Best Places To See in Scottsdale, AZ

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BUTTERFLY WONDERLAND

9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Since 2013

Botanical Gardens, Rainforest Reptile, 3D Theater, Butterfly Emergence Gallery, The Conservatory, Spineless Giants, Honey Bee Extravaganza, Tropical Waters of the World, Butterfly Treasures, Café, Gift Shop, Style Dining Area, Children's Activities, Children's Birthday Parties, Family Events, Weddings, Memorials & Kids Indoor Activity

Children 2 and under: Free Admission - 10% discount at the gift shop and café - Reduced pricing on birthday party packages - Discounts at select restaurants and retailers within OdySea in the Desert

Price: Adult (Ages 18-61) $19.95, Child (Ages 3-12) $12.95, Student (Ages 13-17) $17.95, Senior (Ages 62+) $17.95

info@butterflywonderland.com
butterflywonderland.com

Mon - Sun : 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

This place is AWESOME!! We went in right as it opened, which is the way to go. It's a little pricey at $19.95, but I think it was definitely worth it. You'll have to make several passes around to see the full spectrum of the butterflies they have (which vary seasonally). You need to be patient, too, as the butterflies won't always open their wings when it's slightly overcast. It's an indoor facility, and fairly humid inside, but the sun shines through.
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WESTERN SPIRIT: SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST

3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Since 2015

The Museum, Exhibitions, Events Calendar, Groups Tours, Private Use, Theater, Sculpture Courtyard, Field Trips, School Programs, Internships, Family Programs, Lectures and Films Programs, Weddings and Celebrations, Business Meetings, Educational Programs, Presentations, Event Spaces, Performances & Holiday Parties

Members and Children 5 and Under: Free Admission - 3,000 square-foot museum features the art, culture and history of 19 states in the American West including Arizona

Price: Adults $13, Seniors (65+) and Active Military $11, Students (Full-time with ID) and Children (6-17) $8

info@scottsdalemuseumwest.org
scottsdalemuseumwest.org

Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat : 9:30 am -5:00 pm Thu : 9:30 am - 9:00 pm Sun : 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon : Closed

This muesuem exceeded my expectations. Which is nice. The tour started out with an exhibit of a number of artist from the Santa Fe/Taos area. There six to seven paintings from each with a number of fantastic paintings. Also, on the first floor were numerous exhibits from the old west, including displays of guns, saddles, gambling and even handcuffs! As great as the paintings downstairs were, I liked the exhibits upstairs even more.
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SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

7374 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Since 1999

Museum, Exhibits, Theater, Educational Programs, Home School Programs, Families Programs, Adults Programs, Teachers and Students Programs, Camp Programs, Event Spaces, Performances, Holiday Parties, Scouts Programs, Event Rentals, Turrell Skyspace, Tours, Shop, Collections, Architecture & Art

SMOCA Members, 15 and Under, On Thursdays, After 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday: Free Admission - Provides a memorable experience of art, architecture and design by exploring new curatorial approaches and by highlighting cultural context

Price: $10 Adults & $7 Students

smoca@sccarts.org
smoca.org

Tue, Wed & Sun : 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Thu - Sat : 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Mon : Closed

Wonderful art museum! I had honestly resisted for several years (My parents live in Paradise Valley, and I visit a few times a year) because I didn't know what to expect. This December, I finally went on a Thursday, when they have free admissions, and it was incredible! The James Turrell piece was very meditative, particularly the subtle color and light shifts that happen over minutes and the dramatic shifts that happen over hours.
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