Scottsdale Waterfront

Guide To The Scottsdale Waterfront

The Scottsdale Waterfront area is a vibrant and picturesque district that combines modern amenities with a touch of historic charm. With its stunning waterfront views, upscale shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, the Scottsdale Waterfront area has become a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.  Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a longtime resident, this guide will help you discover all that this unique and dynamic district has to offer. So, let’s dive in and explore the Scottsdale Waterfront area!

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Explore Scottsdale Waterfront On Wheels

Why walk when you can scoot or Segway? Whiz your way around the Scottsdale Waterfront on an electric scooter or take a Segway tour for an adventurous twist to your exploration! Enjoy the gentle breeze on your face as you zip down the pathways, taking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant area. There’s something undeniably thrilling about seeing Scottsdale’s gems while standing on two wheels. And if you’re new to this, don’t worry – it’s easier than you might think! So, grab a helmet and add a dash of exhilarating fun to your waterfront adventure! Scooter or Segway, either way, it’s all about rolling and having a great time!

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Coffee & Strolls: A Perfect Blend

Amp up your waterfront adventure with a delicious caffeine kick from Scottsdale’s local coffee champions, Press Coffee or Cartel Roasting Co. Conveniently located right on the waterfront, these cafes offer the perfect pit-stop to grab a heavenly brewed coffee to accompany your stroll. Each boasts its unique flavors and a lovely ambiance that perfectly complements the waterfront vibe. And if these two gems leave you wanting more, make sure to check out our complete guide to Scottsdale’s coffee shops. Enjoy the brew-tiful waterfront views, coffee in hand!

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Take In Art & Architecture

Immerse yourself in the Scottsdale Waterfront’s cultural side! Nestled in the heart of the area, you’ll find the unique Soleri Bridge, a piece of public art that also functions as a pedestrian bridge and solar calendar. Designed by the famed architect, Paolo Soleri, it’s a must-visit for architecture buffs and photography enthusiasts. But that’s not all! Take time to appreciate the myriad of public art pieces scattered throughout the Waterfront. Each installation is a testament to the city’s dedication to fostering creativity and promoting art in public spaces. Don’t forget your camera – these artistic landmarks are a sight to behold!

Savor Scottsdale: Patio Dining On The Waterfront

Delicious food, refreshing drinks, and scenic views – that’s what patio dining on the Scottsdale Waterfront offers! Whether you’re craving a sophisticated brunch at Olive & Ivy, or a lively dinner complete with a margarita at Barrio Queen, the waterfront restaurants never disappoint. Sit back and enjoy the sparkling waterfront views as you sample some of the best culinary delights Scottsdale has to offer. Check out our guide to restaurant patios in Scottsdale for even more delicious destinations, but make sure you don’t miss these waterfront favorites!

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Waterfront Celebrations & Festivals

From the captivating Canal Convergence to a multitude of diverse festivals and events, the Scottsdale Waterfront is always buzzing with excitement. Experience art in motion at the annual Canal Convergence, where water, art, and light intersect in a stunning spectacle. Or dive into the lively atmosphere of local festivals showcasing music, food, and culture. There’s always something happening at the waterfront to make your Scottsdale experience truly unforgettable. Keep an eye on our events calendar so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Retail Therapy at the Waterfront

Now, who can resist a little retail therapy? Especially when you’re right next to the upscale Scottsdale Fashion Square, home to high-end designer shops that’ll make any fashionista’s heart skip a beat! And the fun doesn’t stop there – as you meander down towards Old Town, you’ll discover an array of local boutiques, each with their own unique finds and charming vibe. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion trends, unique souvenirs, or simply enjoy window shopping, you’ll love the retail variety around the Scottsdale Waterfront. Want more shopping options? Check out our comprehensive guide to all things shopping in Scottsdale!

Scottsdale Art Walk Thursdays

Thursday nights light up at the Scottsdale Waterfront with the beloved Scottsdale Art Walk. This weekly festivity transforms the streets into an open-air art gallery, bursting with creativity from local and international artists. Enjoy an evening stroll, soak in some amazing art, live music and a vibrant atmosphere. Whether you’re an art aficionado or a casual passerby, the Art Walk is an enriching experience not to be missed! For more insights, check out our detailed guide to the Scottsdale Art Walk. Ready to paint the town red?

Waterfront to Old Town Museums

Spice up your Waterfront visit with a dash of culture. Start at the Fiesta Bowl Museum – a sporting mecca showcasing fascinating football history. Next, meander down to Old Town, home to an array of museums, each with their unique charm. Immerse yourself in innovative exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art or delve into the rich heritage of the west at the Museum of the West. For more eclectic and captivating cultural experiences, be sure to check out our guide to all the museums around Scottsdale.

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Dive into Waterfront Nightlife

When the sun sets, the Scottsdale Waterfront transforms into a lively hub of nightlife. From poolside bottle service at Maya Dayclub to the western vibes of Old Town’s bars, and the energetic dance floors of local nightclubs, the Waterfront offers a diverse range of nighttime entertainment. Explore the vibrant scene and let the waterfront be your guide to an unforgettable night out. For more exciting options, check out our full Scottsdale Nightlife Guide!

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Discover Old Town's Rich History

Step into the captivating world of nearby Old Town Scottsdale, where history comes alive. Just a stone’s throw away from the vibrant Waterfront, this charming district invites you to explore its fascinating historical attractions and landmarks. From adobe buildings and Western architecture to cultural centers and heritage sites, Old Town is a treasure trove of heritage and stories. Uncover the unique charm and rich history of this remarkable district. For a comprehensive list of cultural centers and historic sites all around Scottsdale, be sure to check out our guide.

Indulge in Sweet Delights

Treat your taste buds to a delectable adventure around the Scottsdale Waterfront. From delightful pastries to mouthwatering gelato, there are plenty of sweet treats to satisfy your cravings. Savor a buttery croissant at Prep & Pastry or indulge in the creamy goodness of Italian ice cream at PussyCat Gelato. These delectable options and more await you in the vicinity of the Waterfront. For a comprehensive guide to all the sweet delights in Scottsdale, be sure to check out our Scottsdale Dessert Guide. Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth and experience a burst of flavors!

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