1. It’s Gonna Be A Bright Sunshiny Day… Basically Every Day
You’ll get a lot of natural vitamin D in Glendale. The city ranks third on the list of cities with the most days clear of clouds and fourth in cities with the highest average sunshine. But make sure you have plenty of tank tops handy because it’s also fifth on the list of cities with the hottest summers, with an average July high temperature of 106 degrees. But, as the locals will remind you, “it’s a dry heat.”
2. A Surprise Super Bowl Haven
Although Glendale doesn’t have a sports team in any of the professional leagues, the city’s University Of Phoenix Stadium hosts the home games of the NFL team plays at the University of Phoenix Stadium which was also cited on the show Modern Marvels for its natural roll-out grass turf. The stadium also hosted the Super Bowl XLII in 2008, putting Glendale on the map, and is set to host the event again in 2015.
3. Marvel At The North End
If you’ve got the money, the Arrowhead section of town is where you want to be. Gorgeous three story houses and mansions rest along the waterfront marking the most upper class section of Glendale. But it comes with a hefty price tag, as Arrowhead has the highest concentration of millionaires in all of Arizona. Locals love the neighborhood which, despite being so upscale, still manages to maintain a friendly and quaint vibe.
4. Know Your Downtown District
Historic Downtown Glendale is made up of three neighborhoods that make up ten easily walkable blocks. There is Historic Catlin Court with its white picket fences and tree-lined streets that shade the many specialty shops. Old Towne is paved with the city’s many famous antique stores. And nestled in the center of it all is the Promenade at Palmaire which features the Glendale Visitor Center.
5. You’ll Get Your Money’s Worth In Glendale
Glendale falls 11.7 percent below the national average for cost of living and the median home cost is just over $110,000. With a steady job market just a short 20 minute commute away in Phoenix, living in Glendale is a great way to save a few extra bucks in the bank.
6. Pick Your Own Fruit Fresh From The Farmer
What started off as a cotton and wheat farm has turned into a favorite place for locals to pick up their fruit. Tolmachoff Farms is a unique, four-generation family farm that is dedicated to bringing the city of Glendale the freshest produce which is why their stand has continued to grow since the 1970s.
7. Eat Your Chocolate Loving Heart Out
The Cerreta Candy Company is the sweet spot of Glendale, packed with wall-to-wall homemade chocolates, candies, and sweets and houses Arizona’s largest chocolate heart, weighing upwards of 300 pounds. Thirty minute self-guided tours are available every day except for Sunday. And don’t miss the sweetest event in town, the three-day-long Chocolate Affaire festival, sponsored by Cerreta’s.
8. Glendale Glows At Christmas, Literally
It’s hard to tell what the people of Glendale are more excited for come the holidays: gift exchanging or the Glendale Glitter and Glow festival. Officials drape the city in an astonishing 1.5 million lights that literally makes Glendale twinkle. The Glitter and Glow block party brings everyone out to enjoy the holiday festivities together including a hot air balloon display.
9. An Antique Treasure Trove
Glendale bills itself as "Arizona's Antique Capital" with various antique shops and events held throughout the year and was listed by USA Today as the best place to shop because of such gems. Make a day to visit Old Towne’s many popular shops which include A Mad Hatter’s Antiques, Collectibles & Home Décor shops.
10. Glendale Loves Good Music
Glendale is brimming with musical talent. Jordin Sparks, season 6 winner of American Idol, calls Glendale her hometown. The Glendale Summer Band concert series has brought free music to the Murphy Park amphitheater throughout the summer for the past 47 years. Glendale has also hosted the Glendale Jazz and Blues Festival where the most talented soul musicians come together to showcase their talents.
11. Get Wet N’ Wild In The Desert
Don’t let the name fool you. The Wet N’ Wild Phoenix water park is located right here in Glendale and is Arizona’s biggest and best water park. It features more than 30 attractions including the popular dueling water coasters: Maximum Velocity and the Constrictor.
12. It Has A Little Piece Of 90210
90210 fan girls might be interested to know that Kelly Taylor didn’t always call Beverly Hills home. Jennie Garth spent her teenage years in Glendale, where she was discovered by a talent agent while attending Apollo High School. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career, but Glendale is still proud to say they knew her when.
13. Find Authentic Petroglyphs In Your Back Yard
Deer Valley Rock Art Center is one of Glendale’s best kept secret. It is a museum, nature preserve and archaeological site with the largest concentration of Native American Rock Art in the area with interpretive trails that take visitors to see some of the nearly 600 boulders marked with over 1,500 ancient petroglyphs. Workshops and interesting exhibits make this one of Glendale’s most unique cultural experiences.
14. There’s Hiking & Biking At Thunderbird Conservation Park
Glendale has a total of five different parks, but if the most popular for hiking and biking is the Thunderbird Conservation Park. Sitting on 1,185 acres in the Hedgpeth Hills, Thunderbird is dedicated to preserving the desert environment while giving visitors the ability to tour through the Sonoran desert by using more than 20 miles of multi-use trails. Visitors can come here for picnicking, bike riding, horseback riding, mountain biking, jogging, and more.
15. Cool Down At Papa Ed’s Ice Cream
Without a doubt, the place to go for ice cream in Glendale is Papa Ed’s Ice Cream shop. This adorable garage turned old-fashioned ice cream parlor has been a favorite spot for locals since 2010 and has been a welcome addition to the Caitlin Court district. Along with the variety of 16 flavors of ice cream and loose leaf teas, Papa Ed’s also serves Frosty Paws treats for any of the pooches in town with a sweet tooth looking to cool down.
16. Learn About The Beauty To Be Found In The Desert
With over 1,000 trees, shrubs, cacti and resident peafowl, award-winning Xeriscape Botanical Garden at the Glendale Main Library is a great way to experience the area’s low-water use plants while learning. Listening wands can be checked out inside the library for a self-guided garden tour of the plant life while visitors learn all about water conservation.
17. Get Stranded At The Drive In…
The Glendale 9 Screens Drive-In by West Wind merges old with new using a state of the art digital projection screen while still keeping the old timey drive-in nostalgia. Cheap tickets, double-features, family night Tuesdays, occasional free movie nights, an onsite playground area and a concession stand makes for a fun and affordable night out to catch a movie (or two) in Glendale.
18. …And Then Hit The Flea Market
West Wind isn’t just for the drive-in. Located on the premises is a year-round flea market. Visitors can shop through the multiple rows of independent vendors selling fresh produce, apparel, home décor, tools, and more at this popular destination. The market is open every weekend, serving food and refreshments and with live entertainment most days.
19. The City Is Paw-fully Friendly
Dog owners can bring their pooch, big or small, to run around Foothills Park which includes water stations and an agility course. Sahuaro Ranch Park and Northern Horizon park both have dog park areas for small dogs, too. The annual Dog Days Of Summer event provides animal friendly festivities for dogs and their owners including pet massages, free Frosty Treats, a mobile vaccination and microchip station and much more.
20. There’s A Park To Pique All Your Senses
One of the most unique parks around, The Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden was created with the intention to stimulate the senses of sight, sound, smell and touch. Using a variety of plants and trees that utilize texture and scent, water features for sound, touch and sight and evening lighting for added theatrics, sections of the park include the “Soothing Gardens” and “Inspiring Art.” Each section comes together to create one of Glendale’s most cherished areas.
21. Glendale Supports Extreme Sports
If you’ve got wheels, you’ve got a place to ride in Glendale. The Sk8 Court Plaza provides a ride-friendly park for anyone on skateboards or inline skates, as does the X-Court which also allows for BMX riders. The city also hosts extreme sporting events, such as professional demonstrations by the Action Sports Association.