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Scottsdale, Arizona Attractions & Adventures
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is the perfect base camp for your Arizona adventure or your visit to one of our many area attractions. The Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals as well as Major League Baseball spring training games are all nearby. Whether you are visiting to see your favorite artist in concert or an exhibition at the Heard Museum, taking the family to the Grand Canyon or exploring the desert wilderness on ATV or horseback, our knowledgeable Concierge Team can help you plan your adventures. Explore some of your options below…
Have a little gambling fun and catch a Vegas-style show! Enjoy 1,500 slot machines including 80 high-limit slots, live Blackjack, 50 poker tables and live fast-action Keno.
Built in the late 1930s by legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this cluster of buildings is now a National Historic Landmark. Patterned after the flow and feeling of the desert surrounding it, this school was also the architect’s favorite building. Learning by doing was the theme of Wright’s teaching style, and this philosophy remains today. Highlights of the center include Wright’s former office, a Cabaret Theater and the Pavilion Theater. Tours are available daily.
The Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to more than a hundred rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 300,000 visitors each year.
Voted one of the nation’s “Top 5 Zoos for Kids,” The Phoenix Zoo offers everything from the “Arizona Trail” for a look at Arizona native species, a Safari Train, giraffe feeding, the “Wild about Animals Show,” Monkey Village and more!
One of the Phoenix area’s first cultural attractions and the world’s finest destinations for learning about American Indian arts and cultures, the Heard Museum is a renowned for showcasing the history and art of the native tribes of the Southwest.
Displaying a variety of frequently changing exhibits and offering special events for adults and families, SMoCA is devoted to the art, architecture and design of our time. Free art lectures, symposiums, workshops and poetry readings provide a forum where visitors can interact with contemporary artists.
As the world’s only global musical instrument museum, MIM offers a collection of more than 15,000 musical instruments and associated objects from over 200 countries and territories.
Kids of all ages can enjoy batting cages, Go-karts, bumper boats, miniature golf courses, double-tiered driving range, arcade and snack bar.
The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is not only full of activities and great recreational fun, but also a historical and educational experience for all ages. Enjoy train rides, an antique carousel, historical buildings and actual railroad cars.
The Westin Kierland is an ideal location not only for a resort getaway but for day trips around the state, desert adventures, tours, expeditions and more! More options are available. Contact the Concierge to request your ideal Arizona Adventure.
Cover wild desert terrain in powerful recreational vehicles, see stunning scenery and learn all about Arizona. Tours last 4 to 5 hours, and pick up from main lobby is available. Cost varies.
Take a trip to Northern Arizona for one of the most magnificent views in the world. Customize your journey to include a tour upon arrival or even helicopter ride!
Saddle up and see the West! Even novice riders will enjoy the views of the Sonoran Desert from a guided trail ride on horseback. Half-day and full-day rides are available.
Tour Arizona in comfortable, customized vans. From Sedona and Jerome to Nogales and Tombstone, enjoy a historical, geographic and story-filled journey led by knowledgeable guides. Cost varies and may include lunch. Half-day tours of Phoenix are also available.
Float over the Sonoran Desert, just above the stately saguaro cactus, in a hot air balloon! View limitless panoramas and finish your flight with a traditional champagne toast. Flights are available daily, weather permitting; sunrise flights year-round, sunset flights November through March.