You’ve decided to retire in Glendale for various reasons - perhaps due to the beautiful weather or to be closer to family and friends. Glendale is also home to museums, landmarks, parks, and outdoor activities to keep you busy all year long.
The Glendale Historic District features antique shops, restaurants, and a park and is located on Glendale Avenue and 58th Avenue. Take a stroll in the district and visit several of the 100 antique and specialty shops, then have lunch at A Touch of European Café or at Shelley’s Specialty Desserts before visiting the Velma Teague Library in Murphy Park.
The University of Phoenix Stadium is located on Cardinals Drive. The stadium is air-conditioned with a retractable roof and is home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and the Annual Fiesta Bowl. It can be expanded to sit 72,200 people.
Thunderbird Conservation Park is frequented by hikers for its amazing views and various trail difficulties. With so many trails available, you can hike easy, moderate, or difficult trails throughout the park. The park is open from sunrise to sunset with the gates locked at sunset.
The Xeriscape Botanical Gardens is home to a variety of trees, shrubs, cacti, and other plants. At the gardens, you can find Aaron’s Beard, Blue Ranger, Desert Prickly Pear, French Lavender, Lilac Vine, Myrtle, Purple Heart, Smoke Tree, Valley Oak, and much more. Free classes are also offered at different times of the year.
Grand Canal Linear Park has plenty of sidewalks to walk or jog throughout the park and is conveniently located near the Cardinals Stadium. You can enjoy the peace and quiet while relaxing with a view of the canal on the 3.25-mile trail that is perfect for walking, biking, or horseback riding. The trail is paved and lighted to make walking easier in the early mornings or late evenings. The park is open daily from 6 AM to 10 PM.
Glendale is home to a unique specialty museum with the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum. This small museum is located on West Myrtle Avenue. You can take a self-guided tour or ask the staff for a tour of the museum. The admission fee is $5 and you can view toys dating back to the 17th century.
Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve is an outdoor museum and archaeology tour located on 47 acres of the Sonoran Desert. You will learn about archaeological techniques, history, and more. The admission fee is $7 for adults and $4 for seniors age 62 and older. The preserve is closed for Fall 2016 but will reopen in January 2017.
Spend the day at The 500 Club playing golf on the 18-hole course or just enjoying the black rock hills. The club provides a pro-shop, practice facility, and dining options. You have the option of walking the green or using a cart during your game for a slightly higher fee.
For a day of fun in Glendale, try Aerogelic Ballooning. This hot balloon ride company will take you to the Sonoran Desert for a view you can’t get anywhere else.
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