Scottsdale is a popular destination for family vacations, and it's easy to see why: the city is home to a spate of attractions that appeal to both adults and children. Many local resorts, for example, cater to families, offering kid camps and impressive pool amenities, and local attractions like Pueblo Grande Museum and the Phoenix Zoo add a fun dimension of discovery and adventure to every vacation. With so much to see and do, what is a family to do? Here we put together a kid-friendly itinerary designed to help parents and their children discover some of Scottsdale's most unique family attractions.
Enjoy a wholesome family breakfast at Scottsdale's kid-friendly Butters Pancakes & Cafe. — Photo courtesy of Butters Pancakes & Cafe
Start your family itinerary in Scottsdale with breakfast at Butters Pancakes and Cafe, a popular local spot ready-made for big family breakfasts. Kids will appreciate the tasty items on the special "Kid's Brunch" menu. Adults will love the wholesome, fresh ingredients used to prepare breakfast dishes.
After breakfast, head over to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, a train-lover’s paradise featuring train rides, a train museum, playgrounds, snack bar and gift shop. Young kids will love riding the locomotive around the park, and older kids will enjoy explore the train museum, exhibits and gift shops.
Pinnacle Peak Patio has been serving up mesquite grilled steaks, chicken, ribs and more in an authentic western setting since 1957. — Photo courtesy of Pinnacle Peak Patio
For lunch, Pinnacle Peak Patio offers a fun and lively Western-theme dining that will appeal to the whole family. Kids can pretend to be cowboys and cowgirls at this classic Western steakhouse, which dishes out traditional campfire grub. Steaks, chicken and baby-back ribs are served with cowboy beans, baked potatoes and corn on the cob.
Ready to work off your lunch? Get ready to explore the desert the way the pioneers did: on horseback. MacDonald's Ranch, situated in the pristine deserts of North Scottsdale, is one of the Valley's most popular horseback riding stables. Guided trail rides are available for riders of all ages and skill levels. After a relaxing horseback riding session in the desert, stick around for a stagecoach ride, cowboy cookout or some of the ranch's live entertainment. MacDonald's Ranch also offers free admission to their large, walk-in petting zoo.
Close out your family day in Scottsdale with dinner at The Old Tortilla Factory in Old Town Scottsdale. The open-air patio, shaded by a one-hundred year old pecan tree, is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing. Kids will love the vibrant Southwest atmosphere and children's menu. Parents will appreciate the large menu of Mexican and Southwest dishes and relaxed ambiance.