Ocotillo is a beautiful community with a lot to offer, but even if you’ve been around The Cays for a while you may find yourself missing out. The surrounding areas offer a wide range of activities and attractions, so there’s a good chance you’ll find something you love doing. The activities and events available are pretty numerous, so we’ve put together a list of 10 that we think you’ll enjoy.
This 27 hole traditional-style course rests in the heart of Chandler and prides itself on offering a private-style experience in a public club. It also offers pricing specials and reservations, packages for families, and special guidelines to ensure golfers aren’t waiting too long to play through. Players can start or finish the day with a meal at Bernard’s, a restaurant on the resort grounds offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happy hour specials.
Looking for an adventure? Why not try kayaking? Sedona Adventure Tours offers a variety of seasonal guided tours where you and your friends can explore the waters from the safety of special inflatable kayaks. You’ll see beautiful foliage, come close to all sorts of animals, and see natural landmarks up-close. The main tour will take you on a 3-hour tour down the Verde River, but when the weather gets too cold Sedona offers other options for you to check out, including wine tasting trips.
If you’d rather take in a stage show, the Chandler Center for the Arts may have something for you. Founded to bring visual and performing arts to the region, the Center holds 3 theaters and a 2,000 square foot exhibition gallery. The Center designates Friday through Sunday as public performance days, and holds a wide variety of excellent live performances weekly. Depending on when you go, you may catch a ballet, see your favorite artist perform, or even see the Chandler Symphony Orchestra free!
If you’d rather test your luck and make a little money, spend some time at Wild Horse Pass. This hotel and casino features poker, slots, blackjack, pai gow, and more. After you’ve enjoyed the games, try a meal at one of several great restaurants, or just relax with a drink in a great selection of nightclubs, lounges and bars.
If you’d like to see a bird’s-eye view of the state, this is the best way to do it. Taking guests on trips up to 3,000 feet, Hot Air Expeditions is a great way to see the desert like you’ve never seen it before as your pilot shows you the sights. Plus, your landing will be met by a ground crew who will prepare a delicious meal for you courtesy of Vincent’s on Camelback.
With over 180 stores and 5 well-known anchors, this mall is a shopper’s dream. Here, you’ll be able to choose from top brands like Apple, Forever 21, Pottery Barn, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch, and much more. The mall offers 2 floors of shopping, and boasts the distinction of second-largest shopping center in the area.
Stratum claims to be “the World’s Largest Technotainment Laser Tag Arena and Entertainment Center,” and it has 18,000 square feet to back it up. Stratum hosts matches that take around 20 minutes to complete, and can accommodate up to 60 people in their 13,000 square foot arena. Plenty of regular specials are offered, and the facility can be rented for events of all kinds.
Founded in 1983, This educational museum takes you on a historical journey of the machine that fueled the industrial revolution, all the way up to present day. This museum displays railway equipment, artifacts and mementos related to railway travel.
Here’s something a little different! The annual Ostrich Festival is a great family event featuring carnival rides, shows, food, and of course, ostriches. Every show and attraction is included on the price of admission, making this a great place to go with your whole family. You may even get the chance to see a live ostrich or pig race!
There’s nothing quite like hands-on learning, and with over 300 permanent exhibits and rotating features, there’s no better place to do it than the Arizona Science Center. 7 Themed galleries hold the displays, and the grounds also feature a planetarium and full IMAX theater. The center also hosts monthly “Adults’ Night Out” events, where guests 18 years or older can explore the Center’s four floors for free.
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