Scottsdale Civic Center Mall & Plaza
Had your fill of art galleries, cute boutiques and western themed gift shops? Do you need a break from everything? No worries. Walk over to the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall and Plaza. Take a deep breath (or two) and relax. Find a bench or just lay back on the cool green grass and people watch or watch the clouds float by.
The Mall is the perfect haven for a quiet break after a long day of hiking as you head out to dinner in Old Town. Just leave a few minutes early and stop by the Mall first. The Civic Center Mall is surrounded by city buildings including City Hall and the Civic Center Library. It’s also a great place for getting in a little art and culture!
Scottsdale is well known for its public art program, and the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall may be the perfect example of that. The large fountain is a great way to cool off and it has sculptures and ducks! Two famous examples of public art in the Mall are the iconic LOVE sculpture by artist Robert Indiana and a Louise Nevelson sculpture called Windows to the West. Now there are two great photo ops to take advantage of!
If you want your art with air conditioning, no problem. The adjacent Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art have plenty of both. Or, head to the Civic Center Library to cool off and grab a book or magazine to read.
Festivals and More
There is an amphitheater perfect for outdoor concerts and more photo ops. And, there is usually a festival of some sort going on. The Arizona Asian Festival, ArtFest of Scottsdale (in November), Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival (in March), and Sunday A’Fairs are just a few of the events held throughout the year in the Civic Center Mall.
Not only does the Scottsdale Civic Plaza and Mall have lovely gardens and fountains, it also has a scenic view of Camelback Mountain. It’s a great place to get that perfect Instagram pic. And this is one of the favorite locations for taking those photographs to last a lifetime as well as a very popular wedding photo venue.
Location of the Scottsdale Civic Center
The Scottsdale Civic Plaza is at 3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, in the heart of Scottsdale. That means there are plenty of restaurants and shops nearby once you’ve recovered. And, you’re close to the action of Old Town too. So sit back and take a break from everything, just for a little while.