Scottsdale's rich Western heritage and natural desert beauty make it a natural choice for a family vacation. From horseback riding through the desert to hiking the McDowell Mountains, Scottsdale offers plenty of opportunities for fun and exploration. Scottsdale also has several family-friendly museums that will appeal to both parents and kids.
The Musical Instrument Museum, for example, tops our list for its array of hands-on exhibits and interactive displays. Kids and parents will enjoy viewing the museum's vast collection of musical instruments from around the world.
If your kids love trains, be sure to plan a stop at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The park features historic locomotives, a carousel, and a train museum with model railroad displays. For a sweet snack or train souvenir, stop by Hartley's General Store for hand dipped ice cream, food and drinks, and Thomas the Tank toys. You can even take a fun one-mile train ride around the park.
For a fun glimpse into Arizona's territorial past, head north of Scottsdale to the Pioneer Living History Museum. The 85-acre property features a mix of authentic and reproduced buildings, including a blacksmith shop, sheriff's office, jail and opera house. Costumed craftspeople bring the whole thing to life, showing what life was like in pioneer-era Arizona.