Orange Tree Resort, a Shell Vacations Club Resort: Area Travel Guide for Scottsdale, Arizona
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Orange Tree Resort

10601 North 56th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Phone: (480)948-6100

Area Travel Guide

Museums | Family Fun Parks | Shopping | Sports | Theater

Scottsdale is known as a world-class golf destination. Its desert beauty and abundance of year-round activities and cultural attractions make it a popular all-around vacation destination. Nearby horseback riding and cycling trails are popular alternatives.

The crown jewel of Orange Tree is its celebrated Orange Tree Golf Course. Featuring over 6,000 yards of tranquil beauty and strategic challenges, the course offers challenge for players of all skill levels. Off the golf course, an array of recreational opportunities for the whole family include a swimming pool and hot tub, exercise facility, horseshoe pit, Ping Pong table and barbecue grills.

Shopping, fine dining and entertainment are abundant, as are numerous art galleries in downtown Scottsdale. Desert jeep tours, hot air balloon rides and day trips to the Grand Canyon and Sedona are perfect for adventure seekers. Wherever you go or whatever you do, the relaxing luxury of your suite is waiting when you return.

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Attractions & Museums

Check out the abundance of local attractions & activities that Phoenix has to offer. For those who want to venture outside of Phoenix, take on a day trip to visit some of these Arizona attractions.

Apache Trail/Superstition Mountains
Located at the base of the Superstition Mountains is the gateway to the Old West. The town features shops, Dynamite Mine, Lost Dutchman Museum, a steakhouse, jeep/helicopter tours and more.

Arizona Museum for Youth
A participatory fine arts center especially for young adults. 35 N. Robson St. 480.644.2467

Arizona Science Center
Big innovations and shows, including 350 hands-on exhibits, a 206 seat planetarium with a 60 foot dome, and a giant screen theater with an Iwerks projection system. 600 E. Washington St. 602.716.2000

Arizona Snowbowl
Located on majestic San Francisco Peaks, Arizona Snowbowl lies 14 miles outside of Flagstaff (approximately 2 hours from Phoenix) . The resort opened in 1938 and is one of the oldest, continually run ski areas in the US. And now, visiting Snowbowl from the Phoenix metro just got easier, through Desert Snow Connection. Desert Snow Connection makes skiing and snowboarding affordable & convenient for Phoenix visitors by offering coach transportation to Arizona Snowbowl from Phoenix plus the option to buy your lift tickets and bypass long lines. Visit and reserve your seat today.

Arizona State University
The fifth largest university in the U.S. serves about 44,255 students at three anchor campus locations throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. The university is a major provider of academic, cultural and social activities for Greater Phoenix.

Desert Botanical Garden
Located in the heart of Papago Park and bordered by Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe, the Garden's 145 acres showcase the Sonoran Desert and more than 20,000 plants representing 4,000 species. Open daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy. 602.941.1225

Grand Canyon
The North Rim features the virgin pine forest of the Kaibab Plateau and view-points 1,200 feet higher than those of the South Rim. The South Rim offers some of the best viewpoints and is located just a short distance from Grand Canyon Village. Breath-taking views of the Painted Desert, Colorado River, and the Marble Canyon are just some of the beautiful sites.

Heard Museum
Started in the 1920's by Dwight and Maier Heard with their private collection of Native American art and recently expanded to include multiple galleries, a cafe, auditorium, museum shop and bookstore, education center, courtyards and an amphitheatre. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 2301 N. Central Avenue 602.252.8848

House of Broadcasting, Inc. (Radio & Television Memorabilia)
Walk back in time with Arizona's radio and television legends. This museum offers a compendium of personalities and paraphernalia from this dynamic broadcast industry, preserving for all time Arizona's beginnings, for generations to experience and treasure for years come. Located at 7150 East 5th Avenue, 2nd floor of Santa Fe West. Free admission. Open Monday-Sunday, 10am to 6pm. 7150 E. 5th Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. 602.944.1997

London Bridge
London Bridge was falling down, and the economy in Lake Havasu City wasn't doing all that much better. So in 1968, a man who built an empire on chain saws decided his western Arizona kingdom could use a new old-fashioned bridge, buying London's for $2.46 million and transporting it to the desert. A tourist oddity was born.

Montezuma Castle
Visit Montezuma's Castle, a beautiful pre-historic Indian cliff dwelling. Located in Camp Verde, one hour north of Phoenix.

Out of Africa
A full day of excitement and fun! Nine great shows! Lions, tigers, leopards and even cougars all live together. Instead of tricks and routines, you will see the staff playing, swimming, and interacting with the exotic cats.

Papago Park
A spacious desert area with many facilities for entertainment and recreation. 56th Street & East Van Buren

Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Art Museum is the largest in the Southwest, with world-class exhibitions and a collection of over 17,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, modern & contemporary, and Western American art, and fashion design. Not to be missed are the Thorne Miniature Rooms of historic interiors, shopping in The Museum Store, and lunch in Art Museum Cafe by Arcadia Farms. The Museum presents a variety of public programs, including film showings, lectures, Family Sundays, gallery talks, and more. Free parking and barrier-free access. Closed Mondays. 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685. 602.257.1880

Phoenix Civic Plaza
An exciting, professional, high-quality, service oriented venue featuring 300,000 square feet of comfortable and economical convention, meeting, and special event space in an atmosphere conveying the history of the Southwest and the Arizona experience. 225 E. Adams. 602.262.6225

Phoenix Museum Of History
Interactive and revolving exhibits, programs for children, and displays probing such topics as famous Phoenix families, the city's first jail, early nutrition, and the survival secrets of the Hohokams. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m. 105 N. 5th Street 602.253.2734

Phoenix Zoo
Home to some 1,300 animals including 200 endangered or threatened birds, mammals, and reptiles from around the world. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 455 N. Galvin Pkwy. 602.273.1341

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park
Experience a prehistoric Hohokam Indian ruin. Outdoors you can explore a 2/3 mile (1km) interpretive trail featuring the archaeological site and walk through the Hohokam Houses exhibit with reconstructed homes. Inside the Land and the People exhibit tells the story of the ancient Hohokam. The changing gallery showcases exhibits on topics such as archaeology, southwestern cultures, and contemporary American Indian arts. Let your children discover the excitement of archaeology in our hands-on exhibit: Explore Archaeology. Exciting workshops, tours and events are available year round. The Museum Store features authentic Indian arts, books on the Southwest, and other unique items. 4619 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034-1909 877.706.4408 / 602.495.0901

An authentic replica of an entire 1880's Western town complete with gunfights, stagecoaches, gold panning, and an Old West museum. 5700 West North Loop Road, Chandler, AZ 85226-5186. 480.502.5600

Scottsdale Main Street Arts District
Explore contemporary art, architecture and design in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Located south of Indian School on Main Street and Scottsdale Road.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Located in Scottsdale's popular Old Town district, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) features the most compelling modern and contemporary art, architecture and design from around the globe. Designed by award-winning architect Will Bruder, SMoCA's minimalist building (an ingenious renovation of a former movie theater) includes a public "skyspace" by the acclaimed artist James Turrell (one of only a handful in the world), where visitors can experience the ever-changing light of the desert sky. SMoCA also presents a wide variety of changing exhibitions, educational programs and special events for adults and families. 7374 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-5604 480.994.278

Sunrise Park Resort
In the heart of Arizona's White Mountains is Sunrise Park Resort, Arizona's Premier ski destination. This recreational paradise offers a wide range of fun and exciting winter activities. Ski or ride on Sunrise's three mountains offering 65 runs promising adventure for skiers of any level. There is also a separate snowboarding area, cross country ski trails and a special children's "ski-wee" area. And now, visiting Sunrise from the Phoenix metro just got easier, through Desert Snow Connection. Desert Snow Connection makes skiing and snowboarding affordable & convenient for Phoenix visitors by offering coach transportation to Arizona Snowbowl from Phoenix plus the option to buy your lift tickets and bypass long lines. Visit and reserve your seat today.

Taliesin West
Taliesin West was built by Frank Lloyd Wright and his apprentices in the 1930s and was constantly expanded and modified by the architect until his death in 1959. Wright and his apprentices literally created Taliesin West out of the desert by gathering rocks from the desert floor and sand from the washes to keep the design in balance with the surrounding environment. The site, considered one of the Wright's greatest masterpieces, was designed to serve as Wright's personal home, studio and architectural laboratory. Today, visitors can choose from a broad range of tours that showcase Wright's brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor space.- Open during the winter months. 12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. 602.860.9810

Wildlife World Zoo
Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals up close and personal. Take a safari train ride through animal exhibits or visit the giraffe feeding station. 623.935.WILD

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Family Fun Parks

Roller coasters, bumper boats, go-carts, miniature golf, arcades, batting cages, modern driving ranges, waterslides, and wavepools can all be found at the Valley's many Family Fun Parks.

Castle & Coasters
9445 N Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, AZ 85051-1507
Cracker Jax
16001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254-2153
Wet 'n' Wild
4243 W Pinnacle Peak Rd 85027
Open seasonally May - September

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Arizona Center
Specialty shops, retail carts, and a food court arranged in an open air center. Many popular restaurants and nightclubs. 455 N. 3rd Street 602.949.4353

Arizona Mills
A 175-unit shopping, dining, and entertainment complex featuring many well-known outlets. I-10 & SR60. 602.491.9700

Biltmore Fashion Park
World-class shopping in a beautiful outdoor park setting. 24th Street and Camelback Road. 602.955.1963

Kierland Commons
Scottsdale's newest Shopping center! Enjoy great shopping, dining & entertainment all in an outdoor setting. 15205 N Kierland Blvd, Suite 150, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. 480.348.1577

Old Town Scottsdale
Shop along world-renowned 5th Avenue. More than 225 specialty shops featuring gifts, fashions, Native American handcrafts, home-furnishings, and open-air cafes. 7087 5th Avenue. 602.945.0962

Old Town Tempe
Mill Avenue between 3rd and 7th (just north of University) features specialty shops such as craft shops, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants.

Paradise Valley Mall
Includes four major department stores, a large food court, movie theaters, Costco and a public library. Cactus and Tatum Roads. 602.253.2959

Scottsdale Fashion Square
Arizona's foremost mall, featuring three levels of great shopping, dining and a multiplex cinema. Scottsdale Road at Camelback, Scottsdale. 7014-590 E. Camelback Rd. 602.990.7800

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For the sport enthusiast, Orange Tree Resort is the perfect location to take in a Diamondbacks game and follow the Cactus League the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Anaheim Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A's, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and Diamondbacks during Spring Training. Catch a game. Go golfing. Whatever your fancy, you'll find it in Phoenix.

Cactus League Baseball
Twelve Major League Baseball teams warm up under the Valley's sun during Arizona's Cactus League spring training in March and April.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks
    Tucson Electric Park
    2500 E. Ajo Way
    Tucson, AZ 85713
  • Chicago Cubs
    Hohokam Park
    1235 N. Center St.
    Mesa, AZ 85201
  • Chicago White Sox
    Camelback Ranch Stadium
    10710 West Camelback Rd.
    Glendale, AZ 85037
  • Cleveland Indians
    Goodyear Ballpark
    1933 South Ballpark Way
    Goodyear, AZ 85338
  • Colorado Rockies
    Hi Corbett Field
    3400 E. Camino Campestre
    Tucson, AZ 85716
  • Kansas City Royals
    Surprise Stadium
    15850 North Bullard
    Surprise, AZ 85374
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
    Tempe Diablo Stadium
    2200 W. Alameda Dr.
    Tempe, AZ 85282
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
    Camelback Ranch Stadium
    10710 West Camelback Rd.
    Glendale, AZ 85037
  • Milwaukee Brewers
    Maryvale Sports Complex
    3600 N. 51st Ave.
    Phoenix, AZ
  • Oakland Athletics
    Phoenix Municipal Stadium
    5999 E. Van Buren
    Phoenix, AZ 85008
  • San Diego Padres
    Peoria Sports Complex
    16101 N. 83rd Ave.
    Peoria, AZ 85382
  • San Francisco Giants
    Scottsdale Stadium
    7408 E. Osborn Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
  • Seattle Mariners
    Peoria Sports Complex
    16101 N. 83rd Ave.
    Peoria, AZ 85382
  • Texas Rangers
    Surprise Stadium
    15850 North Bullard
    Surprise, AZ 85374
  • Chase Field Ballpark
    The only sports facility in the world featuring a retractable roof, air conditioning, and a natural turf playing field, this unique venue is home to Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks. 401 E. Jefferson St. 602.465.6500

    Firebird Raceway A 1/4 mile NHRA sanctioned drag strip, a 1.1 mile lake for IHBA Drag Boat racing events, a 1.25 mile East Track, a 1.6 mile Firebird Course, a 1.1 mile West Track, the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, and Proformance Driving Events! 20000 Maricopa Rd., Chandler. 480.268.0200

    Glendale Arena Home to NHL's Phoenix Coyotes & the NFL's Arizona Cardinals 9400 W Maryland Ave. Glendale, AZ 85305 - 3114. 623.772.3200

    Golf Schools of Scottsdale Expert golf instruction is available at the resort .

    Phoenix Greyhound Park Beautiful, climate controlled facility with fine clubhouse dining, lounges, and fast food. 7:30 Nightly 3801 E. Washington. 623.273.7181

    Phoenix International Raceway Home of Phoenix's biggest race - NASCAR! Join the action and be part of fun & excitement. 7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale, AZ 85323. 623.463.5400

    Sun Devil Stadium Home to Arizona State University's football Sun Devil's. 602.965.2381

    Turf Paradise RaceCourse Enjoy live and simulcast racing in a paradise setting. Featuring casual and fine dining, family picnic park, and a sports bar. Live Racing Fri - Tue 12:30pm. 1501 W. Bell Rd. 602.942.1101

    US Airways Center Home to the NBA's Phoenix Suns, AFL's Arizona Rattlers, WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, NHL's Phoenix Coyotes, and a variety of family entertainment. 201 E. Jefferson Street. 602.379.7878

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    Celebrity Theatre Intimate 2650 seat theater in the round features concerts, corporate parties, and special events. No seat is farther than 75 feet from the stage. 440 N. 32nd St. 602.267.1600

    Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium Offering the best in performing arts from Broadway shows to concerts, dance, comedy, and more. Located on the campus of Arizona State University. Mill Ave. & Apache Blvd., Tempe. 480.965.5062

    Herberger Theater Center A two-stage complex featuring year-round music, drama and dance performances presented by six resident professional performing companies. 222 E. Monroe. 602.252.8497

    IMAX Theatre at Arizona Mills Arizona's first combination IMAX and IMAX 3-D theater. Images come to life on a screen more than six stories high. 5000 Arizona Mills Circle, Ste. 667. 602.945.IMAX

    Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center and Symphony Hall Phoenix's totally renovated convention and exhibition complex. Center for the performing arts and home of the Phoenix Symphony. 225 E. Adams. 800.ATC.IVIC

    Marquee Theatre Tempe's number one music venue. Popular bands both big and small cannot make it through Arizona without stopping here first. Formerly the Red River Music Hall. 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. 800.466.6779

    Union Hall 2000 seat historic auditorium adjacent to the Arizona Center. 512 E. Van Buren. 602.264.2455

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