. To learn more:
Visit the Scottsdale Website
And check out the Scottsdale Youtube Channel
Thank you to the Scottsdale Convention and Tourism Bureau for providing our family with a gift card to experience Scottsdale. All opinions remain 100% my own.