Fall Fun / Central Arizona
Th e area is actually two distinct neighborhoods: Catlin
Court boasts cottages turned into specialty shops and Old
Towne off ers eateries and antique shops. Free parking is
available at the parking garage on Palmaire Avenue.
STATE FARM STADIUM
Home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, this stadium seats
63,000 and off ers public and private tours.
Camelback Ranch is a stadium that is the spring training
home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White
Sox. It off ers year-round baseball action for the diehard
fan: spring training, extended spring training, summer and
fall leagues and the instructional league. Th e “Ranch” also
boasts a 5-acre lake system that is stocked with fi sh. mlb.
GILA RIVER ARENA AND THE WESTGATE
Th e arena is home to the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes. It anchors
the 223-acre, $1 billion development Westgate Entertainment
District. Besides hockey games, the arena hosts concerts and
other live entertainment. Th e Westgate district off ers a large
interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience.
CASTLES AND COASTERS
Th is amusement park off ers family fun on 10 acres and
includes mini golf, rides and a game arcade. Th e park also
has a two-loop coaster and a water ride. Value passes are
PEORIA SPORTS COMPLEX
Spring Training home to MLB’s Seattle Mariners and San
Diego Padres, the complex also has hosts youth baseball,
minor league, community and corporate events. peoriasportscomplex.
SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium
Th is aquarium is at Arizona Mills and off ers thousands of
aquatic creatures, Critter Canyon, the Bay of Rays, touch pools
and a 360-degree ocean tunnel. visitsealife.com/Arizona.
LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER
Th is family fun spot is at Arizona Mills and off ers two
rides, 10 LEGO build and play zones, a 4D cinema and
Th is shopping and entertainment district off ers over 85 eateries,
40 shops and over two dozen nightlife spots and more.
SUN DEVIL STADIUM & GRADY GAMMAGE
Th e stadium is home to the Arizona State University Sun
Devil football team. Show up on game day and get swept
into the Sun Devil fandom! Th e auditorium is a multipurpose
arts center on the main campus of ASU.
TEMPE TOWN LAKE
Th is 2-mile long man-made lake off ers paths for walkers,
joggers and bikers. Th e lake is open to electric, wind and
human-powered boats. tempe.gov/visitors/tempe-town-lake.
LAKE HAVASU CITY
Th is is the Western home of the London Bridge … really!
Tour the bridge and then try out all the diverse off erings
of international cuisine in town. Ready for the water? Take
a pontoon boat ride through the channel or amp up your
vacation adventure by renting a wakeboard or waterski.
Everyone from speed boaters to house boaters are welcome
on Lake Havasu. Th e area is a one-stop vacationing mecca,
with something for hikers, golfers, fi shing enthusiasts and
Casa Grande Mountain Park
Th e Casa Grande Mountain Park is home to the Elzy
Pearson shooting range open 7 a.m. to dusk.
CASA GRANDE MAIN STREET
Come eat, shop and play in downtown Casa Grande where
39 buildings are on the Local Historic Register and the
National Register of Historic Places. Home to street fairs
and car shows, there is something to do … and eat … for
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Built by ancient Sonoran Desert people, the Casa Grande or
“Great House” on Ruins Drive has been the site of deep
public curiosity since about 1846. Th e visitor center is open
362 days a year. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 to September
and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 to April 30, and contains the book-
store, the museum, an orientation fi lm and restrooms. Th ere is
parking for RVs. Leashed pets are welcome. nps.gov/cagr.
ARTISAN VILLAGE OF COOLIDGE
Th is area is a discovery space for people of all ages to
express their creative talents. Th ere is an art gallery and
classes are also off ered. Several community events are held
throughout the year. October features the Fall Garden
Fest and the Christmas in the Village will be featured in
December. Check artisanvillageofcoolidge.org for dates.
PINAL GEOLOGY MUSEUM
Th e museum honors the mining and mineral heritage
of Arizona that has been part of the cultural fabric for
centuries. Located in Artisan Village of Coolidge, call for
hours (520) 723-3009.
McFarland State Historic Park
Th is is a small downtown historic park. Th e park has a
preserved courthouse and other buildings dating to the
Arizona Territory period. azstateparks.com.
PINAL COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Th e museum has numerous exhibits of native Americans,
day to day life in early Florence, prison artifacts, and an
extensive Library of Arizona and the Southwest. Records
are available for research on families as well as history of
the area. pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org.
Th e town park on Main Street includes ball fi elds,
basketball courts, playground, picnic ramada, BBQ grills,
open play area, volleyball, horseshoe pits, skate park and
restrooms. fl orenceaz.gov/parks-facilities.
Th e center on 1st Street has a competition pool, play pool,
water slides, aquatic play unit, 1-meter diving boards, concession
area, vending machines and multi-purpose room.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Th is largest and oldest botanical garden in the state is on
Highway 60 and is a 323-acre, 1920s-era state park and
arboretum with botanical garden trails, fl ora, fauna and
Th e trails connect the historic mining town of Superior
with the Arizona Trail, 6 miles to the west. Th e Picketpost
Mountain trail is a 3.9-mile hike that features wild fl owers
and is rated as diffi cult. Th e trail off ers many activities
and is accessible year-round. Dogs are welcome. Th e trail
climbs up onto the terrace through an area of melted adobe
houses to emerge onto Main Street of the old town Pinal.
Please do not disturb the ruins or steal the artifacts.
BOB JONES MUSEUM
On Main Street, the museum, the former home of
Arizona’s sixth governor, off ers local artifacts and exhibits
of photos, mining equipment and geological samples.
Th e Life Size Miner exhibit is a popular feature. Th ere
is no admission charge; all ages are welcome and there is
adequate street parking.
Besh Ba Gowah Archeological Park & Museum
Featuring the Salado Indian Ruins on Jesse Hayes Road,
you will fi nd interpretive signs to understand the Salado
civilization. Th e Ethno-Botanical Garden illustrates native
Arizona plants and the museum has the largest collection
of Salado pottery and artifacts in the world. globeaz.gov/
GILA COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Th e Gila County Historical Museum is at the historic
Mine Rescue Station on Broad Street, which was
constructed in 1919 and opened in 1920. Th e Mine
Rescue Station houses a collection of historic artifacts,
photographs and documents. Th e museum also features an
extensive research library. Th ere is no charge to visit.
TONTO NATIONAL MONUMENT
Th e monument on AZ-188 showcases two Salado-style
cliff dwellings. You can hike through the pine trees to the
top of the Pinals and view Globe, or hike to the Tonto
National Monument and see Roosevelt Lake. fs.fed.us/
ROOSEVELT LAKE AND MARINA
Th e largest lake in Central Arizona is on Route 188
and off ers fi shing, boating and camping. It is the oldest
artifi cial reservoir in Arizona and is home to the Th eodore
Roosevelt Dam, which was built in 1911.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Th e museum houses displays and exhibits focused on the
Western heritage of the town. westernmuseum.org.
Th e historic Walking Tour takes you back when the Wild
West was wild. Many eateries to relax in. Trail hiking,
horseback riding, Jeep tours, spas and more are available.
Th e jail tree is located at the corner of Tegner (US-93) and
Wickenburg Way (US-60). Th is mesquite tree is over 200
years old and once served as the town jail. From 1863 to
1890 outlaws were chained to this tree.