Best Things To Do At Lake Pleasant

Booked a GoodNight Stay, but unsure of what to do? Just an hour away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Scottsdale, nestled amidst the picturesque Sonoran Desert lies Lake Pleasant, an unexpected gem offering a plethora of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Beyond its shimmering waters and sprawling landscapes, Lake Pleasant boasts an array of nighttime adventures that promise to leave visitors awe-inspired. From stargazing under the vast Arizona skies to embarking on moonlit scorpion hunts, the possibilities for nocturnal exploration are as boundless as the desert horizon.

Stargazing with Saguaro:

There’s something magical about the tranquility of Lake Pleasant as night falls, making it the perfect setting for stargazing. Thanks to Maricopa County Parks, visitors can partake in this celestial experience with the aid of telescopes provided onsite. Underneath the canopy of stars, families can marvel at the moon, planets, and deep space wonders like star clusters and galaxies. Simply bring your own chairs and snacks, and prepare for an evening of cosmic discovery.

Paqua Park

At Scorpion Bay Marina on Lake Pleasant, stands the epitome of aquatic excitement and family-friendly adventure that is Paqua Park. Dubbed “Arizona’s Hottest Boating Oasis,” the giant inflatable obstacle course beckons visitors with its promise of non-stop fun and refreshment under the desert sun. With over 7,000 square feet of inflatable attractions, including thrilling slides and bouncy inflatables, guests are invited to dive into a world of excitement where they can run, jump, slide, and bounce to their heart’s content. Whether seeking an adrenaline rush or a leisurely escape, Paqua Park offers the perfect respite, allowing visitors to cool off, unwind, and create unforgettable memories amidst the picturesque backdrop of Lake Pleasant’s azure waters and unblemished desert landscape.

Moonlight Scorpion Hunting:

For those craving a more adventurous nighttime pursuit, moonlight scorpion hunting offers an exhilarating experience. Armed with blacklights and a sense of curiosity, participants can venture into the desert terrain surrounding Lake Pleasant in search of these elusive creatures. Guided and self-guided tours provide the opportunity to observe scorpions in their natural habitat, offering an educational and thrilling activity suitable for the whole family.

Water Sports by Pleasant Water Sports

From thrilling jet skis to indulgent Yachtuzzi Boats, Pleasant Water Sports offers a range of rental activities friends, families, or even a single visitor can enjoy. You can choose to roam and enjoy the breeze on the water on a jet ski. You might want to do something more tranquil, and reconnect with your body as you paddle down the lake surrounded by the Sonoran landscape. Or you could choose to treat yourself and rent a Yachtuzzi boat – your own personal floating spa complete with heated water and Bluetooth stereo. However you choose to spend your time at Lake Pleasant, you are guaranteed to fall in love for the beautiful vistas surrounding you.


With its abundant waters teeming with life, Lake Pleasant is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. Whether by boat or along the shoreline, anglers can cast their lines in pursuit of various species that inhabit these depths. The presence of a floating bridge along the Pipeline Canyon Trail adds an additional dimension to the fishing experience, providing access to prime spots depending on seasonal lake levels. From amateur outings to professional tournaments, Lake Pleasant hosts a myriad of fishing events throughout the year, catering to anglers of all skill levels.


Where to Stay

Located just a stone’s throw away from the excitement is your Scottsdale GoodNight Stay. Providing a convenient and comfortable base for your adventures, your GoodNight Stay will only make a great outdoor day even better. After a day of exploration, retreat to the tranquility of your home-away-from-home, recharging your energy for another day of unforgettable experiences in Arizona.