Scottsdale’s one-of-a-kind entertainment destination that features nine marquee attractions – OdySea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland, UFO Experience, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®, Laser + Mirror Maze, Museum of Illusions, Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs, Cyber Quest and Johnny’s Playground – in addition to multiple dining, shopping, and amusement venues.
The outdoor courtyard regularly hosts a variety of free events and family entertainment throughout the year. Parking is free and there is no admission required to enter Arizona Boardwalk. Arizona Boardwalk is located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256, within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and is part of the Talking Stick Entertainment District.
Inspire wonder that exists beyond the desert.
Invite curiosity through immersive experiences.
Arizona Boardwalk is Scottsdale’s one-of-a-kind entertainment destination that features nine marquee attractions – OdySea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland, UFO Experience, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®, Laser + Mirror Maze, Museum of Illusions, Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs, Cyber Quest and Johnny’s Playground – in addition to multiple dining, shopping, and amusement venues. The outdoor courtyard regularly hosts a variety of free events and family entertainment throughout the year.
Anchoring the destination are 9 indoor, family-friendly attractions.
The largest aquarium in the southwest, OdySea Aquarium takes guests on an entertaining and educational oceanic adventure like no other. Voted Best Family Entertainment multiple years in a row, the state-of-the-art facility features an amazing array of animals including sharks, otters, sea lions, penguins, sea turtles, sloths, and more. OdySea Aquarium will quickly become part of your “must see” list of things to do in Scottsdale with immersive experiences like SeaTREK® underwater ocean walking, four different touch exhibits, a giant submerged escalator that descends into the deep ocean, and the world’s only rotating aquarium, OdySea Voyager. OdySea Aquarium website OdySea Aquarium website
Butterfly Wonderland is the largest indoor butterfly conservatory in America and should certainly top your indoor family fun list of “Things to do in Arizona”. The magnificent glass conservatory provides the ideal tropical rainforest habitat for thousands of butterflies from around the world to fly freely. Setting the stage before you enter the conservatory is a 3D movie chronicling the amazing journey of the monarch butterfly, followed by a tour through the Emergence Gallery where you’ll be inches away from live chrysalis as they emerge into beautiful butterflies. Along with the butterflies, you’ll have the chance to see other rainforest animals such as insects and spiders in the Spineless Giants Gallery, colorful and exotic fish in the Tropical Waters Gallery, and unique reptiles and amphibians in the Rainforest Reptiles Gallery. Butterfly Wonderland website Butterfly Wonderland website
UFO Experience is an out-of-this-world, family-friendly exhibition based on the widespread interest in UFOs and alien lifeforms. Explore ancient unsolved mysteries, see alien artifacts, analyze modern day UFO sightings, view government and military documents, and listen to recordings of 911 emergency tapes. This entertaining and informative journey takes you through one of the world’s most comprehensive exhibitions exploring reports of UFOs, alien abductions, and encounters with extraterrestrials. UFO Experience website
At Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®, go places you’ve never imagined and explore an extraordinary collection of intriguing objects and astonishing artifacts. Crawl through a life-size model of a prehistoric snake. Measure up against the world’s tallest man. Marvel at intricate microsculptures so small, they fit in the eye of a needle. Celebrate the life and legacy of Robert Ripley. Here, you’ll find that truth is always stranger than fiction as the unbelievable comes alive right before your very eyes! Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Website
Enter the Mirror Maze, a challenging adventure for the body and mind. By surrounding your pathways with mirrors, you see infinite reflections, impossible corridors, and mind-bending light effects. It’s an experience like no other! Alongside the Mirror Maze, sharpen your ninja skills as you twist, duck, and crawl your way through an intricate web of lasers in the Laser Maze Challenge. Try to make it through the vault and hit your mission buttons without being zapped by the laser beams. Laser & Mirror Maze is another ‘can’t miss’ experience when visiting all the attractions at Arizona Boardwalk! Laser + Mirror Maze website
Experience the impossible at Museum of Illusions Scottsdale! This one-of-a-kind edutainment destination will blow your mind as you immerse yourself in the world of illusions. Experience over 60 eye-fooling exhibits that will have you defying gravity, walking on walls, and questioning your sense of reality. It’s a can’t-miss, photo-worthy destination for all ages that will leave you feeling inspired…and a little off balance! Museum of Illusions Website
Complete with more than 50 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs as well as true-to-life recreations of prehistoric habitats, Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs transports guests back to the age of the dinosaurs. Dig for fossils and enjoy other family-friendly activities, educational explorations, dinosaur themed-dining, and more. Pangaea: Land of the Dinosaurs website
Cyber Quest is an arcade like no other! This family-friendly entertainment venue features non-violent game content in a bright, colorful, and inviting space. Its team take great pride in providing a very high level of guest service and interaction. When it comes to prizes, Cyber Quest’s Prize Zone awaits, stocked full of prizes from simple to grand. And because Cyber Quest rewards players with more tickets, it’s easy to walk away as a winner. Whether snuggly plush or the latest in technology, there is truly something for everyone! Cyber Quest website
Leap, climb, bounce, slide, and jump your way around Johnny’s Playground. With multiple inflatables and bounce houses, a climbing structure, a dedicated space for the littlest ones, and plenty of benches for the grown-ups, this indoor playground is the perfect place for your kids to burn off excess energy all year long. (Temporarily Closed – Will Re-Open in August)
Yes, you can buy combo tickets for OdySea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland, UFO Experience, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®, Pangea Land of the Dinosaurs, and Laser + Mirror Maze either on-line or at the ticket window. Combo Tickets Page
Parking surrounds the complex and is complimentary at Arizona Boardwalk. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to park your vehicle. Valet parking is on select, peak days. Parking & Directions
Good news! It’s free of charge to enter the destination. You can enjoy all of the shops, restaurants, and outdoor entertainment in and around the Center Courtyard. Plan Your Visit
Please refer to each business as individual hours are subject to change.
Yes, many of the attractions at Arizona Boardwalk offer group discounts. Click here for a full list of group discounts and programs or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-291-8192.
Yes, you can have it all! Your group can take over all of part of the Arizona Boardwalk Entertainment Destination and really make it your own. 35 acres can accommodate thousands of guests. Please contact us at email@example.com or 480-291-8192.
Yes, there are men’s and women’s restrooms available on the first floor both on North and South sides of the Courtyard. Restrooms within the attractions are for paying guests.
Each of the attractions have their own Lost and Found department.
Do you have the chops to entertain thousands of on-lookers? Great! We want to hear from you. Contact the Arizona Boardwalk at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AZ Boardwalk is hiring for multiple positions. Positions are available in the fields of Animal Health, Guest Relations, Maintenance, Safety and Security, Housekeeping, and more. Whether you want to work with amazing animals, interact with guests, or keep it all running smoothly behind-the-scenes, there’s a position waiting for you now at AZ Boardwalk! Learn more about working at Arizona Boardwalk here
Restrictions include, but are not limited to, the items listed below:
Weapons of any kind or objects that appear to be weapons including firearms, ammunition, fireworks, water grenades (metal or plastic), or knives.
Recreational devices with wheels, such as Segways, skateboards, hoverboards, balance boards, scooters, inline skates, or shoes with built-in wheels.