Best Teen Outdoor Experiences in Scottsdale

Are you a parent of a teenager and just itching to get him/her off phones and gadgets? There’s a perfect solution for that! Scottsdale offers amazing and safe adventures for teens.

Just usher them off your house with a beautiful glass garage door and bring him or her to any of the following adventures:

Rock Climbing at AZ on the Rocks

AZ on the Rocks is a unique indoor gym that provides a safe, fun and challenging rock climbing environment. It has 14,000 square feet of climbing terrain, over 50 top ropes, lead climbing and more than 2,800 square feet of bouldering. Here your teen can get started on rock climbing with zero experience as the staff will ensure that they are properly briefed on how to get started.

Underwater Adventure at OdySea Aquarium

Amaze your teen with the coolest adventure at OdySea Aquarium. Here, your teen can dive into one of the aquariums largest tanks and meet hundreds of colorful and curious sea creatures. OdySea also offers touch pools, a variety of sea life exhibits, and restrooms with floor-to-ceiling acrylic walls for watching the swimming sharks.

Zip line over wild animals at Out of Africa

The Out of Africa Wildlife Park, a 1 hour and 45 minute drive out of Scottsdale, offers the great adventure of zip lining over wild tigers, giraffes and bears called the Predator Zip Line. There’s also the ultra-long, ultra-fast triple zip line called the Racing Raptor Zip for more adventure. If your teen is afraid of heights, he or she can take advantage of the African Bush Safari tram tour and a wide variety of animal encounters.

Get a wild desert adventure with Green Zebra

At Green Zebra, your teen can hop into a Tomcar – the ultimate off-road, you-drive-it vehicle –for a wild desert adventure. These specially designed, military-grade vehicles can cover all types of terrain, including the rockiest desert washes. As you navigate the rugged desert paths, there are towering saguaros, the Verde River and maybe even a glimpse of wildlife like bald eagles, javelina and wild horses. Licensed drivers must be 18 or older to get behind the wheel.

Octane kart racing

Give your teen the experience of exhilarating speed with the electric European racing karts at Octane Raceway. It has a top speed of 45 MPH – perfect for high-speed laps on the 1/3-mile indoor/outdoor track. Beginner and experienced racers battle for position through the track’s switchbacks and use straightaways to gain speed. There’s no age limit for racing, though unlicensed junior drivers must be accompanied by an adult. Octane also offers an arcade, mini-bowling, Jumbo Jenga and the Brickyard Grille.

Retail therapy at Scottsdale Fashion Square

Retail therapy will always be a good way to entice your teens to go out of the house. Scottsdale is home to the largest retail destination in the Southwest: Scottsdale Fashion Square. The center’s more than 250 retailers include teen favorites like Nordstrom, H&M, Forever 21 and American Eagle Outfitters. Fashion Square also houses the new luxury cinema, Harkins Camelview, which elevates the movie-going experience with cushy reclining seats, wall-to-wall curved screens and gourmet concessions including a gelato stand for kids and a full bar for parents.