Scottsdale is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, and the city's roster of well-maintained parks and recreation destinations is more than impressive.
One of the city's biggest municipal parks is Chaparral Park and Community Center, boasting 100 acres of open space. This popular neighborhood park features a 10 acre lake, perfect for boating and fishing in the desert.
For families, nothing beats the history and adventure of McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, located north of Scottsdale's busy city center. Kids and their parents will delight in the traditional carousel, train exhibitions and museum, gift shop and ice cream counter, and of course, the one-mile train ride around the park.
If your visit to Scottsdale coincides with the blazing heat of summer, head to one of the region's popular public aquatic centers. For sheer excitement and amenities, nothing beats McDowell Mountain Ranch Park and Aquatic Center. This megapark features an eight lane lap pool, 600-foot lazy river, and a large tube water slide. Interactive water features keep the kiddies entertained, while a comfortable veranda provides great views of the pool.
For a true taste of natural Southwestern beauty, head to Pinnacle Peak Park, an iconic 150 acre desert sanctuary that offers stunning views of the Valley.