Attractions, Adventures & Shopping
To assist with your vacation planning, the Gainey Suites Hotel Guest Services Team has compiled a list of our some or our favorite nearby Scottsdale activities, Arizona Adventures, and just plain fun things to do.
For more recommendations or assistance with arranging tours, shopping excursions and recreational activities in and around Scottsdale, AZ, please talk to any member of our Guest Services staff.
The SHOPS Gainey Village
Keeping in harmony with the surrounding area of exclusive Gainey Ranch, The SHOPS Gainey Village offers a series of linked outdoor plazas and buildings reflecting an upscale “rustic village” atmosphere. Reminiscent of the historic roots of the original Gainey Ranch, the plazas also feature inviting pedestrian paving patterns with abundant landscaping.
The SHOPS Gainey Village offers a distinctive blend of upscale shops, boutiques, trendy eateries and fine dining establishments. Residents and visitors will find everything they need and all that they want at The SHOPS Gainey Village.
The SHOPS Gainey Village
8787 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85253
Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun: Noon-6pm
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
The spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. This new facility raises the bar for major league baseball spring training. Not only surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountain views in all of baseball, but perhaps the biggest and best spring training baseball facility in the country.
The unique layout of the campus puts fans on top of all the action and up close to their favorite players from the major leagues. All year long, fans will have many opportunities to interact with their favorite players from the home team Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies.
7555 North Pima Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
Unicorn Balloon Company & Adventures Out West
The oldest balloon company in the Valley offers the highest quality hot air balloon flights and other exciting activities, including Jeep tours, horseback riding and raft trips.
Roadrunner Desert Adventures
Four Wheelin' fun in the desert! Professional cowboys and guides take you out in the spectacular and captivating High Sonoran Desert. View a magnificent sunset, enjoy the natural wonders, and learn the desert lore.
Experience the magic of the lush Sonoran desert in the true spirit of the west. Enjoy endless saguaros and fascinating wildlife. Featuring guided horseback tours, hayrides, and cowboy cookouts.
Experience Arizona adventure tours created just for you! Arizona adventure tours by 360 Adventures take the worry out of exploring so you can focus on having fun. While Arizona features some of the world's best opportunities for canyoneering, rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking, exploring the state's outdoor attractions takes some planning.
Between figuring out where to go, picking the right routes, finding the best sights and having the proper equipment, you have a lot to consider before you can even think about having fun. Of course, once at your destination, safety becomes a priority as well. 360 Adventures takes the worry out of your next outing by providing you with the expert guides and equipment you need to experience Arizona's wilderness. Whether you want to hike the Grand Canyon, bike Sedona's red rocks or climb local landmarks in Phoenix, every detail is handled so all you have to do is show up.
Open Road Tours
Expand your adventure horizons! Tours of Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Featuring tours on the Verde Canyon and Grand Canyon Railways, helicopter tours, and raft floats on the Colorado River.
602-997-6474 or 1-800-766-7117
Verde Canyon Railroad
View spectacular scenery throughout the Verde Valley's unique and protected wilderness. Passengers have a unique opportunity to view Sinagua Indian ruins, a monocline fold, pass through a 680 ft. man-made tunnel, and traverse the North Verde River, home to a variety of endangered and endearing waterfowl and wildlife.
Verde Valley Wine Tour
The Verde Valley is host to many vineyards and wineries. The climate of the Page Springs area, cool nights with warm days (during the growing season) and the sloping hills, creek side estates and beautiful rustic appeal have helped to make it one of the premier wine tasting areas of the Valley. Trek out of the Page Springs area, though, and you will find grapes growing in Cottonwood, Jerome and Camp Verde. There's a great variety of grapes being grown in this region including Cab Franc, Syrah, Zinfandel, Malvasia and even a relatively unknown grape, Cab Pfeffer.
For a tasting trail, be sure to download the map provided. It's a beautiful drive. Be prepared to relax, enjoy the scenery and the company and above all savor the great wines!
Visit Verde Valley Wine Trail's Wine Tour Map
Grand Canyon Railway
Travel a century-old rail line aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway and arrive just steps from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Be entertained by cowboy characters, enjoy the tunes of strolling musicians, and be part of a mock train robbery as train travel from the early 1900s is recreated during the scenic 65-mile journey to the canyon.
Rawhide Western Town
A wild west adventure that is fun for the whole family! Enjoy the town and all Rawhide has to offer from the world-renowned Steakhouse & Saloon to our unique shops and a variety of attractions. We look forward to welcoming you to our 1880's western town full of fun, good eatin', great shopping, and a true taste of the Old West you'll not find anywhere else in Arizona. Rawhide is the perfect place to visit whether you are local, from out of town, or out of the country. Bring your family and friends, or bring out of town guests to experience a taste of life in the Old West! We know you'll be hankerin' to return time and again!
Wednesday – Sunday, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Admission to Rawhide is free*
Acres of free parking
Rawhide attractions require tickets. Click here for details on tickets.
For the comfort and safety of all visitors, Rawhide does not allow pets in Town. The only animals allowed in these parts are assistance pets.
*Some special events require an admission fee.
5700 West North Loop Road
Chandler, AZ 85226
The Musical Instrument Museum
MIM offers a shared experience of the history of musical instruments throughout the world. The space is bright and open, providing guests with a warm and comfortable environment.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday: 9:00 am.– 5:00 pm
Thursday and Friday: 9:00 am.–9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
MIM is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
Upcoming Performances & Events
Purchase Admission Tickets
General Admission: $18
Teens (ages 13-19): $14
Children (ages 4-12): $10
Children 3 and under: Free
4725 E. Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Arizona Science Center
The Science Center began its revitalization with the installation of IMAX technology in its Irene P. Flinn Theater, enabling the Science Center to feature outstanding films such as Deep Sea 3D, Grand Canyon Adventure 3D and The Polar Express. The all new Dorrance Planetarium includes a NanoSeam Dome and Digistar3 projection and sound capabilities, making Arizona Science Center the only science center or museum in the world with this technology. And the renovations continued through 2008 with the opening of Forces of Nature, My Digital World and Get Charged Up!, new permanent exhibition galleries that ensure Arizona Science Center remains a vital and relevant resource for our schools, teachers and family visitors.
Arizona Science Center is open daily 10 am - 5 pm except on Thanksgiving and Christmas days when the Center is closed.
Additional Local Attractions
- West World Events & Equestrian Center, Home of the "Barrett-Jackson Automobile Auction" and the "Arabian Horse Show" - 8.0 miles
- Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter - 5.4 miles
- The Borgata - 2.6 miles
- Scottsdale Fashion Square and Waterfront - 4.8 miles
- Scottsdale Municipal Stadium - 5.8 miles
- Tempe Diablo Stadium - 20.4 miles
- Hohokam Park - 16.3 miles
- Old Town Scottsdale & Arts District - 4.5 miles
- Scottsdale Center for the Arts - 4.5 miles
- Scottsdale Entertainment District - 4.3 miles
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin - 7.7 miles
- Coyotes Ice Den - 8.0 miles
- Rawhide Western Town at Wild Horse Pass - 28.3 miles
- Talking Stick Casino - 5.0 miles
- Chase Field, Home of the AZ DBACKS - 23.8 miles
- America West Arena-PHX SUNS - 23.7 miles
- Jobbing.com Arena-COYOTES HOCKEY - 38.6 miles
- University of Phoenix Stadium-AZ CARDINALS - 38.8 miles
- Heard Museum, Downtown Phoenix - 25.3 miles
- Arizona Science Museum - 23.3 miles
- Phoenix Zoo - 9.2 miles
- Phoenix Botanical Gardens - 9.3 miles
- Papago Park - 9.4 miles