Located in Scottsdale, Arizona Boardwalk is home to nine amazing marquee attractions. There’s an out-of-this-world UFO exhibition, a winding maze of mirrors, a mind-bending museum of illusions and an enormous aquarium. They really have something for every adventure-seeker out there. But if you’re in the mood for an immersive experience that’s as relaxing as it is enchanting, the boardwalk also hosts a series of spellbinding Candlelight concerts taking place in the open-air.
There’s no admission fee to enter the boardwalk and on-site parking is completely free too. If you’d prefer to avoid any potential parking lot fiascoes, take the 84 bus that stops at Pima Rd & Via De Ventura. It’s around a 20-minute walk to Arizona Boardwalk from there.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about Arizona Boardwalk
1. Family fun all round
Arizona Boardwalk is a blast for all ages. Open year-round, there’s heaps of fun things to do here. With a butterfly sanctuary, dinosaur museum and more, adults are bound to have as much fun as the kids will. And when tummies rumble, families can grab a bite to eat at one of the many food stalls and restaurants dotted around the area.
2. Home to the largest aquarium in the southwest
Diving (albeit metaphorically) into the Odysea Aquarium is a must. The aquarium has been voted Best Family Entertainment spot multiple times, and it’s no surprise why. Over 6000 sea creatures live here, and the whole experience spans over 65 exhibits. There’s a SeaTREK® underwater ocean walking experience, four different exhibits that let you pet the animals and a huge escalator that descends into the deep.
3. Unbelievable artifacts can be found at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is one of the nine attractions here, and it’s jam-packed with some pretty jaw-dropping stuff. We’re talking the iconic box of chocolates from Forrest Gump, a calf with two faces, a megalodon shark jaw and a portrait of Einstein made entirely out of toast. It’s a weird and wonderful experience full of objects that have to be seen to be believed.
Alongside a range of other experiences, Arizona Boardwalk is hosting a series of utterly magical Candlelight concerts. What makes these particular concerts extra special is their open-air element. The boardwalk provides the enchanting outdoor space to host mesmerizing tributes to the likes of Queen, Coldplay and more. Surrounded by a sea of flickering candles, you’ll feel a light breeze circle around you while you hear classical renditions of iconic songs.
What else can you do at Arizona Boardwalk?
Aside from all the wonderful experiences on offer, visitors can also shop and eat to their heart’s content. Take a look at all the souvenirs at the Arizona Territory Trading Post and Butterfly Treasures gift shops or get your hands on an authentic Arizona gemstone from Four Peaks Mining Co. Then once you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, head to one of the many food stalls to fill up the tank. You can devour delicious burgers, fries, shakes and more from Johnny Rockets or cool down with some creamy ice cream from Frozen Penguin.
Arizona Boardwalk stands as a world-class haven for entertainment that hosts a variety of events including the unforgettable Candlelight concert experience. This magnificent outdoor space joins Phoenix Zoo as some of the only Phoenix venues that have been chosen to host these one-of-a-kind tributes. There’s nothing quite like experiencing your favorite songs and soundtracks in a new light, especially when immersed in the warm amber tones of candlelight in a dazzling open-air setting.