Scottsdale, Arizona is the center of the Phoenix metro area’s exciting activities for tourists and locals alike. Whether you want to explore the Fashion Square Mall and it’s various high-end clothing stores, grab a bite to eat in Old Town, or explore the nearby mountain ranges for some of the best hiking in the state, there is something to do for everyone. Not everyone wants to explore these already traveled activities, instead preferring to find the hidden gems around the area. Here are some free Arizona activities off the beaten path in and around Scottsdale you should explore during your next trip.
McDonald’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Show
It is common in Scottsdale to see a variety of luxurious cars being driven around by the locals. The McDonald’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Show is the longest running car show in Scottsdale that celebrates the 50s with hundreds of classic cars. A DJ is on standby, providing a retro ambience for this free event that happens every Saturday at The Pavilions at Talking Stick Resort from 4:00 to 8:00pm. This free off the beaten path activity is perfect for all members of the family to come and enjoy these specialty vehicles.
Free Arizona Activities: Desert Hiking in the Sonoran Desert
Scottsdale provides over 320 miles of hiking trails that are popular with the locals. One free and off the beaten path spot in the Sonoran Desert is at the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, which features over 195 miles of trails across 30,580 total acres. You and your family can enjoy the numerous trails and other events put on by the volunteers. The trails are shared-use, so expect hikers, bikers, and horseback riders during your travels.
Native American Cultural Presentations
Every Friday year-round at 5:00pm, you can find free Native American performances featuring dance troupes at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. You and your family can enjoy this introduction to the Native American culture in the region through the performance’s focus on dance, music, and storytelling.
Scottsdale Art District
Scottsdale is a haven for the art culture and features numerous art walks throughout the year. The Scottsdale Arts District offers free admission during the later hours of 7:00 to 9:00 pm every Thursday. You and your family will experience live entertainment, various local, national, and international artists, and special exhibits. While the Scottsdale Art District might be popular for locals, tourists are usually unaware of its special Thursday night admissions.