Sprawling alongside the Agua Fria River, Surprise lies on the northwestern outskirts of Phoenix. It was named in 1938 by Flora Mae Statler, whose husband was a local real estate developer and state legislator. Surprise was initially subdivided to build housing for agricultural workers and later became a popular retirement destination due to its resort-style communities.
Things to do in Surprise
Coincide your visit with a baseball game at Surprise Stadium, which is home to the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League. It also serves as a training ground for the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals, who compete in Major League Baseball. The stadium is located alongside Surprise Community Park, where you’ll find a children’s playground, a fishing pond and picnic gazebos.
For a retail fix, head to the Surprise Marketplace, which comprises department stores and retailers selling clothing, electronics and books. It forms part of a large commercial hub that includes the Surprise Towne Center and the Surprise Village Shopping Center. The area boasts plenty of globally-inspired fast food eateries, including Panda Express, Olive Garden Italian and Tacos Calafia.
Looking for something to do on a rainy day? At Uptown Alley, you can challenge your family and friends to a game of ten-pin bowling, play laser tag or take advantage of its 80+ video games. The entertainment facility also boasts a sports theatre, a casual restaurant and two lively bars. Uptown Alley is located adjacent to a state-of-the-art cinema complex with 3D and jumbo screens.
Getting around Surprise
Surprise is around 45 minutes’ drive from the centre of Phoenix and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which has flights to destinations across North America and Europe. Regular buses connect to Surprise and travel throughout the city, connecting most of its attractions.