Things to do in Phoenix with teens

Did you know that Scottsdale attracts more than 7.5 million tourists, and it is fourth on the list with most AAA top-rated hotels and resorts in the country? Phoenix and Scottsdale lay in the northern part of the Sonora desert and have great weather throughout the year, which results in big crowds of tourists.

Foreign visitors need ESTA Visa to get into the US, but there are no specific travel regulations other than easy to get travel authorization. The last substantial hiv travel restrictions were lifted in 2010, and infected people can enter the US without limitations. 

Best of Phoenix for teens

Teens are tough to satisfy, but one thing all generation loves is an amusement park. Castles N’Coasters have attractions like Sky Diver, Splashdown Falls, mini-golf, bumper boats, and an arcade. 

You can spend an adrenaline-filled afternoon in K1 Speed racing your youngsters around a go-cart track. Besides racing in electric carts, you can grab a meal at the premises. 

If you visit during the football season, watch sensational Kyler Murray and Arizona Cardinals on their huge stadium in Scottsdale. 

Summers tend to be extremely hot in Phoenix, and a great way to battle the desert heat is a water park. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor has a huge wave pool and giant slides with a couple of curves and drops.

If your kids like shopping malls, Desert Ridge is unbeatable. Entertainment, shopping, and dining hub with an excellent selection of trendy stores, a large arcade, and AMC movie theatre. 

There are many natural attractions around the city, like tours of the Sonora desert. One famous landmark is Hole in the Rock, an unusual rock formation on the end of a short trail, which could be a fun thing for the whole family.

Old Town Scottsdale gift shops

Scottsdale is both a standalone town but also considered a part of adjacent Phoenix. Scottsdale is often called “The West’s Most Western Town.” A prime example of this statement is Old Town Scottsdale with the Wild West’s looks and feels with historic buildings. The old West façade hides one of the premier shopping areas, and there are numerous gift shops you can browse. 

The best place for gourmet gits like dried fruit or nuts basket, craft beer, and wine can be found in Spinx Date Ranch. The shop dates back to 1951, and it is well known in town and around the country.

Old Town Candy and Toys sells classic toys like trains, puzzles, and airplanes. No toy shop can be successful without modern toys, and there is a great selection of picture books. You can go back in time and try some old-fashioned retro candy and sodas.

If you are looking for Arizona specific gifts and souvenirs, you can visit Bischoff’s Shades of the West. There is a great stretch of shops in 5th Avenue shops for visitors who want to shop in fashion and jewelry boutiques. You can also find the famous Bob Parks sculpture, and many dining places and bars.

Fun places to eat in Scottsdale 

La Hacienda is a premier Mexican restaurant with food made from local ingredients, and not in typical style. There are also more than 200 different tequila varieties. 

Hearth ’61 is among the top new restaurants, focusing on American cuisine and a wonderful view of nearby mountains. Sweet Dee’s is the ultimate location for deserts in Scottsdale, with a top offering in cruffins, a huge selection of cupcakes, doughnuts, and macarons. 

If you are looking for a healthy meal, Farm & Craft is the best place in Old Town Scottsdale. Kombucha, vegetables in almost every meal, and the use of gluten-free, organic ingredients is a great reference. 

In the northern part of the district, you can find Weft& Warp Art Bar and Kitchen. Local ingredients and an artistic approach to traditional American style meals is the perfect place for romantic dinner.

A chocolate tour of Scottsdale 

Chocolate lovers are a two and a half-hour walk through the best chocolate hotspots around Scottsdale. You will have a guide and will have plenty of opportunities to try delicious chocolate treats and cakes. The tour does not operate during summer due to the intense heat in the town. After various complimentary treats, you will finish the Classic Cakes Bakery tour, where you can try artistic cakes, tarts, and plenty of other chocolate products.

Make sure you have all the documents for visiting the US, like ESTA travel authorization. Passport validity for usa needs to have at least 30 days from the exit date, so ensure you have a valid document before embarking on the US trip.

Bottom line

Scottsdale and Phoenix are among the most visited tourist locations in the US. Warm weather, great natural attractions, plenty of things to do, and the Sonora desert outside of the city draw big crowds throughout the year.