Scottsdale's Unique Treasures You Must Visit
Look into the Event Oracle's crystal ball to find priceless treasures that are one of a kind and unique to Scottsdale. From whimsical bookstores to beautiful modern gardens, Scottsdale is home to some of the most interesting things to see and do. Let's take a look at some of Scottsdale's unique treasures and predict where you'll end up next! Or if time is of the essence and you need ideas for an interesting outing asap, then let the Event Oracle help you find today's events in Scottsdale.
Poisoned Pen Bookstore
This quaint, charming bookstore is a must-see if you're in the Scottsdale area. Don't worry, there's no poison here - just thousands of books and tons of events throughout the year. This independently-owned and operated bookstore has been around for nearly 30 years, and with the help of the world wide web, has reached a global audience. Even if you're not able to stop by the store, they have a massive online store presence. Browse books, read up on the latest author events, and even join one of their fun monthly book clubs right from the website! However, if you’re able to see it in person, it’s definitely worth a visit. The unique storefront, lofty, industrial ceilings, and gothic-esque finishes make it a true Scottsdale treasure.
Let's head outside for some winged magic. At Butterfly Wonderland, you can see the almost 3,000 butterflies that call this conservatory home. In fact, Butterfly Wonderland is the largest butterfly conservatory in the United States. The massive indoor rainforest conservatory is simply breathtaking, transporting you to an exotic jungle full of beautiful butterflies and greenery. In addition to the butterfly conservatory, you can also enjoy seasonal art exhibits, a butterfly emergence gallery that lets you observe the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, a world-class reptile exhibit, a honey bee exhibit, a giant bug exhibit, and so much more! Butterfly Wonderland is great for kids and families and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Check out their special events for even more adventure!
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Giddy up, partner! Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is the next stop on our list of unique Scottsdale treasures. Take a step back in time to explore the area's rich history and see how it shaped the future. From interactive, engaging exhibits to community outreach programs that you can be involved in, the museum is a cornerstone of Scottsdale's history and culture. The expansive museum has been designed and curated to teach and engage guests, bringing to light the area's foundation and growth through beautiful exhibits and artifacts. The Hays Legendary Cowboy Collection and the Cooke Hopi Pottery Collection are just two of the featured collections that you'll have the chance to see at the museum. Visit the museum in the morning and then for even more fun without breaking the bank, hop on the nearby Scottsdale Trolley. . .its free!
Xeriscaping is a growing trend in landscaping that is aimed at reducing water use and educating the public about the importance of water conservation. Commissioned by the City of Scottsdale, the Xeriscape Garden is a beautiful outdoor exhibit that does just that - the garden was designed and created to use minimal water for irrigation. Not only does the garden help conserve water, but it also serves an educational purpose. With regular seminars, speakers, and demonstrations, you can learn all about xeriscaping, regional plants and wildlife, and the importance of conserving water. There are also plenty of informational plaques throughout the space that speak to xeriscaping and water conservation. The Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden is a unique outdoor treasure that shouldn't be missed!
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West is a stunning historic landmark located at the base of the McDowell Mountains. This stunning home was Frank Lloyd Wright's primary winter home and is one of the most breathtaking buildings in the area. With tours conducted daily, you can step back into the history of not only Scottsdale, but also one of the most prolific architects in history. Taliesin West is unique in the fact that it was almost entirely built by Wright and his apprentices, and is the home of the School of Architecture at Taliesin. Wright believed in teaching others the art and beauty of architecture, and Taliesin West is the embodiment of that belief. You can join a day or night tour to see the home and the grounds and learn about the life of Frank Lloyd Wright.
We know what you’re thinking - why would a mall be on a list of Scottsdale's treasures? Fashion Square is a landmark of Scottsdale and truly is part of Scottsdale's history. First opened in 1961, Fashion Square has grown into one of the largest and most successful shopping malls in the country. With over 200 stores and counting, Fashion Square is the perfect place to spend the day getting a little retail therapy. Fashion Square has over 2 million square feet of shopping space, making it the largest mall in all of Arizona. As Scottsdale has grown and changed, so has Fashion Square. The mall is located near the heart of Scottsdale, making it convenient no matter where you are in the city. Grab yourself a 50s styled dress or a nifty pair of T-strapped shoes. Shop all day and then head on over to the nearby Hotel Valley Ho and check in for a mid-century modern experience in modern day Scottsdale. You'll fit right in!
The last stop on our list of unique Scottsdale treasures is one of the newest aquariums in the United States. First opened in 2016, this massive, state of the art aquarium has already established itself as a Scottsdale must-see attraction. There are over 30,000 animals in the aquarium, located in more than 50 different exhibits. Odysea is actually part of a larger group of attractions, all part of the Odysea in the Desert. Also included in Odysea in the Desert is the Butterfly Wonderland, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Paradise Earth, Pangaea, and more! No matter what you’re looking for, you can find it at Odysea in the Desert.
With so many things to see and do in Scottsdale, it was difficult to pick the top places to see. All of these places are truly unique to Scottsdale and are part of the city's rich, vibrant history. Now that we've seen the treasure, all we need to do is go looking for it! See you on the next adventure!