Scottsdale, Arizona, offers family travelers plenty of activities and events this spring.
Arts and Culture
Check out Desert Botanical Garden’s spring concert series. Held on Fridays through May, Music in the Garden features acts across a variety of musical genres. The free Scottsdale ArtWalk takes place every Thursday evening, 7–9 p.m. Galleries stay open late to host special exhibitions, artist demonstrations and live entertainment. Taliesin West hosts a happy hour twice a month through May. Sunsets & Sips admission includes one drink ticket and access to exhibition spaces.
Scottsdale is home to more than 800 restaurants for family travelers to explore. Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale hosts special spring dinners. Under the Stars Chef’s Table Dinner takes place April 21. Belle’s Nashville Kitchen offers Nashville-inspired bites and drinks. Try the Bourbon, Boots and Belle’s experience with signature food and drink options. Cloth & Flame hosts immersive, farm-to-table private dining experiences. Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market takes place Saturday mornings. More than 100 local vendors offer local goods from fresh produce and seasonal flowers to local honey and tamales. Times vary by season.
Head to McDowell Sonoran Preserve for time in the great outdoors. The preserve boasts more than 225 miles of trails for hikers and mountain bikers of all skill levels. Visit ADERO Scottsdale Resort for prime stargazing opportunities. The resort is located in a certified Dark Sky Community.
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As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Does your road trip crew include young kids? We’ve been there, too, and know keeping everyone busy and entertained makes those long stretches of interstate much more peaceful.
In the market for new luggage? If you’re outfitting your entire family of travelers, you may want to check out some new offerings available at Target from travel brand Atlantic. Atlantic’s new line focuses on making travel more convenient with kiddos, and includes seven pieces to choose from, all made with durable, lightweight, sustainable materials (each item is made from up to 27 recycled plastic bottles).
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Norwegian recently launched the newest addition to its fleet, Viva, with a spectacular debut earlier this month. The ship, launched from Trieste, Italy, and finishing its inaugural run in Lisbon, Portugal, is the second in its Prima Class of ships, set to give family travelers the ultimate vacation experience.