Every year Phoenix Magazine asks its readers to vote on their favorite things in the Valley. Readers select their favorites from restaurants, gyms, art installations and more. This year, readers voted Scottsdale's McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park as the best park in Phoenix-Metro area.
Thanks to a generous land donation from Fowler McCormick, and with Guy Stillman created a partnership between the City and the Scottsdale Railroad & Mechanical Society, the park opened on Saturday, October 4, 1975 with free train rides, games, music and a Wild West Shootout.
Over the last 40 years the park has evolved into one of the most popular attractions in Scottsdale, with approximately 1 million visitors a year. Visitors enjoy a robust playground, rides on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad, the Charros Carousel, a model railroad building and a historical railroad museum.
Visiting the park is free; train and carousel rides, as well admission to the museum have a small fee. Learn more about the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park by visiting its website.