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Explore Ruins: Best Things To Do In Coolidge, Arizona - Updated 2020

Explore Ruins: Best Things To Do In Coolidge, Arizona
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Named for President Calvin Coolidge, Coolidge, Arizona offers fascinating ruins and is steeped in the history of the Hohokam people, an ancient Native American tribe. The city is known for its authentic Mexican cuisine and rugged desert landscapes, and tourists often enjoy the beautiful view of the outdoors from the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

1. Explore the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Posted by Casa Grande Ruins National Monument on Friday, 30 December 2016

Estimated by archaeologists to be around 700 years old, the Casa Grande Ruins is the main attraction of Coolidge, Arizona. As you approach the ruins, you’ll see the Case Grande, or “Great House” in Spanish, rising up across the rugged desert landscape. You’ll be able to view the “Great House” up close, though visitors are not permitted inside the four-story structure. Sitting underneath a protective metal canopy, this impressive structure has withstood the test of time and is well worth a visit.

You’ll also be able to view smaller ruins, such as the remains of a Hohokam farming village, at the national monument. When you’ve taken in the structures to your heart’s content, stop by the visitor center to learn a little bit more about the Hohokam and the history of the area. Open from 9-5 every day of the week, the visitor center and monument are certainly one of the top attractions in the area.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Address: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Dr, Coolidge, AZ 85128

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: Accessible by car and a short walk. Parking provided near the visitor center.

Contact: (520) 723-3172

Near by Food: Casa Palomino Mexican Restaurant

Website: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

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2. Visit the McFarland State Historic Park


McFarland State Historic Park offers a variety of historic buildings just fifteen minutes outside of Coolidge. Opened in 1979, the park is an effort to preserve the history of the area. The main attraction of the park is a museum housed in a building which served as the county’s courthouse in 1878 and was later converted into a hospital, a public health and welfare center, and the Pinal County Historical Society Museum, until it became the museum that stands at the heart of McFarland State Historic Park today.

In the museum, browse artifacts that catalogue the early history of the area and learn about the history of the “Wild West” in Arizona. After browsing the museum, you’ll be able to take a walk down the main street of Florence and view the historical buildings of the area. If you’re interested in taking a step back in time, McFarland State Historic Park is the perfect attraction for you.

Hours for the McFarland State Historic Park are 9-5 PM every day except for Sunday, and the attraction is free, though the museum accepts donations.

McFarland State Historic Park

Address: 24 Ruggles St, Florence, AZ 85232

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm Monday-Saturday. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: Fifteen minute drive from Coolidge to Florence via AZ-287 E.

Contact: +1 520 8685216

Near by Food: Valentino’s Eatery

Website: McFarland State Historic Park

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3. Have an animal adventure at Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

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Posted by Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch on Sunday, 19 March 2017

If you’re an animal person, you might be interested in touring the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch. Just a twenty-minute drive from Coolidge, the Ostrich Ranch has been featured on a variety of television shows such as “Extreme Roadside Attractions” and “Arizona Highways.” You won’t want to miss this unique attraction!

The ranch is home to ostriches, as you may have guessed, but that’s not all, on the ranch you’ll also have the opportunity to see miniature donkeys, miniature goats, deer, ducks, boar goats, stingrays, and rainbow lorikeets. You’ll be able to feed the animals you can feed the ostrich right out of your hand if you’re daring enough. The miniature donkeys will also eat right out of your hand, as well as goats and ducks. If you’re more of a bird person, step into the “Rainbow Lorikeet Forest.” These absolutely stunning birds will drink nectar out of cups-you’ve just got to hold it steady for them.

The ranch also offers Monster Truck tours, where you’ll ride a monster truck through the ranch, view the animals, and learn about them.

The ranch is open to the public on weekends-Friday, Saturday, and Sunday-from 9 to 5 PM. There are a variety of packages that you can purchase to feed the animals or feed the animals and take the Monster Truck tour. The cheapest package is 10 USD per person, with free admission to the feeding area for kids 5 and under.

Though the ranch offers fun for all ages, kids especially love the opportunity to see and feed all the exotic animals.

Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

Address: 17599 E Peak Ln, Picacho, AZ 85141, USA

Price: from 10 USD

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm Friday-Sunday. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: 30 minute drive from Coolidge to Picacho via AZ 87 S.

Contact: +1 520 4663658

Near by Food: Frankie’s Chuckwagon

Website: Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

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4. Learn about Coolidge's history at Arizona Railway Museum

Posted by Arizona Railway Museum on Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Though it’s a 45-minute drive from Coolidge to the Arizona Railway Museum, you’ll quickly understand why this is such a well-loved attraction. Many tourists have pointed out how friendly and knowledgeable the museum staff are, which makes the experience incredibly enjoyable.

You’ll be able to view not only exhibits, but take a walk through several actual historical trains, including passenger cars, sleeper cars, dining cars, and cargo cars. You’ll be able to experience a guided tour and learn about rail travel in the 50s. The hands-on experience sets it apart from other museums.

When you’ve toured the exhibits and trains, you might consider driving up the road to Roy’s Train World, where you can view or purchase models of the trains at the Railway Museum. It’s a big hit with kids and collectors!

Be sure to stop by the gift shop before you leave and pick up a souvenir! The admission is only 2 USD, though the museum is only open on the weekends from noon to 4 pm.

Arizona Railway Museum

Address: 330 E. Ryan Road, Chandler, AZ 85286

Price: from 2 USD

Opening Hours: 12pm - 4pm Friday-Sunday. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: 45 minute drive from Coolidge to Chandler via AZ-87 N.

Contact: +1 480 8211108

Near by Food: AZ Food Crafters.

Website: Arizona Railway Museum

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5. Eat authentic Mexican cuisine at Rolbeto's Mexican Food Restaurant

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Posted by Rolbetos Mexican Food on Saturday, 19 December 2015

A favorite among locals, Rolbeto’s offers a variety of traditional Mexican dishes. Though it’s housed in a modest building that might not turn your head, stop at any visitor center or ask a guide at another location, and you’ll hear about the delicious cuisine at Rolbeto’s.

As a drive-in restaurant, it’s perfect for a picnic in the car or at one of the picnic tables provided.

Locals describe the food as authentic-not Tex-Mex or Americanized Mexican food. Family-owned, most of the staff speak Spanish, and you’ll feel like you’ve traveled across the border to grab a bite to eat. Another perk is that everything on the extensive menu is extremely affordable.

Featured dishes include a steak and shrimp plate and a steak and shrimp quesadilla, though the restaurant also includes traditional dishes such as tacos, nachos, burritos, and tortilla soup. It even offers breakfast options like breakfast burritos.

Rolbeto's Mexican Food Restaurant

Address: 631 N Arizona Blvd, Coolidge, AZ 85128

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: 7:30am - 11pm Monday-Thursday. 8am-3am Friday-Saturday. 8am-9pm on Sunday. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: Accessible by car. Located in Coolidge.

Contact: +1 520 7238785

Facebook: Rolbeto’s Mexican Food

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Local food and flavor attract travelers to Coolidge

Main entrance to the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Source: Wikipedia

Come for the Casa Grande Ruins, Coolidge’s best-known attraction, but stay for the local food and flavor. You’ll certainly leave the city with a healthy appreciation of railway travel and the Wild West, and hopefully, you’ll also be able to take a few selfies with an ostrich.

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