Scottsdale's Ultimate Family Weekend

Your Guide To The Ultimate Family Weekend In Scottsdale

Welcome to the Ultimate Family Weekend in Scottsdale! This action-packed guide is your ticket to an unforgettable weekend filled with thrilling experiences and memory-making moments. From the wild rodeo in Cave Creek to an invigorating morning hike, a scrumptious brunch, and some relaxing pool time, we’ve got it all! Explore Old Town, snap a family selfie at Hole in the Rock, get active with your favorite outdoor sport, indulge in some mouthwatering tacos, and shop ’til you drop. The grand finale? A choose-your-own-adventure experience that’s tailored to your family’s interests. Buckle up and let’s dive into the ultimate Scottsdale family weekend!


Experience Cave Creek:

Yeehaw! The Ultimate Family Weekend kicks off in Cave Creek, just a 30 minute drive from Scottsdale. Depending on your schedule, explore the captivating charm of Cave Creek or head straight to Buffalo Chips when gates open at 6pm. Either way, get ready for an unforgettable wild-west adventure the whole family will love! If time allows, wander through Frontier Town‘s Old West-themed streets, marvel at unique treasures in the Rare Earth Gallery, and treat yourself to a scoop at Grotto Café for a fun-filled day in Cave Creek.

Buffalo Chip Saloon Rodeo:

Gather the family and head over to Buffalo Chips for a Friday night adventure you won’t forget! This authentic Western experience features mutton-busting, where little ones can test their rodeo skills on fluffy sheep – a memory they’ll treasure forever! But that’s just the beginning! Enjoy a variety of activities like horseshoe tossing, live music, mechanical bull rides, and delicious grub to keep you energized. So, dust off those cowboy boots, put on your favorite hat, and immerse yourself in a rollicking Western bonanza!


Morning Hike:

Saturday morning has arrived, and there’s no better way to start the day than with a refreshing family hike! Head over to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. With over 225 miles of trails, the preserve offers a variety of hiking options for all skill levels. The Gateway Trailhead is a great starting point, with plenty of parking and a visitor center where you can get maps and information about the trails. If you’re traveling with younger kids, try the Bajada Nature Trail, which is an easy half-mile loop that’s perfect for families. For more hiking options, we’ve got you covered with our guides to the hardest hikes, stroller-friendly strolls, and pup-friendly paths for your furry friend. Lace up your hiking boots, grab plenty of water, and embark on an unforgettable fun adventure!


Post-hike, it’s time to refuel and indulge in Scottsdale’s vibrant brunch scene! With a smorgasbord of options, there’s a perfect spot for every palate. Dive into our mouthwatering guides to discover your ideal brunch experience, whether you’re seeking a boozy brunch, a sun-drenched patio, live music…we’ve got you covered. So, gather your family, share your hiking stories, and let your taste buds embark on a delightful culinary journey amid the best brunch spots in town!

Pool Time:

After savoring that scrumptious brunch, it’s time for some much-needed relaxation by the pool! Whether you’re lucky enough to have a private oasis or you’re in search of a welcoming spot to cool off, Scottsdale’s got you covered. Many local resorts offer day passes, allowing you to enjoy their refreshing pools and luxurious amenities. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, don’t worry – there are plenty of public pools and spray pads to choose from as well. Check out our guide to Scottsdale pools and find the perfect place to unwind, soak up the sun, and make a splash with your family!

Stroll Old Town:

Once you’ve had your fill of poolside relaxation, it’s time to explore the charming streets of Old Town Scottsdale! Stroll through the vibrant shops and galleries, soaking in the lively atmosphere and discovering hidden treasures. Don’t miss out on a visit to Old Town Candy & Toys Store – it’s a kid’s paradise! Ready for a sweet treat? Satisfy your cravings at the iconic Sugar Bowl, a Scottsdale favorite for generations. Feeling adventurous? Hop on electric scooters and zip around the area for an exhilarating tour of Old Town’s delightful sights. Check out our guide to Old Town for even more fantastic experiences and make the most of your family weekend!

Hole In The Rock:

From Old Town, head down to the famous Hole In The Rock, just in time to catch the glorious Arizona sunset. This unique natural formation offers a fantastic photo opportunity and a memorable spot for a family selfie. With its easy, short hike to the top and stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, Hole In The Rock is a must-visit destination that captures the essence of Scottsdale’s natural beauty. Trust us, your Instagram followers will be in awe of this breathtaking backdrop!

Dinner Time:

Saturday night’s dinner plans are all about having a blast and finding the perfect fit for your family! For a laid-back, entertaining atmosphere, head to OHSO in Paradise Valley. With its abundance of games, scrumptious food, creative cocktails, it’s a guaranteed hit for both kids and adults (& pups) alike. Looking for a more upscale option? Book a sitter for the kiddos and treat yourselves to a fabulous night out at one of Scottsdale’s hottest restaurants like Toca Madera or Steak 44. No matter what you’re craving, our restaurant guides have got you covered, so go ahead and explore the culinary delights that Scottsdale has to offer!


Favorite Outdoor Sport:

Rise and shine, it’s Sunday morning of our Ultimate Family Weekend in Scottsdale, and we’re kicking it off with some exhilarating outdoor sports fun! Whether you fancy practicing your swing on the golf course, showing off your skills on the tennis court, embarking on a scenic bike ride, or spending time at the charming McCormick-Stillman Train Park, there’s an activity perfect for your family to enjoy. Need more ideas? Dive into our Outdoor Fun Guide for a wealth of options that’ll get everyone’s heart pumping and make the most of Scottsdale’s stunning natural beauty. Let’s embrace the great outdoors and create unforgettable memories as a family!

Taco Time!

Prepare to treat your taste buds to a culinary fiesta at Los Sombreros! This charming oasis beckons you to unwind on their inviting patio, where you can savor the irresistible flavors of genuine Mexican cuisine. But hey, if you’re in the mood to explore more taco-tastic options, feel free to dive into our ultimate guide to the Best Tacos in Scottsdale and pick your perfect spot.

Hit The Shops:

Next up, let’s indulge in a little retail therapy. Whether you’re a luxury lover, open-air enthusiast, or a fan of charming boutiques, Scottsdale has got you covered for a delightful afternoon of shopping. Discover high-end designer shops at the iconic Scottsdale Fashion Square, or enjoy a relaxed atmosphere at the picturesque Scottsdale Quarter, complete with a refreshing spray pad for the kids. For a more intimate experience, explore the city’s hidden gems and charming boutiques, perfect for unearthing one-of-a-kind treasures. Check out our guide to shopping in Scottsdale to find the right shops for your crew.

Pick Your Adventure:

As our Ultimate Family Weekend in Scottsdale draws to a close, we’ve saved the best for last – a thrilling choose-your-own-adventure finale! Pick an exciting activity that resonates with your crew and create unforgettable memories together. Get your adrenaline pumping with indoor skydiving or soar through the sky on a breathtaking hot air balloon sunset ride. If underwater adventures are more your style, dive into the SeaTrek Helmet Dive at OdySea Aquarium and explore the wonders of the deep. For a melodious treat, immerse yourself in the world of music at the renowned Musical Instrument Museum. Embrace your inner architect with a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, a stunning example of his organic design principles. And for those who prefer to unwind with some cinematic entertainment, kick back and enjoy a movie at Roadhouse Cinema. The choice is yours, so let the fun begin and end this epic weekend on a high note!

Where To Stay:

Ready to turn your ultimate weekend in Scottsdale into an unforgettable family adventure? Don’t miss our specially curated guide to the best family-friendly hotels in and around Scottsdale!

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