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Visit These Family-Friendly Attractions in Scottsdale for Free!

There are so many amazing ways to spend an afternoon in Scottsdale it’s hard to know where to start. In this article, we give you a list that will fill up your day and help maximize your experience while visiting our beautiful city. Take advantage of these attractions’ free admission days to enjoy all that Scottsdale has to offer without breaking the bank. 

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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Filling up your day with culture is a must while visiting Scottsdale and admission to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is free all day every Thursday, as well as the second Saturday of the month. And as an added bonus, whenever you visit the museum the viewing of James Turrell’s incredible “Knight Rise” installation is always free! 

The Desert Botanical Garden

If getting outdoors is your thing then you might want to explore one of the world’s most beautiful collections of arid-land plants for free on the second Tuesday of every month at the Desert Botanical Garden! Take a wonderful hike through the Garden’s five thematic trails, including the “Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert Loop” and the “Desert Wildflower Loop.” And make sure to peruse the Garden’s gift shop or take in the seasonal Butterfly Exhibits.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa

When visiting Scottsdale feel free to come and enjoy authentic Native American dance performances Fridays at 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa absolutely free. Hosted by seven-time World Hoop Dance Champion Derrick Suwaima Davis, the Living Traditions Dance Troupe invites you to explore several of Arizona’s Native American tribes through dance, storytelling, and music. (September thru May).

Scottsdale’s ArtWalk

ArtWalk is the perfect chance to take in some of Scottsdale’s art culture. The galleries of the Scottsdale Arts District stay open late every Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for people to meander through, a tradition that has been going on for more than 45 years. Enjoy the festive atmosphere while exploring art in a variety of genres by both local and international artists.

Scottsdale Rodeo Museum 

The Scottsdale Rodeo Museum offers visitors a chance to see classic rodeo artifacts and memorabilia dating back to 1953. The museum includes bull ropes, saddles, original Parada del Sol posters, and much more for the whole family to enjoy. Open November through May. Entry is free although they do accept donations.

Fiesta Bowl Museum

Located right down in the heart of the Scottsdale Waterfront, this museum celebrates some of the greatest moments in Fiesta Bowl history. If you’re a football fan you definitely do not want to miss getting a chance to see their collection of all 128 FBS team helmets and much more. Entry is free although they do accept donations.

Heard Museum

Admission is free on the first Friday of the month (except March) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at this museum which celebrates the diverse cultures of the Native Americans of the Southwest. Providing visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, this world-renowned museum is a must visit. 

Free Concerts

And watch for free concert events throughout the summer at both Desert Ridge Marketplace and McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Where local musicians perform under a blanket of stars. 

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