A major suburb of Phoenix, Peoria is located in Maricopa and Yavapai counties, with most of the city located in Maricopa county. Peoria’s original roots can be traced to its foundation as a resort city, but it has grown phenomenally in the past 40 years. Its development into a full-scale urban center was largely made possible by the advent of air conditioning.
Downtown Peoria boasts such features as skyscrapers, the capitol, and a few good quality museums. Sports fans can check out the Peoria Sports Complex, which debuted in 1994 as a spring training facility for two Major League Baseball teams. Boasting 145 acres of space, it has undergone several large improvements, and in the spring, you will find the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres utilizing the facility.
For patrons of the arts, visit the Arizona Broadway Theater in Peoria, which specializes in Broadway-style productions, complete with a bar and dinner services.
Want to cool off during the Peoria heat? With 300 days of sunshine, visitors tend to look for attractions that might help them cool off, and Go Paddle AZ has just the thing. Located at the Pleasant Harbor Marina in Peoria, Go Paddle AZ rents out paddleboards, tandem kayaks, and single kayaks for use on Lake Pleasant. Lake Pleasant cruises are also available for those who want to experience the lake but not necessarily swim in it. There is something for everyone in Peoria!