by Helen Neuharth, President/CEO, Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce

This summer, discover Casa Grande on a “staycation.”

What’s that, you ask? It’s when you treat yourself, friends or family members to a few nights’ stay at one of our local hotels or resorts, and enjoy relaxing by the pools and trying some of Casa Grande’s great restaurants.

Our community offers a broad range of facilities and activities, including a senior center, recreation center, libraries, bowling lanes, family aquatic park with 120-foot water slide, movie theaters and community theater, golf courses, shooting range, hiking trails and much more. More than 25 parks are located in and around Casa Grande, many with shade ramadas, sports courts (such as Pickleball), tennis, basketball, bocce ball, sports fields and playground equipment.

Or, take a few day trips – Casa Grande is a great “base” from which to explore Pinal County and Arizona.  If you want to go with friends or take family on a day out in Pinal County, there are many attractions and sights to see, including Aravaipa Canyon, Biosphere II, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Goldfield Ghost Town, Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, Queen Creek Olive Mill; Skydive Arizona, St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Monastery and the new Superstition Zipline.

State Parks in the county include Lost Dutchman, McFarland Historic Park, Oracle and Picacho Peak State Parks.

There are many museums in Pinal County, such as Ak-Chin Eco Museum, The Museum of Casa Grande, Oracle Historical Society and Acadia Ranch Museum, Pinal County Historical Museum(Florence), Superior Historical Museum and Superstition Mountain Historical Museum in the northwest part of Pinal County. Some of the museums are open seasonally, and some are open year-round. There are several Native American nations in close proximity to Casa Grande, and each offers exceptional gaming venues, rich history and culture as well as events.

Stop by the chamber office and pick up a street map of Casa Grande and our tourism map of Pinal County as well as brochures and information about other staycation and/or vacation destinations. We are open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You, the local residents, are the ambassadors for Casa Grande. A good ambassador finds the positive attributes of our community, and shares the good news with others. We have a fantastic community, and there are so many wonderful messages to pass along to others in a positive way. Be proud to live, work, play and raise your family in Casa Grande!