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Old Town

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Located south of Indian School Rd and east of Scottsdale road, Old Town Scottsdale is easy to get to from the east loop of 101.

Visit "old west" art boutiques and shops, browse art galleries, dine in unique cafes or fine restaurants.

Old Town Scottsdale Arizona Authentic Native American artwork and hand crafted items, gourmet restaurants, southwestern jewelry and art, live music, city sculptures and restful parks await you in Old Town Scottsdale.

Ride the free trolley to see the area in its entirety (trolley stop shown in photo at right). The trolley runs throughout Old Town and makes a loop up to Scottsdale Fashion Square. If on foot, wear your walking shoes because the area covers several blocks.

Many buildings still in use were built in the early 1900's. While surrounded by modern urban living, this little piece of southwest history has been preserved.

The Scottsdale Mall park area provides an arts and crafts fair during spring. Listen to live music as you browse the booths.

See the area in comfort. The free trolley, with its polished wood interior, is a fun way to see the area. After getting a feel for what is available, re-visit your favorite discoveries on foot.

There are close to 100 different places to dine in the downtown and old town districts, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and numerous art galleries, including the Thursday night ArtWalk (see links below). The entertainment district offers bars, lounges, nightclubs, and live theater.

There are many fine arts and crafts fairs. The one I enjoy each year is the Scottsdale Arts Festival. Fabulous artwork, good food and music that invites dancing help make the day fun for the entire family. The location is 7380 2nd Street in Scottsdale. Free parking and free trolley is available, but there is a fee for the event. For more information, see "resources" below.


Arizona Farmers' Markets: Old Town Scottsdale

Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art

Scottsdale ArtWalk

Scottsdale Arts Festival

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Old Town Scottsdale Arizona
Scottsdale Mall
Trolley Old Town Scottsdale Arizona
Scottsdale Trolley
Old Town Scottsdale Arizona
Roadside Garden


From the east loop of 101 (see map above), take the Indian School Road exit. Go WEST on Indian School. Old Town is located to the south of Indian School between Scottsdale Road and Drinkwater Blvd. Main Street and Brown Avenue mark the center of Old Town.

Visit for more information.

accessible travel

Plan to ride the FREE trolley that connects the Fashion Square area to Old Town Scottsdale. The trolley runs by each stop every 10 minintes between 11 AM and 9 PM daily and contains space aboard for wheelchair seating. Handicap parking is available throughout the area.

Refer to Accessible Travel for more information on accessible travel.

travel with children Children
Many stores contain fine art and jewelry, but there is a large assortment of stores with "treasures" for children to discover. Parks provide places to play. Dining ranges from casual and "family friendly" to very formal.

Refer to Traveling With Children for more information on travel with children.

travel with pets Pets
Although your leashed pet might enjoy walking around the area and playing in the local parks, being excluded from shops and restaurants could present a problem. NEVER leave a pet unattended in a vehicle.

Refer to Traveling With Pets for more information on pet travel.

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