Outdoor Paradise in Peoria, Arizona: A Perfect Blend of Sun, Fun, and Recreation


Photo © Courtesy of Visit Peoria Arizona
With over 300 days of sunshine in the heart of the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Peoria, Arizona, is the place for your next outdoor adventure.

Lake Pleasant Regional Park is a major draw for outdoor adventurers. Come for the stunning views and all the water sports you can handle. Lake Pleasant offers plenty of options to play away the day as you enjoy a range of activities—boating, kayaking, wakeboarding, water skiing, fishing, and more.

The lake’s two marinas—Scorpion Bay and Pleasant Harbor—offer kayak, jet ski, paddleboard, and boat rentals. At Pleasant Harbor on the southeastern shore, don’t miss Dillon’s Bayou Bar & Restaurant, which serves up award-winning barbecue and provides a large event space. On the lake’s western shore, the floating Scorpion Bay Grill offers salads, sandwiches, burgers, and flatbreads, plus 360-degree mountain views.

If you prefer dry land, Peoria still has you covered. With more than 20 miles of multi-use pathways as well as various mountain trails, Peoria is the place for hiking, cycling, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Get your exercise, savor the amazing scenic views, and enjoy the fresh air and sunlight.

In addition to outdoor adventures, Peoria is also the place to play. If golf is the highlight of your perfect getaway, Peoria won’t disappoint. Gorgeous greens, flowing water, year-round play, and convenient access to several award-winning courses located in and around Peoria make the Valley of the Sun a dream destination for golf enthusiasts.

Peoria has many unique courses, including Blackstone Country Club, a premier clubhouse, and an award-winning golf course that is surrounded by the natural Sonoran desert. Yet another exceptional course is Trilogy. Renowned golf course architect Gary Panks crafted Trilogy Golf Course and draws upon distinctive land features and a backdrop of stunning Arizona scenery to result in a truly extraordinary setting. No matter which golf course in Peoria you visit, each promises to be picturesque and will provide an exclusive experience.


Once you work up an appetite for exploring Peoria’s outdoors, check out the local dining. Dining in Peoria is a culinary experience that will leave you savoring the area. From Mexican street fare and sushi to handcrafted burgers and brews, there’s something for every palette.

Want to eat like a local? Be sure to check out unique Peoria favorites like Peoria Artisan Brewery, Haymaker Restaurant Co., Fabio on Fire, Mochilero Kitchen, and more. You can also enjoy specialty coffee, pastries, and tea at Driftwood Coffee Co. in downtown Peoria.

Winery 101, located off Loop 101 and Olive Ave, is a family-owned and operated tasting room in Peoria with wines coming right from the vineyard.

Finally, finish your visit by enjoying the local shopping. Check out Park West, Peoria’s premier lifestyle shopping center. With more than 30 restaurants and shops to choose from, Park West also features a 14-screen Harkins Theater. Relax after an afternoon of shopping in one of the shaded Bali lounges.

Ready to start your adventure? Plan your trip by visiting visitpeoriaaz.com

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With its beautiful vistas, great schools, outstanding communities and recreational opportunities, you can see why so many people recommend Peoria’s quality of life for their family.


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