So Much to Do in Casa Grande

By: Arizona Office of Tourism

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November 26, 2016

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Minutes away from Phoenix to the north and Tucson to the south – and at the intersection of two major interstates, I-10 and I-8 – venture off the highways to explore the community of Casa Grande, sunny in climate and in attitude. You’re always home in Casa Grande, where you can enjoy incredible winter weather, a no-snow guarantee, a relaxed atmosphere and an ideal location – whether you stay for a day or a decade.

Residents and visitors celebrate Casa Grande’s renowned small-town appeal and wide variety of shopping and dining experiences, historic sites, golf, movies, museums, community theater, festivals, soccer and lacrosse scrimmages at the world-class Grande Sports World and Performance Academy and events year-round. You can relax under sunlit blue skies, golf, hike, take a cotton-farm or dairy tour, enjoy a walking tour of Casa Grande’s historic downtown, skydive or visit nearby casinos and entertainment centers. The city offers a broad range of facilities and activities, including libraries, bowling lanes, a shooting range, hiking trails, rodeo facilities and more than 25 parks – many with shade ramadas and sports courts, such as pickleball, tennis, basketball and bocce ball.

Of course, between January and April, you will probably fill your calendar with some of the many entertaining events, car shows and festivals in Casa Grande, including the Pinal County Agri-Country Bluegrass Jamboree, Arts & Crafts Bazaar, Historic Downtown Street Fair & Car Show, Pinal County Fair, Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival, Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash, Civil War in the Southwest, and Fine Art Explosion.

In Casa Grande, the Museum of Casa Grande and the Casa Grande Art Museum are open seasonally to the public. There are concerts and performing arts productions available through the BlackBox Studio for the Arts and The Paramount Theatre, and Central Arizona College’s performing arts series throughout the fall, winter and spring. In Pinal County, which includes Casa Grande, there are many museums: Ak-Chin Eco Museum, The Museum of Casa Grande, Oracle, Pinal County Historical Museum (Florence), Superior Historical Museum, and the Superstition Mountain Historical Museum. Some of the museums are open seasonally and some are open year-round.

American Indian Tribes

There are several American Indian Nations in close proximity to Casa Grande, and each offers exceptional gaming venues, shopping, rich history and culture as well as events. The Ak-Chin Indian Community houses the Ak-Chin Him Dak Eco-Museum, the first of its kind in America, where objects of the tribe’s history and culture are conserved and shared.

Stories of the Gila River Community’s history and culture are told at the Huhugam Heritage Center, where historic and prehistoric records are archived.

The lands of the Tohono O’Odham Nation are located within the Sonoran Desert in south central Arizona. The Tohono O’Odham Nation Cultural Center & Museum – located below the Baboquivari Mountain Range, 10 miles south of Sells in Topawa, two hours from Casa Grande – has exhibits that display the history of the land, food, language and leadership. It is open to the public.

Nearby Attractions

Within a short 30-to-40-minute drive from Casa Grande, there are lakes; a steamboat ride; and panning for gold at Rawhide, Arizona’s largest Western-themed attraction that replicates an 1880s Western town. Don’t miss the casinos nearby, including Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort; UltraStar Multi-tainment Center & Elements Event Center at Ak-Chin Circle; restaurants; and excellent hiking both in Casa Grande and in outlying areas.

In Pinal County, there are many attractions and sights to see, including Aravaipa Canyon, Biosphere 2, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Casa Grande National Monument, Goldfield Ghost Town, Ira Hayes Memorial Park, Leaf & Feather Farm, Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, Queen Creek Olive Mill, Sky Dive Arizona, St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Monastery and the Tom Mix Monument. The county state parks are McFarland Historic Park and Lost Dutchman, Oracle and Picacho Peak state parks.

Getting to Casa Grande

There are a number of hotels, motels, resorts and RV parks in and around the Casa Grande area. It is best to make reservations well in advance of your arrival. Visit www.casagrandechamber.org to find a listing of local accommodations. It is an easy drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport or the Tucson International Airport. Shuttle services are available to and from each airport.

To learn more about the area, contact the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center, located at 575 N. Marshall St., Casa Grande, AZ 85122. Call (800) 916-1515, email info@casagrandechamber.org or visit www.casagrandechamber.org. The visitor center is open year-round, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

(Brought to you by the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce, (800) 916-1515 or (520) 836-2125, www.casagrandechamber.org.)

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