Here are some great things to do in Scottsdale and Phoenix during your visit for the Phoenix Open:
OdySea Aquarium – Meet sharks, otters, penguins, sea turtles, rays, and 30,000 other animals at OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, the newest aquarium in the country. Spanning 200,000 square feet, this multi-level, state-of-the-art facility holds more than 2 million gallons of water and is the largest aquarium in the Southwest. With over 65 exhibits and 500 different species, there are more than 30,000 animals that call OdySea Aquarium home.
Take a Magic Carpet Ride! – Soar over the gorgeous Sonoran desert in a Hot Air Balloon with Hot Air Expeditions. Finish with a champagne toast and savor the memories while checking it off your Bucket List! 480-502-6999
Grab a drink at the Rusty Spur Saloon – Celebrities like Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Vince Vaughn, and Jennifer Anniston have walked through its swinging doors to take in the Old West décor and Scottsdale live country music. This is Scottsdale’s Oldest Saloon celebrating over 60 years! 480-425-7787
Do you love music? Then don’t miss a visit to the Musical Instrument Museum – MIM. A big draw is MIM’s Experience Gallery, which features guitars to strum, gongs to bang, and more. Another MIM hotspot is the Artist Gallery, which features iconic instruments from celebrities like Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, John Denver, Toby Keith, and Carlos Santana. Stroll around with wireless headsets and as you approach each display, hear the instruments being played, either solo or as an ensemble. 480-478-6000
Looking to hit it big? Not far from Scottsdale is Glendale’s Hottest Casino – Desert Diamond. This casino combines 35,000 square feet of unrivaled gaming excitement with the electric, action-packed atmosphere of Glendale’s entertainment district. Lucky by design, the house offers better odds, bigger jackpots, and more ways to win every day, so you can get on a hot streak. With over 1,000 of Arizona’s hottest games to choose from, you’re guaranteed to feel a rush!
Stroll Through Old Town Scottsdale – Get a taste of the Old West as you walk along the streets of historic Old Town Scottsdale. Discover the most unique southwestern specialty shops like Gilbert Ortega Galleries – 480-990-1808.
While here, be sure to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the peaceful, scenic and serene Sonoran Desert on a scenic horseback ride at MacDonald’s Ranch – the premier horseback riding stable in the Valley of the Sun.
Arizona’s 24/7 Entertainment Destination – Talking Stick Resort Talking Stick Resort is the premiere luxury hotel of the Valley of the Sun. Located in the Salt-River Pima Maricopa Indian Reservation in Scottsdale, Arizona, it rises out of the desert landscape with its 200 foot tower. From world-class gaming, dining for all tastes and palettes, golf, spa and more, you’ll never want to leave! 480-850-7777
Explore Carefree Arizona – Just minutes away from Scottsdale, this town is nestled in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert amid lush terrain and ancient boulders.
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