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Best Family Restaurants

Buca Di Beppo
(Italian) 3828 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480-949-6622. $$
This popular eatery serves up heaping family platters of authentic Southern-Italian specialties in a boisterous environment. The chicken cacciatore is sumptuous, as is the chocolate cannoli.

Rawhide Steakhouse and Saloon
(Western) 23023 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480-502-5600. $$$
Bring the kids and time-warp back to the 1880s for an evening of revelry at this restaurant inside the Rawhide Wild West Town theme park. (You must pay the park admission to get into steakhouse.)


Scottsdale Plus


Most major airlines fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (www.phxskyharbor.com). Scottsdale is a thirty-minute drive away; definitely rent a car. You can also fly privately into Scottsdale or Sky Ranch Carefree airports.

Other Activities

Arizona Science Center Located in Heritage and Science Park in downtown Phoenix, it offers a giant-screen theater, a digital planetarium and more than three hundred hands-on exhibits and displays to fuel young minds; 602-716-2000 (www.azscience.org). Rates: $6-$8.

Artwalk Native American art collections are showcased Thursday nights in Scottsdale's arts district; 480-990-3939.

Backcountry Tour Take a guided trip into the desert with Desert Dog Hummer Adventures; 480-837-3966 (www.azadventures.com). Choose from moderate half-day excursions to the Four Peaks and Sycamore Creek areas to extreme all-day adventures to Crown King. Rates: $110-$200.

Hot Air Ballooning Enjoy the exhilarating experience of Hot Air Expeditions, Phoenix; 480-502-6999 (www.hotairexpeditions.com). Rate: $150.

In Celebration of Golf Find apparel, golf equipment, rare golf-related antiques, golf furniture, fine golf art and memorabilia. There's even a virtual-reality golf studio; 480-951-4444.

Kostis McCord Learning Center Find your game at programs ranging from half-day workshops to five-day scoring schools. Grayhawk Golf Club; 480-502-2656 (www.kostismccordlearning.com). Rates: $50-$2,795.

Macdonald's Ranch Reserve a guided horseback trail ride into Arizona's untamed wilderness and spy native flora and fauna; 480-585-0239 (www.macdonaldsranch.com). Rates: $24-$36.

Phoenix Zoo One of America's most distinguished native-habitat animal sanctuaries; 602-273-1341 (www.phoenixzoo.org). Rates: $5-$10. Also see the Desert Botanical Garden next door.

Spa at Marriott's Camelback Inn Nothing pampers the spirit like a visit to this newly renovated facility; 480-596-7040 (www.camelbackinn.com). Rates: $100-$310.


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