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
Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino
Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino Resort is a casino and resort located 39 miles south of Phoenix, Arizona near Maricopa, Arizona. It is owned by the Ak-Chin Indian Community and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
The 40,000-square-foot casino has 1.089 video poker and slot machines, as well as 28 game tables, keno and bingo.
With the recent addition of a 152-room hotel tower, the resort now has 300 rooms, and an outdoor swimming pool with swim up bar, which recently underwent a complete renovation. The resort also features four restaurants, an entertainment venue, meeting and conference space and the only Bingo hall in the Caesars organization, which continues the proud heritage of William F. Harrah, who opened his first Bingo hall in Reno in 1937.
Address: 15406 N Maricopa Rd., Maricopa, Arizona 85239
Hours: Open 24 hours daily
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
Gila River Arts and Crafts Center Museum & Heritage Park
Gila River Arts and Crafts Center Museum & Heritage Park
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
Casa Grande Valley Historical Society & Museum
Come spend an hour, or an afternoon at the Historical Museum. Explore the rich heritage of rural Southern Arizona. The museum offers tours, lecture series, workshops and children's programs.
Experience the 19th Century mining boom as you tour the exhibit. See the miniature agricultural display. Learn how irrigation turned sandy plains into lush cotton fields.
See what Casa Grande looked like in 1879 when the railroad ended here and the city was named Terminus. Discover the people that come alive through our Research Facilities and Photographic Reproductions. Tour the historic Heritage Hall and the Rebecca Dallis School House.
Hours: September 15 - May 15 / Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Noon - 4PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter
Entrance Fees: Adults: $5, Seniors: $4, Children Free
Address: 110 West Florence Blvd., Casa Grande, Arizona 85122
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.
Casa Grande Ruins
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is a unique structure built by the Hohokam Indians in the 14th century. The Big House stands an impressive four story building. The ruin is 40 feet by 60 feet at the base and some of the walls are more than 3-feet thick.
Explore the mystery and complexity of an extended network of communities that rivals today's cities. An Ancient Sonoran Desert People's farming community and "Great House" are preserved at Casa Grande Ruins. Whether the Casa Grande was a gathering place for the Desert People or simply a waypoint marker in an extensive system of canals and trading partners is but part of the mystique of the Ruins.
Guided tours are offered nearly hourly from late November to mid-April. Tours meet in the shaded Interpretive Ramada located immediately outside of the visitor center's rear doors. While you are seated for the introduction the guide will explain the history of the ruins, the archeology, and the Hohokam Culture. Your guide, either ranger or trained volunteer, will then lead the tour into Compound A and point out interesting features. You may enter or leave the tour at any point, or you may chose to visit the park on a self-guided tour. There are signs and exhibits to enhance your visit with volunteers and staff eager to hear your stories and discuss your questions. Tours are wheelchair friendly.
Guided tours in May through October are offered as staffing, weather, high temperatures, and group size permit. Please ask or read postings at the front visitor center information desk to learn about tours, special events, or guest speakers featured on the day of your visit.
No tours enter the Great House due to safety and resource protection concerns.
There are no additional fees for guided tours. Special tours such as backcountry archeology walks are offered in the spring. Please contact the park in advance as these programs fill quickly.
Address: 1100 Ruins Drive, Coolidge, Arizona 85128
Hours: Daily 8:00 am to 5:00 pm except Christmas Day
Entrance Fees: $3.00 per person, Children ages 16 and under are admitted FREE. Golden Eagle, Golden Age, and Golden Access Passport cards are honored.
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.
Tour this renowned environmental research facility and see where science lives. Biosphere 2, under the management of The University of Arizona, is one of the world’s most unique facilities dedicated to the research and understanding of global scientific issues. Your Guided Tour of this 3.14-acre laboratory for controlled scientific studies includes the Biosphere 2 structure interior, movie theater, human habitat, climate change exhibit, and more. Self-guided tours are also available.
Address: 20 minutes north of Tucson, 90 minutes south of Phoenix. Turn on Biosphere Rd. from Hwy. 77 (Oracle Rd.) at mile marker 96.5
Hours: Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Reservations recommended for tour groups of 10 or more. Call for seasonal hours, rates, directions and additional information.
Entrance Fees: Adults $20, Children ages 6-12 $13, Children ages 5 and under FREE. Additional discounts and group rates are also available. Please call for more information.
McFarland State Historic Park
McFarland Courthouse and museum provides visitors with a window into the past. The 1878 Territorial Courthouse represents a transition between Sonoran and Anglo-American architecture with a wood-shingled pitched roof surmounting traditional adobe brick walls. Like most buildings in Territorial Arizona, the original 1878 structure was constructed by hand using native materials. In 1963, the Pinal County Historical Society acquired and maintained the building as a museum. Today, the buildings and house exhibits depicting the history of the area include the Ernest McFarland Archives and World War II POW Camp.
Address: 24 W Ruggles St, Florence, Arizona 85132
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm; and is closed on Sunday.
Entrance Fees: Adults (ages 14+) $2.00, Children (ages 13 and younger) Free
Arizona City Golf Club
The "Arizona City" course is a fun 18 hole regulation course located at the Arizona City Golf Club facility in Arizona City, AZ. From the longest tees it features 6,775 yards of golf for a par of 72. This medium-length layout features 4 sets of tee boxes for the enjoyment of golfers of all skill levels.
The course was designed by Arthur Jack Snyder, ASGCA, and features an island tee, greenside bunkers and the 'saguaro'. Opened in the 1959 it weaves through the homes of this small community.
Arizona City Golf Club, one of the city's high points brings with it fine dining experience. The golf course has an in-house four star restaurant called the Duffer's. The restaurant provides an elegant atmosphere where one can grab a drink after the game or come and dine with the family.
Hiking / Outdoor Activities
Hiking around the Arizona City area allows for a variety of primitive and unconfined recreational activities.
This area offers various levels of hiking, from flat walking in the washes and bajadas, to rock scrambling on the nearby hills and ridges. Backpacking, hunting, horseback riding, photography, bird watching, and sightseeing for geological, zoological, and especially botanical features are all possible.
The uniqueness of this area is increased by its flatness and the excellent spring wildflowers that can be viewed here.