24 Activities to do In Fountain Hills

Local Activities Beth Kohoutek December 19, 2023

You are having out-of-town guests for a few days and you want to give them a feel for living in the Fountain Hills area. What can you do with them?


There is no reason to be stumped on this one. Fountain Hills and the surrounding area is full of things to do that will appeal to all ages, activity levels, and interests. Here’s our roundup of the best things to do so your guests have a great time and discover why you love living here.


  1. Visit the fountain. A no-brainer for photo opportunities and a leisurely walk.
  2. Golf. Choose from public courses in Fountain Hills, the Verdes, and Fort McDowell.
  3. Hike. Try the Desert Botanical Trail, Lake Overlook Trail, Dixie Mine, or Adero Canyon.
  4. Mountain biking. Rent a mountain and take a ride in McDowell Mountain Park.
  5. Horseback riding. Offered through Fort McDowell Adventures or Saguaro Lake Ranch Stables.
  6. Disc golf. Get gear from Fountain Hills Express or Paul’s Ace Hardware and head to Fountain Park.
  7. Saguaro Lake. Rent a boat or tour with Desert Belle Cruises.
  8. Attend a Star Party. ADERO Scottsdale offers these outside their amazing new restaurant, Cielo.
  9. River of Time Museum. Discover the history of the Lower Verde River Valley.
  10. Visit an art gallery. Choose from numerous art galleries that serve our local artists.
  11. Art Walk Tour. Take a free docent-led tour of more than 150 pieces of public art.
  12. Get a drink. Try out local watering holes at Grapeables or Bone Haus Brewing.
  13. Enjoy fountain and mountain view dining. Visit a downtown restaurant or a local golf club.
  14. Chocofin Chocolatier. Indulge in fine chocolates and delicious ice cream.
  15. Sami Fine Jewelry. Discover custom amethyst designs from the Four Peaks mine.
  16. Fort McDowell Casino. Play, eat and stay the night at the newly expanded We-Ko-Pa.
  17. Take a Jeep tour. See the desert Desert Dog Offroad Adventures or Arizona Private Jeep Excursions.
  18. Take the kids to the park. We have four parks with great playgrounds.
  1. Fountain Hills Theater. Delight guests of all ages at our award-winning theater.
  2. Events on the Avenue. You’ll find a farmer’s market, Art on the Avenue, and other seasonal events.
  3. Desert Vista Skate Park. Drop into the bowl or try out the pump track with your wheels.
  4. Relax a Spa. Treat yourself to a local spa day and Adero or Eagle Mountain.
  5. Take in a Car Show. Sunday morning enjoy classic cars to the high performance vehicles at Phil’s
  6. Check out the Nightlife. Local live music performed nightly check out the  Desert Vibe calendar for updates.

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