Top 10 Things to do in Paradise Valley, United States

March 22, 2018 Osvaldo Hartline

Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona. The town is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurant scene. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town was 12,820. Despite the town's relatively small area and population compared to other municipalities in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Paradise Valley is home to eight full-service resorts, making it one of Arizona's premier tourist destinations. It is also known for expensive real estate.
Restaurants in Paradise Valley

1. Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort

4949 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-4139 +1 480-627-3200
Excellent
74%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 201 reviews

Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort

A magical and transformative atmosphere that evokes feelings of mystery, depth, and intrigue, Joya Spa aspires to fulfill your deepest wishes and profoundly and positively enhance your life. Joya Spa is proud to present Arizona’s only authentic Hammam. A luxurious bathing ritual that you’ll come to love, the Hammam experience relaxes you on a profound level. Custom everything, from luxurious jewelry pieces to skin care and makeup, organic perfume oil to wellness programs, musical selections to custom adventures with friends or loved ones, Joya Spa has truly refined the art of customization. A spacious environment reminiscent of Morocco and Andalusia, the inviting lounges, opulent balcony suites, and warm walkways filled with intricate light shadows entice you to visit every corner of Joya Spa. Joya Spa skillfully blends the highest of technological advances with a joyful simplicity. Enjoy high-tech accoutrements like a zero-gravity pedicure chair, a massage table that vibrates in tune to the music, and top-of-the-line fitness equipment. Whether experiencing a meditative moment in the Hammam, lounging on the terrace gazing at the mountain, or inspired by exotic music with a cool drink in hand, you’ll feel on every level … that anything is possible.

Reviewed By traveltiki_123 - Chicago, Illinois

Visited this spa when I stayed at the property. Perhaps I worked my self up for this amazing experience and was a bit disappointed. Three of us had massages and I expected more for the price. Two of us felt the massages were average. The spa itself is beautiful! Very clean! We lounged at the terrace pool and ate at their cafe. The mezze platter and spajitos were good! Overall, a good experience but I would only come back if I had a special deal.

2. Franciscan Renewal Center

5802 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-4124 +1 800-356-3247
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Franciscan Renewal Center

The Franciscan Renewal Center (also known as “The Casa”) is a spiritual oasis for renewal, rest, and prayer. We provide space for meetings, overnight stays, private and directed retreats, adult education programs, conference rooms for nonprofit groups, and licensed behavioral health counseling. The Casa is a quick 20-minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Nestled between majestic Camelback and Mummy Mountains, it’s located on 25 acres of beautiful, quiet desert landscape in Scottsdale, Arizona. The facilities include over 13,000 square feet of flexible, technologically supported meeting and conference rooms as well as 70 double occupancy rooms, 8 single occupancy rooms, and 4 handicap accessible rooms for overnight stays. Our guest rooms are designed without phones or TVs in order to maximize time for quiet, peaceful reflection and renewal. The dining room, which seats up to 150 to 175 guests, can provide buffet style meals for your breakfast, lunch, and dinners so you can better focus on your meeting or retreat as well. The Casa is a non-profit and active religious community of the Order of Friars Minor — a worldwide Franciscan family that follows in the footsteps of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. Its base is the Franciscan Province of Saint Barbara, in Oakland, California which works with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. The Conventual Church of Our Lady of the Angels on the property offers daily and Sunday masses and a vibrant family catechesis program. Some of the groups that use our facilities include over 20 outreach ministries that give aid to the poor or vulnerable and empower individuals to improve their circumstances.

Reviewed By thor2705 - Ottawa

A place full of tranquility, where you can meditate or spend some time with your own self. The spanish name describe it very well "La Casa". Is how you feel here.

3. Cosanti Originals

6433 E Doubletree Ranch Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-1826 +1 480-948-6145
Excellent
70%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Cosanti Originals

Reviewed By Wiskerlikins - Utah

When you first walk in to Cosanti Originals it looks like a really strange space age 70s hippy compound. It's really creatively put together. The real attraction is the bells. Bells range from very small to extremely large. Each bell is different and unique and the sounds are amazing! While we were there they showed how a bell is made. It is back breaking work and extremely hot. When visiting Scottsdale stop by this cool place and see their awesome work. I do recommend it.

4. Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008-3490 +1 480-941-1225
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Desert Botanical Garden

Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to learn about desert flora.

Reviewed By Aundrea H - Fitchburg, Massachusetts

We decided to spend our last day in Phoenix here 3/18. We were a bit apprehensive with the price at first. I am so glad we spent the money to walk through this place. First off being only March a lot was not in bloom but it still didn't disappoint. The butterfly exhibit was lovely! The many different kind of cacti and the walk through different areas was amazing. Loved the wild Prairie dogs and rabbits everywhere. It was just such a serene peaceful place. I will definitely be back on my next visit!!

5. The Sanctuary Spa

5700 E McDonald Dr, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-5218 +1 480-948-2100
Excellent
68%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

The Sanctuary Spa

Reviewed By Italycathy1 - Scottsdale, Arizona

Five of us looked forward to a fabulous spa day in celebration of our mutual June birthdays! The spa was lovely and we fully enjoyed the moments. Hoping to share celebratory time together by the pool with lunch and champagne, we were told that we could not use the regular pool area as it was Saturday and only Hotel Guests were able to use this pool-seriously? We were shuttled to the East pool and, sadly, found broken tiles surrounding the pool, badly used pool chairs, no pool towels, and NO bathroom facilities. Yikes...Very disappointed and none of us will return.

6. Arcosanti

13555 S. Cross L Rd., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-1826 +1 928-632-7135
Excellent
45%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Arcosanti

Reviewed By mammaseattle - seattle

Spent the night there for the tour and concert. First- fascinating place. Really interesting tour and great tour guide, highly recommend. Neat seeing the foundry and how they make the famous bells.

The "concert" was some interesting people dancing and acting to a recorded CD of Vivaldi playing in the open air concert hall. Beautiful setting, but not exactly what I had in mind for a concert. I would expect actual musicians.

The meal before the concert was two kinds of pasta and a very simple salad. It was ok. This place has SOOOO much potential, they really need some strong leadership to take it to the next level, and get a real dining facility, farm to table program going. They have green house space and the means to do hydroponic growth. This could be a true foodie destination that would bring so much fundraising to Arcosanti.

Overall, a lovely place that feels like it's lost its way a bit. I hope they find their north star soon.

7. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

7301 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250-4513 +1 480-312-2312
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Climb aboard the miniature replica of a Colorado narrow gauge railroad to explore this park that features famous railroad cars and an antique carousel.

Reviewed By etp3 - Baraboo, Wisconsin

Great place to take kids. It's inexpensive ($2/ticket for each attraction like train ride, model train exhibit, and museum). There's a small-scale train ride around the park, an extensive model train exhibit, and an interesting museum with a rail car used by four of our past Presidents. It only takes an hour or two to see everything.

8. Camelback Mountain

Phoenix, AZ 85018 +1 602-261-8318
Excellent
70%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Camelback Mountain

Reviewed By Christirdh - Port washington, NY

This has many rocky areas, and is not an easy hike. It takes about 2 hours round trip. Our teenage boys loved this hike. You definitely need a lot of water, and appropriate shoes. We went in the late afternoon, and it was a bit crowded. The mountain requires you to be off by sunset.

9. Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area

5700 North Echo Canyon Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85018 +1 602-261-8318
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 226 reviews

Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area

Reviewed By kidsrgr8

Difficult but views are well worth it! A bit hard on the knees given there is not smooth path. Trail was not too crowded- we started at 7:30 and back by 9:45. Short 10min walk from our hotel saved the problem of having to find a parking space.

10. Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West

3830 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-5594 +1 480-686-9539
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 414 reviews

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West celebrates the art, history and unique stories of the 19 states comprising the American West. The rotating exhibitions feature hundreds of Western artworks and rare historic artifacts on loan from some of the world's foremost collectors and institutions. The contemporary, 43,000-square-foot building is an architectural gem that meets the highest standards for sustainability and conservation of natural resources. Visitors also will enjoy the informative video kiosks, beautiful outdoor sculpture courtyard,museum store, and inspirational film "Spirit Is." Located in downtown Scottsdale's arts district, Western Spirit is within easy walking distance of numerous art galleries and restaurants. Nearby attractions include Old Town Scottsdale,Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale Stadium (Cactus League Spring Training home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team), the Scottsdale Waterfront, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Scottsdale's Museum of the West is a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, and was selected 2016 Best Western Museum in the nation by True West magazine.

Reviewed By activenretired - Chicago

There is so much to see here u can’t describe all of it. Bronze sculptures, paintings done by early explorers, western artifacts such as vintage Winchester rifles, Colts and Derringers, original Hollywood posters from early Western films and more. Admission is reasonable with discounts for seniors and children. Building is wonderfully divided into different displays. This is worth your time and money!

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