When travelers call our reservation line to book a Scottsdale Segway Tour they often ask questions like “What do you see on the tour?”. I usually tell them that we do our best to make sure that our guests see all of the important “Things To Do In Scottsdale”.
That leads us to the Civic Center Mall. I regularly describe the Civic Center Mall in Scottsdale as one of the most pristinely manicured public spaces in the enter United States. I believe that it totally is and I am sure a lot of people agree.
What makes the Civic Center Mall so special?
The Phoenix New Times calls it “a tiny oasis in the urban desert surrounded by eateries, city of scottsdale facilities and replete with perennial flowers, greenery, paths for strolling, gurgling fountains, sculptural works and one of the best viewing angles of Camelback Mountain.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Now close your eyes and picture that description in your mind. Now imagine yourself strolling with a friend or loved one through the lush gardens of an oasis, with the sound of running water from a few large fountains near you. That sounds pretty awesome to me. Of course I have to drop the hint for our tour now: don't have to walk it, you can ride it on a Scottsdale Segway Tour with us. =)
The serenity is calming and memorable…
There have been many times on tour where we have seen locals sitting on blankets, having a light picnic on the perfectly trimmed grass while lazily enjoying the weather that Scottsdale is known for. Scottsdale is known for having awesome weather during the winter season; it is unique in that way. I have also seen many people just sitting at picnic tables sipping lattes while reading a book; they just look like they’re really enjoying the peaceful environment of the Civic Center Mall.
Mike Phillip’s with the City of Scottsdale calls the Civic Center one of the great people places in Scottsdale. He says that it’s for, of and by the people. You can tell that his statement does hold true when you're there. People are always out enjoying the Civic Center. It is truly a space that is for the people.
No 90 degree angles!
In the 1960’s the city of Scottsdale allowed the contract for the design of the Civic Center Mall to go to an architect by the name of Benny Gonzalez. Benny was not into 90 degree angles. Keep that in mind as you experience the mall during your visit. Take a look around for sharp 90 degree angles. You won’t find many… thanks to Benny! Scottsdale is known for it’s pioneering architectural community with famous characters like Frank Lloyd Wright. The Civic Center reflects that community and talent pool.
It is not uncommon to see a bride and groom having a photoshoot with a professional photographer at the Civic Center Mall. It's actually a common daily occurrence. Also, our tour guides have seen many young women sporting their brand new Quinceanera dresses with family during photoshoots to celebrate their 15th birthday according to Latin American tradition.
The Love Sign!
Speaking of photos, one of the bucket list Things To Do In Scottsdale is to have your photo taken in front of Robert Indiana’s famous Love Sign, which weighs a whopping 3,800 pounds. So, when you’re visiting Scottsdale, do as the locals do and take a stroll through the Civic Center Mall and soak up the serenity and enjoy the weather.