Scottsdale is known for its upscale boutiques and lively nightlife, but this desert metropolis also happens to be a great family vacation destination.
If you're traveling to Scottsdale with young kids, be sure to plan a visit to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, a free attraction where kids can get up close to historic locomotives, visit a model railroad museum, and even ride a train through the park.
Kid of all ages will enjoy a visit to the Musical Instrument Museum, the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to collecting instruments from around the world. Interactive, hands-on exhibits encourage younger visitors to experiment with different instruments and sounds.
All kids love butterflies, so take the tikes on a trip to Butterfly Wonderland, one of Scottsdale's newest attractions. It's the largest indoor butterfly atrium in the country, and the perfect place to give the kids a fun glimpse into the secret life of everybody's favorite insects.
One of the best things about visiting Scottsdale is getting to experience the wonder of the desert. For a fun family night that celebrates the natural scenery and Old West history of the Southwest, head to MacDonald's Ranch in beautiful north Scottsdale. You can enjoy hayrides, singalongs around the campfire, and authentic Western barbecue.