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Welcome to Surprise

35 Hiking

9 Events

41 Accommodations

13 Parks & Zoos

41 Attractions

14 Restaurants

44 Education

15 Sports

47 Arts & Culture

19 Spring Training

54 Did You Know?

27 Area Map

54 Visitor Center

31 Golfing

59 Shopping & Services



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he Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce is the Area’s Official Designated Marketing Organization as recognized by the State of Arizona. Through the visitor center, mobile-ready website and in our directories, tourists and visitors can find in-depth and valuable visitor information on everything from hotels to dining and shopping and other places to visit throughout the area. We distribute information about things to do in Surprise at spring training games and to more than sixty visitor centers around the state, including all Visitor Center Phoenix Sky Harbor airport 16126 N Civic Center Plaza terminal visitor kiosks and Surprise, Arizona 85374 related rental car terminal. The Surprise Regional 623.583.0692 Chamber of Commerce VisitSurpriseAZ.com is the premier business Mon–Fri 8am-4pm organization in the Surprise area that supports local businesses and advocates on their behalf. The Chamber is uniquely positioned to help local businesses obtain their fair share of the multi-billion dollar travel industry in Arizona. The money that visitors spend on various goods and services while in Surprise produces business receipts at these firms, which in turn generate earnings and employment for Surprise residents. In addition, state and local governments collect taxes that are generated from visitor spending, which further benefits our city. No other organization is invested in the business community like the Chamber. This is your new Chamber!


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Surprise is the fifth fastest growing city in the nation

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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-squaremile 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 Cactus League Spring Training facility and stadium, along with a regional library, aquatic center, recreation center, and 57-acre passive park are the 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 one-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. They have 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 Enjoy your visit to the Wild World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park or take the family to one Surprise, Arizona of two pick-your-own citrus farms. Spend a day at Maricopa County’s northwest regional library. The $5.5 million, 20,000-square-foot 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 five-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, galleries 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 (Sept. to Spring). The festive events include live bands, hot-air balloons, food and treats for the entire family.

Calendar of Events 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 to 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.

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15930 N Bullard Ave / 623.222.2000 / surpriseaz.gov From September through spring the city hosts Second Sunday in the Park with a live band, ranging from Spanish guitar to Irish music to a Neil Diamond cover band. There’s also roaming entertainment such as Renaissance Festival folk at Surprise Community Park. Families can picnic among the face painters and balloon twisters or purchase food from vendors. Most attractions are free.

Surprise Party december

15850 N Bullard Ave / 623.222.2000 / surpriseaz.gov It’s a Surprise Party that goes on for days. Revelers enjoy hotair balloons, skydivers, live music, a classic-car show, a treelighting ceremony, elephant and camel rides in December. Get in some holiday shopping, too, with an arts and crafts festival featuring one-of-a-kind gifts.

Special Olympics State Fall Games

15960 N Bullard Ave 602.230.1200 / specialolympicsarizona.org The Special Olympics State Fall Games bring competitors in swimming, softball and bocce together in a quest to qualify for the national tournament. The two-day competition with additional events, highlights the hard work and heart of 1,200 Special Olympic athletes.

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. VisitSurpriseAZ.com


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Parks and Zoos

Surprise Park: 57-acre Massive Park

The Cactus League Spring Training facility and stadium, along with a regional library, aquatic center, recreation center, and 57-acre passive park are the centerpieces of this new square-mile-plus downtown development, putting Surprise well on it’s way to becoming the playground of the West Valley.

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.

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: Take • Truman Ranch II: Located 1/3 mile south of Greenway Road on 188th Ave a walk (Perryville Rd.) on the •C  otton Lane Citrus: Located just west wild side of Waddell and Cotton Lane.

Roses at Woolf Leyton Farms

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 800 acres used for the two-year crop, the locale ranks in the top three rosebush growing areas in the nation, Rose bushes grown in Arizona account for half of all the roses sold in the nation. It’s not a farm that gives unannounced tours, but to see and smell the fields in bloom in early spring is worth at least a drive by.

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. 13 /

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Restaurant Directory

The City of Surprise launched a retail survey and nearly 3,000 people responded. Here is a list of some of the most-frequented and loved dining spots!

(Eateries are listed in alphabetical order)

Amuse Bouche Archie’s Deli Babbo Italian Eatery

Big Buddha Jim’s Burgers & Eggs New York Flavor Nick’s Diner I & II

Fresh ingredients are key to making a successful Italian meal! Carrabba's Italian Grill Valerie Ennist 14043 W Bell Rd, Surprise 623.214.3299 www.carrabbas.com Carrabba's Italian Grill Christian Guild 9920 W Mcdowell Rd Avondale 623.936.0697 www.carrabbas.com Dillon's Bayou Pleasant Harbor Marina 40202 N 87th Ave, Peoria 928.501.2227 dillonsrestaurant.com Dillon's Arrowhead 20585 N 59th Ave, Glendale, 623.566.8100 dillonsrestaurant.com Dillon's Thunderbird 8706 W Thunderbird Rd, Peoria, 623.979.5353 dillonsrestaurant.com Dillon's @ The Zoo 16335 W Northern Ave, Litchfield Park 623.535.4249 dillonsrestaurant.com

Rio Mirage Saigon Kitchen Uptown Alley Vogue Bistro

Irish Wolfhound Restaurant & Pub 16811 N Litchfield Rd, Surprise, 623.214.1004 irishwolfhoundpub.com

NYPD Pizza 13980 W Bell Rd, Surprise 623.544.6915 azNYPDpizza.com Locally owned, serving authentic NY Style Pizza and Italian food.

Pita Wraps Mediterranean Grill 15170 W. Bell Rd Surprise, Arizona (623) 266-2520 Hours: 11am - 7pm Catering Available for All Parties & Events!

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

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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.

“Great food. Wonderful staff. Very friendly! Love supporting small businesses in our community! If you are a fan of Greek food give them a shot!” heather l.

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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 six full practice fields and a half field, as well as separate clubhouse and office facilities.

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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Tennis and Racquet

Arizona is a Sports Lover’s Paradise

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. Most recently, 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 and 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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Proximity to NASCAR®

7602 S Avondale Blvd / 623.463.5400 Surprise is conveniently located close to Avondale, home of Phoenix International 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:

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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, one-meter diving boards give more serious swimmers a chance to hone their skills.

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

Sculpture & Wine Festival in Fountain Hills

Jan 13-15 16810 E Ave of the Fountains, Fountain Hills Jan 20-22 Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festivals Mar 17-19 101 Easy St, Carefree Feb 10-12

Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival 7135 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale

Feb 17-19 Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival

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Mar 24-26 Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire

16810 E Ave of the Fountains, Fountain Hills

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SpringTraining in Surprise


njoy our sun-filled, warm March weather and exciting MLB in Surprise. 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. Spring Training Tickets the lowdown

Here’s our overview of the various ways you can buy spring training tickets, from safe and early to speculative and down the road. To begin with, you need to know that there’s no one date when all MLB teams place spring training tickets on sale. Each team sets a sale date, sometimes with very little warning.

Working with Teams

Buying a ticket directly from a team will usually be the cheapest and most convenient option. With popular teams, the selection will be limited. Every team sells spring season tickets-bought mostly by locals and snowbirds-and the best tickets in any spring ballpark are controlled by these season ticket holders. The MLB teams are also set up best to sell massive amounts of tickets in a short amount of time, as the beginning of spring training ticket sales can best be described as a feeding frenzy. This means tens of thousands of fans rush to obtain tickets for specific games. 19 /

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Voted the best place to catch spring training

There are four ways to order spring training tickets directly from MLB teams: via telephone, via the Internet, in person, and via the U.S. Mail. We’ll describe each. TELEPHONE Most tickets are sold via phone sales. This can be a frustrating way of doing things, as you’re likely to encounter some busy signals or long wait times when tickets first go on sale. You’ll also pay a ticketing fee for the convenience of buying tickets. INTERNET Every team sells spring training tickets via the Internet. There are some pluses and minuses to this approach. On the one hand, you can bypass clogged phone lines and make For tickets and information your purchases directly • Call 623-222-2222 (although Ticketmaster • surprisespringtraining.com has implemented the equivalent of telephone • springtrainingonline.com wait times when you buy popular tickets online). And yes, you’ll also pay a ticketing fee for the convenience of buying tickets. IN PERSON Most teams sell spring training tickets at their main ticket office at the major league ballpark, the spring training ticket office, or local team stores. MAIL Some teams sell tickets via the mail. You send in your money for a price range and you take whatever tickets the team decides to send you. Will you receive the best tickets in your price range? Depends on the whims of a ticket rep with the team. 20


The Story of the 2016 A.l. West Division Champs

Never Ever Quit

The Texas Rangers trailed 7-6 against the Mariners going into the bottom of the ninth inning on August 30 at Globe Life Park. Then, they did it again against Mariners rookie reliever Edwin Diaz. Third baseman Adrian Beltre led off with a single before second baseman Rougned Odor crushed a 2-2 pitch over the center field fence for a gamewinning home run. After Odor was mobbed at home plate by his teammates and the celebration spilled into the clubhouse, the Rangers tried to put into words what the walk-off win meant. “Nobody can’t ever say this club doesn’t have heart,” manager Jeff Banister said. “I know it’s a cliché but this ballclub really doesn’t quit,” first baseman Mitch Moreland, who signed with Boston in the offseason said at the time. “It’s been an unbelievable season.”

we pull together and play good It certainly was. baseball.” It’s not that the Rangers won “Our guys love to compete and the American League Western they never gave in,” Banister Division title for the second said. “We play 27 outs. We straight year and the are not done until the seventh time in club history with a league It’s been an last out is made against We continue to best 95 victories. It was unbelievable us. play hard. It was an how they did it. season extremely intense year The club had eight in how these games walk-off victories and have played out and I’m 13 wins when trailing after most proud of how these seven innings. They had 34 guys stayed engaged.” games decided in the final at-bat, Although the season ended including 12 in extra innings, and with a loss in the American a major league best 49 comeLeague Division Series to the from-behind victories. They had Toronto Blue Jays for a second an astounding record of 36-11 in consecutive year, 2016 brought one-run games. much excitement. Simply put, their games were And the Rangers are going for intense. It seemed like night after a three-peat for the first time in night the outcome appeared to franchise history in 2017. be in doubt right down to the final out and nobody was better at battling down the final out than the Rangers. “It’s been great,” shortstop Elvis Andrus said at the end of the regular season. “We were hoping for big things, the way it came out has been really sweet, all the comebacks. It’s been a great year. We have been really good in one-run games and that really separates you. Everybody just turns up. At the right time,


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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 Club in Surprise, Arizona is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash, Desert Springs Golf Club 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 Course

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 Course

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 suncitygolfing.com/willowcreek-willowbrook-golf-course An executive course known for plush greens and water features and a challenging regulation course with undulating fairways.

North Golf Course

12650 N 107th Ave, Sun City 623.876.3010 • suncitygolfing.com/north-golf-course/ Sun City’s first course, is a beautiful 18-hole facility which 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 suncitygolfing.com/lakes-east-west-golf-course 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 • suncitygolfing.com/riverview-golf-course 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 • suncitygolfing.com/quail-run-golf-course 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 suncitygolfing.com/south-golf-course 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.


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 ten 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 one mile. Turn west on Olive Ave. for 4 miles to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park entrance. Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun - Thurs and 10 p.m. 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 one 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: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun - Thurs and 10 p.m. 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: 1500 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 one 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: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun - Thurs and 10 p.m. Fri & Sat. The trail heads due west for approx 4 miles along Goat Canyon. The trail starts at 1500’, goes to 3150’. 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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ll of the sights below are within a 20-minute to onehour drive from the Surprise Visitor Center. The times and mileage may vary based on traffic conditions and route selected.


Thunderbird Executive Inn 15249 N. 59th Ave., Glendale 602.978.7987 www.thunderbirdexecutiveinn.com

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Westgate Entertainment District Old Town Glendale Phoenix Children’s Museum Desert Diamond Casino Arizona Science Center Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum Castles-n-Coasters Cerreta Candy Company Wet-n-Wild Deer Valley Rock Art Center Phoenix International Raceway Wickenburg Heard Museum Lake Pleasant Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Zoo Cave Creek and Carefree 40

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Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts

Theatre Location: 1090 S Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg Box Office Location: 2001 W Wickenburg Way, Ste 3, Wickenburg 928.684.6624 • dewpac.org A 600-seat state-of-the-art theatre presenting world-class artists November - April.

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Uptown Alley

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

Prague Philharmonia

The West Valley’s Premier Performing Arts Center

Lodging Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center

Theatre Location: 15249 59th Ave, Glendale 602.978.7987 • www.thunderbirdexecutiveinn.com Thunderbird Executive Inn is Glendale Arizona’s Hidden Gem!

928-684-6624 DEWPAC.ORG

Surprise Women’s Heritage Trail surpriseaz.gov As you visit these historical points of interest inside the city’s Original Town Site, you’ll learn about the diverse and fascinating women who lived, worked, and played important roles in the development of Surprise. Begins 13071-13073 NW Grand Avenue Frontage Road. The Surprise Women’s Heritage Trail pays homage to Flora Statler, who purchased, platted and marketed lots in what would grow from a small, migrant community to one of the state’s 10 largest cities. Statler and other prominent Surprise women are part of this self-guided tour. Tour maps are located at City Hall or at the Visitors’ Center in the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Windmill Suites Surprise

12545 W. Bell Rd., Surprise 623.583.0133 • www.windmillsurprise.com The only hotel with all true, 2 room suites, in the west valley. Luxurious grounds, heated pool and spa and full hot breakfast buffet, included in rate.

Sun City Inn & Suites

11201 W. Grand Ave., Sun City 623.933.8211 • www.suncityinn.com Your home away from home



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Fostering Tomorrow’s STEM Innovators and Leaders Science • Technology • Engineering • Mathematics

Tuition-Free Public Charter School STEM College Preparatory High School Personalized Instruction PLTW Engineering Program Music & Fine Arts Program World Languages Program Interscholastic Sports Program Advanced Placement (AP) Program

Education Highland Prep

Principal: Ken Schlinger 15331 W Bell Rd, Ste 212-26, Surprise 623.300.8385 • www.highlandprepaz.com A STEM College-Preparatory Charter High School Opening In August 2017

Dysart Unified School District

15802 North Parkview Place, 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.

Dual College Enrollment Program VEX, SeaPerch, & ZERO Robotics Programs

Retail - Services My Office Business Suite

15331 W Bell Rd Ste 212, Surprise 623.223.8181 • www.MyOfficeAZ.com Executive Suites that are beautiful... all sizes, all prices!

Suds Laundromat

Crossroads Towne Center 12751 W Bell Rd Ste 101, Surprise 623.583.8981 The area's newest and finest

ADMISSIONS OFFICE OPEN 15331 W. BELL RD. STE. 212-26, SURPRISE, AZ 85374 OFFICE: (623) 300- 8385 www.HighlandPrepAz.com

The UPS Store

15508 W Bell Rd Ste 101, Surprise 623.214.9002 • Store4070@theupsstore.com

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Disabled American Veterans Star Chapter 24

Scott Burdick, Commander 14543 W Grand Ave, Surprise 505.301.0540 Meets 10am 4th Tuesday every month at AM Trust Bank

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Veterans Memorial Hall, Inc.

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To My Surprise Shuttle

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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.

Public Art in Surprise - Learn more about the unique public art pieces that can be found throughout the city! Art Experiences in Surprise Second Sundays in the Park – This free city-sponsored concert and entertainment series is offered the second Sunday of the month during the spring and fall. All events are held at the Surprise Community Park, 15953 N. Bullard Avenue. 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, 8 am – 5 pm, excluding holidays. 47 /

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Art is a harmony parallel with nature Paul Cezanne

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

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.

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 stateof-the-art 600 seat theatre 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.

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 which 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

Ghostlight Theatre – This performing arts venue aims to educate and enrich the community through dramatic arts by offering a quality and diverse theater Everyexperience. Theater Works – Theatre Works is a thing you theatre company that presents dramas, musicals, can imagine comedies and other special events.

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.

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Pablo Picasso

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 theatre architecture in Phoenix, is the home of Phoenix Opera. Theatre Works of Peoria – Theatre Works is a theatre 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 Branch Library – Experience a variety of art exhibits and cultural events. Sundays 3 p.m. • November-March Valley Vista Performing Arts Center 15550 N. Parkview Place – Surprise

2016-2017 SEASON Our 48th Year


Tickets: $35/$30 Adult $25/$15 Youth Cal Stewart Kellogg, Music Director/Conductor

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Quilt of Life by Connie Whitlock & Citizens of Surprise Surprise Senior Center 15832 N. Hollyhock St. Twenty-three seniors created tiles that look like quilt squares. Their names are on the squares that come together to create the mosaic 9 ft. x5 ft. ceramic quilt, which is mounted in the gather room at the senior center.

The Nature of Public Service by Koryn Rolstad Police & Fire Headquarters Public Safety Building, 14250 W. Statler Plaza Collage, photographs and quotes about public service employees.

Always There, Always Ready - by Joe Tyler Fire Station #301, 16750 N. Village Dr. The large bronze obelisk is dedicated to the city's firefighters. It includes the motto and many related symbols. It is located in the Original Town Site at the site of the first fire station in Surprise. Totem by Laurel Delaney City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza The Totem rises from a base of Grand Canyon Agate and spirals upward through colorful abstract representations of emergence, growth and the struggles of humankind. In keeping with these ancient themes, the artist paints the imagery on her forms with encaustic wax cooked up from melting together beeswax, dammae resin from trees and pigments.

Arts and Culture Thunderbird Artists

Fountain Hills 480.837.5637 • www.ThunderbirdArtists.com

West Valley Symphony

Mona Myhre, Business Manager Surprise 623.236.6781 • www.westvalleysymphony.org Masterful Musicians - Powerful Performances Sundays, 3PM Nov-Mar. Valley Vista Performing Arts Center

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Regional Chamber of Commerce Staff Raoul Sada President and CEO Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and Surprise Visitor Center Mary Orta Vice President of Marketing

Sun Health has been helping West Valley residents stay healthy, active and vibrant for more than 50 years through innovative programs and services. Sun Health Foundation is proud to be the exclusive philanthropic partner for Banner Del E. Webb and Banner Boswell medical centers. When you support Sun Health Foundation you are helping to ensure that individuals in your community receive superior health care services. Sun Health Community Wellness provides numerous innovative programs and services, including the Center for Health & Wellbeing, Community Education and Memory Care Navigator. Sun Health Senior Living owns and operates three independent living Life Care communities in Sun City West, Sun City Grand and Litchfield Park. And now with Sun Health at Home, we provide you with the ability to age in place confidently in your own home.

To learn more about Sun Health, our programs and services or how you can make a charitable donation, call or click today: 623-832-5350 | SunHealth.org

Rosemary Abram Office Manager

Visitor Center Volunteers Pam Thompson Judy Jones Maurice Kelsall Helen Estep Robert Henry Lucille Leckrone Pam Thompson Olivia Lambright Daniel Oppliger Maureen Fordney Kris Marie

Enjoy your visit to Surprise!

Important Phone Numbers City Manager’s Office 623.222.1100 City Clerk 623.222.1200 Fire Department 623.222.5000 Library - Northwest Regional 602.652.3000 Mayor & Council Office 623.222.1300 Municipal Court 623.222.4800 Police Department 623.222.4000 Senior Center 623.222.1500 Surprise Visitor Center 623.583.0692 Urgent Care 623.249.7852

Surprise has been consistently rated as one of the safest cities in the US!

200,000+ 100,000+ 400,000+

People attend spring training games in the month of march! Cars visit the White Tank Regional Park each year! People visit the Wildlife World Zoo each year!

Surprise Visitor Center is the only place to purchase to official Surprise Arizona souvenirs VisitSurpriseAZ.com

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for visiting Surprise

ThankYou! E

•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 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.”

Stop by Surprise Visitor Center for your complimentary visitor guide or map. The visitor center and gift shop is operated by the Chamber of Commerce and is located at 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise AZ, 85374 or visit us at wwww.visitsurpriseaz.com. 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.

Raoul Sada Enjoy your stay,

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

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 Nature Center and the ancient figures and symbols (petroglyphs) on the rock faces.

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2017 Official Visitors Guide The Pocket Guide for the Surprise, AZ Visitor Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and Surprise Visitor Center Raoul Sada, President, CEO

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