AzQHA CEO and Arizona Fall Championship show director Doug Huls is excited about hosting the 2020 event in Scottsdale, AZ. With a full-event schedule, Doug is hopeful that exhibitors will complete the classes with plenty of time to get out and explore Scottsdale. Here are our top five things to do while you’re out exploring Scottsdale. 

1. McDowell Sonoran Preserve

With more than 225 miles of multi-use trails, the McDowell Mountain foothills are great for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. As one of the largest urban preserves, you will explore the outdoors and while learning about the Sonoran Desert. The preserve is open from sunrise to sunset and offers free parking and access. 

2. Old Town Scottsdale

Whether your schedule allows for morning or night adventures, Old Town has plenty of things to do. Dining, shopping, arts, and entertainment are all available in Old Town. For added fun, park your car and rent a bike. Old Town is close to resorts, golf courses, civic center, museums, and Arizona State University.

3. Zak’s Chocolate

Who doesn’t love chocolate? The locally owned chocolate factory has won international awards for artisan chocolate and makes 100% of their own chocolate. Zak’s works with other local businesses to incorporate unique ingredients into the chocolate. While visitors aren’t able to go into the shop at this time, the courtyard is open and pickup is available.  

4. Mowry & Cotton

If you’re looking for an award-winning restaurant to try, Mowry & Cotton is the place! The menu rotates and dishes are influenced by the season. So if you’ve visited before, you can be in for a new treat. Currently on the fall menu you can look to enjoy a charred hanger steak that features wild mushroom, pickled blueberry, and sunflower pesto. 

5. Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland allows you to experience the rainforest in the largest butterfly conservatory in the country. With more than 70 species of butterfly, the conservatory is also home to Koi fish, tropical finches, chickens, tree frogs, reptiles, and honey bees. Interact with a variety of exhibits and learn about the rainforest between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

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