This paved path with minimal elevation offers bikers a nice 3.5 mile one-way ride, making the cyclist glide from one Glendale park to the next.
The City of Glendale has been very pro-active in building parks and making sure that biking trails are accessible to residents and visitors.
The path also includes passing the Foothills SK8 Court Plaza which has skateboard and inline skate enthusiasts showing their skills...I try not to show this to my son though because I am scared he might decide on a career in extreme sports, hehehe...the stunts of these kids nowadays are just death-defying!
The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale is the venue where the Arizona Cardinals play their home NFL games. I've been lucky enough to see a couple of games here. A couple of seasons ago my son, Zachary, and I got to see our Cards trounce the Atlanta Falcons in a thrilling overtime victory. Then a couple of weeks ago (Sept. 2010) I got to take my granddaughter, Charity, to a pre-season game where rookie quarterback Hall led the Birds to a 20-10 rout of the Washington Redskins.
My kids are fans of the library. And so am I! This is where I borrow my travel books and I must admit, I sometimes bring them out of the country, hehehe….
The Main Library at Glendale is huge and has a good selection, even of current DVD’s that you can borrow a week at a time. There is also wireless internet and available computer stations for both adults and kids. And the library has a lot of programs such as Children Book Reading and lectures on interesting subjects, ie UFO’s, Predictions…just look at their website and see what is going on.
On top of this, we also see roosters and peacocks hanging outside the library. It has a gigantic metal tree outside and has a nice café inside. It’s a fun place!
Glendale, AZ 85302
Main Library Closed on Public Holidays
We are so proud living so near to this stadium which has a retractable roof and field and unlike any other stadium in North America! We have been inside and we see how they take care of the green football fields, and probably how expensive it is to maintain such grass. I eevn heard that sometimes they just donate used grass fields to high schools.
This is the home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl - and it has up tp 72,200 seats. During the actual Superbowl of 2008, I think 100,000 people flew in for the event, including celebrities like Paris Hilton.
It had the ceremonial groundbreaking on April 12, 2003, but the actual opening was on August 1, 2006 after three years of construction.
The first preseason football game was played August 12, 2006 when the Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-13. The first regular season game was played September 10, 2006 against the San Francisco 49ers.
The stadium also sometimes has expositions/exhibitions like BIG TOYS (expensive cars) and so forth...they also may have tours and you can see the website for schedules.
December 2009 update: Tours are available Thursday to Saturday 1030AM, 1230 PM and 230 PM but subject to change. Check with email@example.com or call (623) 433-7165 $7 adults and $5 for children 4-12yo, seniors 65 and older and military with ID. Under 3 yo free.
Fountain Park is a wonderful place to beat the Arizona heat. They have interactive water jets that the kids (or adults) can play in and there's a lot of seats & seating areas located around the main water jets. This is not the classical fountain where you make a wish and throw in your coins. This is more of a run through the water, let the water cool you off as it's so hot in Arizona kind of thing. There are grassy areas and seats located around the fountain as it si called Fountain Park. From September to May, they even have featured vocalists, duos, etc to provide family entertainment.
My brother-in-law had tickets for Rage in the Cage - a fighting match where the fight is really bloody and we watched it in this arena. Kinda reminded me of the gory times of the Gladiators...and this arena was such a modern fit! It is so huge inside! Considered on of Best Concert venue in the Valley!
But it is not only gory fights that you can see here! they have had amazing concerts like those of Andrea Bocelli, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, The Eagles, Elton John, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, Foo Fighters, Hannah Montana, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Mannheim Steamroller, Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, U2 and Van Halen.
This was previously known as Glendale Arena opened its doors on December 26, 2003 with 223acres and with the $1 billion development of Westgate City Center . On October 25, 2006, Jobing.com purchased the naming rights to the building and Glendale Arena was renamed.
But other than the concerts and shows, this is home to the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes!
If you're in town, see what's happening in the Jobing.com Arena!
We've brought the kids here to the very popular Waterworld of Glendale which is open from Memorial Day through labor Day only. This place has great pools for big kids and also for very little kids - my twins enjoyed so much getting wet on slides that were designed specifically for little ones still in diapers. I think it was was called Jungle Jim's at the time for the little kids.
But a recent news clipping says: "An Australian company purchased Waterworld Safari from its previous owners, Golfland, after the 2008 season. The park will reopen for the 2009 season in June under new management and with the new name, Wet ’n’ Wild Phoenix".
You can go and enjoy the Zambezi River or the screaming six-story Kilimanjaro Speed Slides, or enjoy the more serene Serengeti Surf Wave Pool. But the names may have changed now...the new Wet and Wild has the same 25-acre property but now with the Maximum Velocity, a dueling water coaster (the world's first).
One of our friend's kid also had his birthday party and my nephews enjoyed that party. However, the only problem we had when we visited once was that my twins had diarrhea and so did my wife and sister. So, sometimes, there might be some king of stomach virus going around and it's just hard to avoid this in such waterparks.
Locker and tube rentals are available.
Open Hours are Memorial Day through Labor Day: 10a-8p M-Th, 10a-9p F-Sa, 11a-7p Su
This Sunday afternoon (November 2008), I took my 4 year old twins with me to return some overdue cartoon DVD's at the Glendale Public Library here in Arizona. Heading home, I saw a sign saying "Sahuaro Ranch" as I was at the stoplight at the corner of the library --- Hmmm...I thought a little bit, and decided maybe the kids would enjoy a walk since the afternoon looked nice, a little windy and cool (a special treat after the hot summers)...
The entrance was a lone road and to the right were tall palm trees with a huge steel gate (with roosters around it) leading to an old ranch mansion --- it was open! So, I parked along with other cars and walked out with the kids onto the nice lawn towards this "Falcon Crest-like" abode...
Citrus trees were at one side and these were apparently started by the husband (Richard) of then-owner Charlotte Smith in 1927. There were lots of picnic tables available for the public at a first-come first-serve basis, and you could see a lot of families going on photoshoots at the picturesque ranch. We decided to take pictures on the mansion porches, the old ranch equipment and the corn field.
Truly a nice place to walk around in, with roosters and peacocks. The kids had a blast running around - up and down stairs at the side of the house ranches. There were also nearby soccer, volleyball, softball and football fields - and a playground which features the EVOS, a unique suspended playground for ages 5 and older.
This was definitely a nice discovery a short drive from our house! Unfortunately, the mansion/ranchhouses were closed so we will have to come back during business hours of the week...
Beside the University of Phoenix stadium is the Cabela's store which has amazing artificial rock formations and a variety of taxidermy stuff (elks, lions, polar bear...) on top of a nice "floor to ceiling" walk-through aquarium featuring huge catfish and other freswater fish - it even has a robotic talking fisherman with life-like flesh and wrinkles from whom my son freaks out --- but his twin sister is brave.
My son got my good looks and bravery, I guess, hehehe
The kids enjoy going to this place, not to mention the great outdoor hunting and camping outfits and paraphernalia...great source of Under Armour and Northern Face outfits.
And they also sell BOATS!
We literally live just a few blocks away from this 6.5 million square feet of shops, restaurants, theaters and residential units in Glendale, Arizona!
This is the Home of the Cardinals Football team which unfortunately lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2009 Superbowl (I am still crying and bleeding...sigh)...And the Westgate Center is just beside the huge retractable University of Phoenix Stadium which looks like it just landed from outer space. This Stadium was built specifically for the 2008 Superbowl which was a huge success. The Glendale Trafiic Enforcers were so good I didn’t feel any traffic during that time when 100,000 people (including celebs like Paris Hilton) flew into our city.
We go here almost every week, because the kids like running around the play fountains where kids can get wet during the summer. They also have musical fountains that jive up with the music.
The AMC that is here has 4000 seats and there are so many cool bars like Maragaritaville and restaurants like The Yard House. We are so lucky to be so near! If you spot me by the fountains, just say, “Hey Jumpingnorman!”
We live close to this Wildlife World Zoo which just happens to have Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals - more than 1,300 individual animals! That’s great because the twins always watch the Animal Channel!
There is a little platform where you can go up and the giraffe goes up to you with its huge tongue --- and you can feed it with little food pellets! Don’t be scared because giraffe don’t bite – as far as I know.
Then, they also have a sort of “cable-seat” ride that goes over an expanse of the zoo with your feet dangling (not for those scared of heights though)
One of the few accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association in the USA, THIS ZOO WAS OPENED IN 1984 and really lets you up close to the animals. During Christmas, it also has “zoo-lights” where the whole zoo is filled with beautifully designed light patterns…
Adults: $15.99 + tax; 3 - 12 Years: $8.99 + tax; 2 & Under: Free
Groups of 10 or more - less $1.00/person
Senior Discount - $1.00 OFF Every Tues
7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including Holidays
From the North: Take I-17 to loop 101 west. Exit 101 at Northern Avenue and head west 8 miles. From the East: Take I-10 westbound to State Route 303 (exit #124). Head North 6 miles to Northern Avenue and turn right (east).
In Early February in Down Town Glendale they hold a Chocolate festival where many different chocolate companys come and put up stalls where you can buy and watch many chocolate events. Such as chocolat fountans and kid events that include making chocolate pizzas.
There are also many tents that sell souveneirs. You are bound to find something that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Also as you walk around and shop there is live music playing for your enjoyment.
I suggest trying cerettas huge chocolate covered strawberries that come dipped in white, milk, and dark chocolate.
Located in Downtown Glendale, you can tour the family owned chocolate factory and also purchase a variety of chocolate candies. The tours are Monday-Friday at 10 & 1
Fun, free (if you can restrain yourself from buying any chocolate) activity.
Sahuaro Ranch Park is the nicest park in Glendale. This park is listed on the National Register of Historical Places-it preserves one of the oldest ranches in the Valley. The park is beautiful. When you enter if you park on the right you will immediately notice the beautiful home set amongst the palm trees and rose garden surrounded by an old citrus grove. You can walk around the ranch and view 13 of the original ranch buildings. There are tours available as well. The rose garden is beautifully kept and my personal favorite to view. Bunnies, chickens, and roosters walk around the ranch area. After walking through the historice area you can walk down the path through the wrought iron gate and this will lead you into the playground area. There are three separate playgrounds, so no matter what your kids age there will be something for them. The older kids playground is something of a giant jungle gym, so if the kids love to climb this is a unique park you won't forget anytime soon after you visit.
This is a very nice museum on the history of beads and beading. The museum is small but nice. If you are a beader you will get into it. They also have a gift shop where you can buy beading supplies. Admission to the museum is $5.