Are you ready for some fun? Get ready for a no-holds-barred good time in our backyard. Whatever your tastes, Glendale’s got it all, from professional sports to world-class dining to cultural attractions.
While grid-iron action is the star here, your pre- and post-game itinerary is covered, too! They are more than end zones, home plates and center ice. When you think Glendale, think signature festivals filled with live entertainment, family fun, culinary delights and shopping adventures. Glendale caters to all types—hungry, roaring football fans, fun-seeking families, active outdoor adventurers, and just-wanna-have-fun singles looking for non-stop entertainment and hip eateries. Here are just a few ways you can enjoy Glendale before and after the big game.
A Sports Town
For the face-painting, jersey-clad die-hard sports fanatic, Glendale’s Sports and Entertainment District is home base. As the home of the NHL Coyotes and Arizona Cardinals, Glendale is a place where visitors can immerse themselves in sports and entertainment year round. Head to the Gila RiverArena to watch the Coyotes take on their opponents in one of the most cutting-edge arenas to host hockey. Spend autumn and winter counting first downs in the University of Phoenix Stadium. And, head back for sun-drenched days during major league baseball Spring Training at Camelback Ranch – Glendale, the Cactus League home of not one, but two storied franchises, the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Don’t let the fun stop there! From the ballpark, head to the Westgate Entertainment District, where you’ll find a music lover’s dream. When Gila River Arena covers the ice, it rolls in the fun in what Pollstar Magazine deems one of the country’s best venues for the concert-goer. With state-of-the-art video, a pulsating sound system and seating arrangements that guarantee clear views from all points, the facility hosts everything from the world’s top concert tours to chart-topping, televised extravaganzas. Check on the latest headliners at www.gilariverarena.com.
Historic Downtown Glendale: Retro Metro
Nostalgic charm meets metropolitan attitude in Historic Downtown Glendale. More than one million visitors annually make their way to the historic area, just minutes from Glendale’s Sports and Entertainment District. See why. Start your stroll through this nostalgic slice of Americana at the Glendale Convention & Visitors Center, 5800 W. Glenn Drive.While there, take a spin on the Prize Wheel and pick up a handy map for a walking tour. Shopaholics will be delighted by 16 blocks bursting with 90 specialty and boutique shops you won’t find anywhere else. Don’t forget to take a break from the fabulous shopping to get a bite to eat – you’ll need your strength!
Luckily, Glendale’s Downtown Dining Quarter also boasts an array of tasty menus featuring everything from traditional Polish, Mexican and German fare to unique Asian and American dishes. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, you’ll be glad to know the area has a host of retro teashops, too, so a light snack is never out of the question. All are within walking distance so you can enjoy tastes from around the globe all in a neighborhood of early 20th century character.
Then fast-forward for some 21st century retail fun by heading north to one of the largest malls in the region —Arrowhead Towne Center conveniently located just off the Loop 101 freeway at 75th Avenue and Bell Road. The mall features water fountains, outdoor concerts, movie theaters and more than 170 shops and restaurants.
Culture and heritage seekers can also find hidden jewels in Glendale. Preserving one of the Valley’s oldest and most magnificent homesteads, Historic Sahuaro Ranch consists of 13 original buildings and a breathtaking rose garden. A weekend wedding is a common sight, and the park’s stately peacocks are popular guests for the receiving line. Tours are available of both this park and Manistee Ranch, a Glendale Historical Society crown jewel.
The Great Outdoors
Stand atop any of Glendale’s nearby mountain crests, and you’ll soon learn that the climb is well worth the effort as you take in the clear vistas of the Valley below. For these desert views, head to the city’s northern region, and you’ll find the Thunderbird Conservation Park, a 1,185-acre park in the Hedgpeth Hills dedicated to preserving our native desert environment.
The park, located at 59th Avenue between Deer Valley and Pinnacle Peak Roads, boasts activities ranging from picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, jogging and wildlife watching. The park also features nearly 20 miles of multi-use trails. Several golf courses are located near the park.
Glendale’s Got Game
With a little something for everyone, Glendale’s got it going on. Come play with Glendale, and you will find a community rich in history, retail destinations, national sports landmarks and so much more. So take your time. Enjoy all Glendale has to offer. Check it out at www.visitglendale.com.