Arizona’s unlikeliest boom town – strangely located not in Maricopa County, but in Pinal – incorporated as Arizona’s 88th city in 2000, with a population of 1,040. By 2002, its population soared to 15,934, and today it hovers around 48,602. Here’s what’s new in this swelling desert city, located about 35 miles south of Downtown Phoenix.
UltraStar Multi-tainment Center
Bowl a few rounds, play laser tag, squash some arcade game records or watch a movie at this den of frivolity, which also boasts a family-friendly grill, an ice cream shop and a sports bar. Onsite Star Class Cinemas hosts the annual Copa Shorts Film Fest (copashortsfilmfest.org), a local event that draws filmmakers from around the world each winter.
1600 N. Maricopa Rd.
Copper Sky Recreation Complex
This all-ages recreation center caters to Maricopa residents, but it hosts a slew of events open to the visiting public each year, from Family Fishing Day in January to the Great American 4th celebration on Independence Day. Hit the waterpark this summer and download the Maricopa Salsa Festival app before next spring’s salsa festival at maricopasalsafestival.com.
44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Managed by prestigious Troon Golf, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes has been named one of the top 100 golf courses in the country by GOLF Magazine and Golfweek. Take advantage of the course’s “Stay & Play” packages with local hotels for a staycation this summer.
48456 W. Hwy. 238
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