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Windmill Winery

Although we are in a rural environment, we are not at a loss for interesting and exciting
“outings” in the area.  No matter what your interest, there are activities and places to
explore. Additionally, our proximity to both Phoenix and Tucson makes a day trip in
either direction quite feasible.


 

Charles Whitlow Rodeo Grounds  --  1 mile

The Florence Jr. Parade Rodeo is a historical tradition in the Town of Florence and has an 80 year tradition.  The Junior Parada Rodeo is promoted by the Pinal County Mounted Posse and the Town of Florence.  The 2012 rodeo was the 80th Annual Rodeo, making it the oldest Junior Rodeo in the United States and is the home of many champion cowboys.  Nearly 70 potential future PRCA cowboys and cowgirls ages 5-18 competed in rodeo events including saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, team roping, breakaway roping, goat tying, barrel racing and even bull riding. 

http://www.americantowns.com/az/florence/venues/charlie-whitlow-rodeo-grounds
http://www.florencejrparadarodeo.com/

 

Historic downtown Florence  --  5 miles                                                                            

The Florence Townsite Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and is noted for its concentration of buildings that represent the growth of Florence from the nineteenth to the middle twentieth century. There are over 140 historic buildings in Florence, many of which are constructed of adobe brick. The district contains a mix of architectural styles from early Territorial times through the post-World War II building boom.

A self-guided audio walking tour of the Florence Townsite Historic District is available at the Florence Visitor Center located at McFarland State Park. The audio tour takes visitors on a 1.4 mile loop tour that highlights the most significant buildings in the district.
Location: Florence Visitor Center, 24 W. Ruggles Street, Downtown Florence
Hours:     9am – 5 pm, Monday thru Friday
Phone: (520)868-4496, toll free 1-866-977-4496
http://visitflorenceaz.com/

 

Pinal County Historical Museum  --  5 miles

The museum hosts many exhibits and displays that represent Florence and the surrounding areas.
http://www.pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org/

 

MacFarland Historic State Park  --  5 miles

The first Pinal Count Courthouse of Florence was built in 1878 and is one of the first courthouses constructed in Arizona.  Over the years, the building was home to a sheriff’s office, hospital, museum and today it is a State Park.
http://azstateparks.com/Parks/MCFA/index.html
 

4-wheel drives  (your own vehicle)  --  5 miles
(ask about our Desert Map at our office)   

      
ATV desert rides  --  6 miles

The Phoenix Box Canyon Tour starts in the extreme northeast corner of Florence, Arizona.

The train is about 40 miles in length and about 3.25 hours in duration.  Elevation gain and decent is over 1700 vertical feet as you climb up and over the front range of the Pinal Mountains.  Points of interest are an old adobe building that served as a way station for the Butterfield Overland Stage Coach Company during the 1860’s and the Box Canyon, which is a real highlight.
Tours leave at 8:00am and 1:00pm daily
http://www.arizonaatvadventures.com/phoenixatvtours.htm

 

Saint Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery  --  6 miles

The monastery is the most recent of 10 monasteries started in North America by Father Ephraim of Mt. Athos in Greece. Forty monks live at the monastery where the elder directs the daily routine. St. Anthony’s welcomes all visitors who may view the chapels and walk the grounds. All guests are to be appropriately and modestly dressed. Men are asked to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Women are to wear long skirts (well below the knee), long-sleeved blouses, and scarves. Everyone is asked to wear socks, especially when wearing open toe shoes. Upon entering the monastery, all visitors are asked to stop at the gate house. 
Location: 4784 N. St. Joseph’s Way
Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Daily
Admission: Free
Phone: (520)868-3188
http://www.stanthonysmonastery.org/


Lone Star Equestrian Center  --  6 miles

Located in Coolidge, Arizona where team roping, ranch sorting, barrel racing, and more are offered.  With daily practices and weekly jackpots you can get your fill of roping and riding in the beautiful warm sunshine!

Lonestar Equestrian Center, 350 S Attaway Rd., Coolidge, Az 85128 
(520) 723-5817 - http://www.arizonaroping.com/

 

Windmill Winery  --  7 miles

The Windmill Winery's blend of rural authenticity and vintage chic surroundings makes it one of the most unique special event settings in the East Valley as well as wine tasting.  A lovely place to visit. (pictured with large photo at top of page)
thewindmillwinery.com

 

Coolidge Airport  --  8 miles

The Coolidge Municipal Airport is located 9 miles southeast of the City of Coolidge.  Please use this link www.airnav.com/airport/P08 if you require additional information about the airport.

 

Casa Grande Ruins  --  12 miles

For over a thousand years, a multi-talented people known as the Hohokam inhabited the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. They were farmers, engineers, traders, and craftspeople. By the time the first Europeans arrived, this civilization had crumbled, but the ruins of an extensive complex of villages, irrigation canals, and artifacts still remain. The four-story Casa Grande, one of the largest prehistoric structures ever built in North America, is only a small part of what was once the Hohokam civilization. The visitor center exhibits a collection of Hohokam artifacts and explains what we know of the Hohokam way of life. From the visitor center, a 400-yard self-guiding trail will lead you through the ruins area. During the winter months 30-minute ranger-guided tours are given at regular intervals throughout the day. A picnic area with shade and water is available on a first-come first-served basis. 

Location: 1100 Ruins Drive, Coolidge, AZ 
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Daily. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Admission: $5.00 per adult, children under 15 are free
Phone: (520)723-3172,
www.nps.gov/cagr

 

Casa Grande Outlet Stores

Outlet stores for your shopping pleasure.
http://www.outlet-center-info.com/I-The-Outlets-at-Casa-Grande-8.html



Skydiving  --  8 to 19 miles

There are many options.  We have listed only a few of the closest skydiving venues for your conveniences.
http://www.skydiveaz.com/
http://desertskiesrigging.com/


Boyce Thompson Arboretum  --  35 miles

This is the place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona’s botanical life. The Arboretum is Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden.
http://azstateparks.com/Parks/BOTH//


Biosphere (Oracle)  --  45 miles

Tour this renowned environmental research facility and see where science lives. Biosphere 2, under the management of The University of Arizona, is one of the world’s most unique facilities dedicated to the research and understanding of global scientific issues.
http://www.b2science.org/


Spring training (baseball)

Check out all the Spring Training options at their website:
http://discoverazspringtraining.com/phoenix-tempe.html
 

Scottsdale shopping and dining  --  approx. 1 hour away

http://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/taste/phoenix-food-and-restaurant-news/where-to-shop-and-dine-in-phoenix-scottsdale-quarter
 

Tucson shopping and dining  --  approx. 1 1/2hours away
http://www.tucsonguidemagazine.com/

 

Special Events

Country Thunder USA 

Thursday – Sunday, April 10 – 13, 2014
The 2013 festival was by far the biggest festival to date!  Reserve your spot for the 2014 festival, as it is going to be even bigger than 2013.

Previous headliners have included Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Miranda Lambert and Willie Nelson. 

Location: Canyon Moon Ranch, 20585 E. Price Road 
Information & Tickets: (520) 868-9711, www.countrythunder.com
 

Junior Parada Rodeo

Saturday & Sunday, November 30 – December 1, 2013
81st Annual Florence Junior Parada
The Florence Junior Parada is the oldest sanctioned youth rodeo in the United States.  The weekend’s activities include the annual Saturday morning parade along Main Street followed by the rodeo on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Location:  Charles Whitlow Rodeo Grounds
Information:  Florence Parks and Recreation, (520) 868-7589
http://www.florencejrparadarodeo.com/
 

Renaissance Faire and Artisan Marketplace  --  30 miles

February 8 – March 30, 2014
The King and Queen are busy planning raucous revelry for 2014! Like us on Facebook to get the latest news, enter contests and stay in touch while plans are underway for various festivities. Please check our Special Events page for more information.
http://www.royalfaires.com/arizona/