things to do in scottsdale

The area around Scottsdale, Arizona that includes Desert Ridge condos, didn’t become famous as a vacation destination just because of its 300-plus days of sunshine year round. The resorts and spas in the North Phoenix and Scottsdale area draw visitors for therapeutic relaxation in the sun, and the golf courses lure the best in the world to challenge themselves on the greens.

The Phoenix Open golf tournament annually draws hundreds of thousands of spectators to watch the elite of the game go toe-to-toe through the links at TPC Scottsdale. The rest of the year, though, the course is one of the best examples a public course in desert style. With some 200 other courses to choose from, there is a chance for everyone to play golf in Scottsdale.

The Old Town area of Scottsdale features historic buildings and exhibits linking to the Wild West of times past, as well as galleries and shops in the Art District, clubs, bars, saloons, and restaurants in the Entertainment District, and, while it’s not New York, Scottsdale has its own Fifth Avenue and Fashion Square for great shopping.

Stroll the interconnected yet distinct neighborhoods of the Old Town area for the Scottsdale experience. The climate is perfect for evenings out while you savor the lights and sights in the warm desert air. Wander along the Scottsdale Wine Trail, stopping to sample at various tasting rooms representing the state’s vineyards.

The Botanical Gardens show off a dazzling array of horticultural diversity, with paved trails perfect for taking in the multitude of dry-climate plants thriving in the expertly curated Gardens. Special events to watch out for include Music in the Garden for a range of nighttime concerts and Flashlight Tours after dark.

Music lovers will be blown away by the Musical Instrument Museum. Explore instruments and sounds from around the world, and experiment hands-on with guitars and percussion at the MIM. Discover the roots and connections between music you love and some you’ve never heard before as you marvel at the beauty and imagination of musicians and instrument-makers the world over.

With some 45 miles of paved paths and hundreds of miles more of unpaved trails, Scottsdale Parks and Recreation helps to make the city more livable, enjoyable, and connected to outdoors. Dotted with local parks and golf courses, the Greenwash drainage system that spans the city to Arizona State University has a trail and parks system that the City developed alongside the culvert. The drainage is only used rarely for overflow floods that are expected but infrequent in the desert.

Living in Scottsdale can feel like a year-round vacation. With a condo in North Phoenix, Desert Ridge, or Scottsdale, you are in the center of the circle of great activities, indoor and out, from shopping and arts, spas and resorts, to recreation like golf, hiking, biking, and much more, Scottsdale’s got it.