Glendale, Arizona is a suburb just west of Phoenix. It has a population of more than 250,000 people. Glendale is near Peoria. The two cities kind of merge together in many areas.
Top Glendale Attractions
- Westgate (restaurants, bars, stadium and arena)
- Arrowhead Towne Center (shopping and restaurants),
- Historic Downtown District
Catlin Court Historic District
Glendale is labeled “Arizona’s Antique Capital.” Downtown Glendale visitors have over 90 antique shops to explore. While downtown, indulge your sweet tooth and visit Cerreta’s Chocolates, be sure to visit Caitlin Court filled with old homes that house boutique shops.
Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale
Enjoy historical parks, rose gardens or just need an awesome park to take your tired kids to? Stop at Glendale’s historic Sahuaro Ranch. Glendale has something for everyone.
Sahuaro Ranch Park is the nicest park in Glendale. This park is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and preserves one of the oldest ranches in the Valley. The park is beautiful. When you enter if you park on the right you will immediately notice the beautiful home set among palm trees and rose garden surrounded by an old citrus grove.
What to See and Do at Sahuaro Ranch Park
You can walk around the ranch and view 13 of the original ranch buildings. There are tours available as well.The rose garden is beautifully kept and my personal favorite to view. Bunnies, chickens, and roosters walk around the ranch area.
After walking through the historic area you can walk down the path through the wrought iron gate and this will lead you into the playground area. There are three separate playgrounds, so no matter what your kids age there will be something for them. The older kids playground is something of a giant jungle gym, so if the kids love to climb this is a unique park you won’t forget anytime soon after you visit.
The park holds several annual events each year:
- Juried Fine Arts Show, January
- Winter Tractor Show, February
- Children’s Art Show, April-May
- Youth Art Camp, July
- Ballet Under the Stars, September
- GlendOberfest – Fall Festival, October
In September you can see “Ballet Under the Stars” which is a free show and beautiful to watch. Here is a link with more info on this event: Ballet Under The Stars . Location:9802 North 59th Avenue Glendale, AZ and for tours call (623) 930-4200
Glendale Arizona Festivals
Visit the right time of year and you can be part of the many festivals held downtown local favorites include the:
- Chocolate Experience
- Glendale Glitters
- Fiesta Glendale
The State Farm Stadium is located near Gila River Arena. Home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Both venues are part of the Westgate City Center which is also home to restaurants, bars, shopping, theater and Water Dance Plaza, the mesmerizing Bellagio-like dancing fountains. Shows are on the hour from 5-10 p.m.
Westgate is a popular area in Glendale, Arizona. Located off the 101 next to Gila River Arena, The State Farm Stadium, Tanger Outlet, and across the street from Cabela’s. Westgate is home to over 20 bars and restaurant. If you like sushi, Kabuki is a great restaurant in the heart of Westgate. Westgate is a great area to base your Glendale vacation.
Glendale is the spring training home to the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. Glendale has gained nationwide attention since hosting the Super Bowl XLII game in 2008 and again in 2015. The NHL’s Arizona Coyotes play at Glendale’s Gila River Arena.
Shopping: The most popular shopping areas in Glendale include Arrowhead Town Center on Bell Road, Westgate and the new Tanger Outlet mall located near Westgate.