The City of Chandler's history has a largely agricultural basis, having been named for Dr. A. J. Chandler, a veterinarian and a significant landholder in the area. In 1954, the year of Dr. Chandler's death, Chandler became a city. It has experienced terrific growth ever since. Since 1980 it has grown in population by more than 150,000. Just as significant as the population growth is Chandler's economic diversification, adding manufacturing and technology components to the agricultural economy. Here are our top picks for where to go and what to do in Chandler.
Address3 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225, USA
On the third Friday of every month Historic Downtown Chandler becomes the place to browse local artists' work and visit the downtown merchants and restaurants.
More than 100 acres of wetlands and desert habitats, hiking and biking trails, picnic areas and urban fishing. The Environmental Education Center hosts nature exhibits, classes and programs for all ages.
Hamilton Aquatic Center
Hamilton Aquatic Center was named the "2001 Outstanding Facility" by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association! Enjoy a variety of amenities including a zero depth play pool, current river, two water slides and an eight-lane competition pool.
The Chandler Center for the Arts, located in Historic Downtown Chandler, is a world-class facility that showcases many talents, from The London City Opera to Jay Leno as well as The Nutcracker.
The 35,000 square-foot park has been designed for all skaters no matter how skilled. This exciting and unique facility is located at the Snedigar Sportsplex. This skate park is a free/non-supervised facility for use by skateboarders and in-line skaters.
Bear Creek Golf Course
Most affordable Nicklaus Design 36 holes in Arizona located between Arizona Avenue and McQueen Road on Riggs Road. The 18 hole, par 71 championship (long) course measures more than 6800 yards from the championship tees. Nicklaus Design took great care in the creation of the par 59 short course to give it the same feel as the long course.
AddressTumbleweed Park, Chandler, AZ 85286, USA
The Ostrich Festival is a community family event featuring live ostrich races and ostrich-themed activities, national and regional entertainment, Saturday morning parade, carnival, food, an interactive kids activities, and much more. The City of Chandler has a colorful and long standing tradition of Ostrich Ranching. Chandler and Maricopa County led the nation in raising ostriches for their stylish and expensive plumes. The Ostrich Festival was started in 1989 is held every March. In 2019, the festival will be in Tumbleweed Park.
If you feel the need for speed, you'll get your fill at this auto race that takes place at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, one of the fastest quarter-mile tracks in the U.S.
The annual Jazz Festival takes place in Downtown Chandler and offers residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy a fine selection of jazz musicians. The weekend-long event takes place in the spring each year.
Historic Downtown Chandler is full of unique shops, restaurants and galleries to meet all tastes. And while you're there, take some time to browse through the antique shops at Market Square, just a short walk away on Wall Street. This quaint garden setting is filled with antique shops, a homemade fudge store, an old-fashioned restaurant and much, much more.
Rawhide is an 1880s themed western town, complete with wild west shootouts, wagon rides, gold panning, burro rides, and more. An Arizona tradition for both tourists and locals, Rawhide moved from its Scottsdale home of 35 years, and opened in its new location in Chandler in 2006. Currently Rawhide is only open for special events and holiday.