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Surprise, Arizona

Surprise, Arizona

Founded in 1938, Surprise was just a sleepy square-mile farming community when it incorporated in 1960. Today, it's one of the nation's fastest growing cities with a new home completed almost every hour, and the state's largest Wal-Mart Supercenter. But Surprise is about more than just bricks and stucco. Poised on the northwestern edge of the thriving Valley of the Sun against the backdrop of pristine desert and stately Saguaros, Surprise is building a City beyond expectations - a well-rounded community where residents love to live, work and play.

Surprise's award-winning stadium is the Spring Training home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, and host to a charter Golden Baseball League team, the Surprise Fightin' Falcons. The well-respected West Valley Art Museum delivers a wide variety of art to Surprise's doorstep, while a satellite location of the world-renowned Heard Museum celebrates the culture of Arizona's Native people. The Surprise Recreation Campus, home of big-league baseball, a dynamic recreation program and special events roster, is at the center of the activity. Buoyed by a regional library, aquatic center, recreation center, community park featuring a five-acre fishing lake, giant playground and doggie park, and a 25-court championship tennis complex with center court seating for 5,000.

Renowned retirement communities and award-winning master-planned family neighborhoods with new schools are filled with parks, walking paths and plenty of front-porch attitudes. Yet, Surprise property tax rate ranks among the lowest in the state currently at .8417 per $100 of assessed valuation.

From a par-three chip and putt to championship courses designed by golf legends, test your skills on one or all eight of Surprise's public/private courses. Enjoy brilliant blue skies, magnificent sunsets and year-round hiking and biking in the White Tank Regional Park on the western edge of Surprise.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

West Valley Art Museum

Explore a world of art at the well-respected West Valley Art Museum, presenting in its five exhibit halls an exceptional offering of artists and collections from around the globe. The Museum's Permanent Collection contains over 4000 items from more than 90

Surprise, AZ Museums

Northwest Regional Library

The Northwest Regional Library is located in the Surprise Recreation Complex in the City of Surprise. This 23,000 sq. ft. facility is the District's newest "state of the art" Regional Library with a collection of over 40,000 items in all formats and offers over 60

Surprise, AZ Libraries

Surprise Recreation Campus

The 132-acre Surprise Recreation Campus features the 10,562

Surprise, AZ Fun Centers

Mountain Shadows Theatre Company

Mountain Shadows Theatre Company (MSTC) is the newest, non-profit community theatre company in the West Valley and the real "surprise" in Surprise, Arizona. Mountain Shadows Theatre Company presents its performances in the majestic, 500

Surprise, AZ Theatres

Coyote Lakes Golf Club

Coyote Lakes Golf Club features a year-round, championship 18

Surprise, AZ Golf Courses

Things to do near Surprise, AZ

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Explore the Sonoran Desert from the basket of a hot air balloon. Each flight is a unique journey guided by the wind and the s...

Encanto Park Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area

Spur Cross Ranch is the newest addition to Maricopa County's Regional Park System. As of January, 2001, this 2,100 acre ranch...