Things to do
In Arizona City you can enjoy Golf, Fishing (you can purchase your fishing license at the Chamber office), Bird Watching, Hiking, Rock Hunting and Star Gazing, and just plain relax! Our lightly used country roads also offer the perfect opportunity to take a nice leisurely bike ride and enjoy the rural Arizona countryside.
Nearby attractions include:
- Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
- Picacho Peak State Park
- Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino
- Sky Dive Arizona
- McFarland State Historic Park
- Pinal County Historical Museum
- Casa Grande Valley Historical Society & Museum
- Biosphere 2
Skydive Arizona™, located in Eloy, Arizona, half way between Phoenix and Tucson, is the premier place for skydivers of all skill levels. If this is your first time skydiving relax Skydive Arizona has some of the best skydiving instructors in the world, ready to take you on the adventure of a life time with your first tandem skydive.
With Arizona's beautiful weather, one of the largest Aircraft Fleets, amazing facilities and the largest drop zone in the world, they have the ability to offer you more sun, more fun and more jumps. This is why many World and National Champions have chosen to train there. Not only do they train there, but many of them offer opportunities for you to be coached and trained by them. Now you can see why this skydiving resort has become the Mecca for the skydiving community!
"You must be 18 years of age to skydive at Skydive Arizona™"
Weight Restrictions Apply
Address: 4900 N Taylor St., Eloy, Arizona 85131
Picacho Peak State Park
Visitors traveling along I-10 in southern Arizona can’t miss the prominent 1,500-foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park. Enjoy the view as you hike the trails that wind up the peak and, often in the spring, overlook a sea of wildflowers. The park and surrounding area are known for its unique geological significance, outstanding and varied desert growth, and historical importance. The unique shape has been used as a landmark by travelers since prehistoric times. One of the first recordings was in the 1700s by the Anza Expedition as it passed through the area.
The park facilities include a visitor center with exhibits and a gift store, hiking trails, playground, historical markers, campground, picnic areas, ramadas, grills, dump station, restrooms, and showers. The group use areas, for day & overnight use, are available by reservation. Before you hike, be prepared with enough water and proper footwear as the trails are steep and challenging.
Address: Interstate 10 Exit 219, Picacho, Arizona 85241
Hours: Day use hours are from 5am to 9pm. The park is closed from 10pm to 5am. Entrance is prohibited when the gate is closed.
Pinal County Historical Society
This is a good first stop to orient visitors before visiting Florence’s historic district. An 1870s silver mining boomtown, Florence’s true wild west heritage of stage coach robberies, shoot outs and even a former Civil War spy, comes alive at this museum alongside Florence’s rodeo and prison legacy.
Popular items in the museum are 1890’s cactus furniture, an 1884 square grand piano, Apache playing cards and a large collection of barbed wire. Rodeo exhibits highlight Florence’s connection to the Madison Square Garden rodeos and Gene Autry. Memorabilia and information about Western film star Tom Mix who visited Florence often and was killed nearby, is on view. A large gun display includes rifles from the Civil and Apache Wars. Florence helped inspire Gus Arriola to create the comic strip Gordo and an exhibit is included giving a taste of Florence’s rich Hispanic heritage. Military displays highlight the POW Camp Florence and local WWII heroes.
Of particular interest is our archive on the Arizona State Prison in Florence and the 28 actual nooses used for hangings at the prison. The double execution chair used for the first gas chamber execution in Arizona can be seen, along with items relating to Winnie Ruth Judd, the trunk murderess of the 1930s.
A non-circulating library and archives keeps rare and out of print books, documents, letters and photographs about the area as well as Arizona Highways Magazines dating back to 1937. To do extensive researching, call for an appointment.
Hours: September 1 through July 15: Tuesday – Saturday 11 am to 4 pm and Sunday Noon to 4 pm.
Address: 715 S Main St., Florence, Arizona 85132
Paradise lake is a 48 acre man-made lake nestled in the heart of a small Arizona town called Arizona City. It is the biggest residential lake in the entire state of Arizona with a mega fountain rivaled only by Fountain Hills.
An Audobon stop, wildlife abounds on Paradise Lake. Pelicans, ducks, geese, turtles and various other water fowl including wayward seagulls.
Paradise Lake is located about 50 miles south of Phoenix and 50 miles north of Tucson just off of I-10 south of exit 200.
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