The popular desert city of Scottsdale is home to resorts, golf courses, parks, and landmarks. If the warm weather wasn’t reason enough to move to Scottsdale, the opportunity to enjoy your retirement years is worth the trip.
Old Town Scottsdale provides residents and tourists with a place to shop, enjoy art galleries, purchase Native American crafts, and eat at a variety of restaurants. Throughout the year, you can visit the Old Town Farmers Market for fresh produce from local growers.
In Downtown, sits the Scottsdale Stadium with seating close to the baseball game. You can choose your seat for easy access to the restrooms or exit. You can find the schedule for spring training and upcoming games listed on the stadium’s website.
The Cosanti Foundation is a gallery and workshop for Soleri wind balls. You can visit the foundry to watch artists make bronze bells, ceramic bells, cause bells, pots, bowls, planters, and more. You have the option to purchase directly from the gallery any of the artwork as well as Soleri-signed originals.
The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show features the best with special exhibitions, costumes, and jumping. At times, the riders may allow you to pet the horses and the show brings in approximately 2,400 horses with their owners and trainers. The horse show benefits charities such as the Arabian Horsemen's Distress Fund, ASU Western Equestrian Team, SCC Equine Sciences Scholarships, and the March of Dimes.
Take a walk through the Marshall Way Arts District to view art galleries, unique shops, and large sculptures. You can purchase art pieces or simply take an evening walk after dinner at the nearby restaurants.
The newer museum Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West features exhibits, gallery tours, events, and activities that tell the story of the 19 states that comprised the American West. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday with evening hours on Thursdays. Seniors receive a discount on admission and veterans receive free admission on Veterans Day.
The Scottsdale Historical Museum may be small, but it encompasses the life and times of Scottsdale’s past residents. You will find exhibits about Winfield and Helen Scott, the founders of Scottsdale, as well as Herb Drinkwater, the longtime Mayor of Scottsdale. You can also view barber shop implements, farm implements, household utensils, a barber chair, stained glass, an early tent kitchen, the one-room schoolhouse, and the school bell.
The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is managed by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy with the mission to protect the desert and mountains for future generations to enjoy. You can visit the preserve and take a tour with a Nature Guide or speak to a Pathfinder about a trail you can hike based on your ability.
Pinnacle Peak Park provides astounding views and a beautiful hiking trail. Unlike some parks, you can easily find restrooms, shade, and Rangers nearby. The park consists of 150 acres and a 1.75-mile hike one way.
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