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Scottsdale, Arizona is a perfect destination for families seeking an adventurous and relaxing warm weather getaway. With a pleasant climate most of the year, and a variety of family-friendly attractions, Scottsdale offers a range of indoor and outdoor activities with something for everyone in the family to enjoy. This guide covers the top 10 family-friendly activities in Scottsdale and the surrounding Phoenix area, so you can plan the perfect vacation for you and your loved ones.

Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo has partnered with GoodNight Stay

Embark on a wild adventure at the Phoenix Zoo, home to over 3,000 animals across 400 species. Winding trails take you to exhibits with animals from Africa, to the equatorial zone, to local Arizona desert species. The kids will love the Children’s Trail, which has an array of smaller animals from around the world, as well as a petting zoo and age-appropriate demonstrations. The zoo also offers unique experiences like giraffe feeding and camel rides, as well as special events and themed exhibits throughout the year. And GoodNight Stay is pleased to have a new partnership with the Phoenix Zoo. As part of this collaboration, guests of GoodNight Stay can now enjoy exclusive discounted rates on General Day Admission tickets to the Phoenix Zoo. Learn more here!

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

The McCornick-Stillman Railroad Park has been a Scottsdale family tradition since 1975. Planning a visit to this historic park is a must for anyone traveling to Scottsdale with children. This 30-acre park is one of the most unique parks of its kind, offering train rides, a 1950’s carousel, a playground, and a large grassy area with big shade trees. The well-maintained green spaces are perfect for a family picnic after you’ve enjoyed the rides. The park also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year, including concerts (many of which are family-friendly) and a month-long holiday lights exhibit. Don’t miss the Scottsdale Railroad Museum for a fascinating glimpse into the history of trains and explore the miniature railroad exhibits at the Model Railroad building.

Water Park Fun

Kids water zone at Hurricane Harbour Phoenix

Take the whole family for a splashing good time at a local water park, perfect for the warm Arizona days. The Scottsdale area offers several options for water park fun. The McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center offers a lazy river, waterslide and zero-depth entry splash pool at affordable rates during the summer. At other times of the year, River Ranch in Phoenix is a great option for families to relax in the water, with a slide and lazy river. Located a bit north of Scottsdale, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor offers over 35 slides and fast-paced attractions for the thrill-seekers in the family.

Arizona Boardwalk

The Arizona Boardwalk is a shopping and entertainment complex which features gift shops, kid-friendly dining, and a host of attractions perfect for family fun. Dive into an underwater world of wonders at the OdySea Aquarium, where interactive exhibits and live animal shows provide an educational and entertaining experience for all ages. Walk among the beautiful rainforest environment where butterflies fly free at Butterfly Wonderland, learn about the prehistoric past at the Pangaea dinosaur exhibit, or challenge your perceptions at the Museum of Illusions. Arcades, a laser maze and Ripley’s Believe It or Not round out the experience at Arizona Boardwalk, where there is sure to be something to delight your family!

Desert Botanical Garden

Family at the Desert botanical garden

Immerse your family in the beauty of the desert at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. This living museum showcases a stunning collection of desert plants from around the world, with a focus on native Sonoran Desert flora. Exhibits display information about the survival mechanism of various desert ecosystems, as well as how indigenous people used those native plants. Children of all ages and their families can participate in hands-on, nature-based walks, activities, and experiences in a fun and safe environment. The Botanical Garden offers kid-friendly programs throughout the year, including summer camps, story times, and more. Families will enjoy taking a leisurely stroll along the scenic trails, and be sure to visit the Butterfly Pavilion for a magical experience.

MacDonald’s Ranch

Transport your family back in time with a visit to MacDonald’s Ranch in Scottsdale. This Old West-themed attraction features horseback riding, stagecoach rides, a petting zoo and a variety of western-themed activities. There’s even a pumpkin patch in the fall, complete with a hay-bale maze, panning for gold, lawn games, a scavenger hut, petting zoo, and more! Their Cowboy Cookout dinner packages include a hearty cowboy meal and a trail ride, making this a perfect way to immerse yourselves in the spirit of the Wild West.

Hike at Pinnacle Peak Park

Trail at Pinnacle Peak Park

Lace up your hiking boots and head to Pinnacle Peak Park for a family-friendly hike. The well-maintained trail offers panoramic views of the surrounding desert and is suitable for all skill levels. There is little shade on this trail, so sunscreen and water are a good idea. We also recommend getting an early start on days when the temperatures are above 80 degrees. Bathroom facilities with drinking fountains are provided at the trailhead.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The vast McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers over 200 miles of trails through the desert landscape. This free nature preserve is home to stunning views, with towering cacti, unique geologic features, and diverse wildlife on display. Start at the Gateway Trailhead, where the Bajada Nature Trail provides an accessible loop trail perfect for an easy afternoon hike suitable for all ages.

Family-Friendly Competition

Head over to the Pavilions at Talking Stick shopping center where you can find several options for some family-friendly activities. Race go-karts at Octane Raceway, have a family bowling night at Mavrix, or engage in friendly competition at Imagine 3-D Mini-Golf.

Musical Instrument Museum

Your music-loving family will love the Musical Instrument Museum. This unique museum features exhibits from around the world, allowing visitors to play instruments and explore the rich history of musical traditions. The Collier STEM gallery reveals the science behind musical instruments for a truly fascinating experience.

For families seeking a convenient home base during their Scottsdale adventure, vacation rentals provide the space and comfort needed for an unforgettable getaway. From cozy desert retreats to spacious homes with pools, a vacation rental elevates the convenience and relaxation of your family vacation. Book your Scottsdale vacation rental and embrace the adventure of this exciting destination for your next family vacation!

Nashville is a vibrant city, where the spirit of music and Southern hospitality come together to create an unforgettable experience. For years, Nashville has been a top travel destination and a favorite place for celebrations and fun getaways. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, a foodie, or someone seeking the perfect blend of culture and excitement, Nashville has something special for everyone. If you’re considering a visit to Nashville, we’d love to help make your decision easier. Let’s dive into the top ten reasons why Nashville should be on your travel list for 2024!

1. Incredible Music Scene

Nashville is known as Music City for a reason! There is an electrifying atmosphere in this town and an abundance of live music performances happening every day. You can’t walk down the street without hearing music coming out of a bar, nightclub, or theater venue. While some may only associate Nashville with country music, this city offers a diverse mix of genre from classical to blues to rock. From iconic venues like the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry to the cozy honky tonk bars on Broadway, you’ll be surrounded by the sounds that put Nashville on the map. Whether you’re a music lover or not, it’s hard to beat the energy of Music City! 

2. Festivals and Events

There are events and festivals happening in Nashville all year-round. Plan your visit around one of Nashville’s many festivals for an extra dose of excitement. The CMA Music Festival (held every year in June), the Cherry Blosson Festival (held in April each year), Nashville Oktoberfest (held in, well, October!), and the Nashville Film Festival (held annually in October) are just a few of the diverse events that showcase the city’s vibrant culture. Attending a Nashville festival offers a unique opportunity to connect with locals, get to know the city, and have a truly memorable experience. 

3. Savor the Flavors

Nashville is a foodie town through and through, and there are so many great dishes to indulge on. From mouthwatering barbecue to innovative farm-to-table cuisine, the city’s food scene is a true reflection of its eclectic culture. Don’t forget to try the famous Nashville hot chicken and indulge in some delicious Southern comfort food! You can find excellent food and drink choices on rooftop patios with skyline views, restaurants featuring live music, and breweries, wineries, and distilleries galore. A lot of people that visit Nashville love to eat their way through the city, and we can’t recommend it enough! 

4. Outdoor Adventures

When you think of Nashville, you might not think of nature and outdoor activities, but the city actually offers quite a few opportunities to get outside. Take a stroll through Centennial Park, rent a kayak on the Cumberland River, or hike the scenic trails of Percy Warner Park, a 3,100-acre park just 9 miles outside downtown. While outdoor fun may not be the main reason for visiting Nashville, it’s a great way to break up a long weekend and enjoy the more scenic parts of this city. Nature lovers will find plenty of opportunities to unwind and connect with the great outdoors!

5. Artsy Vibes

Nashville’s art scene is flourishing, with galleries and street art adorning the city’s corners. Take a stroll through The Gulch, known for its vibrant murals, or visit the Frist Art Museum for a diverse range of exhibitions. Local venues participate in a number of art crawls through galleries across the city, featuring local and international artists. The city’s artistic spirit is contagious, inviting you to appreciate creativity at every turn. A visit to Nashville’s art museums and galleries is a fun activity to add to your itinerary.

6. Exciting Sports Teams

If you’re a sports fan, Nashville has you covered! Catch a Titans football game at Nissan Stadium, enjoy a day at the ballpark with the Nashville Sounds, or cheer on the Predators at an action-packed hockey game at the Bridgestone Arena. Major league soccer has recently come onto the scene as well, with Nashville SC making a splash. No matter which sport you are watching, the energy of Nashville fans will make it a game to remember.

7. Family-Friendly Attractions

Nashville offers plenty of family-friendly activities as well, with fun activities for all ages. The world-class Nashville Zoo, immersive experiences at the Adventure Science Center, and the interactive exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame are some of the most popular attractions for families. Outside recreational activities are also plentiful in Nashville. The Shelby Bottoms Nature Center features children’s play areas and educational programs, and the Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort waterpark and treetop adventure park gives families a refreshing way to cool off on hot summer days.

8. Historic and Cultural Attractions

The rich history of Nashville comes alive through its museums, historic buildings, and landmarks. The Country Music Hall of Fame, the Belle Meade Historic Site and Winery, and the Johnny Cash Museum are just a few places where you can delve into the city’s past and appreciate its contributions to American culture.

9. Southern Hospitality

Nashville is not just a destination, it’s an experience shaped by the warmth of Southern hospitality. Strike up a conversation with friendly locals to get insider recommendations, enjoy the warm welcome at local establishments or simply bask in the courteous Southern charm that permeates every corner of the city. Let Nashville welcome you with open arms!

10. Amazing Vacation Rentals

Our Nashville vacation rentals range from cozy one-bedroom condos to groups of townhomes in Midtown that can accommodate more than 40 guests. Privacy, spacious living areas and luxurious amenities will make your Nashville vacation rental feel like a home away from home. Staying at a vacation rental allows you to immerse yourself in the rhythms of this amazing city, and exploring neighborhoods like vibrant East Nashville and historic Germantown is something our guests really enjoy. Whether you love checking out cafes in a bustling neighborhood, appreciate quirky interior design, are planning a themed group getaway, or you’re looking to wind down in a rooftop hot tub, our Nashville vacation rentals offer a personalized touch and will make your experience even more memorable.

Plan Your Visit

Whether you choose to come to see live music, attend an exciting festival, or take a journey through the local food scene, every moment in Music City is an opportunity for adventure. We hope you put Nashville on your travel list this year! Book a premium Nashville vacation rental with GoodNight Stay for an experience that goes beyond the ordinary.

Scottsdale, Arizona, has long been the premier destination for snowbirds seeking refuge from the winter chill. With its sun-soaked days and mild temperatures throughout the winter months, Scottsdale offers a warm and welcoming winter escape for those that live in colder climates. Snowbirds flock to this desert oasis to indulge in a wealth of outdoor activities, from hiking in the stunning McDowell Sonoran Preserve to golfing on world-class courses. The city’s vibrant arts scene, upscale shopping districts, and delectable dining options ensure there’s always something exciting to explore. Plus, with its renowned spa resorts and wellness centers, Scottsdale provides the perfect environment for relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether you’re seeking an active winter retreat or a tranquil haven, Scottsdale caters to the diverse needs and preferences of snowbirds, making it a coveted destination to bask in the sunshine and leave the snow behind.

GoodNight Stay features nearly 100 premium Arizona vacation rentals, including homes in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix, as well as an assortment of beautiful rentals north of Scottsdale in Fountain Hills and Cave Creek, all perfect for snowbirds looking to escape the winter months. We’ve compiled 5 of our top Scottsdale area rentals that would be a great homebase for those looking to stay for longer periods. Browse our featured Scottsdale snowbird rentals below, or visit our main search to view all of our Arizona vacation rentals. We look forward to hosting you! 

1. Scottsdale Chic Condo

Walk to Old Town Scottsdale!

Scottsdale Chic Condo covered balcony


Escape the winter chill and immerse yourself in the warm embrace of the 2 bed/2 bath Scottsdale Chic Condo. Situated just a stone’s throw away from Old Town Scottsdale, this stylish vacation rental is the ideal haven for snowbirds seeking a sun-drenched retreat within close proximity to Old Town. With its tasteful decor and modern amenities, the condo offers a comfortable and inviting space to call home during the winter months. Take leisurely walks to Old Town, where you can explore its charming boutiques, art galleries, and delectable dining options. Bask in the Arizona sunshine while lounging by the pool, or venture out to nearby golf courses for a round in the sun. The community amenities at this condo complex include a heated pool and spa, a community BBQ area, and a convenient laundry facility. With its central location and a plethora of nearby activities, this Scottsdale condo rental provides the perfect winter escape for snowbirds looking to trade the snow and cold for sun-soaked days and endless relaxation. *30+ day stays only.


2. Desert Diamond

Private Oasis in North Scottsdale 

Backyard fire pit and pool at Desert Diamond in Scottsdale

Experience the true winter luxury with a stay at Desert Diamond, a 4 bed/2 bath vacation rental in an exclusive gated community in North Scottsdale. This remarkable home is the perfect retreat for those seeking solace from the cold winter months. Nestled amidst Scottsdale’s desert landscape, it provides a tranquil escape with a spacious layout, beautiful outdoor living spaces, and exquisite furnishings. With 4 bedrooms, you’ll have plenty of room for friends or family to come visit during your winter stay. Desert Diamond boasts a heated pool and spa (and an outdoor fire pit), inviting you to spend time outside while surrounded by the breathtaking desert vistas that North Scottsdale offers. With hiking trails nearby and proximity to North Scottsdale’s top-notch golf courses, you’ll find endless opportunities to get outside in the mild winter climate. Embrace the Arizona sunshine and savor al fresco dining in the expansive outdoor living area. Desert Diamond is the perfect place to call home for a few months, promising an unforgettable winter experience in the heart of Scottsdale’s natural beauty. *31+ day stays only


3. Valley View Villa

Resort-Style Backyard with a Heated Pool

Backyard with pool and views at Valley View Villa in Scottsdale

Snowbirds, your perfect winter escape awaits at the Valley View Villa, a 6 bed/3 bath house rental in North Scottsdale. This luxurious vacation rental is tailor-made for those seeking the ultimate retreat from the winter cold. With its resort-style backyard featuring a heated pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, expansive outdoor dining area, and lush surroundings, you’ll be able to bask in the Arizona sunshine year-round. This spacious villa offers ample room for friends and family, with a fully equipped kitchen for preparing home-cooked meals and a cozy fireplace for cool desert evenings. Located in the heart of Scottsdale, you’ll have easy access to world-class golf courses, hiking trails, and the vibrant arts and culture scene. Embrace the snowbird lifestyle in style and comfort at Valley View Villa, where every day is a sun-soaked adventure in the breathtaking desert landscape of Scottsdale. This Scottsdale rental allows stays of 3 nights or more, but 30+ day stays are accepted as well. 


4. Paradise Palms

Private Pool in Old Town Scottsdale

Paradise Palms vacation rental pool

Couples or families seeking a rejuvenating vacation rental in Scottsdale need look no further than Paradise Palms, an Old Town Scottsdale rental with 4 beds and 2 baths. While this charming vacation rental allows rentals of 3+ nights, it’s the perfect choice for a winter getaway of a month or more, because of its incredible backyard, welcoming decor, and great location. Paradise Palms is also dog-friendly, so your whole family can come stay. With a private pool and large, inviting outdoor living spaces, you can enjoy the mild winter weather, soaking up the sun by day and stargazing by the firepit at night. Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale near the McCormick Ranch area, you’ll have easy access to the city’s vibrant cultural scene, upscale dining, and boutique shopping. Inside, you’ll find a cozy and stylish interior with all the amenities you need for a comfortable and memorable stay. It also has an EV charging station as an added bonus for those traveling to Scottsdale with an electric vehicle. Create lasting memories together in this Scottsdale paradise, where the winter season is the perfect refuge for those looking to escape colder climates.


5. Sun Daze

Just Minutes to Old Town

Backyard pool at Scottsdale lagoon

Nestled in the heart of Scottsdale, the 5 bed/4 bath Sun Daze vacation rental is an ideal choice for a winter getaway that promises relaxation and convenience. With its tranquil surroundings and close proximity to Old Town Scottsdale, this rental offers the perfect way to escape the winter chill. The lagoon-style pool and outdoor living area provide the perfect setting to soak up the Arizona sun, creating a great homebase for those seeking a warm and inviting winter rental. Inside, you’ll find a comfortable and well-appointed space, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring Scottsdale’s hiking trails, golf, upscale dining, and great shopping areas. There’s also a pool table, providing fun entertainment inside, as well as a large kitchen and dining area for those looking to entertain or cook gourmet meals. Whether you’re a snowbird seeking a winter refuge, or you’re simply looking for a warm weather retreat, the Sun Daze promises a delightful and rejuvenating stay in the heart of this charming desert city.


Nashville, Tennessee is a vibrant and exciting destination that attracts travelers from around the world. When planning your visit to this music mecca, whether it be for work or play, choosing the right accommodation is crucial for an unforgettable experience. The Hyve is one of Nashville’s newest high-end condo complexes, offering 1, 2, 3, and 4-bedroom short term rentals paired with luxury building amenities, expansive city views, and refreshing modern decor. GoodNight Stays manages several condo rentals at The Hyve, making it a perfect option for group or corporate travel when multiple condos need to be booked together. The Hyve is also the perfect accommodation choice for Nashville bachelor/bachelorette parties, business travelers, or couples or families simply looking to explore the city. Regardless of your reason for visiting Music City, The Hyve stands out as a prime short-term rental choice. Find out why below!

1. Unbeatable Location

Nashville Skyline from Hyve Condo Building

Situated in the Pie Town neighborhood of Nashville, The Hyve is just minutes from Broadway, the Gulch (a trendy district known for upscale dining and vibrant nightlife), and downtown Nashville. This iconic neighborhood offers a unique blend of history and charm, featuring tree-lined streets, vintage architecture eclectic shops, art galleries, and vibrant street life. Its quirky name originates from a historic bakery, and to this day, it remains a beloved culinary hub with a mix of charming cafes, eateries, and bakeries. Walk out the building and stroll to some of the city’s best live music venues, where you can enjoy the soulful melodies that make Nashville the Music City capital! Savor delicious cuisines at nearby restaurants or explore the eclectic mix of shops and boutiques in the area. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, the arts, or simply enjoying great food and live music, you’ll find plenty to do in the vicinity of Pie Town, and staying at The Hyve puts you right in the middle of it all. 

2. Luxurious Comfort

Luxury bedroom at The Hyve condo rentals in Nashville

When you book a stay at The Hyve, you’re not just booking a place to sleep – you’re securing a luxurious home away from home. These thoughtfully designed, brand-new accommodations offer open floor plans with spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens, and stylish modern decor that exudes contemporary Nashville charm. It’s the perfect blend of comfort and sophistication. Oversized windows bathe The Hyve’s living spaces in abundant natural light and work in perfect harmony with Nashville’s skyline backdrop. The expansive private terraces are the perfect place to relax, share a coffee or a cocktail, or entertain. The attention to detail is evident throughout our Hyve Nashville vacation rentals, with designer furnishings and custom accents adding a touch of elegance around every corner. Each unit is uniquely decorated and furnished, allowing guests to pick a condo that fits their vibe best! Whether you have your eye on an expansive top-level presidential suite, or a stylish ground-floor pad that offers easy access to the pool and communal patio area, you will truly be delighted, and you may not want to leave!

3. Amenities Galore

Hyve Nashville community spaces

The Hyve is loaded with an array of high-end amenities, both inside and out. Outdoor amenities include an elevated pool deck with comfortable lounge chairs, cabanas, and umbrellas – just perfect for hot summer days in Nashville (open seasonally from May to October). The communal outdoor gathering area just off the pool features luxe chairs, a firepit, BBQ grills and an outdoor kitchen area – the perfect place to unwind or entertain. Challenge your companions to a friendly game of outdoor ping pong, or kick back in the inviting lounge areas around the firepit on cooler winter nights. 

Indoor amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center with weights and peloton equipment, so that you can stick to your exercise routine during your stay. The community lounge space offers abundant, comfortable seating, tables, a bar/kitchen area, and a patio with Nashville city views. Parking is easy, with first-come first-serve in the on-site garage. Additionally, each Hyve rental is equipped with smart tv’s, wifi, and a washer and dryer. You’ll have everything you need to make your stay comfortable and exceptional!

4. Perfect for Group Accommodations or Regular Travel

Outdoor lounge area at Hyve Nashville

With the range of condo sizes, layouts, decor, and amenities, The Hyve really is perfectly suited for a variety of types of travelers. Couples will feel right at home in the 1 bedroom Hyve condos, with comfortable bedding, inviting living spaces, and easy access to everything Nashville has to offer. For the working traveler or corporate groups on a business trip, The Hyve offers the perfect blend of technology, convenient work spaces, and communal areas so that guests can easily work from their condo, or gather with co-workers for meetings and unwinding after a long day. Friend groups and bachelor/bachelorette parties will absolutely love the pool and BBQ areas, as well as the group-friendly layouts with plenty of bedding configurations, and open living areas to enjoy time together. Browse our Hyve rentals for your next trip to Nashville – you will not be disappointed! 

5. Elevate Your Experience with GoodNight Stay

When you book a Hyve vacation rental, or any of the vacation rentals offered through GoodNight Stays, you’ll be able to take advantage of a curated selection of preferred vendors and concierge services that will take your stay to the next level. Our Nashville guests staying at The Hyve will get access to Life Concierge Solutions, offering first-hand knowledge of Nashville from a local’s perspective. This concierge service can answer all of your questions and make recommendations on places to eat and things to do while you are in Nashville. They can even tailor their suggestions based on your preferences and can accommodate any traveler – bachelorette and bachelor parties, families with children, couples, birthday celebrations, small groups, large groups, and more! And if you’re planning a special celebration like a bachelor/bachelorette party, we offer several partners that will take your celebration to the next level. Check out Got Your Bash, Guys Trip, Bach Babes, Glam Up, Music City Brunch, Monsoon Moon Yoga, and more!

Exploring Scottsdale’s Holiday Magic

As the air gets crisper and snow starts to fall in some regions, why not head to the desert for a Thanksgiving to remember? November is a beautiful time of year in Arizona, and for those that live in the northern states, spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Scottsdale is a welcoming change. Thanksgiving unveils a unique charm in the Scottsdale area, with slightly cooler temps, fewer crowds, and the start of the wonderful holiday season. While many people associate the holidays with home and hearth, a Thanksgiving getaway to Scottsdale offers a delightful twist to the traditional celebration. Here are just a few reasons why visiting Scottsdale over Thanksgiving is a decision you won’t regret:

Perfectly Pleasant Weather

The weather in Scottsdale over the Thanksgiving holiday is typically very pleasant, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to mid-70s, and sometimes even warmer. Late November in Arizona is a nice respite from the heat of the summer, with temperatures perfect for days by the pool, hikes in the surrounding mountains, golf, cycling, and more. It truly is an ideal destination for those seeking a break from colder climates. The city’s unique blend of desert beauty and urban sophistication adds a special touch to the holiday season.

Thanksgiving Activities and Events

Scottsdale hiking trail

Whether you’re interested in holiday-themed events for your Scottsdale vacation, or you’re simply looking to relax and explore the desert, there is plenty to do over the Thanksgiving long weekend. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Outdoor Adventures: Scottsdale’s beautiful desert surroundings beckon outdoor lovers. Go for a hike in McDowell Sonoran Preserve or up the popular Camelback Mountain, or take a leisurely horseback ride to soak in the tranquil desert landscapes. Scottsdale also boasts numerous world-class golf courses. Take advantage of the pleasant weather in November and get outside with friends or family.
  2. Desert Botanical Garden: The Desert Botanical Garden in nearby Phoenix offers 55 acres of desert botanical splendor, showcasing just how colorful and unique desert flora can be. It also features a special exhibit that starts the day after Thanksgiving – Las Noches de las Luminarias. Enjoy an evening filled with sparkling luminarie-lit trails and twinkling holiday lights, along with musical performances, entertainment and festive food and drinks. 
  3. Tour the Holiday Lights Around Town: Scottsdale really puts on a show for the holidays, and there’s just something special about seeing cacti lit up with colored lights. From the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park to Scottsdazzle in Old Town, to ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo, there are a variety of stunning light shows you can go view. This is a great way to kick off the holiday season and get in a festive mood!  
  4. Turkey Trot: The Phoenix Turkey Trot offers a 1-mile Gobble dash for the little ones, or a 5k or 10k scenic routes through downtown Phoenix. The event is hosted at Wesley Bolin Plaza on Thanksgiving Day, with the festivities kicking off at 7:30am. Don’t forget to dress up for a chance to win awards!
  5. Thanksgiving Dinner at the Zoo: Experience a unique Thanksgiving dinner at the Phoenix Zoo, where you can enjoy a delicious meal while surrounded by stunning wildlife exhibits.

Where to Enjoy a Thanksgiving Meal

There are many Scottsdale hotels and restaurants that serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal or a special prix-fixe menu for the holiday. Another favorite way to spend Thanksgiving is going to a special holiday brunch at one of the many local hotels and restaurants. We’ve included just a small selection of some of our favorite places in Scottsdale for a Thanksgiving holiday meal, but there are dozens more to choose from!

Outdoor dining in Scottsdale for Thanksgiving

  1. The Mission: Renowned for its modern Latin cuisine, The Mission often serves a delectable Thanksgiving menu with a Southwestern twist.
  2. Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn: This upscale restaurant offers a traditional Thanksgiving feast with a touch of Arizona flair. Enjoy a sumptuous meal in a charming, hacienda-style setting.
  3. Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen: Located in the heart downtown Scottsdale, Tommy V’s serves a delicious prixe-fixe dinner for Thanksgiving that’s a bit different from the norm. If you’re not tied to turkey and mashed potatoes, Tommy V’s is a fun option.
  4. El Chorro: This fine dining restaurant has been a Paradise Valley landmark since 1937. They offer a wonderful Thanksgiving meal that can be enjoyed on their expansive patio with views of Camelback mountain, or inside for a cozier setting.
  5. T Cooks at Royal Palms Hotel: Treat your family and your tastebuds to a Thanksgiving Day meal that all will enjoy. Enjoy the beautiful historic grounds, take in the live music and indulge in flavorful dishes from their creative culinary team. T Cooks offers a Thanksgiving breakfast, prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner, and a Thanksgiving buffet. 

Where To Stay

Scottsdale vacation rental kitchen and living room

Staying in a Scottsdale vacation rental with friends and family over the Thanksgiving weekend means you get more quality time to spend together. Rather than being in separate hotel rooms, a vacation rental offers expansive living areas for lounging together as a group, watching football, playing games, and much more. Having a fully equipped kitchen makes it easier to enjoy group meals, so that every meal doesn’t have to be out at a restaurant. Or you can cook a Thanksgiving feast at your vacation rental if that’s your preference. Nearly all of our Scottsdale rentals also feature private pools, hot tubs, fire pits, and large outdoor spaces, allowing you to spend more time in the beautiful weather! Browse our selection of Scottsdale vacation rentals, and start planning your Thanksgiving trip to the desert. In addition to Scottsdale, Goodnight Stay also offers beautiful rentals in Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Chandler, Cave Creek, and Fountain Hills. 

Visiting Scottsdale over Thanksgiving is the perfect way to transform the holiday into a memorable adventure filled with unique experiences and beautiful surroundings. From outdoor adventures in the desert to savoring a delicious Thanksgiving meal with a Southwestern twist, Scottsdale has something special in store for everyone. This Thanksgiving, consider trading the traditional home-cooked meal for a holiday escape that’s sure to create lasting memories.

With its stunning desert landscapes, a vibrant food and nightlife scene, and luxurious vacation homes, Scottsdale truly is the perfect destination to host an event or celebration. Whether it’s a spirited bachelor/bachelorette party, a milestone birthday celebration, or a relaxing friend’s weekend getaway, Scottsdale offers a diverse range of options to suit every taste. GoodNight Stay offers luxury vacation rentals that can accommodate your entire group, and with our array of trusted celebration partners, we can help with your Scottsdale event and celebration planning, ensuring that your special weekend will be nothing short of extraordinary.

Enjoying pool party with friends

Choosing the Perfect Vacation Rental

The first step in planning your Scottsdale celebration is selecting the ideal vacation rental property. Goodnight Stay offers a range of luxurious options that can accommodate groups of varying sizes. From charming desert retreats to modern estates with breathtaking views, there’s something for every taste. Choose from properties with expansive private pools, hot tubs, fire pits, putting greens, game rooms, outdoor bars, and more – our Scottsdale vacation rentals are perfect for planning a memorable week or weekend. Take time to explore our collection and find a property that suits your celebration’s theme and guest list.

Plan The Perfect Activities

Of course there are so many fun activities to enjoy in Scottsdale, from hiking, to shopping, to dining on one of our many great outdoor patios. But Goodnight Stay has relationships with several Scottsdale activity and concierge companies that can really take your special weekend to the next level. These offerings include curated experiences and services tailored to your celebration’s needs. Whether you’re planning a milestone birthday, a romantic anniversary, or a family reunion, these offerings have you covered. 

Arizona Party Bike

Arizona Party Bike is the epitome of fun and camaraderie for any group looking to create lasting memories in Scottsdale. This unique and exhilarating experience combines pedal-powered transportation with a vibrant party atmosphere, making it an ideal addition to your celebration itinerary. As you and your friends pedal through the charming streets of Scottsdale, guided by a knowledgeable tour host, you’ll have the chance to explore the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, local hotspots, and scenic views. With onboard music and an energetic vibe, the Arizona Party Bike transforms any occasion – be it a bachelorette party, birthday celebration, or friends’ weekend – into an adventure full of laughter and joy. So, gather your group, hop on the Party Bike, and let the good times roll as you pedal your way to unforgettable memories in the heart of Scottsdale.

Photowalk Your Travel

Photowalk Your Travel takes the concept of capturing memories to a whole new level and is perfect for those seeking a unique celebration experience in Scottsdale. This immersive adventure allows you and your group to explore the Scottsdale’s hidden gems and iconic landmarks while being accompanied by a talented local photographer. As you stroll through our picturesque streets, the photographer will expertly capture candid moments and stunning portraits, ensuring that every laughter-filled instant is preserved in the most beautiful way. Perfect for a bachelorette party or a milestone birthday, Photowalk Your Travel is a party activity and a sightseeing tour rolled into one, promising memories that will last a lifetime.

Desert Dog

Desert Dog, a trusted partner of Goodnight Stay, brings an exciting dimension to your Scottsdale celebration weekend with their top-tier off-road vehicle tours. With a focus on providing exhilarating experiences amidst the breathtaking desert landscapes, Desert Dog allows you and your companions to explore the rugged beauty of Scottsdale like never before. From adrenaline-pumping UTV and ATV tours to guided desert excursions, their experienced guides lead you through trails that unveil the area’s unique flora, fauna, and geological wonders. Whether you’re seeking a heart-pounding adventure or a serene journey through nature, Desert Dog’s range of tour options ensures an unforgettable experience tailored to your preferences. 

Bring Your Vacation Rental to Life

Hire a Private Chef

Elevate your Scottsdale vacation rental experience to new culinary heights by indulging in the services of a private chef, courtesy of Goodnight Stay’s local partners. With the services of Private Chef William Turner or  “Take a Chef”, you have the opportunity to transform your stay into a gourmet delight. Private Chef William Turner, renowned for his culinary mastery, brings a blend of sophistication and creativity to your table, curating exceptional dining moments that mirror the uniqueness of your celebration. “Take a Chef” offers a personalized dining experience in the comfort of your rental, allowing you to choose from an array of expert chefs who craft custom menus to tantalize your taste buds. From intimate dinners to lively gatherings, these private chefs ensure that your Scottsdale celebration has delectable flavors and impeccable service, making your stay truly unforgettable.

Bring Cabana Boys or Cabana Girls to the Party

Ladies enjoying a bachelorette party with the Cabana Boys

Infuse some flair into your Scottsdale party by enlisting the services of Cabana Boys or Cabana Girls. These skilled and charismatic men and ladies will liven up any celebration, ensuring that your guests are pampered and entertained throughout the event. They’ll pour cocktails, help with drinking games, play DJ, keep the pool area clean, take photos, and be your arm candy, transforming your gathering into an exclusive and vibrant affair. The Cabana Boys and Cabana Girls are the perfect addition to Bachelorette/Bachelor Parties, friends trips, or birthday celebrations, and you’ll get $25 off as a GoodNight Stay guest!

Scottsdale Bachelorette Party Planning

The team at Scottsdale Bachelorette can take your bachelorette party in Scottsdale to a whole new level with their party planning services. They specialize in curating unforgettable experiences tailored to your unique preferences and desires. Whether you envision a glamorous night out on the town, a serene spa retreat, or a combination of thrilling activities, Scottsdale Bachelorette brings your dream celebration to life. By booking your home with GoodNight Stay and choosing Scottsdale Bachelorette as your official vacation party planner, you will have access to their pre-arrival concierge services including party decorating, fridge stocking, itinerary planning, and more. With insider knowledge of Scottsdale’s finest venues and entertainment options, Scottsdale Bachelorette crafts an itinerary that perfectly captures the spirit of your upcoming nuptials. By entrusting your bachelorette party to their expertise, you’re guaranteed a once-in-a-lifetime celebration that celebrates the bride-to-be in style and sophistication, all set against the vibrant backdrop of Scottsdale’s charm.

Monsoon Moon Yoga

Add a bit of serenity and wellness to your Scottsdale event by bringing Monsoon Moon Yoga to your vacation rental. Monsoon Moon Yoga offers a unique opportunity to enhance your vacation through in-home yoga sessions tailored to your group’s needs. They’ve got you covered with yoga mats, props, a certified instructor, and all the good vibes for your celebration. Start your day off with a calming session, an energy boosting vinyasa flow, or a cooling aqua yoga practice. Monsoon Moon Yoga also offers a Bachelorette Package, complete with a 1-hour yoga class and a full mimosa bar setup – the perfect way to elevate your party! 

Planning a celebration in Scottsdale becomes an extraordinary experience when you choose to partner with Goodnight Stay. Their luxurious vacation rentals, tailored Celebrations offerings, and collaboration with trusted partners ensure that your event will be nothing short of exceptional. From the picturesque desert backdrop to the meticulous attention to detail, your Scottsdale celebration will be a cherished memory for years to come.