13 Things to Do in Paradise Valley

13 Things to Do in Paradise Valley

  • Roger Banning
  • 09/8/23

Paradise Valley, aptly named for its captivating beauty, offers a variety of activities for visitors and locals alike. With the weather almost always in your favor and breathtaking sights at every turn, Paradise Valley is an oasis worth exploring. From art galleries to nature trails, there’s something for every visitor to sink their teeth into. In this article, you'll discover 13 of the best things to do in Paradise Valley so you can make the most of your stay!

Things to Do

Imagine 3D Mini Golf

Imagine 3D Mini Golf is a unique twist on the classic mini-golf experience. Here, you'll find fun and immersive 3D effects that make every hole an adventure. It's an activity suitable for the whole family - plus, don't forget to wear the provided 3D glasses to enjoy the course's optical illusions and creative designs fully!  Whether a novice or a mini-golf enthusiast, you'll surely appreciate the innovation put into this one-of-a-kind golfing experience.

Bam Kazam

Embark on a magical adventure with the Bam Kazam interactive arcade. It's a place where creativity meets technology, providing hours of wonder and excitement as visitors journey through groundbreaking immersive worlds. The combination of technology and fantasy offers a memorable experience that's sure to entertain children and adults alike.

Desert Botanical Garden

Find serenity and embrace nature's beauty at the Desert Botanical Garden. With over 50,000 plants, the gardens offer tranquil paths and stunning exhibits that highlight the diversity and resilience of desert vegetation. Don't miss the seasonal exhibitions and special events that provide deeper insights into the ecology of the desert.

Camelback Mountain

A hike up Camelback Mountain is a must for outdoor enthusiasts looking to challenge themselves. The iconic red sandstone formation provides two main hiking trails that vary in difficulty. The panoramic views from the top are well worth the effort, offering a breathtaking perspective of Paradise Valley and the surrounding areas. Make sure to bring proper hiking equipment and plenty of water, especially during the warmer months.

Xanadu Gallery

Nestled in the artistic haven of Scottsdale, Arizona, the Xanadu Gallery is a testament to creativity and craftsmanship. With its exquisite curation and commitment to showcasing diverse creative voices, this gallery is a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts. Xanadu Gallery exudes an air of sophistication and innovation, housing an eclectic collection of contemporary artworks spanning various mediums and styles.


According to the Trust for Public Land, 7% of Paradise Valley residents live within a 10-minute walk from a park. Here are some notable parks in the area:

Barry Goldwater Memorial Park

A memorial park dedicated to the influential senator Barry Goldwater. Featuring a nearly life-size statue of Goldwater, visitors can enjoy notable quotes from the famous politician on a stone walking path while taking in the desert flora.

Granada Park

Granada Park is a charming park with fishing opportunities, picnicking areas, and peaceful scenery. Ideal for a quiet afternoon or family gatherings, Granada Park offers the perfect green space for almost any occasion.

Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt

A green oasis in the desert, the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt is a network of parks, lakes, and trails, perfect for biking, jogging, or simply enjoying nature. A must-see for nature lovers, the Scottsdale Green Belt is renowned for innovative and transformative design creatively aimed at tackling a flooding hazard.


Scottsdale boasts various dining options catering to all tastes and preferences. Below are some of the most highly recommended restaurants in the area:

The Mexicano Cook & Craft - Scottsdale

A vibrant spot for authentic Mexican cuisine, The Mexicano offers traditional dishes in a lively atmosphere. Nestled in the heart of Scottsdale, this restaurant captures the essence of Mexican culture through its colorful décor, flavorful meals, and festive ambiance. Their menu boasts a wide range of options, from street tacos to gourmet enchiladas, all prepared with fresh and locally sourced ingredients.

Cook & Craft - Scottsdale

Known for its creative American fare, Cook & Craft - Scottsdale combines classic flavors with modern culinary techniques. This innovative dining spot showcases the talents of experienced chefs who craft each dish with precision and flair.  From hearty steaks to unique vegetarian options, there's something for every palate.

Jade Bar

With its sleek and modern design, the Jade Bar boasts panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and offers a serene atmosphere for trying out handcrafted cocktails and delectable cuisine. Located within the luxurious Sanctuary Camelback Mountain near downtown Paradise Valley, this hidden oasis is the perfect place to unwind and indulge. Whether lounging by the outdoor fire pits or sipping your chosen drink at the bar, the Jade Bar guarantees an unforgettable experience that perfectly encapsulates the allure of Paradise Valley's desert beauty.

Olive & Ivy

Olive & Ivy brings the essence of the Mediterranean to the heart of Scottsdale. Set by the waterfront, this sophisticated eatery serves an array of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Enjoy the scenic views while indulging in delicately crafted dishes that transport you to the coastal regions of Europe. Whether it's a romantic dinner or a gathering with friends, Olive & Ivy offers an unparalleled dining experience.

J's Handmade Dim Sum

J's Handmade Dim Sum is a culinary gem in the heart of Scottsdale, offering a delectable range of traditional Chinese dim sum dishes. Handcrafted by skilled chefs, each dish is an art form, prepared using only the freshest ingredients. The restaurant offers an authentic experience with a variety of steamed and fried dim sum, noodle dishes, and other Chinese specialties. The elegant setting and attentive service make it a must-visit for those looking to explore the rich flavors of Chinese cuisine.

About Jeff Barchi and Roger Banning

Jeff Barchi and Roger Banning have amassed more than four decades of shared experience in the real estate sectors of Phoenix and Scottsdale. Their impressive sales track record is evident, having achieved over $70,000,000 in sales volume just in 2021. Catering to a broad spectrum of clients, they have assisted everyone from first-time homebuyers to C-Level Executives and Professional Athletes. Their in-depth knowledge of the highly competitive Phoenix Real Estate Market sets them apart from the competition.

They are recognized as top-tier Realtors in their offices at RE/MAX Fine Properties and RE/MAX International, a status underscored by their outstanding client service and overwhelmingly positive feedback. The duo is driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence, constantly striving to find luxurious homes for their buyers and realizing record sales prices for their sellers through expansive networks and first-class marketing strategies.

Roger and Jeff have achieved independent acclaim, ranking among the Top 1% of Realtors in Arizona and nationwide. Their collaborative approach ensures that clients receive top-notch real estate services, and their dedication to future work reflects their eagerness to continue serving new clients.

If you want to buy or sell a home or have questions about the Paradise Valley real estate market, contact Jeff Barchi and Roger Banning today.

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