Certainly you don’t need to look hard for fun family activities in Scottsdale. You can hike, bike, swim, take a tour, golf or hang out. But if your kids will want a little something different, there are a few choices.

Take the kids to the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, where you can take a ride on a miniature train or ride an antique carousel. You can look at train exhibits or play on the playground. You might enjoy a little snack or pick up a souvenir in the general Store. Perhaps, best of all, admission is free and train rides are $2.

For solid Western fun, head for Rawhide Wild West Town to the late 1800s and live like a cowboy. You can pan for gold, scale a cliff, ride a horse, or even dodge bullets. If you’re in Scottsdale at the right time of year, you can enjoy a Sundown Cookout, which includes dinner, Old West stories, live music, and more. Otherwise, head for the steakhouse, where you can enjoy a famous grilled steak.

Finally, don’t overlook the most popular activities in Scottsdale – being outside and enjoying the beauty of the desert. You might take a Jeep tour of the Sonoran Desert, or go mountain biking (find a less bumpy trail if young children will be with you), or take a drive to visit the Out of Africa Wildlife Park.

For more ideas on family travel in Scottsdale, visit the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau web site. They recently launched a new Family Friendly section that includes family itineraries, fun places for kids to eat, desert fun facts, a coloring book, and much more!