Northern Arizona may have the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, but Southern Arizona has its own special allure. Maricopa, situated in the Gila River Valley, is the southernmost city of the Phoenix metropolis. This natural and cultural hub presents a local alternative for travelers more interested in Arizona’s wide open spaces than the cosmopolitan vibe of Phoenix. Beyond its menu of annual events that include the Fishing Derby and the Maricopa Salsa Festival, visitors will discover unique entertainment opportunities that are available daily. UltraStar Multi-tainment Center provides loads of family-fun, and nearby Ak-Chin Resort and Casino is a dazzling vacation destination. Check out these 15 fun things to do in Maricopa, Arizona.


» Dwarf Car Museum

Dwarf Car Museum
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Dwarf Car Museum is owned and managed by Ernie Adams, who built his first Dwarf Car in 1965. Visitors will see it displayed at the museum as ‘Grandpa Dwarf.’ It’s still operable today. In the ‘80s, Adams turned his attention to Dwarf Race Cars. The first Dwarf Car race was at the Prescott Yavapai County Fair in 1983. Eventually he turned his skills to Dwarf Car Cruisers, which are wildly popular head-turners. Visitors to the Dwarf Car Museum will be able to see every car in Adams’s collection from Grandpa Dwarf to the latest cruiser. The museum is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations are welcome.

52954 West Halfmoon Road, Maricopa, AZ, Phone: +520-42-41-58

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» UltraStar Multi-tainment Center

UltraStar Multi-tainment Center
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UltraStar Multi-tainment Center is the place to be in Maricopa, Arizona, for film, food, fun, and parties. Families can choose from 12 giant screens with stadium-style seating to catch their latest favorite movie. Better yet, guests can reserve a private, soundproof VIP theater suite that accommodates six to 20 people with dining and bar service. There are three dining options from the casual elegant 347 Grille to an ice cream shop. Guests will find a bowling alley, arcade, laser tag arena, and gamer cave. The Multi-tainment Center has party space for every age and can host any event from children’s birthday parties to quinceañeras to conventions.

16000 North Maricopa Road, Maricopa, AZ, Phone: 520-568-3456

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» Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
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Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club spans 320 acres on Ak-Chin Indian Reservation, which is located in Santa Cruz Valley about an hour southeast of Maricopa. It’s a tranquil oasis of green with 360-degree views of the surrounding desert. This Troon managed golf course has a junior golf program that allows kids 15 and younger to play free with a paying adult, get complimentary golf club rentals, and take free golf lessons also with a paying adult. Other amenities include play and stay packages at Harrah’s Ak-Chin, physical and online golf store, and Arroyo Grille – their upscale, onsite restaurant.

48456 West Highway 238, Maricopa, AZ, Phone: 480-367-8949

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» Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino
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Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino is situated inside Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort & Casino hotel on the same property as Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. The casino offers play on 1,100 video and reel slots, and guests can choose from among several denominations of play. It also features a variety of gaming tables including Pai Gow Poker, blackjack, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. Guests will also find a Poker Room, Keno Parlor, and Bingo Hall. Ak-Chin Casino hosts Throwback Thursdays where players get $10 free slot play each Thursday morning. Guests will also want to keep an eye out for frequent promotions and events like the Labor Day Corvette Sweepstakes.

15406 Maricopa Road, Maricopa, AZ, Phone: 480-802-5000

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» Copper Sky Recreation Complex

Copper Sky Recreation Complex
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Copper Sky Recreation Complex combines the Copper Sky Regional Park with Copper Sky Multigenerational Center to bring guests the ultimate recreation experience. Visitors can schedule a tour of the Multigenerational Center by calling ahead. Those not needing a tour can drop in anytime. Guests should expect two full basketball courts, an indoor walking/running track, group fitness classes, pickleball courts, fitness center with weights and cardio machines, and outdoor Aquatics Center. The Aquatics Center has a 25-yard, eight-lane lap pool with diving boards, a leisure pool with waterslide, a lazy river feature, and a rock climbing wall. The 98-acre Regional Park has a stocked fishing lake, amphitheater, two playgrounds, and so much more.

4445 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Maricopa, AZ, Phone: 520-316-4600

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» Sonora Wings Hang Gliding

Sonora Wings Hang Gliding
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Sonora Wings Hang Gliding provides visitors to Maricopa, Arizona, with premier tandem hang gliding experiences, or with unbeatable training. Tandem flights include the 2,000-foot flight, which is the most popular, the 3,000-foot flight where you have more learning time, or the Mile High Flight that lasts 40 minutes. Tandem flights provide a certified tandem instructor who guides you to the best experience once the glider is released from the tow rope. With such a magical experience, many guests will want to purchase the media package with their flight to capture the entire event on video and with over 100 still shots.

11934 North Russell Road, Maricopa, AZ, Phone: 480-251-1515

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» The Duke at Rancho El Dorado

The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
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The Duke at Rancho El Dorado is an 18-hole, championship golf course located outside Maricopa, Arizona. The new course was built in the Rancho El Dorado planned community and in 2003 was named ‘Best New Course’ by Travel Golf. Since then, it has continued to rack up accolades and awards by golf industry publications. This oasis of undulating green fairways has the magnificent Estrella Mountains as its backdrop. Silver Spur Grill is situated in The Duke clubhouse overlooking the gorgeous 18th hole. The restaurant is open from breakfast to dinner and features a beautiful outdoor patio with a stunning stone fireplace.

42660 West Rancho El Dorado, Maricopa, AZ, Phone: 480-844-1100

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» Arizona Soaring

Arizona Soaring
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Arizona Soaring operates out of Estrella Sailport in Maricopa, Arizona. The sailport is the perfect place to do your own soaring, take a ride, or take lessons, because there is little air traffic. For those only interested in riding, Arizona Soaring offers tranquil experiences riding along the captivating Sierra Estrella Mountains, or wild aerobatic rides suitable for thrill-seekers. Guests can choose from four options, 20- or 40-minute scenic soaring experiences, or 15 minutes or more of aerobatic soaring. They also offer pilot training. Would-be pilots can complete training quickly with Arizona Soaring’s fast-track training program that gets grads up in the air in record time without cutting safety corners. Students learn from FAA certified, full-time glider instructors.

P.O. Box 858, Maricopa, AZ, Phone: +520-568-2318

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» Skydive Phoenix

Skydive Phoenix
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Travelers who dream of seeing the earth from miles above traveling at 120 miles per hour have found their Shangri la in Skydive Phoenix. This skydiving operation has a drop zone that affords skydivers views of the entire city Phoenix and the surrounding area from the plane, the free fall, and after the chute opens. Skydive Phoenix offers both tandem skydiving and skydiving instruction from their Maricopa facility. Non-skydivers can enjoy the thrill of watching the jumps as participants parachute to the ground a few feet away. Skydivers can preserve their memories by purchasing high definition videos of their jumps.

56580 West Dasher Drive, Maricopa, AZ, Phone: 480-557-5867

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» Hands of Silk

Hands of Silk
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Hands of Silk takes a holistic approach to mind, body, and spirit healing massage. They offer an array of therapeutic massage techniques designed to restore overused muscles, relax stressed minds, and heal from traumatic experiences. Guests looking for an elevated spiritual experience can indulge in services that focus on energetics, including the body’s electromagnetic grid, meridians, and chakras. Massage therapists teach guests to practice ‘focused attention’ to experience inner intelligence, fulfillment, and peace. Guests can experience one of seven types of massage – Swedish, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, reflexology, hot stone, and infant/child massage. They also provide craniosacral therapy, sugar scrub, and body contouring services.

43576 West Caven Drive, Maricopa, AZ, Phone: 480-522-6505

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» Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona

Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona
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The vision for the Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona started in 1999 with the acquisition of a four-foot-tall, 1400-pound, granite Ganesha murthi. It was gifted to the Maricopa Hindu community as the centerpiece of a yet to be constructed Hindu Temple. The first of four phases of the temple construction began in 2007 with the building of the Temple Hall and sanctom santorum. Four shrines were added in 2011, traditional Indian artwork was added to the shrines in 2012, and four richly decorated towers and a shrine to Swami Satyanarayana were added over the next two years. The Temple was finished in 2014. Visitors to the Temple should check the website for hours.

51293 West Teel Road, Maricopa City, AZ, Phone: 520-568-9881

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» Raceway Bar and Grill

Raceway Bar and Grill
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Raceway Bar and Grill is a must-do experience. The décor alone is worth the visit; it’s a collector’s dream dining experience. There is hardly a space on the walls that isn’t covered with old license plates, signs, and other memorabilia. In fact, the restaurant has such a huge and diverse collection of items that it was featured on the TV show, “American Pickers.” They’ve even started a Consign and Dine experience with antiques and collectibles. This casual diner has a value-priced menu that will please nearly any budget. Chicago thin-crust pizza is one of their specialties, but diners can also expect wing baskets, jumbo potato skins in four types, appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers.

49237 West Papago Road, #7, Maricopa, AZ, Phone: 520-568-0808

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» Agave’s Restaurant

Agave’s Restaurant
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Agave’s Restaurant is located within Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Casino hotel. This poolside restaurant features a casual-fun ambiance with an architecturally unique ceiling, mauve walls, a wall of windows, colorful patterned carpet, and light wood furniture. There are also three televisions in the restaurant. The restaurant’s patio overlooks a resort-style pool (separated by a fence). The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch. The reasonably priced menu includes starters, soups and salads, and sandwiches and burgers for lunch. The breakfast menu features classic egg-centric dishes, omelets, and griddle selections like French toast, Belgian waffles, and green chili pork tostadas.

15406 Maricopa Road, Maricopa, AZ, Phone: 480-802-5000

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» The Buffet at Harrah’s Ak-Chin

The Buffet at Harrah’s Ak-Chin
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The Buffet at Harrah’s Ak-Chin is the perfect choice for families when everyone wants to eat something different. This casual buffet can accommodate the most discriminating tastes from toddlers to teens to adults. Guests can expect an array of Asian, American, and Mexican-inspired dishes, hand-carved meats, soups, salads, and sides, plus a dessert bar. Weekend nights (Friday and Saturday), the Buffet kicks it up a notch with their Seafood Buffet dinners. Sundays, guests can expect a Champagne Brunch buffet. The circular restaurant design, pot lighting, modern chandelier, neutral color décor, and comfortable seating create a clean, modern, casual ambiance.

15406 Maricopa Road, Maricopa, AZ, Phone: 480-802-5000

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» 347 Grill

347 Grill
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347 Grill is part of the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center in Maricopa, Arizona. This upscale, family-friendly restaurant provides an excellent dining experience during a day of play. Diners can expect culinary options like smothered chicken, specialty burgers, gourmet salads, and handcrafted soups. The restaurant’s bar features four 55-inch televisions and a 40-foot projection TV, along with a state-of-the-art bar. Couples can enjoy hand-crafted cocktails on the outdoor patio where misters keep guests cool. At night, a fireplace casts a romantic glow over the patio as guests enjoy appetizers and drinks under a canopy of twinkling stars.

16000 North Maricopa Road, Maricopa, AZ, Phone: 520-233-2426

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15 Best Things to Do in Maricopa, Arizona