Things to Do in Scottsdale This Summer
Scottsdale welcomes you back to travel with sizzling summer savings on everything you need for the perfect getaway – spacious resort accommodations, acres of sparkling turquoise pools and bespoke Sonoran Desert experiences that will help you relax, recharge and reconnect.
Join us and discover all the ways “It’s That Hot” this summer in Scottsdale!
SUMMER IN SCOTTSDALE 101
We get it. The thought of triple-digit heat can be intimidating. But with our list of Scottsdale summer essentials, you’ll soon be chilling like a local. Another tip for beating the heat? Check out Scottsdale’s after-dark offerings like public art that lights up the night. Above all, rest assured that virtually every indoor space is air conditioned to near-arctic levels. You might even need a sweater.
BEST POOLS IN SCOTTSDALE
The turquoise waters of Scottsdale's resort pools are the best places to beat the summer heat, and your choices are many - splashy pools and waterparks, sandy beaches and even Insta-worthy pools that are the perfect backdrop for stylish summer selfies. And when you’re ready to raise your poolside lounging to the next level, rent a luxe resort cabana and chill in style.
SUMMER SPA SOOTHERS
When the summer heat threatens to harsh your Zen, head for one of Scottsdale’s renowned resort and day spas. Most offer cooling seasonal treatments, as well as intuitive readings and spacious spa pools. It’s everything you need to soothe your mind, body and soul!
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN SCOTTSDALE
Call us crazy, but we still like to go outdoors in the summertime - and you will, too! Grab your water bottle and leave the A/C behind while you explore Scottsdale's abundant lakes and rivers, regional swimming holes and stargazing spots.
Scottsdale summer dining is equal parts farm-fresh ingredients and bold, regional flavors. Here's the inside scoop on the season's best eats, from spicy favorites and tropical cocktails to ice cream treats that will cool you off on even the hottest summer day.
As a kid, I was fascinated by things that glowed – twinkly holiday lights, my Lite-Brite screen with its boldly colored pegs, the moon. Fast-forward to today and not much has changed. I’m still enchanted by beautiful things that light up the night. If you are too, don’t miss these Scottsdale Public Art installations that are magnificent any time of day, but take on an extra-special glow after
Summer is finally here! A time for triple-digit temperatures and dips in the pool on a warm evening, summer days in Scottsdale are anything but cloudy. With the warm weather come celebrations, cool drinks and, of course, plenty of sunshine! Whether you’re chilling by the pool solo or hanging with the squad, here are some things you absolutely cannot leave home without! OUR VISITOR GUIDE There
Make new vacation memories with a visit to Scottsdale’s best pools! Collectively, the city's 70 resorts and hotels boast more than 130 shimmering, turquoise pools for swimming, splashing and lounging. From sand beaches and plush cabanas to water slides and underwater music, here are a handful of Scottsdale’s coolest and most photogenic pools. Mountain Shadows With stunning views of iconic
Scottsdale’s sand isn’t only found in the desert. In fact, right in the middle of our urban areas, you’ll find pools with sandy beaches and waterborne activities perfect for unplugging from the daily hustle and bustle. Let a little sand between your toes take away your woes at these local Scottsdale beach resorts (plus one offsite activity for experiencing sandy beaches in the great outdoors).
Planning your vacation at one of Scottsdale’s renowned resorts means world-class dining, award-winning golf courses, luxurious spas, panoramic vistas and tropical drinks by the pool. To raise your poolside lounging to the next level, take advantage of the best hotel pools with cabanas for luxe perks and unique amenities and grab a resort pass. Here are five of Scottsdale’s most memorable poolside
It’s no secret that resort pools are a hot topic during the summertime. They’re the place to bring the kids, enjoy poolside smoothies and work on that summer tan. But what about enjoying a relaxing pool day all to yourself? Some of the coolest pools can be found at Scottsdale’s hottest spas. Ditch the kids, and the day-to-day routine, and escape to one of these Scottsdale spa pools this summer!
Scottsdale may be best known for its lavish resort spas, but the city also is home to a variety of outstanding day spas that provide an alternative for relaxing, rejuvenating treatments. Check out these pampering day spa escapes and treat yourself to a little well-deserved me-time. Kimberly's Facial Boutique This peaceful oasis in Scottsdale Ranch is a hidden gem that offers a wide range of
Does the beach life call your name? Well, it might surprise you to know that Scottsdale has a beach life of its own! But for water lovers of all kinds, there are plenty of lakes and rivers near Scottsdale that offer recreation options galore. From boating, kayaking, fishing, SUPing and river rafting to shore-side hiking and historic steamboat tours, you’ll enjoy hours of fun under the sun in a
The older I get, the more I crave water. For us desert rats, water seems like a small miracle. Here is a thing that should not be, yet is. It restores our faith. Lakes are beautiful and rivers are mighty, but creeks feel the most personal. I like to hear that music, that soothing splash of water spilling over rocks. I like to walk in the woodland shade where cooling breezes rustle every leaf.
Unlike cities that are frequently visited by cloudy skies, Scottsdale’s clear blue yonder allows for optimal star gazing year-round (like the above photo from @amelia.r8). There are plenty of stargazing tours around town, but if you want to trek out on your own, we’ve compiled a list of the best local spots to stargaze. Just make sure you bring a GPS if you decide to go off-road, in which case
If spicy dishes and drinks are on your Scottsdale bucket list, consider this your go-to guide on where to find the best of the best. From pizza to soups to tacos, you won’t want to miss out on any of these favorites, especially if you love a dish that packs some heat. CRUjiente Tacos Photo Credit: Debby Wolvos Known for their crave-worthy, hand-sized street tacos, CRUjiente Tacos turns up
There are few tastier ways to stay cool in Scottsdale than eating ice cream. Fortunately, there are several excellent local proprietors of the dessert we all scream for, no matter what the outside temperature. Here’s the scoop on some of my favorites. SUGAR BOWL Opened in 1958, and still owned by the same family, this Scottsdale mainstay retains an old-school, ice cream parlor vibe (and a
While Scottsdale might be best known for its killer margaritas, our master mixologists also are known for trendy cocktails that draw on inspiration from around the world. If relaxing on the beach (yup - we've got those in Scottsdale too!) and sipping on an island-inspired drink is the perfect picture of relaxation for you, then look no further than this list of places to grab tropical cocktails in