There are things to keep you busy in Chandler, everyday!
You don’t have to wait for the weekend, holidays, or even for special events to find something really awesome to keep you busy, moving and thinking, or your kids happy and exhausted by bedtime. Nope, Chandler is a community that really focuses on its recreation and the city makes sure it’s constant and abundant! Perhaps their abundance of things to keep you busy are reasons for Chandler’s ranking as the nation’s fourth city for population growth in the recent years. Not only does Chandler’s population grow, but the city seem to grow, too! What used to be corn fields and farms grew countless forms of entertainment, education and natural motivation provided by the beautiful Arizona desert terrain.
Here’s our list of the best things to keep you busy in Chandler, any day!
5700 W North Loop Rd Chandler AZ 85226
In observance of the industry and people responsible for the westward expansion and the creation of the “Wild West,” the Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse allows the kids (and you) to pan for fools gold like the pioneers, and hunt for the largest nugget that has yet to be found! Speaking of the pioneers, you can ride around like them too on real mule driven Butterfield stagecoaches, just like the original settlers. Talk about a great time AND a history lesson! There’s even a petting zoo where you can pet miniature donkeys, goats, potbelly pigs, and sheep. To top it off, there are live action stunt shows Wednesday through Sunday nights – we suggest you check out their website for times, because they’re subject to change. 🙂 There’s a lot more at Rawhide, so you’ve just got to check it out!
455 E. Warner Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85225
Jumpstreet is literally a wall to wall trampoline court. After you fill out the safety waver your kids can be set free to jump for hours! The kid-friendly staff are great at keeping your kids excited and fair when they participate in trampoline dodgeball or play earthquake in their Earthquake Kidzone. Or, they can free jump until they can’t jump anymore, anywhere there’s a giant industrial-sized trampoline…and they. are. everywhere. There’s even a top-of-the-line arcade center and, of course, seating and snacks to keep the parents entertained, as well.
330 E Ryan Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
If you love history, trains fascinate you, or if you have a little boy, then you have to visit the AZ Railway Museum. You’ll get to see many different restored train cars from all different eras and even rail cars from different movie sets! All of these rail cars are open to for your exploration and can even be reserved for birthday parties!
It’s understandable for new Arizona residents to feel like AZ just isn’t a place where you can go fishing, but fortunately that’s just not the case! The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s motto, after all, is ‘If people can’t get to the fish, we’ll bring the fish to the people’ and in the spring, fall and winter they stock EACH of the Valley of the Sun’s lakes for your fishing enjoyment. They stock catfish, sunfish and rainbow trout, and anglers in Chandler can find these fish in two Chandler parks: Veterans Oasis Park and Desert Breeze Park. For stocking schedules, weekly fish reports, the ‘big fish of the year’ and to get your fishing licences, visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website.
250 N. Arizona Ave.
The 2,000 square foot main exhibition gallery here showcases art in all forms. Shows here have celebrated abstract arts, textile arts, ceramic arts and portraiture. They even have an art vending machine called the “Art-O-Mat” making art fun and accessible for everyone. The Chandler Center for the Arts is shared with the Chandler School District, providing national, international and local performances. As a shared facility with the Chandler School District, the Chandler Center for the Arts provides local, national and international performances.
Get outside and play!
Bike, Walk, Stroll, Skip, Jump, or Ride a Horse!!
Chandler has 327 miles of paved bike paths and lanes. Ride along 6.5 miles on (mostly) paved trails of the Paseo Trail. The eastern side of the Paseo Train runs along the eastern side of the Consolidated Canal – and that’s the multi-use pathway. The western side, which runs along the western side of the canal, is dirt and is great for horseback riding and bicycling. Where the Paseo Trail intersects with major roads, the City of Chandler improved the functionality and safety of the trail by installing light signals – complete with raised signals if you’re on a horse.
Chandler has 6 aquatic centers! They’re located at Arrowhead pool, Desert Oasis, Folley Pool, Hamilton, Mesquite Groves, and Nozomi Aquatic Centers. These aquatic centers are a blast! Complete with lazy rivers, slides, diving boards, deep pools, shallow pools, splash zones, water slides, zero-depth play pools, the water vortex and “current rivers” are absolutely one of the best ways to enjoy the summer and have more than enough fun in the sun.
In addition to the 6 aquatic parks, Chandler has 60 community, regional and neighborhood parks for your fun-time leisure. Grass, playgrounds, shade, ponds, pathways, and more all at your expense.
Anything else you want to do can most likely be found in Downtown Chandler. Art galleries, and dining and shopping at unique local and family owned shops. Want a romantic nigh out? Downtown Chandler provides everything you need, with patios, gazebos under the stars, winery’s and more. Now that you have more than enough things to keep you busy in Chandler, go out and have fun!
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