Top Attractions for First-Timers

Glendale boasts a little bit of everything when it comes to attractions. History buffs, sports fans, nature lovers, foodies, and families will all find plenty to enjoy. Here are some of the top things to do on your first visit:

Historic Downtown Glendale

Downtown Glendale looks much as it did 100 years ago and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stroll along the brick-paved sidewalks and pop into the antique stores, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants housed in preserved 20th-century buildings. Don’t miss the famous antique “Cathedral of Junk” and the historic water tower.

Cabela’s Outdoor Attraction

The massive 250,000 square foot Cabela’s store is a must for outdoor enthusiasts. Shop everything from hiking boots to kayaks, then head to the indoor archery range or 11,000 gallon freshwater aquarium. Cabela’s is packed with interactive wildlife exhibits and educational displays that make it perfect for families.

Glendale Desert Garden

One of Glendale’s best kept secrets is this serene botanical garden tucked away on 12 acres near downtown. The garden showcases a huge variety of cacti and other native desert flora. Wander the walking trails and enjoy the peaceful setting.

Gila River Arena

Catch a hockey game or concert at this large indoor arena that’s home to the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes. Even if there’s not an event during your visit, you can take a behind-the-scenes tour to see the Coyotes’ locker room, press box, and other areas.

Adobe Dam Regional Park

Just north of Glendale, this park centered around the scenic Adobe Dam offers hiking, fishing, and spots for picnicking. Rent kayaks or take to the trails to enjoy natural splendor minutes from downtown.

Glendale Chocolate Festival

Every February, Glendale hosts Arizona’s biggest chocolate festival in downtown Historic Catlin Court. Sample gourmet chocolates, enjoy live entertainment, browse vendor booths, and celebrate all things chocolate.

How to Get Around Glendale?

As a suburb of Phoenix, Glendale offers several transportation options for getting to attractions across the city and metro area:

Public Transportation

The Valley Metro bus system serves Glendale, connecting to popular spots like the stadiums and downtown Phoenix. Fares start at $2. Buy passes at station vending machines. Service is limited on weekends.

Taxis and Rideshares

Taxis can be convenient for shorter trips within Glendale and to downtown Phoenix. Rideshares like Uber and Lyft also operate in the city. Prices vary by distance and demand.

Charter Buses

For group travel, charter buses are the best way to keep your crew together while having a comfortable, customizable experience. Glendale Party Bus Company offers top-notch transportation in coaches from 20 to 56 passengers. Our team handles everything from planning logistics to parking and driving, so you can focus on fun! Call 480-546-5015 for group travel made easy.

Ready to Get Started?

With this beginner’s guide in hand, you’re ready to start planning an amazing first visit to Glendale. Tour the historic downtown, experience the outdoors, catch a game, and taste gourmet chocolate. Then gather your group and let the experts at Glendale Party Bus Company handle all your transportation needs. We can’t wait to show you the city we know and love!