Filled with small-town attractions and beautifully-manicured golf courses, Buckeye, Arizona is a wonderful place to visit with the entire family. Everything from the beautiful weather to Old West charm makes the location a favorite with visitors of all ages. Outdoor enthusiasts will be surrounded by deserts, valleys, and mountains which they can explore while hiking, horseback riding, and camping.

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1.Skyline Regional Park

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Skyline Regional Park is an 8,700-acre mountain preserve which can found in Buckeye’s southern White Tank Mountains. There are miles and miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and much more. Some of their most popular trails include Mountain Wash, Quartz Mine, Tortuga, and their longest, the three-mile-long Turnbuckle Trail. Visitors who want to stay overnight or longer may be interested in renting out one of the seven campsites or five ramadas which are available; each campsite can accommodate one RV or trailer and have fire pits ready for use. There are several programs held at the park such as a fitness hike which integrates yoga and a guided interpretive hike to learn more about the area’s wildlife.

2600 N Watson Rd, Buckeye, AZ 85396, Phone: 623-349-6350

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2.Buckeye Aquatics Center

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The Buckeye Aquatics Center is one of the area’s finest swimming and diving pools in the valley. The outdoor facility is tons of fun and the water attractions include a 160-foot circular pool slide and a ten-foot-high diving board. Those with little ones will enjoy spending time at the beach front area and the zero-depth pool that’s specifically designed for younger patrons. The center also provides swim lessons, lap swimming programs, a lifeguard certification course, and water aerobics for those who want to gain a bit more confidence in the water or to just get some fun-filled exercise.

207 N 9th St, Buckeye, AZ 85326, Phone: 623-349-6390

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3.Skydive Buckeye

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If you’re in Buckeye and looking for an adrenaline rush, there’s no better place for it than at Skydive Buckeye. The fun and safe environment is the premier skydiving center in the valley and offers the thrilling opportunity to see Arizona in a unique way all year round. First-time skydivers will start their experience by meeting their tandem instructor who will talk you through the dive and answer any questions that you may have. There will be no need to worry as the professional instructor will handle all the equipment when you’re up in the air, letting you fully enjoy your freefall. Skydive Buckeye also offers opportunities for experienced jumpers as well as those who want to learn how to skydive.

3000 S Palo Verde Rd, Buckeye, AZ 85326, Phone: 623-980-4888

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4.Sundance Golf Club

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The Sundance Golf Club is one of the best kept secrets in Buckeye’s West Valley. They have four sets of tee boxes with varying distances from 5,300 to 7,000 yards, all of which is surrounded by panoramic vistas of the Estrella Mountains and the White Tank Mountains. Players of all abilities will be able to test their skills and have a wonderful time swinging a couple of rounds. Their signature hole, hole # 6, measures 3,175 yards and requires a precision shot over the only water feature in the entire golf course. Other amenities include a driving range, a putting/ chipping area, rental clubs, golf carts, a fully-stocked pro shop, and golf lessons conducted by PGA golf professionals.

900 S Sundance Pkwy, Buckeye, AZ 85326, Phone: 623-328-0400

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5.Copper Canyon Golf Club

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The Copper Canyon Golf Club is an 18-hole championship golf course which was designed by Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt and is the centerpiece of the Pulte/ Del Webb adult communities. With over 100 yards in tee length, the practice facilities are one of the greatest in the valley. The Sage Center, a state-of-the-art recreational center, compliments the golf course and is a wonderful place to spend time when you’re not out on the greens. Once all is said and done have a delicious meal at the Indigo Grille which overlooks the 1st and 10th tees or a snack at their Festival Snack Bar.

26577 W Desert Vista Blvd, Buckeye, AZ 85396, Phone: 928-252-6783

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6.Cafe 25:35

Cafe 25:35
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Cafe 25:35 can be found in a charming 80-year-old building in downtown Buckeye, which was once home to a historic bar, The Palms. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch while also housing a full-service coffee bar featuring brews made from beans roasted locally. Popular items from their menu are the Arkansas breakfast burrito, Tony’s garlic burger, their buffalo chicken sandwich, the ultimate grilled cheese with cheddar, gouda, and Monterey jack, and their creamy smoked tomato bisque soup. All of the baked goods offered are made in house, from scratch, and by hand so be sure to try some while you’re there.

409 Monroe Ave, Buckeye, AZ 85326, Phone: 623-386-2535

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7.The Vic Bar and Kitchen

The Vic Bar and Kitchen
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The Vic Bar + Kitchen takes cooking back to its purest form by concocting dishes that are made from scratch and go straight from the farm to the table. All of the meals are made with fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients which avoid all shortcuts when being prepared. Popular items on their menu include the shrimp and grits, the Italian beef grinder burger, the chimichurri salmon, and the summer seafood fettucine. Be sure to stop by for their mouthwatering brunch to try out the jalapeno cornbread waffles or their lavosh breakfast pizza. You can enjoy your meal on the intimate patio which overlooks the desert floor, downtown Phoenix, and the twinkling lights of the Verrado.

5325 N. Verrado Way, Buckeye, AZ 85396, Phone: 623-533-4722

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8.Verrado Golf Club

Verrado Golf Club
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The Verrado Golf Club offer two thrilling greens, the Founder’s Course and the Victory Course, which were designed by Tom Lehman, a PGA Tour star and Ryder Cup Captain. The 36 holes of championship golf can prove to be a very difficult test for skilled played, while still allowing for an enjoyable round for leisurely golfers. Each of the courses stretch over 7,000 yards and are surrounded by stunning views of Arizona desert, old growth ironwoods, ancient saguaro cacti, and breathtaking panoramas of the valley. When you’re not playing, head over to the Verrado Grille restaurant to dine on sandwiches, burgers, steak, and other favorites against a backdrop of the White Tank Mountains and the Sonoran Desert.

4242 N Golf Dr, Buckeye, AZ 85396, Phone: 623-388-3000

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9.Az ATV Rentals

Az ATV Rentals
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Az ATV Rentals is Southwest Valley’s leading ATV and UTV rental company. Outdoor enthusiasts will find it to be one of the most popular ways to explore Arizona and all the wonderful places you can ride through. ATVs and UTVs are extremely easy to operate and are fun for the entire family no matter their age. The fully automatic, four-wheel drive models are great to take through the scenic trails and dunes in the valley. You can rent the machines, from single seaters up to four seaters, for a couple of hours or for as long as two weeks.

819 N. 195th Avenue, Buckeye, AZ 58326, Phone: 602-510-5206

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