13 Best Things To Do In Eloy, Arizona, For Some Family Fun - Updated 2021

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Haley
Haley
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The next time you’re in Phoenix or Tucson, take an excursion to the town of Eloy, Arizona. Perfectly situated between the two major cities, Eloy offers a multitude of recreational activities, perfect for the family or solo adventurer. Museums, golfing, races, numerous golf courses, ancient ruins, and most excitingly, skydiving is all in or next door to the small town. Here are the best things to do in Eloy, Arizona, for some family fun!

1. Learn about city's attractions at Sunland Visitor Center

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Sunland Visitor Centre has to be the first attraction you visit when in Eloy. It offers a comprehensive list of all the other attractions and activities to do in this city. More importantly, all the attractions have been clubbed together into a guided day tour that you can opt for, so you need not waste money and time on cab rides. These day trips will take you to several attractions that you can visit in one go. Guests mentioned that the staff is extremely helpful and friendly, and will take your preferences and interests into consideration while recommending attractions to you.

Sunland Visitor Center

Address: 3725 N Camelut St, Eloy, AZ 85131, United States

Website: Sunland Visitor Center

2. Enjoy a delicious meal at Iron Skillet Restaurant

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Posted by Iron Skillet on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Iron Skillet Restaurant is extremely popular for its casual ambience and fast-food service, similar to the ones you can get at truck stops. So when you visit Arizona, be sure to check out this restaurant that has branches in Eloy, Phoenix, and a bunch of other cities. Try the hamburgers with the salad bar, or if you are hungry, simply opt for the buffet all-you-can-eat option available here. Guests mentioned that the service here is excellent, and the waitresses are friendly and professional.

Iron Skillet Restaurant

Address: 5235 N Sunland Gin Rd, Eloy, AZ 85131, United States

Website: Iron Skillet Restaurant

Opening hours: 7am - 8pm (daily)

3. Go on a thrilling balloon ride with Droplyne Hot Air Balloons

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Posted by Droplyne on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Eloy is known as one of the best places to go skydiving or ride a hot air balloon for a reason. Droplyne Hot Air Balloons provides guests with an opportunity to take to the skies and enjoy panoramic views of the skyline and distant rural farms. The owner of this business is a commercial pilot and hot air balloon enthusiast. Apart from affordable flight excursions, they also offer private flights and hot air balloon tandem skydive.

Droplyne Hot Air Balloons

Address: 4900 N Taylor St, Eloy, AZ 85131, United States

Website: Droplyne Hot Air Balloons

Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)

4. Have a cosy picnic at Jones Park

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This Little League park is an ideal place to spend some quality time with your kids. Here, you and your kids can spend the whole day breathing some fresh air and frolicking around with an array of superb amenities such as barbecue facilities, a gazebo, plenty of benches, and a sprawling well-manicured field. You are also allowed to use the restrooms, borrow some playground equipment, and of course, relax in shade structures.

Jones Park

Address: 421 E 1st St, Eloy, AZ 85131, United States

Website: Jones Park

Opening hours: 6am - 11pm (daily)

5. Indulge in an adrenaline-pumping activity with Skydive Arizona

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Posted by SKYDIVE ARIZONA on Tuesday, 27 December 2016

While Arizona is known for being the home of the Grand Canyon, the state, and specifically Eloy, is a great place for daredevils and bucket listers alike. In the heart of the Sonoran Desert lies Skydive Arizona, a business that will help you fulfill your lifelong dreams of jumping out of a plane and free falling for a few thousand feet. Easily the most exciting thing to do while visiting Eloy, skydiving literally takes you to a new level of adventure and excitement. The business was founded by Larry and Liliane Hill, in January of 1978, with a single Cessna 182 and a gravel airstrip, north of Phoenix. Their business has grown to proudly be the world’s largest skydiving center, averaging over 135,000 jumps per year.

Its own oasis in the center of a barren region, Skydive Arizona facilities surprise visitors with fresh green grass, a swimming pool, and trees, making the whole operation that much more unique. Equipment is sold on site, along with food, and facilities for bathing and laundry. Overnight guests are welcome, with bunks in the recreation hall and campsites available. But lush facilities aren’t what keeps the business flourishing. A dedicated, well-trained staff, equipped with aircraft like a Super Otters, Skyvans, a DC-3 and a Pilatus Porter, ensure that every customer is safe and well-attended to, giving each individual a superb time. What’s more, the surrounding area makes for the perfect drop zone as free-fallers don’t have to worry about undesirable obstacles on their decent. The area’s mild weather allows for over 340 jumping days per year, with low humidity keeping the skies clear year-round. It’s easy to see where the company gets its motto: “more sun, more jumps, more fun!”

Skydive Arizona

Address: 4900 N Taylor St, Eloy, AZ 85131

Price: from 189 USD

Opening Hours: Open daily from 8am - 5pm

Contact: +1 (520) 466-3753

Website: Skydive Arizona

6. Try skydiving indoors with SkyVenture

Posted by Skyventure Arizona on Saturday, 7 January 2017

Posted by Skyventure Arizona on Sunday, 16 October 2016

While skydiving looks like a lot of fun, the sport simply isn’t for everyone. For example, in order to skydive, you must be a legal adult, meaning skydiving isn’t exactly a family-friendly trip. However, the good people at SkyVenture have worked around that problem by providing a facility where you can have all the fun of skydiving, indoors. No planes, no parachutes, and no heights, at SkyVenture you can free fall anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. Upon your arrival, you will be given the appropriate gear, and coached on basic skydiving techniques to more thoroughly enjoy your time at the facility. But don’t worry, before long SkyVenture Arizona will help you master new flying positions and advanced aerobatic skills. The best part is, children are welcome, so long as they are accompanied by a legal guardian.

SkyVenture

Address: 4900 N Taylor St, Eloy, AZ 85131

Price: from 30 USD

Opening Hours: Open daily from 8am - 5pm

Contact: +1 (520) 466 3753

Website: SkyVenture

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7. Experience farm life with Shamrock Farms Farm Tour

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This Cottage Cheese Cobb Salad puts a protein twist on an easy summer favorite.

Posted by Shamrock Farms on Friday, June 14, 2019

Situated in Stanfield, Arizona, Shamrock Farms is the most popular cow farm that supplies milk and milk products to the whole state. It produces a wide variety of milk products, including cottage cheese, yogurt, cream, and more. You can check out the cow-milking process as well as feed the calves yourself. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and will explain the entire process of milk and meat production in detail.

Shamrock Farms Farm Tour / Dairy Farm tour

Address: 40034 W Clayton Rd, Stanfield, AZ 85172, United States

Website: Shamrock Farms Farm Tour / Dairy Farm tour

8. Spend a day frolicking in the water at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center

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Posted by Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center on Friday, June 1, 2018

The best of family vacations are incomplete without a trip to a water park or a splash pad. On your vacation in Arizona, surprise your kids by taking them to Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, and watch their faces glow with excitement and thrill. This aquatic centre features a lazy pool, a family play pool, multiple artificial waterfalls, water slides, a water vortex, and a splash pad for younger children. There are adequate restrooms and changing rooms available, so you need not queue outside the bathrooms for an hour.

Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center

Address: 5901 S Hillcrest Dr, Chandler, AZ 85249, United States

Website: Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10am - 5pm, 7pm - 9pm; Fri: 11am - 8pm; Sat: 11am - 6pm; Sun: 12pm - 6pm

9. Check out how cotton is made at Caywood Cotton Farms

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10. Play a round of golf at Robson Resort

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While in Eloy, swing by the Robson Ranch Resort Community. Most famously a retirement community, at Robson Ranch you can relax and unwind while playing 18 holes. Come in on a Sunday for Couples Golf and a different game each week. Don’t have time for a full game? You can golf 9 holes with a price reduction on half games. And if you’re going to be in Eloy for a while, you can purchase a year-long pass that will let you into other resorts around the nation.

Robson Resort

Address: ROBSON RANCH GOLF CLUB, 5750 N. Robson Blvd. Eloy, AZ 85131

Opening Hours: Open everyday from 6am - 5pm

Contact: +1 (520) 426 3333

Website: Robson Resort

11. Hike the winding trails at Picacho Peak State Park

Picacho Peak
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17 minutes away from Eloy lies the 1,500 ft (457 meter) peak that is Picacho Peak State Park. Stop by the park to hike the winding trails up to the peak, and view a sea of wildflowers blooming in the spring, as well as the area’s unique geological structure. Historically important, the peak has been used as a landmark for travelers since prehistoric people traversed the landscape. One such example was the 1700’s Anza Expedition.

Today, you can be a part of the peak’s historical roots by visiting the park. At Picacho Peak State park you’ll find a visitor center, exhibits about the surrounding wilderness, a park store, a playground, historical markers, a campground, and picnic areas. After learning about the history of the mountain, you can hike your way up the peak taking one of many hiking trails. Both scenic and challenging hikes are available, so know your limits, bring plenty of food and water, and wear proper footwear. That way you can fully enjoy your journey and return home safely to recollect your adventures.

Hiking at Picacho Peak

Price: Park Entrance Fee: Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): 7 USD. Individual/Bicycle: 3 USD

Opening Hours: Park is open year-round. Gates are closed from 10:00pm - 5:00am. Visitor Center / Park Store is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm

Contact: +1 (520) 466 3183

Website: Hiking at Picacho Peak

12. Learn about Arizona’s early days at Museum of Casa Grande

Casa Grande Valley Historical Society Museum from SW 2
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While not in Eloy, located 21 minutes away is the town and museum of Casa Grande. At the museum, you will learn about Arizona’s early days, and view artifacts, writings, documents, and photos from the area. The collections include the archives and library, where you can view first-hand reports of life in Arizona, and the artifacts exhibit that holds prehistoric, archaeological, historic, and contemporary items. Just outside Casa Grande is the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and the remains of the Hohokam’s Pueblo from the Pueblo III and Pueblo IV Eras. You won’t leave without being inspired by Arizona’s past and the people that brought us here.

Museum of Casa Grande

Address: 110 W. Florence Blvd. Casa Grande AZ 85122

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: 12pm - 4pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Contact: +1 (520) 836 2223

Facebook: Museum of Casa Grande

13. Participate in an action-packed event offered by Central Arizona Speedway

Posted by Central Arizona Speedway on Thursday, 30 January 2014

If you’re looking for something more action-packed—without jumping out of a plane—head 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) north to the Central Arizona Speedway. Events are scheduled year-round for racers to compete, and for the public to enjoy. Stadium food and beer is available at the venue, along with handicap-accessible seating and bathrooms. The races include cars like IMCA Sport Mods, Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks and Bombers, but no matter who’s racing, you’re sure to have a roaring good time.

Central Arizona Speedway

Address: 512 N 11 Mile Corner Rd, Casa Grande, AZ 85194

Contact: +1 (520) 574 8515

Website: Central Arizona Speedway

14. Pet farm animals at Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

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Posted by Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch on Thursday, 25 July 2013

Featured on shows like “Larry the Cable Guy - Only in America,” "Extreme Roadside Attractions,” "Chef vs City,” "Amazing Animals,” and “Arizona Highways,” Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch offers a truly country experience to all those willing to come by. True to its name, Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch is a working ostrich ranch, owned for the past three generations by the same family. While ostriches certainly are the headline attraction, they’re not the only draw to Rooster Cogburn as miniature Sicilian donkeys, Nigerian dwarf goats, Fallow deer, and Peking ducks also call the ranch their home. If you come by on Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday, you can take a tour of Picacho peak—in a MONSTER TRUCK. This family-centered, affordable, destination is sure to make any parent a hero, putting a twist on traditional family fun.

Petting Zoo and Ranch

Address: 17599 E Peak Lane - Picacho, AZ

Price: from 10 USD

Opening Hours: OPEN DAILY (Nov. 16th thru April 30th). OPEN FRI., SAT, SUN, MON.(May 1st thru Nov. 15th)

Contact: +1 (520) 466 3658

Website: Petting Zoo and Ranch

Fun with the family in Eloy

Visit Eloy during your next Arizona trip for an adventure unlike any other. From skydiving to rocky mountain climbing, you won’t regret the time you spend in this Arizona town.

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Haley has been writing stories since she was five, but did not decide to be a full-time writer until her college years. She studied English and Biology at Eastern New Mexico University and has...Read more

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