His vs. Hers Scottsdale Activities

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We’re not trying to perpetuate a battle of the sexes here, but when it comes to downtime activities…well, sometimes the genders disagree on exactly what constitutes “fun.” So, whether you’ve got a gang of groomsmen, a bevy of bridesmaids or guests on both sides of the male-female divide to entertain, here are a handful of options that are sure to please.



Octane Raceway

Nothing says male bonding like a little friendly competition. Send the guys out for an afternoon to see who can score the best track time in a 44+ mph, European-style kart.



Four-wheeling takes on a whole new meaning when your men get behind the wheel of a Tomcar or C2 You-Drive vehicle. Some tours even combine desert exploration with professional firearms instruction and target shooting.


Casino Arizona

For games of chance, nothing beats the action at Casino Arizona, which features 800 slot machines, 100 video poker machines, Blackjack tables and Arizona’s largest poker palace, the Arena Poker Room, which offers favorites like Texas Hold Em, Omaha and 7-Card Stud.


Sporting Events

Scottsdale’s proximity to all the area’s major sports teams, including the Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Coyotes, means there’s almost always a game to attend. Scottsdale also is home to annual sporting events like the PGA’s Waste Management Phoenix Open (Feb.), Cactus League Spring Training (March) and professional rodeo action at the Parada del Sol (March).


Fogo de Chao Churrascaria

If your menfolk are serious carnivores, we’ve got a place where they can chow down on unlimited beef (and pork and chicken and sausage). Fogo de Chao Churrascaria is a traditional Brazilian steakhouse serving 15 different cuts of succulent, slow-roasted meat sliced tableside by roaming gaucho chefs.



Resort and Day Spas

Book a girls’ day at one of Scottsdale’s renowned resort and day spas. Here you’ll find innovative treatments inspired by Sonoran Desert botanicals and regional Native American traditions, as well as from cultures around the world. It’s the perfect way to relax and get your glow on before tying the knot.


Scottsdale Fashion Square

For the ultimate in retail therapy, head for the Southwest’s largest shopping destination, Scottsdale Fashion Square. You’ll find oodles of opportunities for retail bliss at more than 250 designer boutiques, one-off local shops and major department stores, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Arizona’s first and only Barneys New York.


Art of Merlot

Grab your gal pals, a bottle of your favorite wine and uncork your creativity with the Art of Merlot. They’ll supply everything else you need – canvases, paints, brushes, aprons – to create a masterpiece that’s the perfect memento of your Scottsdale wedding experience.


Poolside Lounging

Play in style when you reserve a poolside cabana at your resort. Most come with amenities like fluffy towels, cushioned lounges, ceiling fans, bottled water and fresh fruit. Just remember your sunscreen (no pre-wedding sunburns allowed!).


The Mission

Dish about your Big Day over hand-crafted cocktails and contemporary Latin cuisine at The Mission. Start off with a Primarita (no sugar and ½ the calories of the traditional drink) and an order of 12-ingredient tableside guacamole. Be sure to save room for the Pork Shoulder Tacos with pineapple habanero glaze or Malbec Braised Shortrib served with crispy queso fresco potatoes.