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Sun City West Information

About Sun City

Sun City, a town northeast of Phoenix, Arizona, is absolute paradise for active adults heading into their golden years. Built as a community for retired adults, Sun City, along with its sister city, Sun City West, is a hub of recreation and activities. The town was established on the tenets of vitality and community, and it’s where residents can enjoy a leisurely lifestyle as they explore a wealth of new opportunities. Adventure awaits in Sun City, whether you’re newly retired and seeking a new home for the next chapter of your life, or simply looking for a unique, world-class town to discover.

Things to do in Sun City

Embark on a Sun City bus tour to see the best of what the town has to offer. The two-hour tour will take you through the various recreation centers, neighborhood parks, shopping centers and other community organizations. If you’re planning to chart out your own tour of town, pop by the Visitors Center for more information on the hottest spots around Sun City. Pick up a map to hit the best routes for biking and hiking, or where to go bowling, golfing, dining and more. If golf is your sport of choice, grab your clubs and head for one of the eight golf courses located around town. Bowling is another option, with numerous locations to choose from. The Sun Bowl Amphitheater is always good for an evening show, especially when it comes to music performances. The amphitheater is also a top site for special events, such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt, held throughout the year. The Sundial Center is another hot spot for events and performances by artists from around the world. Dining options also abound in Sun City, from quaint cafes to family-style restaurants to quick eats.

Day trips from Sun City

Sun City is 15 miles from Phoenix, Arizona’s capital and most populous city. Phoenix is home to an array of recreational sites and facilities unique to the southwest. The Desert Botanical Garden, for example, is one of the few public gardens dedicated to desert plants. The Phoenix Zoo is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the country, with an extensive program dedicated to saving endangered species. For more day trips centered around nature, Lake Pleasant is about 25 miles north of Sun City. Lake Pleasant Regional Park is open 365 days a year for visitors to enjoy the beautiful southern shores of Lake Pleasant. It’s a widely popular destination for boating, camping ,fishing and more. White Tank Regional Parks is also nearby, just 15 miles west of Sun City. This regional park offers almost 30,000 acres of desert land and mountain landscape as the largest regional park in Maricopa County. For a more metropolitan day trip, check out Peoria, Arizona, a flourishing city that has it all: arts, sports, nature and activities. Shop, dine, or catch a live performance in the city’s Entertainment district, or stop by the Challenger Space Center for an astronomical thrill. The Rio VIsta Park and Recreation Center offers a skate park, rock-climbing wall and an urban lake where visitors can go fishing. At the southern end of the city, canopied walkways decorate Peoria’s premier open-air shopping destination, a pedestrian-friendly venue for mult sources of entertainment.

Sun City accommodations

Sun City is surrounded by a variety of lodging options, starting from quality inns in Youngstown to upscale suites in Peoria. Grand Avenue in Youngstown is lined with motels and inns for a moderately priced stay. Toward the west of Sun City, the Sunflower RV Resort and the Lodge at Sun Ridge are also options. Accommodations near Peoria include the Days Hotel or WoodSpring Suites, two straightforward, simple hotels without too much fuss.

Transportation in Sun City

Glendale Municipal Airport or Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport are the two closest options for flying into Sun City. In terms of getting to and from the airport, Sun City Express is a shuttle service that serves West Valley. Guests can book rides to Phoenix Harbor, or even the Mesa Gateway Airport or the Amtrak station in Maricopa. Vans, charters and sedans are available upon reservation. There are no public transportation services within Sun City.

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Vacation Rentals in Sun City West

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Vacation home rentals found on offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 158 homes in Sun City West offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 137 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 159 homes with cable TV.

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