Things To Do In Glendale, Arizona

Many Glendale Attractions to Enjoy

University of Phoenix Stadium
••• University of Phoenix Stadium. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Glendale, Arizona is a residential community west of Phoenix and is located in the Northwest part of the Valley of the Sun. Here are my top picks for places to visit in Glendale, Arizona:

Gila River Arena (formerly known as Arena)

There are many concerts and shows held at the Gila River Arena each year, and, of course, The Arizona Coyotes (formerly known as the Phoenix Coyotes) play professional NHL hockey there.

Go Dawgs!

University of Phoenix Stadium (formerly Cardinals Stadium)

Home of the Arizona Cardinals, the Fiesta Bowl, and the BCS Championship Game, as well as many conventions and trade shows. The public can even take a guided tour of the stadium on non-game days. 

Westgate Entertainment District

Westgate Entertainment District (formerly known as Westgate City Center) is a shopping and entertainment destination adjacent to Gila River Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium. Although there are several stores there, it is known more for the restaurants and bars, as well as for the fountains and entertainment events.

Camelback Ranch

Camelback Ranch joins the list of West Valley sports venues in 2009. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox share the stadium during Spring Training Baseball season.

Historic Sahuaro Ranch

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Sahuaro Ranch is just north of downtown Glendale.

Built in 1885, there are 17 ranch buildings available to be toured on this 17 acre property which also includes a rose garden. Many special events are held at the Sahuaro Ranch, including the popular Antique Tractor and Engine Show each February.

Cerreta Candy Company

Take a special guided tour of this family-owned hometown candy factory.

They'll show you how a sea of caramel becomes wrapped tempting taste treats. Learn how cream centers are enrobed in luscious chocolate. These tours are about 30 minutes long and are offered Monday through Friday.


Half huge retailer and half tourist attraction, this store for the hunting and fishing folks has a museum, an aquarium, and other attractions inside. Cabela's is located within walking distance from the Glendale Arena, and within about a mile of Cardinals Stadium.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Not technically in Glendale, it's a few miles west but is well worth mentioning here. There are about 21 miles of of hiking and biking trails at all levels of difficulty. Waterfall Trail, suitable for kids, is a favorite and leads to Petroglyph Plaza.

Glendale Xeriscape Botanical Garden

Considered one of the best demonstration gardens in the state, the garden has over 1,000 varieties of desert plants on about 4 acres. The walking paths of the garden are open every day, and there is no charge. Want some ideas for your yard? This is the place to go!

Arrowhead Towne Center

If you want to shop or eat or go to a movie, this is the place for you. One of the newer malls in the greater Phoenix area, it is located in northern Glendale at 75th Avenue and Bell Road.

Thunderbird Park

There are about 1,000 acres of desert preserve here, the only mountain preserve in Glendale. Major jogging trails and bike trails are here, along with horseback riding and picnicking opportunities. Here is a listing of all the parks in Glendale, along with a map so you can find them.

Glendale Chocolate Affaire

Chocoholics everywhere descend on Glendale, Arizona for the sweetest event in the area. Each February this free event is held at Murphy Park in Downtown Historic Glendale.

Glendale Glitters

When the winter holidays roll around Glendale likes to celebrate in a big way. The huge holiday lights display lasts for about two months. Special events include Enchanted Evenings, with family-oriented activities, rides, crafts and entertainment, and the Balloon Glow and Block Party.

Enjoy your visit to Glendale, Arizona!