Glendale is a playground for the outdoor and athletic enthusiast. We welcome you to enjoy the miles of trails and acres of parks that Glendale has to offer. Love to hike? Then you’ll love Glendale. The city offers approximately 40 miles of hiking trails open from sunrise to sunset. Trails are expansive and not very demanding. Trails include Skunk Creek Linear Park (a 3.5-mile linear trail that connects to Thunderbird Paseo Path), Thunderbird Park (a series of trails that spans 20 miles), Bridle Path (a 9-mile trail over a decomposed granite path meant for equestrian use), Thunderbird Paseo Path (a 4-mile long linear trail), and the Grand Canal Linear Park (a 3.25-mile long linear trail).. Cyclists looking for bike trails will find more than 100 miles of bike routes in Glendale. Cyclists will enjoy the Grand Canal Linear Park, Sahuaro Ranch Park and Thunderbird Paseo Park. The city also hosts an annual event called the Glendale Family Bike Ride. It is meant to encourage families to ride their bikes.
Glendale is also home to the world's largest fighter-pilot training facility, Luke Air Force Base. The base is home to more than 300 aircraft, and a number of its 8,000 personnel can be seen zipping through the sunset daily.
Custom personalized day trips and multiple excursions throughout Arizona. Arizona Scenic Tours provides guided tours for any size group to all of the best destinations in our state. Grand Canyon, Sedona, Prescott, Tombstone, Phoenix area tours and more! Scenic drives, historic sites, Native American Ruins, Winery tours. Many activities available including jeep tours, horseback riding, lake cruises and more! We’ll pick you up at your hotel or Metro Phoenix location. Single day or multiple day excursions custom-planned for you. Family friendly, on-board DVD entertainment system. Beverages and photography included. Give us a call today and make your trip to Arizona unforgettable.
Lets go Flying! Take a Seaplane Adventure up the “Apache Trail”, through some of Arizona’s most stunning landscape, make an exciting water landing and return to Scottsdale Airport in just over one hour. Bring your camera for amazing views of lakes, gold mines, red cliffs, and possibly catch a rare glimpse of Desert Bighorn Sheep in the wild, before we reach out and touch the 562 foot tall fountain at Fountain Hills just before returning for a runway landing at Scottsdale airport.
Cabela's Glendale, Arizona Retail Store is located near the new NFL Cardinals Stadium. In addition to offering quality outdoor merchandise, the 160,000-square-foot showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a décor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats.
The Challenger Space Center is Arizona's only museum dedicated to space and space exploration. Come view hundreds of artifacts and exhibits from America's past NASA launches and space missions, or take part in one of the center's simulated space missions, where you will assume the roles of mission control specialists and astronauts aboard the Center's $1 million simulated International Space Station, much like the one orbiting Earth today! Monthly themed activities include stargazing, indoor planetarium, family fun days, special guest speakers, summer and holiday day camps and more. Available for private and corporate parties, weddings, anniversary receptions, too!
Desert Voyagers Guided Raft Tours
Get outside and see what discoveries the desert has to offer. Join us for a half-day guided tour on the Lower Salt River today! Year round, reservations required. 480-998-RAFT, www.desertvoyagers.com
Hot Air Expeditions offers daily sunrise hot air balloon flights over the valley, year-round! Sunset flights available daily November - March. Our expeditions include a traditional champagne toast and full catered breakfast from Vincents on Camelback.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix is Arizona’s biggest ‘n’ best water park. Located on Pinnacle Peak Road near I-17, the park features more than 30 thrilling attractions for everyone, including two world firsts – the Dueling H2O Coasters, Maximum Velocity and high-speed spiral, Constrictor. For more information, visit www.wetnwildphx.com or call 623-201-2000.
Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
16501 W. Northern Ave.
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
623-935-WILD (9453) www.wildlifeworld.com
Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium displays Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals, White Tigers, Lions, Jaguars, Leopards, Giraffe, Monkeys, Kangaroos, Sharks, Penguins, Stingray, and over 6,000 other exotic species. Take the Log Flume ride through the Aquarium, have an African Safari Train ride, skyride over animal exhibits, Australian Boat ride and kid’s exotic Animal Carousel. Open every day of the year!
The Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium was featured in a recent episode of Glendale's Great Adventures, produced by the award-winning Glendale 11 TV. Watch video online>>
Xeriscape Botanical Garden/City of Glendale
Award-winning garden contains approximately 1,000 trees, shrubs, cactus and more. Listening wands can be checked out inside the library for a self-guided garden tour. Plants are identified by common and botanical names. Many are low-water use and excellent for Arizona gardens. Free landscaping brochures are available inside the library. Check out the water conservation Web site for an online tour of the garden. Open to the public dawn to dusk. 5959 W. Brown, Glendale, 623-930-3596, www.glendaleaz.com/waterconservation
Skate and BMX Facilities
Sk8 Court, at 55th Avenue and Union Hills Drive. (skateboarding, inline)
X-Court, at 83rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. (skateboarding, inline, BMX)
Glendale Youth Sports Fields
91st and Rovey Avenues