The New Year is in full swing, and it’s once again time to start planning that next trip. With the great weather and gorgeous scenery, why not make your next stop Maricopa, Ariz.? From the outdoor adventures to dining and entertainment, Maricopa has quickly become a go to place for those travelers looking for a little rest and relaxation or who are just looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
If you still need some convincing, here are 13 reasons why you should visit Maricopa in 2013:
No. 1: Get your golf on
Looking to get out on the green while on vacation? Well look no further. Southern Dunes Golf Club is one of the premier golf courses in Arizona and has been the site for professional tours and even PGA qualifying tournaments. Set in the heart of Maricopa, it offers a relaxing welcoming environment to make for the most enjoyable golf experience in the Valley.
No. 2: Explore the Indian culture
Experience a little Indian history at the Ak-Chin Him Dak Eco- Museum. Start with a stop by the heritage museum or learn about the Ak-chin culture and tour the area known as the eco-museum. The museum includes the tribal office, senior center and police and fire stations.
No. 3: Let the kids have some fun
Need something fun to do for the kids? The recently built UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at AK-Chin Circle offers a variety of activities for kids. The two story Urban Laser Tag Battlefield and Play ‘n Win Arcade brings kids and teens from all over for hours of fun and entertainment.
No. 4: Great live entertainment
Enjoy some great live music on your next vacation. Every month, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort brings the best entertainers to deliver unforgettable performances. Enjoy everything from country to rock ‘n’ roll, as artists hit the stage to play all the favorites.
No. 5: Art
Just a quick drive outside Maricopa is the Maricopa Casa Grande Art Museum. The historic restored building was built in 1929 and has since become a popular attraction for visitors. Wonder in the Sculpture Garden, which features works by various artists from all over Arizona, or enjoy the changing exhibits inside the house.
No. 6: Maricopa Stagecoach Days
Bring the family out to Maricopa Stagecoach Days each fall. Celebrate the history of Maricopa while participating in fun activities around town. Guests will enjoy everything from a carnival to a Mini-Miss Maricopa pageant. In addition, adults will enjoy a wine tasting, motorcycle rally and more.
No. 7: Enjoy a romantic date night
Are you and your significant other on a couple’s retreat? How about dinner and a movie at the newly built UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at AK-Chin Circle? Grab a bite to eat at 347 Grill, and then catch a movie at the UltraStar Cinemas in one of the 12 auditoriums featuring stadium seating, 3-D capability and StarClass seating for the 21-and-over crowd. Finish off date night with some drinks at the Multi-tainment Center’s J Bar or LuxeLounge.
No. 8: Game on
For the 21-and-up crowd, come out for some exciting gaming at the Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort. Test your hand at a game of black jack or press your luck on one of the many slot machines. May the odds be in your favor.
No. 9: Ram Tough
Calling all sports fans! If you enjoy the purity of high school sports, come cheer on the many teams at Maricopa High School. Football, basketball, baseball and more, the exciting games bring together fans young and old from all over.
No. 10: Free fall
Just south of Maricopa, thrill seekers can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Make your next trip unforgettable at Skydive AZ. Personalized instructors take you soaring high in the sky on a tandem skydive for an adventure of a lifetime.
No. 11: Fun for the family
Who doesn’t love family vacations? Make lasting memories on your next trip with family activities at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle. Challenge your family members to a game of bowling. The Ten Pins Down Bowling alley offers 24 lanes of bowling and eight VIP lanes for big groups and parties.
No. 12: Soak up the sun during the summer
Grab that bathing suit and cool off in one of Arizona’s most popular pools. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort is changing the swimming experience offering an exotic pool with a swim up bar. Enjoy a few cocktails or grab a refreshing frozen drink while soaking up the Arizona sun this summer.
No. 13: Arizona Soaring
For the adventurous travelers, soar high over the Sierra Estrella Mountains. Arizona Soaring’s professional flight staff offers rides of all kinds. Enjoy the views of the natural desert life and environment or opt for a thrilling and wild aerobatic ride.