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What to Do in Scottsdale: The Resort Recreation Guide

What to Do in Scottsdale: The Resort Recreation Guide

Keep your face to the sunshine. Here comes the sun. You are my sunshine. These adages surrounding the sun are as cliche as phrases can be, but they happen to be true. And just like the sun enlivens everything in its orbit, so do the destinations lucky enough to enjoy a surplus of sunny days. Scottsdale is one of those places.

People of all ages come to Scottsdale to play, in large part because sunny skies are the norm. When the sun is out, so is the desire to live better. Scottsdale is a desert destination that inspires visitors to do more with every moment.

This energy shines in The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch’s many activities. Each endeavor embodies a life lived to the fullest, from eating well, to exploring even the most underrated attractions, to treating your body to the relaxation it craves. Discover recreation The Scottsdale way, best experienced alongside a healthy dose of desert sun.


Beloved chef Julia Child said that “people who love to eat are always the best people.” While in Scottsdale, let yourself be one of them. Indulge in dishes authentic to the desert. Lean in to food-centric experiences. Get to know Scottsdale by way of its signature flavors.

Some of The Scottsdale Resort’s most enchanting experiences focus on food. From poolside snacks at Twisted Vine Pool Bar & Grill to happy hours at Bar Six40, food is a fixture in every moment. Celebrate each day by gathering over some of the desert’s best dishes at Kitchen West Restaurant, whether you wake up to a cowboy benedict or savor a decadent chocolate mousse night cap. 


While at The Scottsdale, make time to play. No matter your age, you deserve to unabashedly pursue your passions. Whether that’s a hike up McDowell Mountain or an afternoon at Odysea Aquarium, Scottsdale has an attraction that will peak your interest. You can even play to your heart’s content right here at The Scottsdale.

Make a splash in the McCormick Pool or simply lounge beneath a private cabana. Set aside time to venture out onto the course for a round of signature Scottsdale golf. Adjacent to the resort, the McCormick Ranch Golf Club features 36 holes across two unique courses, each making the most of the area’s unique desert scenery. Explore this or one of the many other golf courses in and around Scottsdale.


Don’t let your getaway pass without exploring what’s right outside your front door. In Scottsdale, adventure calls. From the McDowell Sonoran Preserve to Pinnacle Peak Park to the miles of trails that wind through the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale inspires locals and visitors alike to opt outside.

The Scottsdale plays to this energy through Adventure Packages designed to get you closer to the desert. These curated experiences will introduce you to various outdoor activities in equally diverse settings. Cycle on the Greenbelt to Tempe. Embark on a guided hiking tour. Paddle around on peaceful Saguaro Lake.


If you’re wondering what to do in Scottsdale, don’t overlook the activities a little closer to home. Though any Scottsdale vacation should include visits to Old Town Scottsdale and landmarks like Taliesin West, there’s no shame in focusing on resort recreation. Make the most of your desert vacation by eating, relaxing, playing, and adventuring to your heart’s content. Do it all at The Scottsdale.

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