RECREATION & ENTERTAINMENT


Professional Sporting Events

With home teams in the NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB and NHL, living in Arizona is a sports lover's dream come true. But here, rooting for the home team is only the beginning. Get out and enjoy a race at Phoenix International Raceway, applaud a birdie on the 16th hole at the Waste Management Open or enjoy a Spring Training game from the bleacher seats.

Thanks to the sunny Arizona weather, baseball fans from across the country flock to Arizona each year for Major League Baseball spring training. Known as the Cactus League, 15 teams become temporary Arizona residents each spring, playing games at 10 stadiums and sports complexes in the Phoenix metro area.

Team

Stadium

Arizona Diamondbacks

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Chicago Cubs

Sloan Park

Chicago White Sox

Camelback Ranch

Cincinnati Reds

Goodyear Ballpark

Cleveland Indians

Goodyear Ballpark

Colorado Rockies

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Kansas City Royals

Surprise Stadium

Los Angeles Angels

Tempe Diablo Stadium

Los Angeles Dodgers

Camelback Ranch

Milwaukee Brewers

Maryvale Baseball Park

Oakland Athletics

Hohokam Stadium

San Diego Padres

Peoria Sports Complex

San Francisco Giants

Scottsdale Stadium

Seattle Mariners

Peoria Sports Complex

Texas Rangers

Surprise Stadium



University of Phoenix Stadium

University of Phoenix Stadium is home to the Arizona Cardinals and hosts NFL games, as well as, a wide variety of sporting and entertainment events.  Public tours are available.


NASCAR

  1. Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale Arizona


Sky Diving

  1. Sky Dive Arizona
  2. Sky Dive Phoenix
  3. Red Rock Skydiving
  4. Adventures in Skydiving
  5. SkyVenture Arizona (Indoor Skydiving)


Water & Amusement Parks

  1. Big Surf Waterpark - Built in 1969, Big Surf Water Park is America's Original Water Park boasting Waikiki Beach, the third largest wave pool in the World!
  2. Breakers Waterpark - 20 plus acres of waterslides, bay wave pool, kiddy pool. Shade and seating
  3. Sunsplash Waterpark - Bring the family to Sunsplash, featuring 16 waterslides, awesome wave pool, lazy river, kids' areas and more. Adjacent to Golfland Family Fun Center.
  4. The Cove "Indoor Aquatic Center" - Zero depth beach-style entry pool, wave machine, kid's lagoon with water slide and tube water slide, snack bar, family locker room and much more!
  5. Williams Recreation Department - Aquatic center, awesome skate park, recreation with pool tables, movie nights. Everything all right next to each other.
  6. Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix Water Park - Arizona's largest water park, Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix features Maximum Velocity, a dueling water coaster (the world's first).
  7. Castles & Coasters - Whether you're young or old, big or small, you'll find lots of fun, food and excitement at Arizona's Finest Family Fun and Thrill Park. From the thrilling sky high roller coasters and exciting Sky Diver, to the exotic world class miniature golf courses and enchantment of an old fashioned carousel, there's magic and new adventures waiting for you and your family at Castles & Coasters.
  8. Enchanted Island - The Valley's best places to take the family is conveniently located just west of 7th Avenue on Encanto Blvd, right in the heart of Phoenix's picturesque Encanto Park. Enchanted Island is filled with charm and magic, offering nine fanciful rides and a variety of popular attractions geared especially toward children aged 1 to 10.


Top Golf Locations

  1. Troon North Golf Club - Scottsdale, AZ
  2. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Fort McDowell, AZ
  3. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club - Maricopa, AZ
  4. Boulders Golf Club - Carefree, AZ
  5. Grayhawk Golf Club - Scottsdale, AZ
  6. Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Gold Canyon, AZ
  7. TPC of Scottsdale - Scottsdale, AZ
  8. Tegavah Golf Club - Rio Verde, AZ
  9. Eagle Mountain Golf Club - Fountain Hills, AZ
  10. Longbow Golf Club - Mesa, AZ
  11. The Lodge at Ventana Canyon - Tucson, AZ
  12. La Paloma Country Club - Tucson, AZ
  13. Arizona National Golf Club - Tucson, AZ
  14. Whirlwind Golf Club - Chandler, AZ
  15. Raven Golf Club at Verrado - Buckeye, AZ
  16. Papago Golf Course - Phoenix, AZ
  17. Apache Stronghold Golf Course - San Carlos, AZ
  18. Golf Club of Estrella - Goodyear, AZ
  19. Laughlin Ranch Golf Club - Bullhead City, AZ
  20. Wildfire Golf Club - Phoenix, AZ
  21. Raven Golf Club - Phoenix, AZ


Route 66

Arizona is home to the longest original stretch of Route 66, known as the Main Street of America. One of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System, it was a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl. The road became so iconic it was heralded in pop culture by the hit song "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" and the Route 66 television show in the '60s. Cruise this scenic byway, taking a trip back in time to enjoy classic towns filled with Americana.

Lake Havasu / the London Bridge - Dubbed the "Personal Watercraft Capital of the World," Lake Havasu City sits on the shores of the Colorado River and is one of the Southwest's premier locations for water sports. It is also home to one of Arizona's most popular attractions, the London Bridge.

Oatman - This former gold-mining camp is another popular stop on the longest original stretch of the old Mother Road. Stroll the buckboard street and visit the historic Oatman Hotel, where movie stars Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned. Enjoy staged gunfights and feed the famous four-legged settlers of the town—the wild burros that roam the streets.

Kingman - Take the scenic drive through the Black Mountains following Route 66's original 1926 course through Kingman, "the heart of historic Route 66" and home to the Historic Route 66 Museum, housed in the old Powerhouse building. The museum depicts the evolution of travel on this famous road through brilliant murals, photos and life-size dioramas.

Hackberry - Pull into the Hackberry General Store & Visitor's Center, offering "the mother lode of Mother Road memorabilia." Vintage pumps stand outside the Mobilgas, and the Greyhound dog welcomes bus visitors. The service garage also displays classic cars and Burma-Shave road signs. Stroll through the vintage diner, enjoy a bottle of Route 66 Beer (root beer) and find a special souvenir of your trip.

Peach Springs - Peach Springs lies within the traditional territory of the Hualapai people. It was once a lively railroad town with a trading post that was built in 1917 as a place for the Hualapai to swap their crafts for cloth, medicine and manufactured goods. The tribe acquired the Peach Springs Trading Post in 1950 and the building now serves as its tribal headquarters, as well as being listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Peach Springs also served as an inspiration for the fictional town Radiator Springs in the Pixar movie Cars.

Seligman - Get a snack at the quirky roadside Snow Cap Drive-In, a Route 66 nostalgia-lover's delight built in 1953 by local resident and character Juan Delgadillo. A welcome sign that informs customers, "Sorry, we're open," sets the stage for fun while you order items like the "cheeseburger with cheese" or the "dead chicken." Take the time to stop in the museum a few doors down and swap stories with Juan's brother, Angel Delgadillo, known as the Guardian Angel of Route 66.

Williams - Relive the spirit of a bygone era along Route 66 through the community of Williams. Soda fountains, diners, quirky hotels, classic automobiles and unique shops line the Mother Road just as it was back in the day. With its preservation of an authentic small town atmosphere and history, Williams is the perfect place to stop by and "Get your kicks."

Flagstaff - Spend the day in this quaint, mile-high city, where Route 66 is the main drag. Grab a bite at the Galaxy Diner, and then walk off your meal by browsing the wonderful shops in the downtown area. Two-step the night away to country music at the Museum Club, an historic Route 66 roadhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Winslow - The Eagles '70s hit single "Take it Easy" inspires many to visit Winslow today and "Stand on the Corner." The "Standin' on a Corner Park" is located in historic downtown Winslow and features a life-size bronze statue and a two-story mural depicting "a girl in a flatbed Ford…." Stay at La Posada Hotel, with a National Historic Landmark designation, it's an example of historic preservation at its best.

Holbrook - Just west of downtown is the iconic Wigwam Village #6 motel. Family owned and operated since 1950, the kitschy motel is comprised of individual non-connected sleeping units fashioned after the teepees of the Plains Indians. Fifteen teepees are situated in an open rectangle to resemble an Indian village.



Lakes

Alamo Lake - Considered one of Arizona's best Bass fishing lakes, Alamo Lake is a quick 120 miles northwest of Phoenix. Visitors can enjoy fishing, swimming, boating and water skiing.

Apache Lake - Located about 65 miles east of Phoenix, the Horse Mesa dam creates Apache Lake. Known for it's quick weekend getaways, visitors enjoy swimming, bass fishing, boating and water skiing.

Bartlett Lake - Bartlett Lake is a Verde River Reservoir Lake located approximately 30 miles northeast of Phoenix. As a national holiday hot spot, you can enjoy picnicking, boating, swimming, skiing and plenty of campground space. During less visited dates, fishermen can catch Bass, Catfish, Small and Largemouth Bass, Crappie and Bluegill.

Becker Lake - Becker Lake is known primarily for large Rainbow Trout. You can find Becker Lake approximately two miles northwest of Springerville off US 60.

Big Lake - Stocked in the spring and fall with more than 30,000 trout, Big Lake is a great family getaway. Facilities include a grocery store, boat rental and plenty of nearby campsites.

Canyon Lake - Located approximately 16 miles outside of Apache Junction on state route 88, Canyon Lake is a Salt River reservoir lake. Canyon Lake offers beautiful mountainous scenery and various fish such as the walleye, largemouth bass, yellow bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie. It has a designated swimming site and a pair of boating ramps. The three recreation sites at the lake -- Acacia Picnic Site, the Palo Verde Recreation Site and the Boulder Creek Recreation Site -- are open year round and available at no charge.

Chevelon Canyon Lake - Chevelon Lake is an excellent source for Brown Trout fishing. Chevelon is located about 60 miles east of Payson off State Route 260. A slightly difficult one-mile hike is required to reach the lake.

Fool Hollow Lake - Great for Rainbow trout, Small and Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Sunfish, Catfish and Walleye, Fool Hollow Lake can be found approximately 5 miles west of Show Low off State Route 260.

Hawley Lake - Located on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation, Hawley Lake requires fisherman to attain a permit. Popular for its Ice-fishing, Hawley Lake amenities include a grocery store, boat rentals, cabins, plenty of campsites and the Hawley Lake Resort.

Horseshoe Lake - Known more for recreation than fishing, Horseshoe Lake is a reservoir lake that is usually near dry during the hot summer months. From October to May you can enjoy camping, picnicking, and hiking.

Lake Havasu - Arguably the most popular water-lovers location in Arizona, Lake Havasu offers every possible amenity to both fishermen and visiting tourists. Home of the London Bridge, Lake Havasu is located on Arizona's western border off Arizona 95.

Lake Martinez - Located 45 minutes north of Yuma, Lake Martinez is a great place to fish, boat, hike, water-ski, trail run or just sitting back and relaxing. Created by the Imperial Dam, the lake offers excellent Bass fishing.

Lake Mary (Upper) - Known for Largemouth and Yellow Bass, Crappie, Sunfish, Catfish, Channel, Walleye, Talapia and Yellow Perch, Lake Mary (upper) is one of the closest major lakes to the Flagstaff Arizona area. Aside from fishing visitors can go jet skiing, rafting, canoeing and water skiing.

Lake Mary (Lower) - Known for Rainbow Trout, Sunfish, Catfish and Channel, Lake Mary (lower) is one of the closest major lakes to the Flagstaff Arizona area. Dependent on local rainfall, the size of the lake can vary greatly from year to year. Boat use is limited to 8 horsepower.

Lake Mead - Created by the Hoover Dam, this visually spectacular lake is located on the Arizona/Nevada border. Visitors can camp, water ski, boat, rent houseboats, and hike. Fishing includes Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Channel, Catfish, Crappie and Bluegill.

Lake Mohave - Located about 60 miles south of the Hoover Dam, Davis Dam creates peaceful Lake Mohave. While offering boating, water skiing, visiting fisherman can find well stocked Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Channel, Catfish, and Crappie.

Lake Pleasant - As the closest major lake to the North Phoenix area, Lake Pleasant is known for its quick weekend getaways. Primarily a water sports lake, visitors enjoy water skiing, boating, jet skiing, camping, fishing, shoreline hiking and just plain water recreation fun.

Lake Powell - Lake Powell Arizona offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based and backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a panorama of human history. The scenery is almost indescribable with towering rock formations rising majestically straight up out of the water. It is the second largest man-made lake in the United States and is 187 miles long with 96 major side canyons and a coast line of approximately 1,960 miles-more than the west coast of the U.S. from Seattle to San Diego. The Lake holds approximately 8.5 trillion gallons of water and the summertime water temperatures approach 80 degrees.

Luna Lake - With great Rainbow, Cutthroat and Brook trout, and close proximity to Alpine Arizona, Luna Lake is an excellent destination for weekend and vacationing fisherman. Luna is also known for ice fishing during winter freezes. Facilities include campgrounds, picnic tables, restrooms and a boat launch.

Lyman Lake - Located 17 miles north of Springerville, Lyman Lake fisherman can catch Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, and Bluegill among others. There are no boating restrictions, so you can expect to see skiing, swimming and all manner of water sports at Lyman Lake. There is even electrical hook-up in some locations around the lake.

Lynx Lake - Home to Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Sunfish and Channel Catfish, Lynx Lake is one of Arizona most popular recreational lakes. Visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Mormon Lake - Mormon Lake is located about 30 miles southeast of Flagstaff Arizona. While the lake can become dry during times of low rainfall, it remains an excellent place to boat, hike, bike, and view wildlife. Fishing includes Sunfish, Catfish and Channel.

Patagonia Lake - Patagonia Lake is located in Southern Arizona just 12 miles north of Nogales Mexico. Although known for Rainbow, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Sunfish, Channel and Flathead Catfish, the lake can be nearly empty during low water/drought periods.

Reservation Lake - With a managed season from April to November, Reservation Lake is an excellent Brown Trout fishing lake high in Arizona's majestic White Mountains. Reservation Lake is located 19 miles south of Arizona 260 using Arizona 273.

Roosevelt Lake - As the largest of the six Salt River Project lakes, Roosevelt Lake is a good source for Large and Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel, Catfish and Crappie. Roosevelt Lake is located 80 miles east of Phoenix and heavily visited during hot summer holidays. Facilities include fish cleaning station, picnic areas, restrooms, boating ramp, camping, and stocked fish.

Saguaro Lake - Saguaro Lake is one of six Salt River Project lakes created by Mountain Dam. Stocked by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, you can expect to find a good supply of Walleye, Largemouth and Yellow Bass, Rainbow and Brown Trout, Catfish and Crappie. Saguaro is approximately 40 miles east of Phoenix.

San Carlos Lake - You can find San Carlos Lake just 25 miles east of Globe Arizona. Created by the Coolidge Dam, fishermen can catch Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Crappie and Bluegill all year round. Facilities include picnic area and boat ramp.

Show Low Lake - Situated only one mile off State Route 260 on Show Low Road is Show Low Lake. Show Low Lake fisherman can find large Walleye, Rainbow and Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish and Catfish. Boating is limited to 8 horsepower or less, and amenities include, parking area, tables, drinking water, fireplaces, and camping.

Sunrise Lake - Considered one of the best Trout Lakes in Northeastern Arizona, Sunrise Lake is a Trout fisherman's dream. Sunrise Lake is located approximately 30 miles east of Pinetop Arizona. Amenities include campgrounds, stores, gas stations and boat rentals.

Tonto Lake - Tonto Lake is roughly 30 plus miles southeast of Fort Apache Arizona. Fisherman and can find a good supply of Rainbow and Apache Trout. Facilities include picnic tables and tent camping.

Woods Canyon Lake - Woods Canyon Lake is located 27 miles Southwest of Heber on State Route 260. Primarily a Trout fishing lake, Woods Canyon Lake's season lasts between May and October of each year. Electric Boat Motors are required.



National Parks & Museums

Grand Canyon

Vast, magnificent and inarguably beautiful, the Grand Canyon is easily Arizona's most distinguishable landmark, and a natural wonder that you simply have to see to believe. Stretching 277 miles from end to end, steep, rocky walls descend more than a mile to the canyon's floor, where the wild Colorado River traces a swift course southwest.

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park protects and preserves a giant saguaro cactus forest that stretches across the valley floor near Tucson. Unique to the Sonoran Desert, the park's giant saguaros sometimes reach as much as 50 feet in height, so it's no wonder they've been described as the kings of the Sonoran Desert. The city of Tucson divides Saguaro National park into two districts, the Tucson Mountain District to the west and Rincon Mountain District to the east, each located about 30 minutes outside of the city.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! The museum is recognized as one of the top ten zoos/botanical gardens in the world.

Desert Botanical Garden

Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. With a 63-year legacy of environmental stewardship, the Garden has become nationally and internationally renowned for its plant collections, research and educational programs. Hours: Open seven days a week, year round except for July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25. October through April: 8 am-8 pm; May through September: 7am-8pm.

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