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Fiesta Bowl w/ 13 year old where stay? Scottsdale too far?

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Fiesta Bowl w/ 13 year old where stay? Scottsdale too far?

Husband and I are heading to Fiesta Bowl. We are staying for a few days and want activities for our 11 and 13 year old to do. Is Scottsdale the best place to stay? If not where and which hotel?

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1. Re: Fiesta Bowl w/ 13 year old where stay? Scottsdale too far?

Scottsdale would be a better place to stay for activities for the kids. There are some good hotels near the stadium, but not a lot of activities for kids. There is a great science museum downtown in Phoenix, a railroad park in Scottsdale, and other interesting things depending on your interests. There are several "cowboy" steakhouses which can be fun for all, Pinnacle Peak and Rustlers Roost among them. Attractions are fairly scattered around the area. A "don't miss" is the Heard Museum downtown with superb exhibits of native art, culture and history, and an area especially for children.

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2. Re: Fiesta Bowl w/ 13 year old where stay? Scottsdale too far?

Hi Victoria B - and welcome to the TA forums!

I agree with above - it's not too far and there are generally more activities near Scottsdale. In addition to those mentioned for indoor ideas I'd suggest the Musical Instrument Museum and Butterfly Wonderland. If you come early you could attend the Fiesta Bowl Parade - it's on 12/28, the Saturday before the game. The New Year's Eve Block Party in Tempe has a family section. Also, Zoo Lights is great!

As for hotels - do you want a resort type setting or a hotel that's conveniently located? There's a lot to choose from - let us know and we'll try to help.

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3. Re: Fiesta Bowl w/ 13 year old where stay? Scottsdale too far?

Our neighbors went to Butterfly Wonderland with their grandkids the day after Thanksgiving. They thought it very pricey for what you get to see and do.

Try Goldfield Ghost Town in Apache Junction for an interesting time for all and then continue to Tortilla Flat for a great lunch in a fun, quirky place.



Our Grand-kids love both places as do most of our visitors. Doing this will take the better part of a day.

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4. Re: Fiesta Bowl w/ 13 year old where stay? Scottsdale too far?

Scottsdale is about a half hour to 45-minute drive from the stadium on the 101, depending on traffic and where you choose to stay in Scottsdale. Old Town/Downtown Scottsdale has good access to the 101 plus is compact so you can walk around to the various shops, galleries, cafes and the mall. It has several hotels and motels in various price ranges. Check the Scottsdale hotel listings here on Trip Advisor, but be advised thee is going to be a rush for reservations.

The Phoenix Zoo, with Zoo Lights, and the Desert Botanical Garden, which is holding luminaria nights, are close by. As is the Stillman Railroad Park, which is an amusement park plus Holiday decorations. There are numerous places throughout Scottsdale with Holiday displays.

The Musical Instrument Museum is a rare treat for all ages. The Science Museum in downtown Phoenix is a good place, and you might enjoy a tour of Chase Field, an enclosed baseball park.

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