Walking Tours of Old Town Scottsdale

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

Scottsdale’s perennially sunny skies mean the weather is almost always perfect for a walking tour of Old Town. From monumental art installations and historic sites to the city’s wine and ale trails, these guided and self-guided tours will show you some of the best Old Town Scottsdale has to offer.

Flavors of Scottsdale

Take a handful of Scottsdale’s buzz-worthy restaurants out for a test drive on a guided Old Town culinary tour! Each three-hour walking tour includes small bites and beverages at five to six different restaurants. A Taste of Old Town Scottsdale offers lunch, happy hour and progressive dinner tours, while Taste it Food Tours offers a Taco Tuesday tour, progressive dinner tour and a late-afternoon trolley tour.

Spectacular Public Art

On the self-guided Public Art Walking Tour, you’ll discover 10 of the city’s most-celebrated public art works. Your tour starts at the “Soleri Bridge & Plaza,” designed by the late Italian architect Paolo Soleri. At Donald Lipski’s “The Doors,” you’ll discover what it’s like to stand inside a giant kaleidoscope. And at “Knight Rise,” a James Turrell skyspace, you’ll witness the changing light of the desert sky. You can complete this tour in 60 minutes at a comfortable pace, but with all the enticing boutiques, galleries and restaurants you’ll see along the way, we recommend adding in some time for browsing.

Wine & Ale Trails

Old Town Scottsdale is a hub for tasting rooms from some of the state’s most acclaimed vineyards and craft breweries. Download the Scottsdale Wine Trail or Ale Trail maps, then spend a few hours strolling and sampling the fruits of their labor.

Historic Scottsdale

Get a glimpse into Scottsdale’s past with the Historic Old Town Walking Tour. Another self-guided adventure, this tour takes you to colorful stops like Cavalliere’s Blacksmith Shop, Rusty Spur Saloon, Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor and the Little Red Schoolhouse, home of the Scottsdale Historical Museum. Plan to spend about 60 minutes on this tour, depending on how many stops you make along the way.