Surprise, AZ is the second fastest-expanding municipality in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and, between 1990 and 2000, it was the sixth fastest-expanding place among all cities and towns in Arizona. The city was founded in 1938 by Flora Mae Statler. She named it Surprise because she said she "would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much!" Surprise was a one-mile square parcel of land at one time. Today however, the city has a total area of about 85 square miles.
If you love sports, Surprise is the place to live! The city is the spring training home for the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers baseball teams that use Surprise Stadium for their activities. You can also enjoy watching various non-professional baseball teams that play in the city as well. Surprise is also home to the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex. The award-winning venue hosts various professional events throughout the year.
If you enjoy Arts & Culture, you will love living in Surprise. There are several options of events to choose from. Whether it is walking around enjoying the public art displayed throughout the city or watching a ballet, you will not be disappointed. During the spring and fall on the second Sunday of the month, the city offers free concerts and various entertainment series at the Surprise Community Park.
Arizona is recognized as one of the world's premier golf destinations. If you enjoy a good game whether you prefer a private club or a city municipal course, Surprise offers several courses to choose from. Arizona Traditions Golf Club pictured above is a challenging par-70 parkland course with spectacular views of the White Tank Mountains. Rolling terrain and an abundance of mature trees make this golf course one of Arizona's most unique courses.
If you love spending a day outside, Surprise has several parks where you can do this! Most all offer ramada's with picnic tables, restrooms, barbeque facilities, playgrounds, and splash pads. If you are a dog owner, you have two different dog parks to choose from. Both offer separate fenced in areas as well as drinking fountains for both pets and owners.
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Updated: 17th July, 2019 6:04 AM.