Scottsdale Trolley Tour

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    Intro to the Scottsdale Trolley Tour

    Free Trolley Tour of Scottsdale
    ••• After a brief lecture at the Old Adobe Mission in Old Town Scottsdale, we boarded the Scottsdale Trolley for the rest of the downtown Scottsdale tour. © 2010 Judy Hedding

    The Downtown Scottsdale Art & Cultural Trolley Tour provides a short but broad look into the downtown Scottsdale scene, past and present. The tour, presented by Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours gives participants a unique glimpse into the different districts that comprise downtown Scottsdale from the unique perspective of the Scottsdale Trolley. This Scottsdale trolley tour takes guests through Old Town Scottsdale, Craftsman Court, the Civic Center area, the Scottsdale Arts District including Marshall Way and Main Street, 5th Avenue Shops, and the Scottsdale Waterfront. You'll hear a bit about history, learn about some of people that put Scottsdale on the map and note some architectural aspects of the area. Wondering where to eat or have a glass of wine? Your Tour Guide will give you plenty of options! Want to know where to buy expensive bronze statues, custom tee shirts, consignment fashions or ice cream? Your tour guide will probably cover that. Interested in museums, theatre,...MORE culinary school, historic hotels, public art or where to park in Scottsdale? You've chosen the right tour for that.

    At the beginning of your Scottsdale trolley tour you'll be provided with a map of the tour route, and you will be able to pick up free materials about galleries and other places of interest in downtown Scottsdale. The tour is free, but reservations in advance are required. More about that later.

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  • 02 of 03

    Who Should Attend and Tour Tips

    Free Trolley Tour of Scottsdale
    ••• On this Scottsdale trolley tour we made a stop at Occasions! by design where a few people had just enough time to shop. I admit it -- I bought something, too. © 2010 Judy Hedding

    The Downtown Scottsdale Art & Cultural Trolley Tour is a guided trolley tour of downtown Scottsdale. Participants will discover aspects of downtown Scottsdale that they never knew before, and can use that new information as a jumping off point for other in-depth tours or exploration on their own at another time. While there is some history offered, most of this Scottsdale trolley tour focuses on becoming familiar with downtown Scottsdale -- the galleries, the shops, dining and drinking spots, the Waterfront and the mall. From local trivia to myths and neighborhood development strategies, you'll certainly get to know this area better in a couple of hours than you ever could on your own.

    I am told that most of the Scottsdale trolley tour guests are local residents. Scottsdale can be a bit complicated if you don't spend a great deal of time there, and this tour will help locals become more familiar and comfortable with exploring downtown Scottsdale attractions and neighborhoods....MORE Visitors to the area are certainly welcome to sign up for the tour as well.

    It isn't unusual for people to take this tour more than once. Do you have relatives coming to visit? The Scottsdale trolley tour is a great way to introduce them to all that downtown Scottsdale has to offer!

    Tips for Participating in the Scottsdale Trolley Tour

    Here are some of my thoughts and recommendations about the tour in which I participated (2010). Please keep in mind that specific tour topics, stops and procedures may change from time to time.

    1. Tours are limited to about 20 people, which is about the number of people that can fit on one Scottsdale trolley car.
    2. There was very little walking on the tour. We walked several yards from the meeting point to board the trolley, and there was one stop where people were invited to get off the trolley to spend about 15 minutes in a Scottsdale gallery. You can stay on the trolley if you'd rather.
    3. The first 15 minutes of the took take place in the Old Adobe Mission, where a docent shared some of the history of the area and the local churches.
    4. After the Mission visit, we boarded the Scottsdale trolley and the Tour Guide called our attention to various points of interest as Ollie the Trolley transported us around downtown Scottsdale neighborhoods and districts.
    5. The trolley is air-conditioned, but the seats are hard.
    6. On my tour there was an advantage to sitting facing the right side of the trolley (as you face the front).
    7. The Guide on my tour clearly had an interest in promoting certain businesses in the area -- some of them sponsor the tour -- but it wasn't so overt that it diminished the value of the tour.
    8. There are no activities for children on this tour.
    9. Bring water, especially in the summer. No beverages or snacks are available for purchase.
    10. There are no restrooms on the trolley.
    11. While cameras are permitted, the trolley doesn't stop for photo opportunities.
    12. The trolley is wheelchair accessible.
    13. The entire tour takes less than two hours.

     

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  • 03 of 03

    Scottsdale Trolley Tour: When, Where, How Much

    Free Trolley Tour of Scottsdale
    ••• The Scottsdale Trolley is charming -- and air-conditioned! You can take the Scottsdale Trolley for free any time you are exploring in downtown Scottsdale. © 2010 Judy Hedding

    The Downtown Scottsdale Art & Cultural Trolley Tour is offered once per month, on the second Saturday of the month. Tour participants meet at 10:30 a.m. at a designated downtown Scottsdale location and the tour is usually completed by 12:30 p.m.

    This Scottsdale trolley tour is free. It is funded by sponsors, the presenting tour company, and, as budget permits, by the City of Scottsdale. Parking is free in downtown Scottsdale. You may park on the street or in an outdoor or covered parking garage nearby. There are plenty of free parking spaces within a block or two of the tour meeting place, but note that free parking has time limitations.

    The Scottsdale trolley tour is presented by a local tour company, Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours, LLC, and reservations for the tour must be made directly with them. You can contact them by phone at 480-634-6850. About a week before the tour date, participants will receive specific instructions via email.

    Beware! This is a popular tour and often books up...MORE months in advance. I recommend that you make your reservations well ahead of schedule. If the tour date you want is already full, get on a waiting list. As reservations are canceled, people on the waiting list will be contacted. If you have a reservation and find that you can't attend, please notify the tour company as soon as possible so that others on the waiting list might be accommodated.

    All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

    Page 1 >> Intro to Scottsdale Trolley Tour
    Page 2 >> Who Should Attend the Scottsdale Trolley Tour and Tour Tips
    Page 3 >> When, Where, How Much

    All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.