Bring one, bring all! If you’re traveling with the whole crew, Scottsdale has you covered with plenty of family-friendly accommodations, activities for all ages and restaurants even the pickiest eaters will love.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
The Hyatt’s 2.5-acre water playground, which includes a waterslide, sandy beach and rock-climbing wall, screams fun for the whole family. There are eight on-site dining options, a gorgeous spa and Camp Hyatt, which offers a full day of kids’ programming.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Keep the kids busy all day at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ Trailblazers Kids Club where each day brings new hands-on activities, games, swimming and s’mores making in a solar oven. Also on property are a sport court, waterslides, a playground, and a lagoon for fishing.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
At Westin Kierland’s Adventure Water Park, a 900-foot winding lazy river and bright yellow innertubes await. But the most unexpected activity is the Kierland FlowRider board-sport simulator. Your kids (and you!) will be taking surf lessons in the middle of the desert!
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Spend the afternoon riding the Paradise and Pacific Railroad at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park! There’s also a carousel, picnic areas and a museum housing full-size presidential rail cars.
OdySea in the Desert
This entertainment complex is home to OdySea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland and Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs, offering exciting, one-of-a-kind voyages through different exhibits. There’s even the Polar Play Ice Bar that welcomes all ages to come in, cool off (literally) and enjoy ice sculptures, games and refreshments.
For an adrenaline rush and some competitive family fun, drive high-speed karts on Octane Raceway’s challenging course! The electric karts go up to 45 miles per hour on the 1/3-mile indoor and outdoor track.
If Cannoli Pancakes don’t scream kiddos, then how about S’mores French Toast? This creative breakfast joint has everything from short stacks for the kids to a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar for the adults!
Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant
Scottsdale’s first ice cream parlor debuted in 1958 and still offers a full diner-style menu that includes classic American entrées as well as mouth-watering sundaes, milkshakes and malts. You can’t miss the striking pink building as you drive along Scottsdale Road in Old Town.
Known for their menu of authentic dishes from Central and Southern Mexico, Los Sombreros serves up unique plates such as the Hibiscus Enchiladas, which pair nicely with a freshly made Margarita. The menu also includes traditional favorites like tacos and chile rellenos, as well as a special menu for the kids.