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In the heart of downtown Prescott, the Courthouse Plaza is a historic jewel that has been recognized by the American Planning Association (APA) as one of the 2008 Great Public Spaces in America. It’s served as a city center for casual gatherings and celebrations for more than 140 years. With the famous Whiskey Row right next door, the area stays lively morning and night.
The plaza is a testament to Prescott’s early city planning, as the city placed it as a centerpiece of the commercial district and the local businesses of Whiskey Row. This placement continues to serve residents and visitors well over a hundred years later. Though a fire in 1900 burned down most of downtown, including Whiskey Row, the area was rebuilt and still stands strong today. The granite, Neo-Classic Revival courthouse and 11 other brick buildings are even listed on the National Register of Historic Places, adding a historic ambiance to the area.
The Courthouse Plaza is perfect for a little relaxing after walking around Prescott’s downtown for a day of shopping, historic sightseeing, and eating local fare. You may even catch a special event at the courthouse, which hosts several dances, outdoor movies, concerts, and special events each year. And when you’re ready for a nightcap, you’ll have a direct route to Whiskey Row’s saloons and honkytonks that keep the fun rolling all night long.
Open daily, year-round.
Entrance Fee: Free
Prescott Courthouse Plaza
120 S. Cortez St.
Prescott, AZ 86303