What to do and see in Glendale, United States: The Best Places and Tips

July 28, 2017 Kelli Reichel

Glendale /ˈɡlɛndeɪl/ is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located about nine miles (14 km) northwest from Downtown Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 226,721.
Restaurants in Glendale

1. Westgate Entertainment District

6770 N Sunrise Blvd, Glendale, AZ 85305-3171 +1 623-385-7502
Excellent
56%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 568 reviews

Westgate Entertainment District

Reviewed By awaintroob

The Westgate Entertainment District includes numerous restaurant, a number of shops and the Phoenix Coyotes Stadium. There always seems to be something happening. We saw a Navy jazz band, a hot rod exhibition and a rock band. The landscaping is very pretty and the people watching is great. This is a nice place to spend time.

2. Peoria Sports Complex

16101 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382-5811 +1 623-773-8700
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 303 reviews

Peoria Sports Complex

Peoria Sports Complex was the first Major League Baseball spring training and player development facility in the country shared by two teams. Built in 1994, the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners utilize the facility year round. The complex has a main stadium and twelve practice fields. In addition to baseball tournaments, the facility hosts community events, concerts, art and trade shows, weddings and group events. The surrounding area includes numerous hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

Reviewed By kanbaatar - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Take me out to the ballgame .. Take me out with the crowd .. Oh what a song it is.

Take me out for a night game at the Peoria Sports Complex here in Peoria, Arizona, on the North and West side of the greater Phoenix Metro Area.

Take me out to see the Oakland Athletics play the Seattle Mariners in a Major League Baseball Spring Training game in the Cactus League.

What fun it all was. How sweet it all was. Great employees at the ballpark. Parking was easy. Security was firm but polite and certainly not draconian. Fun concessions to see as attractions. Very clean restrooms. Friendly fans as well to visit with.

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don't care if I never get back.

I loved the Peoria Sports Complex, near 101 Loop Rd and Bell Rd, right here in little old Peoria, Arizona..

3. University of Phoenix Stadium

1 Cardinals Dr, Glendale, AZ 85305-3147 +1 623-433-7100
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 752 reviews

University of Phoenix Stadium

Reviewed By yorosey - Las Vegas, Nevada

Went here for a volleyball tournament my daughter was playing in. None of the concessions were open but it is a easy stadium to get to with good parking and access to near by shopping, food and Gil’s river arena. Was very cool for my daughter to get to play on stadium, might have to go back for a nfl game.

4. Camelback Ranch

10710 W Camelback Rd, Glendale, AZ 85037-5072 +1 623-302-5000
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 248 reviews

Camelback Ranch

Spring Training home of Major League Baseball's Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers, located in Glendale, Arizona

Reviewed By PhilzReviews - Oshawa, Canada

Great ballpark for Spring Training games! Parking is free, seats are great, lots of food to choose from (had the 18" pizza slice!), nice pro shops and more. Very family friendly atmosphere. On a nice sunny day you'll have a great time!

5. Gila River Arena

9400 W Maryland Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305-3114 +1 623-772-3200
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 453 reviews

Gila River Arena

Reviewed By cstruyk

Traveling the NHL arenas, shocked to see such a 1980's MTV music video quality Jumbotron here. Crowd was incredibly enthusiastic and loud for the few that were there; pretty sure section 121 is the "moms get away..." ya. Value score is HUGE here, can't beat AZ prices other than maybe Islanders, Hurricanes, and Panthers. I think Tucson (AHL's) dinky little convention center is nicer and that's pathetic. Only thing making up for low quality experience the Yotes put on was the BMW Lounge; being able to see either team enter and exit the ice is phenomenal. Try to get tickets in the rows that allow access to it; all you can eat and drink till the start of the 3rd. Overall it's ok, compared to other NHL arenas.. lol.

6. Blue Sky Ranches

Pearce Arizona, Pearce, AZ +1 818-726-5430
Excellent
91%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Blue Sky Ranches

Horse Trail rids in Arizona

Reviewed By r g - Richmond, Michigan

I and my family have had nothing but good things to say about Blue Sky Ranch, Bucky was very professional, and the horses were very well behaved and calm. My son rode Zip and had no problems what so ever, I rode Patches, my wife rode Geronimo, daughter rode Cricket,. we rode Cochise Stonghold, and had the greatest time . I hope we will get back there this coming year, we want to ride in the Chiracahua Mountains and we will be riding with Blue Sky Ranch with Bucky.

7. Glendale HIstoric District

Glendale Avenue and 58th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 623-000-0000
Excellent
47%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 210 reviews

Glendale HIstoric District

This is the downtown historic area of Glendale, Arizona. The area has more than 80 antique shops, some interesting resturants, and nice park.

Reviewed By AdventurousRetirees - Lone Tree, Colorado

So much fun to walk thru the quaint streets of historic downtown Glendale. Beautiful Craftsman style cottages, many turned into gift shops, galleries and restaurants. We came last year during the Glendale Glitters Christmas event, beautiful lights and decorations everywhere. Came again this spring, everything is in bloom, beautiful Easter and spring decorations everywhere. No matter the season, this is a great stop.

8. Phoenix Theatre

100 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1648 +1 602-254-2151
Excellent
79%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 113 reviews

Phoenix Theatre

The largest producing regional theatre company in the Valley, Phoenix Theatre offers more programs and experiences than any other. With over 400 performances on multiple stages and thriving education and outreach programs, we inspire more than 100,000 citizens every year.

Reviewed By BJMM - Phoenix AZ

Just attended PT's production of Mama Mia. Having lived near NYC for years with the opportunity to attend Broadway musicals on a regular basis, I can say Phoenix Theatre can hold its own with the big boys. Talented actors with impressive credentials and even more impressive energy, flawless sound and lighting, excellent musicians and a comfortable, intimate setting combine to create a theatrical experience of the highest caliber. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine in the spacious, recently remodeled cocktail lounge/lobby or attractive outdoor patio. Add in the free and easy parking and you have one of our city's best entertainment venues.

9. Thunderbird Conservation Park

22600 N 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85310
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

Thunderbird Conservation Park

Reviewed By Mark M - Glendale, Arizona

Amazing time and bonus your dog can be a companion! We love it. To be able to take your fur baby, most importantly clean up after them. Sadly there are quite a few who do not do this! As a side note, as it is early spring be vigilant for snakes or other animals as it is early for their hibernation. The views and exercise are truly worth it!

10. Heard Museum

2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1323 +1 602-252-8848
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Heard Museum

The foremost showcase of Native American art and culture in the U.S., the Heard Museum reveals the cultures of tribes in the region through exhibits, demonstrations and live performances and displays the work of contemporary Native American artists. Artists demonstrate their work during the week and musicians perform on most weekends.

Reviewed By GEDLosAngeles_CA - Los Angeles, CA

Although we intended to visit the museum, our arrival with only one hour remaining caused us to change our plans. Instead of trying to race through the place, we resolved to return another time and, instead, opted for Plan B, which was to spend the remaining hour in the gift shop.

And what a shop! Top of the line collection of American Indian jewelry, pottery, rugs, music CD’s. No tax charged since the museum is non-profit. Plenty of pleasant (not on comision) salespeople around to help you decide what to purchase from among the hundreds of choices. When you visit the Heard, leave some time for this place, too.

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