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Official Visitors Guide

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V I S I T S U R P R I S E A Z . C O M

Welcome to Surprise

9 Events

32 Road Trips

11 Sports

35 Parks

15 Spring Training

37 Restaurants

17 Pickleball

39 Art Map

19 Golfing

43 Arts & Culture

23 Area Points of Interest

47 Visitor Center



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Surprise is graced with near-perfect weather featuring more than 330 sunny days a year and an average temperature of 86 degrees.

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ocated along U.S. 60, northwest of Phoenix, Surprise is one of the fastest-growing communities in the U.S. Today, Surprise is a 74-square-mile city on the move. Flanked by one of Arizona’s largest mountain preserves, and situated in the saguaro-dotted Sonoran Desert on the northwestern edge of the Valley of the Sun, it’s no “surprise” that Surprise was named Arizona’s fastest- growing city four times in recent years. Even the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers decided to take up residence here. The once sleepy square-mile farming community surprised just about everyone when it successfully courted the two teams away from their Florida training homes. The Surprise Stadium, Spring Training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals along with a Regional Library, aquatic center, tennis and racquet complex, youth baseball complex, Mark Coronado Park and Surprise Community Park are centerpieces of this new square mile plus downtown development, putting Surprise well on its way to becoming the playground of the West Valley. Looking for some cool and affordable summer fun? Surprise’s 10,562-square-foot Aquatics Center takes swimming beyond the box. It includes a 4,700-square-foot water play area with zero depth entry, eight-lane competitive pool, diving well with two 1-meter boards, two slides, splash pads, vortex whirlpool, classroom, concessions and more.

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Hike or Bike to a Rare Desert Waterfall

Hike or bike to a rare desert waterfall at White Tank Regional Park located on the western edge of Surprise. Waterfall Trail is a very popular and easy hike, suitable for the entire family. Hit the greens at one or all of Surprise’s championship golf courses. Cimarron at Sun City Grand was designed by Greg Nash. Play tennis, racquetball and table tennis at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex. It has leagues as well as drop-in tennis. From time to time you can also catch professional exhibition tennis here. A one-stop shop for family entertainment, Uptown Alley has bowling, laser tag and games, as well as a full-service restaurant and night life opportunities for the adult crowd. Be sure to check out the Wildlife Enjoy your visit to World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park or take the family to one of two pickSurprise, Arizona your-own citrus farms. Spend a day at Maricopa County’s northwest regional library. The $5.5 million, 20,000-squarefoot library features a gift shop and many public access flat screen computers and separate adult, teen and child areas with greenhouse reading rooms overlooking a 5-acre lake. Be sure to visit the 12’x78’ mosaic that depicts the history of Surprise. Stunning natural beauty is just the beginning in Surprise, where art and culture extend to all corners of the city and include everything from fine arts to local traditional crafts and performances. Be sure to check out Arts HQ, the City Hall art collection or WHAM’s new showroom. The city also hosts several unique special events that are must-see activities like Fiesta Grande (October), Surprise Party (December) or the Second Sunday in the Park (September to spring). The festive events include live bands, hot-air balloons, food and treats for the entire family.

Calendar of Events Art Walk year-round

Explore the arts of Surprise. Surprise is committed to providing a vibrant arts & cultural scene. See page 39 for more details.

Fiesta Grande october

15850 N Bullard Ave / 623.222.2000 / surpriseaz.gov This festive community event held in the city’s Original Town Site is about bringing people together to celebrate both the history and the future of the city and the important role Grand Avenue plays in Surprise and the region. The inaugural Surprise Fiesta Grande was held in October 2014 and featured live music, authentic Mexican food, festive beverages, dancing, a car show and a kid zone with a piñata plaza and interactive games.

Sunday in the Park


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Surprise Party first friday & saturday of december

15850 N Bullard Ave / 623.222.2000 / surpriseaz.gov It’s a Surprise Party that goes on for days. Revelers enjoy hot-air balloons, skydivers, live music, a classic-car show, a tree-lighting ceremony, animal exhibits. Get in some holiday shopping, too, with an arts and crafts festival featuring oneof-a-kind gifts.

Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival january

15960 N Bullard Ave 480.837.5637 / thunderbirdartists.com/events Thunderbird Artists produce an extraordinary festival set within 180 acres on the Surprise Recreation Campus. This event warrants a weekend stay for the whole family to enjoy.



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Arizona is a Sports Lover’s Paradise

hether you’re a spectator, participant or a little of both, Arizona is a sports lover’s paradise. With year-round sunny skies, you never have to lose a day or two of your vacation due to inclement weather. Surprise is the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers baseball teams. These Major League Baseball teams use Surprise Stadium for their activities. Surprise is also a popular destination for fans who want close proximity to Phoenix and Glendale for Major League Baseball’s 2001 World Champs, the Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. The NHL’s Arizona Coyotes and NFL’s Arizona Cardinals both play in nearby Glendale.

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15930 N Bullard Ave / 623.222.2000 Surprise Stadium is the spring training home to the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. Surprise Stadium seats 10,500 fans and is located on a 124-acre site that includes twelve full-practice fields and two half fields, as well as separate clubhouse and office facilities.

Tennis, Racquetball & Pickleball

14469 W Paradise Ln / 623.222.2400 As part of the city’s Recreation Campus, Surprise is also home to the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex (STRC). Since its opening in August 2007, the complex has received numerous awards. It was named the 2008 Outstanding Facility of the Year by the USTA. The complex hosts various professional events throughout the year, including the Outback Champion Series tour, a USTA Pro Circuit event, and many USTA regional and sectional events. In 2009 the complex was chosen as the site for the Fed Cup Quarter Final between the USA and Argentina. Play tennis, racquetball and table tennis at the Surprise Tennis a n d Racquet Complex. They have leagues as well as drop-in tennis. From time to time you can also catch professional exhibition tennis here.

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NASCAR® Cup Series at ISM Raceway

7602 S Avondale Blvd / 623.463.5400 Surprise is conveniently located close to Avondale, home of ISM Raceway, which hosts some of the largest crowds in the state for NASCAR® and Indy races. Surprise offers easy access to Avondale via the new Loop 303. Proximity to Phoenix and Glendale:

Diamondbacks, Suns, Mercury, Coyotes and Cardinals:

Surprise is a Popular Destination for Fans

Various Locations Surprise is also a popular destination for fans who want close proximity to Phoenix and Glendale for Major League Baseball’s 2001 World Champs, the Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. The NHL’s Arizona Coyotes and NFL’s Arizona Cardinals both play in nearby Glendale.

Surprise Aquatic Center

15831 N Bullard Ave / 623.222.2500 There’s swimming — always welcome in the desert heat — and there’s swimming plus amusement park fun at the Surprise Aquatic Center. The 4,700-square-foot water play area with a zero-depth area also features two water slides, a flume, a tunnel and a vortex whirlpool. A competition pool, a diving well and two, 1-meter diving boards give more serious swimmers a chance to hone their skills. Open to the public for open swim May - September.

Surprise Urban Lake

15930 N Bullard Ave / 623.222.2000 Surprise Urban Lake is open sunrise to 10pm. The lake is 5 acres with a maximum depth of 12 feet. For more information and bag limits contact Surprise Community and Recreation Services 623.222.2000. Fish include catfish, trout, bass, sunfish, white amur. Limits apply and permits are required


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SpringTraining in Surprise


Ranked #1 Spring Training Stadium in the Cactus League

s Major League Baseball fans know, Spring Training has been an annual rite in Arizona for many decades and the city of Surprise is proud to be one of the host cities for the Cactus League. Surprise Stadium, Spring Training home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, was ranked the #1 Spring Training Stadium in the Cactus League by USA Today. Whether you want to take in the Arizona sun, or looking for unparalleled player access with up-close encounters of veteran stars and blossoming prospects, Surprise Stadium brings you the BEST of everything!

“The Surprise factor” is rooted in the volunteer organization known as the Sundancers. This amazing volunteer organization, recognized by their yellow shirts and smiling faces are the official ambassadors of Surprise Stadium. There are over 750 Sundancers who volunteer their time during spring training to make sure fans get exceptional customer service.

The stadium combines the unique tradition of spring training with a modern fan experience. The stadium’s intimate atmosphere with distinct personality makes every seat a good seat, and you get to watch baseball in its purest form. The Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers allow incredible access – offering fans a variety of opportunities for interactions with their favorite players. The stadium also incorporates the culture of the city of Surprise into spring training by working with local partners to give fans a true Arizona experience. The Budweiser Legends Deck features a different restaurant every day where fans can taste the local flavor while enjoying the game in a fun atmosphere. Plus, the stadium offers signature eats and craft beverages that will have your taste buds hitting home-runs, including Arizona local favorites, as well as staples from Kansas City and Dallas.

For more information on Spring Training and Surprise Stadium visit SurpriseSpringTraining.com or call 623-222.2222.

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Spring Training is an event for all ages, and here in Surprise the focus is on the fan with low ticket prices and free parking for everyone.

Key Dates:

December – Tickets go on sale Mid-February- Pitchers & Catchers Report to Surprise End of February – Spring Training Opening Day

To purchase tickets:

Online: Surprisespringtraining.com Phone: 623.222.2222 In Person: Surprise Stadium Box Office; 15850 N. Bullard Avenue, Surprise, AZ 85374


Pickleball Tourist Craze


ony, a Canadian tourist, said the main reason he visits Surprise each year for his winter vacation is the great weather, reasonable hotels and the awesome pickleball courts in Surprise Community Park! Surprise Community Park alone has over 16 courts. The courts are lighted and open from 6am to 10pm.

What is Pickleball? Pickleball is the fastest growing

sport for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple, the equipment is minimal, and the game can be enjoyed by beginners to those who enjoy a fast-paced, competitive game. In short, pickleball combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Pickleball is played on a badminton-size court, which is a shorter court than a tennis court with a lower net than what is used in tennis. Pickleball is played with a plastic ball and paddle. According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association there are more than 2.5 million pickleball participants in the United States.

Here is a list of courts in Surprise: Surprise City Courts 14534 W Tierra Buena Ln, Surprise 85374 Information: The 16 courts are lighted and open from 6am. to 10pm daily except when tournaments or special events reserve the courts. Play is free and open to the public. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings are very active, mostly advanced players. 17

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 5pm to 8pm are generally new and social players. Monday and Friday are typically ladies days. Leagues and Ladders are scheduled at various times. Happy Trails Resort 17200 W Bell Rd, Surprise 85374 Information: Gated RV community. All levels of play. 6 lighted courts, club membership required for some activities. Daily play. Private community, but member guests permitted with restrictions. Ownership property, some rentals available. Sun City Grand 17100 W Clearview Blvd, Surprise 85387 Information: Age-restricted community by Del Webb. One of 4 age-restricted communities within a 6-mile diameter with a total of more than 100 courts. Sun City Grand currently has 22 courts. Must be a member or a guest. Sunflower RV Resort 16501 N El Mirage Rd, Surprise 85378 Information: 7 courts. Open daily October through March. Call for schedule 623.583.0100


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Fore! Golf Courses


Sun Village Golf Course

14300 W Bell Rd, Surprise 623.584.5774 • sunvillage.org If you’re in Surprise to catch a spring training game, check out Sun Village, a golf course less than five minutes from the stadium. It has a great 18 hole par-3 course.

Desert Springs Golf Course

19900 N Remington, Surprise 623.546.7401, 623.546.7400 grandinfo.com The 18-hole Desert Springs Golf Course in Surprise, Arizona is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash, Desert Springs Golf Course measures 7,006 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 131 and a 73 USGA rating. The course features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels.

Home to more golf courses than you could play

ith the White Tank Mountains and a canopy of near-perpetual blue sky, Surprise is home to more golf courses than you could hope to play in one visit. With many golf courses to choose from, you’re sure to find an ideal location for your golf vacation – as well as a tee time that fits both your budget and your sense of adventure. Before you arrive, call ahead for details on the Arizona golf courses that interest you, and make sure you ask about current rates and availability. In the winter, golf courses are in their peak season so you may need to book early. But if you can brave the summer heat, you can often enjoy these courses at significantly reduced rates. Many sites offer idyllic scenery and challenging courses.

Coyote Lakes Golf Club

18800 N Coyote Lakes Pkwy, Surprise 623.566.2323 • coyotelakesgolfclub.org Located 1 mile north of Bell Road just west of 115th Avenue in Surprise, Coyote Lakes Golf Club is considered a favorite course within the West Valley. Every cart has a DSG Tag GPS screen; so you will know the distance and help control the pace-of-play.

Call the weather hotline for conditions: 623.544.6175 Great Eagle Golf Club

17200 W Bell Rd, Surprise 623.584.6000 • surprisegolfclub.com Rated one of the most affordable golf courses in Arizona. Great Eagle Golf Club is a uniquely designed traditional-style golf course featuring luscious rolling fairways, numerous grass bunkers and water in play on five holes. The course is a full-length, par-72 championship golf course.

Arizona Traditions Golf Club

Pebblebrook Golf Course

17225 N Citrus Rd, Surprise 623.584.4000 • surprisegolfclub.com This is a challenging par-70 parkland style course with spectacular views of the White Tank Mountains. Rolling terrain, an abundance of mature trees and undulating greens make Arizona Traditions one of Greater Phoenix’s most unique golf courses.

18836 N 128th Ave, Sun City West 623.544.6010 http://golf.suncitywest.com/pebblebrook/ Pebblebrook challenges golfers of all levels. Wide and friendly fairways are bordered by mature trees, while lakes and creeks add to the aesthetics.

Cimarron Golf Course

Grandview Golf Course

17100 W Clearview Blvd, Surprise 623.975.5654 • grandinfo.com Cimarron Golf Club, a par-72 daily fee facility in Surprise, features water and sand amid a desert environment. Situated in the Phoenix area’s West Valley, the Greg Nashdesigned course opened in 2003.

14260 Meeker Blvd, Sun City West 623.544.6013 • http://golf.suncitywest.com/grandview/ The longest of the seven Rec Centers’ courses, Grandview has hosted professional tour tournaments for several years.

Trail Ridge Golf Course

21021 N 151st Ave, Sun City West 623.544.6015 • http://golf.suncitywest.com/trail-ridge/ If target golf is what you’re after, Trail Ridge is your course.

Granite Falls Golf Club

15949 W Clearview Blvd, Surprise 623.546.7580 • grandinfo.com Granite Falls Golf Club offers two 18-hole golf courses— the North and the South. The North Course is the original course of the club. It is a relatively open golf course that is most known for its unique water features including serene waterfalls and scenic fountains. Sun City Grand

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Deer Valley Golf Course

13975 Deer Valley Rd, Sun City West 623.544.6016 • http://golf.suncitywest.com/deer-valley/ Deer Valley is a collaborative effort between Greg Nash and Billy Casper, producing the newest and most playerfriendly regulation course in Sun City West.


Stardust Golf Course

12702 N Stardust Blvd, Sun City West 623.544.6012 • http://golf.suncitywest.com/stardust/ The original executive course, Stardust features six par-4s and 12 par-3s.

Echo Mesa Golf Course

20349 Echo Mesa Dr, Sun City West 623.544.6014 • http://golf.suncitywest.com/echo-mesa/ Echo Mesa is an exceptionally demanding short course with lakes, sand and grass bunkers.

Desert Trails Golf Course

22525 N Executive Way, Sun City West 623.544.6017 • http://golf.suncitywest.com/desert-trails/ The newest of all our courses, this par-61 short course was designed by Billy Casper.

Willowcreek | Willowbrook Golf Courses

10600 N Boswell Blvd, Sun City Willowbrook: 623.876.3033 Willowcreek: 623.876.3030 suncityaz.org An executive course known for plush greens and water features, and a challenging regulation course with undulating fairways.



126 Holes of Golf


Memorable Experience

North Golf Course

12650 N 107th Ave, Sun City 623.876.3010 • suncityaz.org Sun City’s first course, is a beautiful 18-hole facility that was completely renovated in 2014.


Lakes East | Lakes West Golf Courses

10433 W Talisman Rd, Sun City Lakes East: 623.876.3023 Lakes West: 623.876.3020 suncityaz.org An executive course known for its short play, and a regulation course featuring lakes and creeks.

Riverview Golf Course

16401 N Del Webb Blvd, Sun City 623.876.3025 • suncityaz.org A beautiful 18-hole facility known for its undulating greens throughout the course.



Quail Run Golf Course

9774 W Alabama Ave, Sun City 623.876.3035 • suncityaz.org Known for its desert landscaping, Quail Run Golf Course is a beautiful 9-hole executive course with plush greens throughout.

South Golf Course

11000 N 103rd Ave, Sun City 623-876-3015 suncityaz.org Known for its flatness and length, South Golf Course has plush greens throughout, with a full-service snack shop serving up breakfast, lunch and an assortment of beverages.

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The Maricopa Trail

The Maricopa Trail offers visitors to Surprise a vast area of Sonoran Desert and mountain hiking with easy access. It lies at the far west of Surprise and connects to White Tank Mountain Regional Park, which features an additional 25 miles of excellent shared-use trails.

Maricopa County is home to one of the largest regional park systems in the United States. Ten parks in the system circle the Phoenix metropolitan area, preserving approximately 120,000 acres.



The Maricopa Trail is an unfinished 242-mile (389 km) trail located within Maricopa County and connecting the major regional and municipal parks in and around the Phoenix metropolitan area. A loop trail encircling much of the urbanized area, the trail also consists of four spurs that will connect the loop with outlying mountain parks in the region. The trail crosses the U.S. 60 in Surprise, and approximately 15 miles of the trail run west of the Loop 303. Conceptualized in 1997 by the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, the Maricopa Trail was envisioned as a pedestrian beltway that would connect nine of the department’s 10 regional parks, linking them with the city of Phoenix’s South Mountain Park and encouraging their use by the area’s residents. The trail incorporates existing portions of the Sun Circle Trail, the National Trail in South Mountain Park, portions of the trails within White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Cave Creek Regional Park and pathways already developed along the McMicken corridor in Surprise. Construction on new segments of the trail began in 2006 and has brought the total length of the existing corridors to approximately 80 miles (130 km).


Get outside and reconnect with nature

bout the petroglyphs of White Tank Mountains ancient Arizonans pecked hundreds of figures and symbols on the rock faces of the White Tank Mountains. Some may approach 10,000 years old. All have withstood sun, rain, and vandals for 700 to 800 years or more. Visitors are not permitted to make "tombstone rubbings" of the petroglyphs. It doesn't work and it will erode the dark areas, making the petroglyph dimmer. Look at and photograph these figures and symbols of history, but please do not touch the petroglyphs because skin oils can also damage them.

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The Maricopa Trail connects nine county parks as well as one municipal park: • B  uckeye Hills Regional Park I haven’t (spur route) been every • Cave Creek Regional Park where, but • Estrella Mountain Regional Park it’s on my • Lake Pleasant Regional Park list • M  cDowell Mountain Regional Park • S  an Tan Mountain Regional Park (spur route) • South Mountain Park • Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area • Usery Mountain Regional Park (spur route) • White Tank Mountain Regional Park (spur route)


White Tank Mountains

Getting There: From Bell Road or Grand Ave, take AZ-303 south to Peoria Ave. Turn west for 1/2 mile. Turn south on Cotton Ln. for 1 mile. Turn west on Olive Ave. for 4 miles to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park entrance. Hours: 6am to 8pm Sun - Thurs and 10pm Fri & Sat. White Tank Mountain Regional Park offers approximately 25 miles of excellent shared-use trails, ranging in length from 0.9 mile to 7.9 miles and difficulty from easy to strenuous. Overnight backpacking with a permit is allowed in established backcountry campsites. Day hikes can provide some breathtaking views of the mountains and panoramas of the Valley below. Horseback and mountain bike riders are welcome, although caution is stressed as some of the trails may be extremely difficult. In addition, there are 2.5 miles of pedestrian-only trails. These include two short trails that are hard-surfaced and barrier free. Waterfall Trail is barrier-free for 5/10 of a mile. The handicap accessible portion now ends about 1/10 of a mile past Petroglyph Plaza. The short loop of Black Rock Trail, which is about 1/2 mile long, begins at Ramada 4. Trail Name




Bajada 1.1 1.7 Shared use Black Rock Long Loop 1.3* 2.1* Hike only Black Rock Short Loop 0.5 0.8 Barrier-free/ Hike only Ford Canyon 7.4 11.9 Shared use Goat Camp 6.3 10.1 Shared use Ironwood 0.9 1.5 Shared use Mesquite Canyon 5 8.1 Shared use Mule Deer 3.4 5.5 Shared use (Maricopa Trail) South 1 1.7 Shared use Waddell 1 1.6 Shared use Waterfall 0.9 1.5 Barrier-free first 0.5 mile/Hike only Wildlife 0.2 0.3 Shared use Willow Canyon 1.6 2.7 Shared use

Ford Canyon Trail

Getting There: From Bell Road or Grand Ave, take AZ-303 south to Peoria Ave. Turn west for 1/2 mile. Turn south on Cotton Ln. for 1 mile. Turn west on Olive Ave. for 4 miles to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park entrance. Fees: There is a fee per car. Annual passes are available. Hours: 6am to 8pm Sun - Thurs and 10pm Fri & Sat. This wide path is lined with river rocks – placed there long ago by prison inmates. It is very easy to follow. There are a couple of junctions where convening trails make a hodgepodge connection. The path generally follows the edge of Ford Canyon and gradually angles up into a side canyon that starts displaying white granite bedrock tanks – the range’s namesakes. These tanks contain varying amounts of water accumulated from previous rainfalls. The gradual climb along Ford Canyon brings the western Length: 5.8 Round-Trip part of Phoenix into view. The Elevation Change: +-900’ higher you climb on the trail, Elevation: 1,500 ft. the closer you get to the main Difficulty: Moderate stream bed. Take a walk over to the exposed granite and see if you can find any water in the tanks. Look for remnants of old rock dams and water catchment basins. Also look for stone fencing and small corrals, which are remnants of cattle grazing days. Waterfall Trail: Leave White Tank Mountain Road at 1.65 miles from the entrance taking Waterfall Canyon Road to the left then a very short spur road. The trail leaves this branch road at a sign 2.0 miles from the park entrance near the picnic ramada and comfort station #6. Total ascent 180’.

Goat Camp Trail

Getting There: From Bell Road or Grand Ave, take AZ-303 south to Peoria Ave. Turn west for 1/2 mile. Turn south on Cotton Ln. for 1 mile. Turn west on Olive Ave. for 4 miles to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park entrance. Goat Camp trailhead is just inside the park entrance off Black Canyon Dr. Fees: There is a fee per car. Annual passes are available. Hours: 6am to 8pm Sun - Thurs and 10pm Fri & Sat. The trail heads due west for approx 4 miles along Goat Canyon. The trail starts at 1,500’, goes to 3,150’. It is almost all uphill to the towers. Bring at least 2 liters of water and a rain poncho or wind breaker. Part of the trail is in the shade. VisitSurpriseAZ.com

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Relax and enjoy your vacation

ll of the sights below are within a 20-minute to one-hour drive from the Surprise Visitor Center. The times and mileage may vary based on traffic conditions and route selected.

Westgate Entertainment District Old Town Glendale Phoenix Children’s Museum Desert Diamond Casino Arizona Science Center Pioneer Living History Museum Castles-n-Coasters Cerreta Candy Company Wet-n-Wild Deer Valley Rock Art Center ISM Raceway Wickenburg Heard Museum Lake Pleasant Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Zoo Cave Creek and Carefree 32

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16540 N Bullard Ave, Surprise

(623) 975-5540

West Valley Symphony

Valley Vista Performing Arts Center 15550 N Parkview Pl, Surprise 623.707.8844 option 1 • westvalleysymphony.org Our 49th Year - Tickets $35/30 Adults $25/$20 Youth

• 1440 sq. ft. of Meeting Space • Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet Daily


• Heated Outdoor Pool & Jacuzzi Spa

Uptown Alley

13525 N Litchfield Rd, Surprise 623.975.7529 www.uptownalleysurprise.com 40 Lanes of Bowling, Sports Bar & Grill, Arcade, Laser Tag

www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/surprise • Fully-Equipped Kitchens in Every Room • One and Two Bedroom Suites Available • Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet Daily

Education Highland Prep

Principal: Ken Schlinger 15600 W Hearn Rd, Surprise 623.300.8385 • www.highlandprepaz.com A STEM College-Preparatory Charter High School

Dysart Unified School District

15802 N Parkview Pl, Surprise 623.876.7000 • www.dysart.org Nationally recognized, award-winning K-12 public school system. 19 K-8 schools, 1 alternative campus and 4 comprehensive high schools.


Residence Inn Phoenix NW/Surprise 16418 N. Bullard Ave. Surprise, AZ 85374 P(623) 249-6333 • F(623) 249-5866 www.marriott.com/phxsz


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Pure Physique PilateZ

(623) 583-8981

14815 W Bell Rd, Ste. 104, Surprise 844.474.5289 • www.purephysiquepilatez.com The West Valley’s most preferred Pilates Studio

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites

16540 N Bullard Ave Surprise, AZ 85374 623.975.5540 Located across from the Surprise Stadium.

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Residence inn Phoenix NW/Surprise

16418 N Bullard Ave, Surprise 623.249.6333 • www.marriott.com/phxsz Complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily, 1 & 2 bedroom suites available. Receive special coupons and Deals of the Day from local merchants. Enroll to be eligible for prizes and special drawings!

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12751 W Bell Rd #101 Surprise AZ 85378 Crossroads Towne Center (623) 583-8981 12751 W Bell Rd, Ste 101, Surprise Self serve/coin operated 623.583.8981 Drop-off service • Giant washers Dry cleaning • Wash & fold The area's newest and finest laundromat!

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Surprise Park: 57-acre Passive Park

The Surprise Stadium, Spring Training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals along with a Regional Library, aquatic center, tennis and racquet complex, youth baseball complex, Mark Coronado Park and Surprise Community Park are centerpieces of this new square mile plus downtown development, putting Surprise well on its way to becoming the playground of the West Valley


Pick your own citrus right from the tree!

u-pickcitrusaz.com • (December through March) You can pick some of the best tasting citrus around. ALL fruit is pesticide free as well so it’s even better for you! Surprise has two you-pick farms: • Truman Ranch II: Located 1/3 mile south of Greenway Road on 188th Ave (Perryville Rd.) • Cotton Lane Citrus: Located just west of Waddell and Cotton Lane.



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8805 N Reems Rd • 623-935-5887 Rows and rows of roses on four farms display their colors and fragrance to passers by. With about With all the rose 800 acres used for the two-year crop, the locale gardens in the ranks in the top three rosebush growing areas Northwest Valley, it’s no wonder that in the nation. Rose bushes grown in Arizona Surprise is referred to account for half of all the roses sold in the as the “Rose Capital nation. It’s not a farm that gives unannounced of Arizona.” tours, but to see and smell the fields in bloom in early spring is worth at least a drive by.


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Horseback Riding White Tank Mountains

20300 W Olive (Waddell) • whitetanksstables.com 928-679-2884 (Call for reservations) Experience the White Tank Mountains on horseback! Ages 5 and up. Tours range from one hour to four hours. No experience required. Tours are professionally guided. Sunset rides, wagon rides, etc. 2018 Surprise Visitors Guide


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Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

Zoo Open: 9am–6pm • Aquarium Open: 9am–9pm 365 days a year, including holidays • 623-935-WILD (9453) This is home to more than 600 exotic and endangered species, and more than 6,000 individual animals. Wildlife World Zoo offers free animal shows, feeding stations and the opportunity to get up close and personal with some amazing animals.

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Carrabba's Italian Grill 14043 W Bell Rd, Surprise 623.214.3299 www.carrabbas.com Make every day delicious!

Del Taco 13367 W Grand Ave, Surprise, 623.556.2096 www.deltaco.com Del Taco offers both Mexican and American favorites such as burritos and fries.

Pita Wraps Mediterranean Grill 15170 W Bell Rd, Surprise 623.266.2520 Thank you for supporting a local family-owned business

Runners Sports Bar 12751 W Bell Rd, Surprise 623.583.7270 Off-track Betting! Happy Hour: Mon-Fri: 3pm-7pm, Sun-Thur: 10pm - close

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Appetizers Bowls Pitas - Meat & Vegetarian Plates - Meat & Vegetarian Chicago Hot Dogs & Subs Desserts & Coffee Drinks “Oh my goodness, we’ve been looking for a Gyro place by us and finally found it!!! The food is awesome! We only tried the Feta Gyro Pita but since it was so good, we surely will be coming back to try all their food!” marie c. “The food is amazing! My 4 year old and 7 year old inhaled their feta gyro pitas and are really looking forward to coming back again! I can’t wait to try other items on your menu!” stephanie h.

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Top Knot




Be Yourself. Find your Crowd.




The Nature of Public Service

Arts HQ Gallery


16126 N Civic Center Plaza


Vaya con Dios

Wind in t Wildernes


Give Your Community a Hand


Learning Tree



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ALWAYS THERE, ALWAYS READY - Joe Tyler |16750 N. Village Dr. LIFE IN ARIZONA - Connie Whitlock & Surprise residents|16752 N. Greasewood St. WE ARE THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF SURPRISE - WHAM| 16705 N. Nash St. HERITAGE TREE - Connie Whitlock & Surprise residents|15832 N. Hollyhock St. MEMORIAL BENCH - Connie Whitlock |15832 N. Hollyhock St. QUILT OF LIFE - Connie Whitlock & Surprise residents |15832 N. Hollyhock St. THE NATURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE - Koryn Rolstad | 14250 W. Statler Plaza ORACLE - Frank Williams | 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza

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Life in Arizona



WHAM West Gallery


16560 N Dysart Rd

Always There, Always Ready

uilt of Life


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TOTEM - Laurel Delaney |16000 N. Civic Center Plaza WIND IN THE WILDERNESS - B.J. Katz & Chris Klein | 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza LEARNING TREE - Joe Tyler | 16089 N. Bullard Ave. REFLECTIONS - Niki Glen | 16089 N. Bullard Ave. GIVE YOUR COMMUNITY A HAND - WHAM | 15960 N. Bullard Ave. VAYA CON DIOS - Jim Covamiblas, Oscar Unes & The Arizilan Team | 23421 N. 167 Lane BE YOURSELF. FIND YOUR CROWD. - SURPRISE YOUTH COUNCIL | 15960 N Bullard Ave. TOP KNOT - Kevin Caron | 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza 41


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Arts&Culture in Surprise


Reflections of Surprise by Niki Glen Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N Bullard Ave. Reflections of Surprise is a community art project. Niki Glen worked with a team of generous volunteer residents and local artisans to design and make the clay, glass and metal pieces that comprise the mural and tell the story of Surprise. The mural is filled with representations of family, community and recreation. Local flora and fauna are also featured. The oranges, roses and cotton designs pay tribute to the city’s agricultural past.

he city of Surprise is committed to growing a vibrant arts and cultural scene. Explore this page to learn more about our offerings, take a tour of our public arts gallery and see the latest happenings listed on the calendar. The Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission supports City Council policies to encourage cultural growth that ensure art, culture and entertainment are central elements of the quality of life for residents. Knowing that a strong arts presence is also a key element to growing economic development opportunities, the city is developing its first Public Arts Master Plan.

Art is a harmony parallel with nature Paul Cezanne

Outdoor art abounds in Surprise! The community boasts a variety of public sculptures, murals, memorials, and monuments. This walk will get your heart pumping and give you a glimpse of our public art. This walk promotes a healthy lifestyle and offers residents and visitors the opportunity to experience and appreciate our outdoor public art. Please see the map on previous page.

Public Art in Surprise - Learn more about the unique public art pieces that can be found throughout the city! Art Experiences in Surprise Sundays at the Park – This free citysponsored concert and entertainment series is offered the second Sunday of the month during the spring and fall. All events are held at the Mark Coronado Park located at 15850 N. Bullard Ave. surpriseaz.gov/specialevents. Surprise City Hall – The Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission selects rotating art displays and some permanent pieces of the city’s art collection located in the first floor lobby and hallway of Surprise City Hall, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza. Enjoy paintings and sculptures by area artists during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm, excluding holidays. 43 /

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Valley Vista Performing Arts Center – Valley Vista High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) is a state-of-the-art performing arts center operated by the Dysart Unified School District. This venue offers a roomy lobby, 1,300 plush seats, professional BOSE sound, and theatrical lighting. The PAC plays host to a variety of arts and cultural events. For more information, please visit: Valley Vista Performing Arts Center West Valley Arts HQ – The Arts HQ consists of 2,500 square feet of indoor gallery space plus an outdoor courtyard. These flexible spaces allow for a multitude of arts and cultural events and can be adapted to meet various visual and performance requirements. www.westvalleyarts.org Top Knot - by Kevin Caron City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza Using the never-ending form of a trefoil knot, Top Knot is a celebration of the importance of balance. It is a powder-coated steel sculpture.


Art is what you can get away with Andy Warhol

Art Experiences Near Surprise

The Learning Tree by Joe Tyler Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N Bullard Ave. A 27-foot welded tree shading a 10-foot by 14-foot book and floweradorned benches that sits on the front lawn of the Northwest Regional Library. West Valley Conservatory of Ballet – WVCB is a nonprofit organization that strives to provide the community with classical ballet training. WVCB also has a performing arts company that consists of volunteer dancers whom are classically trained and have a passion for their art. www.wvballet.org West Valley Symphony – The West Valley Symphony presents concerts for listening enjoyment and provides an opportunity for orchestral music education. westvalleysymphony.org

Catitude Art Gallery – Catitude provides artist show and studio space, guest artists each month, special events and a variety of art forms. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts - A state-ofthe-art 600-seat theater dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational richness of Wickenburg and our surrounding communities. Desert Caballeros Museum – This museum aims to collect and preserve the history, learning, lore and mementos incident to the development of Wickenburg and the Arizona Territory. Ghostlight Theatre – This performing arts venue aims to educate and enrich the community through dramatic arts by offering a quality and diverse theater Everyexperience.

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Surprise Pops Band – This band plays free concerts in the West Valley, including in Surprise. They just ask that you bring a nonperishable food item for the Valley View Community Food Bank. www.surprisepopsband.com WHAM Art Association & Gallery – WHAM presents programs, exhibitions and special events which foster interaction between artist and the community. The association also maintains WHAM West Gallery, a beautiful showroom for juried art shows and special events. www.wham-art.org We are the Past, Present and the Future of Surprise by WHAM Staff & Teen WHAM Artists Bicentennial Park, 15705 N. Nash St. This tagged restroom had been a problem to the Surprise Police Department and the community for a long time. The police were given a grant by the Arts Commission and WHAM Arts Organization came up with a design. Teens, taggers and artists painted the mural. It is now on the AZ Commission of Arts list of art that prevents crime.

Arizona Broadway Theatre – An arts venue that combines quality dining and professional theater.

Phoenix Opera - Arizona's most exciting opera company is dedicated to presenting magnificent traditional operas. The fully restored Orpheum Theatre, the last remaining example of palace Pablo Picasso theater architecture in Phoenix, is the home of Phoenix Opera.

Theatre Works of Peoria – Theatre Works is a theater company that presents dramas, musicals, comedies and other special events. West Valley Art Museum – A premier cultural venue that features regular art events and a unique fine art collection. White Tank Library – Experience a variety of art exhibits and cultural events.


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for visiting Surprise

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•P  lay tennis, racquetball and table tennis at one of the top centers in the country, the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex. • Arts and Culture: Stunning natural beauty is just the beginning in Surprise. We have arts and culture with Arts HQ, WHAM, City Hall Art Collection, West Valley Symphony and an impressive variety of outdoor art treasures, like the 12’x78’ media mosaic called Reflections of Surprise. • Enjoy the nearby Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium, and Safari Park, pick-your-own citrus farms, the Roses at Leyton Farms and Uptown Alley. Uptown Alley is a local gathering and entertainment complex complete with dining, sports bar, bowling, laser tag, billiards and kid’s activities.

The playground of the West Valley


ach year thousands of visitors come to Surprise, Arizona to enjoy our blue skies, sunshine, and spring training games. Surprise has wonderful golf courses, museums, restaurants, and plenty of trails for biking and hiking. Consistently Surprise has been rated as one of the safest cities in the Southwest. Our city is new and upcoming, so it’s no surprise we are often called the “playground of the West Valley.”

Don’t forget to support our local businesses while enjoying your visit here. By supporting local business, you contribute to the local tax base, which means you are also supporting city services like police, fire, and community recreational services. Secondly, you help create local jobs for residents, who would otherwise have to leave the area to get employment. Your patronage is very much needed and appreciated. Enjoy your stay,

Below are some of the highlights of our community and popular crowd-pleasers:

Raoul Sada

President and CEO Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and Surprise Visitor Center

• Enjoy some exciting baseball. Voted the best place to catch a spring training game, Surprise Stadium is the proud Cactus League home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. • With near perpetual blue skies, Surprise offers lots of golfing opportunities including three Greg Nash-designed gold courses. • Flanked by one of Arizona’s largest mountain preserves, the White Tank Regional Park is situated in the saguarodotted Sonoran Desert and is only minutes away. Plan a day trip for some fun adventure like hiking, biking, and horseback riding (no experience required). Be sure to check out the nature center and the ancient figures and symbols (petroglyphs) on the rock faces.

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