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13 Best Scottsdale Resorts for Families

Scottsdale is one of the most family-friendly places to visit in Arizona because of the many activities available for travelers of all ages. There’s the Arizona Boardwalk with butterfly and aquarium attractions, the Desert Botanical Garden with thousands of desert plants, horseback riding opportunities, and charming parks. Old Town Scottsdale has a free trolley and lots of restaurants and shops, while there are many hiking trails around the city to get outside and active. There are also some amazing resorts with pools and activities to keep everyone entertained without even leaving your home base. Here are the best Scottsdale resorts for families to help you start planning your next vacation.

ADERO Scottsdale Resort ADERO Scottsdale Resort
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ADERO Scottsdale Resort

You’ll love ADERO Scottsdale Resort if you’re looking for modern conveniences and to experience the Sonoran Desert at one of Arizona’s most magnificent resorts. It offers a variety of rooms and suites to accommodate families, including the Dark Sky Corner Suites with 748 square feet of space and the option to connect to a double queen room next door. The resort has two pools, a spa, tennis and pickleball courts, and breakfast is available. There are pet-friendly rooms here and free Wi-Fi too. You can occasionally listen to live music, join a delicious brunch, or attend other events at the resort.

Key Amenities:

  • Multiple dining options, two pools, a wellness spa, tennis and pickleball courts, and a world-class fitness club

  • Regular live music events and happy hour at the on-site restaurant

  • Hiking trails right from the property

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
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The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Here’s a hotel that travelers of all ages will love, and it’s pet-friendly too. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is in the North Scottsdale area and is home to the Adventure Water Park, which has a flow-board simulator for surfing, a 110-foot waterslide, and one of the best lazy rivers in Arizona. Multiple onsite dining options are available, as well as golf and a spa. Children between the ages of four and 12 can join the Westin Family Kids’ Club and participate in activities like scavenger hunts and outdoor recreation. Bring the whole family to gather around the campfire and roast s’mores over an open fire pit on Friday and Saturday evenings. There’s also the OK Corral with lawn games, basketball, and seating areas for family fun.

Key Amenities:

  • Adventure Water Park with a flow-board simulator for surfing, a 110-foot waterslide, and a lazy river

  • Family-friendly amenities like lawn games, a kids club for children ages 4 to 12, and weekly events like campfires and s’mores and breakfast with the resident snakes

  • Events calendar full of exclusive and local art, music, and program-driven experiences

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

A great family-friendly place in Scottsdale and one of the city’s best spa resorts is the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, with its 2.5-acre water playground and three-story waterslide. It is a resort with its own spa so that adults can treat themselves to a personalized treatment too. The golf club here is one of the top-rated places to golf in the Southwest. There’s also a pool, fitness center, onsite restaurant, room service, and pet-friendly rooms. Each guest room has its own private balcony or terrace to enjoy the surrounding views.

Key Amenities:

  • 2.5-acre water playground with three-story waterslide

  • Award-winning golf course and state-of-the-art spa for the adults

  • All rooms feature balconies or patios with mountain or golf course views

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
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JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa is a family-friendly resort at the base of Camelback Mountain. This top-rated Scottsdale resort has studio, two-, and three-bedroom villas with all the conveniences of home. You’ll have a whirlpool tub and wood-burning fireplace here. Villas have kitchens so you can prepare meals for your family and save money on the costs of dining out. The resort is on an 11-acre property and offers poolside dining, plus a daily happy hour from 3-6 pm. Adults will enjoy indulging in a little luxury at the spa onsite, while recreation opportunities include mini-golf, basketball, tennis, volleyball, a heated pool, a fitness center, and a walking trail.

Key Amenities:

  • Studio and multi-room villas with kitchenettes, whirlpool tubs, and wood-burning fireplaces

  • On-site recreation and equipment for all ages, including a play area, half-court basketball, shuffleboard, Pitch & Putt Golf Course, bicycles, tennis, and more

  • Multiple pools including a children’s pool and adults-only pool

Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains
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Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains

You can stay at Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains with your family and be just a short shuttle ride from the Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland Commons. This North Scottsdale resort offers spacious accommodations, a pool, spa, fitness center, and restaurant with lovely sunset views. Families can bring pets weighing up to 65 pounds here for an extra $100 fee. Parking is available onsite for $20 (self-parking) or $30 for valet. Fun things to do in the area for families include Cracker Jax for games, Wet ‘n Wild Phoenix for a water park, and Ice Den Scottsdale for hockey and ice skating.

Key Amenities:

  • All rooms are executive suites with separate living areas featuring TVs, mini-refrigerators, and pull-out sofas

  • On-site fitness center and heated outdoor swimming pool with whirlpool

  • Complimentary local shuttle to nearby attractions

Great Wolf Lodge - Scottsdale / Salt River, AZ Stay and play to your heart's content
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Great Wolf Lodge - Scottsdale / Salt River, AZ

Great Wolf Lodge resorts are always good options for family vacations because of their onsite water parks that kids love, and the Great Wolf Lodge – Scottsdale / Salt River, AZ is no exception. In addition to housing one of Arizona’s best hotel waterparks, there is an arcade, interactive games, and eight dining options, all under one roof. Unlimited water park access is included in your stay and there are spacious suites for the whole family. There is a lineup of daily events available, plus fast Wi-Fi and life jackets and towels in the water park area for guests to use.

Key Amenities:

  • Unlimited waterpark access throughout your stay

  • Dry-land attractions such as bowling, arcade games, mini golf, and more

  • Complimentary kids’ activities ranging from yoga and arts & crafts projects to dance parties and story time before bed

  • Great Wolf Kids character appearances

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Scottsdale Resort Holiday Inn Club Vacations Scottsdale Resort
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Holiday Inn Club Vacations Scottsdale Resort

For your family vacation to Scottsdale, you can also book a room at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Scottsdale Resort. This is a favorite spot among families because of the waterslides, nearby golf course, street tacos, and biking some of Arizona’s most scenic bike paths through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Splash Canyon is by the activity center and a fun place to go down waterslides, while the social pool is nice for a swim to relax, and the waterfall pool is another kid-friendly option. There’s a game room here with billiards, racing games, and prize machines. Special activities hosted here include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, cactus tours, and bingo.

Key Amenities:

  • Four outdoor pools with hot tubs and an the interactive water feature Splash Canyon

  • On-site game room and activities for kids like bowling, scavenger hunts, cactus tours, and arts and crafts

  • Fully-equipped fitness center with free weights and cardio machines

The Phoenician Scottsdale The Phoenician Scottsdale

The Phoenician Scottsdale

You and your family can live a life of luxury on vacation with a stay at The Phoenician Scottsdale, home to one of the coolest hotel pools in Scottsdale. This is a AAA Five-Diamond resort to really treat yourself and the ones you love to something special. There are multiple dining options onsite, plus afternoon tea, a marketplace, and private dining. In total, the resort has 585 accommodations ranging from guestrooms to casitas, suites, and presidential suites. There is family-friendly reserved seating at the pool complex, which has cabanas and a kids’ zone with fun water features.

Key Amenities:

  • Daily morning outdoor yoga classes at The Phoenician Spa

  • Cruiser bikes for two-hour usage daily

  • Pool features cabanas for rent, a Kids Zone, and poolside dining

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
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The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is a Hilton-brand hotel in the heart of Scottsdale. It welcomes families and has pet-friendly rooms. There are two pools onsite, a golf club, an adjacent award-winning golf course, and three restaurants. Guests can also use the spa, fitness center, and free Wi-Fi, plus it’s possible for larger families to book connecting rooms for a little extra space. For an extra $100 fee, you can bring a dog weighing up to 50 pounds. For dining and drinks, there’s Kitchen West for locally inspired food, regional wines, and craft beers. Poolside dining and a coffee shop is also available.

Key Amenities:

  • Option to book connecting rooms

  • Two outdoor pools, a spa, a fitness center with fitness classes, and three restaurants on-site

  • Preferred tee times and use of putting & chipping areas at adjacent McCormick Ranch Golf Club

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
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Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

A stay at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North combines the best aspects of luxury and family-friendliness at one of the top golf resorts in Arizona. There is a complimentary Kids for All Seasons program at the resort. This program accommodates kids between the ages of 5 and 12 and runs from 9 am to 5 pm daily. Families can stay in a spacious suite with a furnished patio and outdoor living area. Complimentary family amenities include cribs, playpens, high chairs, bed rails, baby soap and shampoo, children’s slippers, Diaper Genies, and child-proofing supplies. The resort also offers a spa, onsite dining, a children’s pool, golf, and a fitness center. You can enjoy yoga and other fitness classes, as well guided hikes, desert tours, and 24-hour in-room dining during your stay too.

Key Amenities:

  • Complimentary services like morning coffee and pastries in the lobby, guided nature walks, and shuttles to Troon North Golf Club

  • Complimentary kids club, a family game room, and a pool just for kids

  • Baby-friendly room amenities like cribs, playpens, swim diapers, bottle warmers, and more

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley - Scottsdale DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley - Scottsdale
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DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley - Scottsdale

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley – Scottsdale is just a mile from Old Town Scottsdale, some of Scottsdale’s best restaurants, and within five miles of Camelback Mountain. It has two outdoor pools and several restaurants onsite. Other amenities that families will enjoy here are free Wi-Fi, free parking, tennis courts, connecting rooms, room service, and pet-friendly rooms. It is a Hilton-brand hotel that charges a daily resort fee. This fee gives you access to sports equipment rentals, daily fitness classes, valet parking, and bottled water. The onsite restaurant serves Southwestern cuisine, while a pool bar and Starbucks coffee are also available. The pet fee is $75 for pets weighing up to 75 pounds.

Key Amenities:

  • Option for connecting rooms

  • Multiple restaurants, two pools, a fitness center, and tennis courts

  • Access to sports equipment rentals, daily fitness classes, and discounts for off-site activities

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
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Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is an iconic Scottsdale resort that you can visit with your family and enjoy lots of great adventures. There are 750 guest rooms here with living/working areas, terraces, refreshment centers, and luxury bathrooms. Families that enjoy playing golf love to stay here. Services offered include a fitness center, multiple restaurants, and a world-class spa. There’s always something different to look forward to at the resort based on the season of the year.

Key Amenities:

  • All rooms have well-defined living and work areas, terraces, refreshment centers, and oversized luxury bathrooms

  • Resort fee includes cruiser bikes for one-hour usage daily, a courtesy fishing pole rental, and access to the basketball court and equipment

  • Six sparkling pools and hangouts just for kids, including the Sonoran Splash Pool with two 200-foot twisting water slides, a zero-entry pooldeck, and sandbox play area with beach toys

The McCormick Scottsdale Resort The McCormick Scottsdale Resort
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The McCormick Scottsdale Resort

The McCormick Scottsdale Resort is an idyllic retreat in a resort setting on the shores of Camelback Lake. This lakeside hotel is family-friendly and has simple rooms and more spacious accommodations with 400 square feet of space. The resort is on 480 acres of land with a golf club. There is a children’s program at the hotel, as well as a fitness center and Wi-Fi. The resort has an outdoor pool, while other recreational opportunities onsite include kayaks, canoes, and fishing gear available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Key Amenities:

  • Access to canoes, kayaks, fishing gear, and bikes during your stay

  • Private beach on the shores of Camelback Lake

  • On-site pool, fitness center, and golf course

  • Ask Alfred Children’s Programme

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