About Surprise

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.

When in town, don’t for get to sign up for special deals from local restaurants and retailers . Using your smart phone Text the word ShopSurprise (one word, with no spaces) to 85100. You will receive 3-4 special deals per week.

Enjoy your visit to Surprise, Arizona!

Visitor Resources

  • Digital Surprise Visitor Flip Guide: For a digital copy of Visitor Guide Click Here
  • Visit Surprise website:
  • Self-Serve Visitor Center: The self-serve visitor center has valuable visitor information on everything from hotels to dining  and other places to visit throughout the Arizona.  the center is located at 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza. Hours of operation are  Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • On-Line Gift Store: For souvenirs and gifts,  check out our on-line gift shop Click Here
  • Visit Arizona – Official Site : Download the new Visit Arizona App. Customize your Arizona experience with recommendations and offers hand-picked to match your travel interests and location.




High (F)
Low (F)
January 68 42 1.0
February 72 45 1.3
March 78 50 1.1
April 86 56 0.3
May 95 65 0.1
June 104 73 0.0
July 107 80 0.9
August 105 79 1.2
September 100 73 0.8
October 89 60 0.6
November 76 48 0.7
December 66 41 1.1

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Important Phone Numbers

City Manager’s Office

City Clerk

Fire Department

Library – Northwest Regional

Mayor & Council Office

Municipal Court

Police Department

Senior Center

Surprise Visitor Center

Urgent Care

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