9 Best Things To Do In Sun City, Arizona - Updated 2022

things to do in sun city arizona

Rest and relax in Sun City, Arizona, where you will have plenty of options for recreation and fun. Designed as a 55+ community, Sun City has eight golf courses, seven recreational centers, an open-air amphitheater and many parks and trails. You will find this city very safe, clean and convenient with golf carts roaming freely on the easily accessible, wide-open streets.

Sun City is known for its unique architectural character, personality, and legacy. Many homes were built in 1970s-style, and everyone’s yards are well maintained and nice looking. You can consider a vacation rental for a longer vacation and go out for day trips to the nearby cities in California and Utah. Otherwise, you can spend time in the city itself, and enjoy all the recreational activities on offer.

1. Sun City AZ Visitors Center

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Located at the Bell Recreation Center, the Sun City AZ Visitors Center can provide you with all the information you need to visit Sun City, such as locations of recreation centers and information about local events, parks, cycling and hiking areas, golf, bowling and much more. Take full advantage of all the facilities in Sun City and make this your first stop before going anywhere. The Sun City AZ Bus Tours also start here.

The Sun City AZ Visitors Center

Address: 16824 N. 99th Ave.

Website: The Sun City AZ Visitors Center

2. Sun City AZ Bus Tours

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Sun City AZ Bus Tours are available several times per month. It is a two-hour tour starting with a walking tour from Bell Recreation Center, the rest of the ride will be on the Sun City AZ bus. You will pass by the RCSC Recreation Centers, the Sun Bowl, softball fileds, shopping centers, neighborhoods, and some key community organizations. The guides are all volunteers who are knowledgeable and entertaining, they are ready to answer any questions you might have.

Sun City AZ Bus Tours

Address: Bell Recreation Center,16824 N. 99th Ave.

Website: Sun City AZ Bus Tours

3. Play golf

Golfing in Sun City AZ, USA
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Affordable golf is one the key attractions of Sun City. The city founder, Del Webb, was a golf lover and as he envisioned the city, he also incorporated quite a few golf courses, making it possible for residents to golf at a different course, every day of the week, at an affordable price. Sun City is truly a golfer’s paradise. Do try out this lifestyle, if possible and golf every day of the week at a different course.

Golf Courses in Sun City

Website: Golf Courses in Sun City

4. Del Webb Sun Cities Museum

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This museum was designed with the décor of the 1960s and houses exhibits featuring Del Webb and the company he built, Marinette and the cotton plantation that preceded Sun City, the methods the Webb Corp used to introduce Sun City to America, baseball and spring training in the area, golf, local performing arts, the evolution of Lizard Acres into today’s Sun City West and the “Sundome Jr. Theater” – the smallest theater in Arizona.

Del Webb Sun Cities Museum

Address: 10801 Oakmont Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351

Website: Del Webb Sun Cities Museum

5. The Sun Bowl Open-air Amphitheater

Sun Bowl, Sun City Arizona, USA
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You can enjoy some top-notch entertainment at the Sun Bowl in the spring and fall, every Sunday evening, with weekly concerts. Ticketed shows are offered at the Sundial Auditorium, with great value. Check the updated events, and if you know any residents in the city, you might even be able to join some of the shows for free.

The Sun Bowl Open-air Amphitheater

Address: 10220 North 107th Avenue, Sun City, AZ 85351

Website: The Sun Bowl Open-air Amphitheater

6. Sundial Auditorium

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With great shows nearly every Wednesday at the Sundial Auditorium, you’re sure to be entertained. These ticketed shows are a superb value and feature a variety of tribute bands, comedy acts and the occasional magician or hypnotist. There is something for everyone!

Sundial Auditorium

Address: 14801 N. 103rd Ave.Sun City, AZ 85351 United States

Website: Sundial Auditorium

7. Lakeview Recreation Center

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Concerts. Crafts. Swimming. Sports. Whatever your fancy, Sun City, Arizona has more than 120 chartered clubs and a constant stream of events and activities to fill your day with ways to be active, creative and entertained. No one gets bored in Sun City, including their visitors, so be informed of all the activities and events happening at the Lakeview Recreation Center.

Lakeview Recreation Center

Address: 10626 W. Thunderbird Blvd.

Website: Lakeview Recreation Center

8. Flagstaff

Entering Flagstaff, Arizona
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Strategically located near the Grand Canyon, Sun City is a good gateway for visitors to check out close attractions, like Flagstaff, which features many scenic places and national parks. You just need to drive two hours to Flagstaff to experience a 25-degree drop in temperature and you can also join a Grand Canyon tour from here.


Address: Flagstaff, Arizona

Website: Flagstaff Official Site

9. Sedona

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In less than a two-hours’ drive, you can reach yet another city - Sedona – the “Most Beautiful Place in America”, ranked by USA Weekend. What makes Sedona beautiful is its geographical setting and multi-hued stone formations, stemming up from the desert floor and which are portrayed differently, every hour with the light.


Address: Sedona, Arizona

Website: Visit Sedona

Gateway to southwest America

Sun City, Arizona is perfectly situated in the great American southwest and surrounded by many dreamy destinations in every direction, including California, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado. If you are 50 and above (or even you are below 50), check this place out, it could well be where you will want to spend your retirement years. You will never get bored in Sun City and there is such a volunteering spirit here, that will make you feel very welcome.

There are plenty of Vrbo vacation rentals and Airbnb vacation rentals as well, so be sure to check them out for your accommodation needs.

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