About Surprise, Arizona
Located along U.S. 60, northwest of Phoenix, Surprise is one of the fastest growing communities in the U.S. Today, Surprise is a 74-square-mile city on the move. Flanked by one of Arizona’s largest mountain preserves, and situated in the saguaro-dotted Sonoran Desert on the northwestern edge of the Valley of the Sun, it’s no “surprise” that Surprise was named Arizona’s fastest growing city four times in recent years. Even the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers decided to take up residence here. The once sleepy square-mile farming community surprised just about everyone when it successfully courted the two teams away from their Florida training homes.
The Cactus League Spring Training facility and stadium, along with a regional library, aquatic center, recreation center, and 57-acre passive park are the centerpieces of this new square-mile-plus downtown development, putting Surprise well on its way to becoming the playground of the West Valley.
Looking for some cool and affordable summer fun? Surprise’s 10,562-square-foot Aquatics Center takes swimming beyond the box. It includes a 4,700 square-foot water play area with zero depth entry, eight-lane competitive pool, diving well with two one-meter boards, two slides, splash pads, vortex whirlpool, classroom, concessions and more.
Hike or bike to a rare desert waterfall at White Tank Regional Park located on the western edge of Surprise. Waterfall Trail is a very popular and easy hike, suitable for the entire family.
Hit the greens at one or all of Surprise’s championship golf courses. Cimarron at Sun City Grand, was designed by Greg Nash.
Play tennis, racquetball and table tennis at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex. They have leagues as well as drop-in tennis. From time to time you can also catch professional exhibition tennis here.
A one-stop-shop for family entertainment, Uptown Alley has bowling, laser tag and games, as well as a full service restaurant and night life opportunities for the adult crowd. Be sure to check out the Wild World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park or take the family to one of two pick-your-own citrus farms.
Spend a day at Maricopa County’s northwest regional library. The $5.5 million, 20,000-square-foot library features a gift shop, and many public access flat screen computers and separate adult, teen and child areas with greenhouse reading rooms overlooking a five-acre lake. Be sure to visit the 12’x78’ mosaic that depicts the history of Surprise.
Stunning natural beauty is just the beginning in Surprise, where art and culture extend to all corners of the city and include everything from fine arts, galleries to local traditional crafts and performances. Be sure to check out Arts’ HQ, the City Hall art collection or WHAM’s new showroom.
The City also hosts several unique special events that are must-see activities like Fiesta Grande (October), Surprise Party (December) or the Second Sunday in the Park (Sept. to Spring). The festive events include live bands, hot-air balloons, food and treats for the entire family.
Enjoy your visit to Surprise, Arizona!
16126 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374
Monday – Friday
8:00am – 4:00pm
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce is the Area’s Official Visitor Center recognized by the State of Arizona. Through the visitor center, mobile-ready website and in our printed directories, tourists and visitors can find in-depth and valuable visitor information on everything from hotels to dining and shopping and other places to visit throughout the area. We distribute information about things to do in Surprise at spring training games and to more than sixty visitor centers around the state, including all Phoenix Sky Harbor airport terminal visitor kiosks and related rental car terminal.
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce is the premier business organization in the Surprise area that supports local businesses and advocates on their behalf. The Chamber is uniquely positioned to help local businesses obtain their fair share of the multi-billion dollar travel industry in Arizona. The money that visitors spend on various goods and services while in Surprise produces business receipts at these firms, which in turn generate earnings and employment for Surprise residents. In addition, state and local governments collect taxes that are generated from visitor spending, which further benefits our city. No other organization is invested in the business community like the Chamber. This is your new Chamber!
Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Staff
President and CEO
Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and Surprise Visitor Center
Vice President of Marketing
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Important Phone Numbers
City Manager’s Office
Library – Northwest Regional
Mayor & Council Office
Surprise Visitor Center
Awards & Rankings
Fastest Growing City in Arizona
Ranked 9th Safest City in Nation
Best High Schools: Shadow Ridge and Valley Vista High School (2nd Consecutive Win)
National Finalist in the 2015 MetLife Foundation/Generations United America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards