Peoria is an Arizona city that exudes a combination of natural beauty from the Sonoran Desert and modern entertainment from water parks, shopping, dining, and festivals. Bordered on the south side by Glendale, Peoria is bound on all other sides by Lake Pleasant Regional Park and the expansive open space of the Sonoran Desert. Residing in the Maricopa and Yavapai counties, Peoria is home to approximately 191,000 residents. Since its establishment in 1886 as a small agricultural community, Peoria has expanded rapidly. It is currently the sixth largest city in Arizona. For its size, Peoria provides exceptional municipal services to residents, four of which are nationally accredited by independent agencies.
Lake Pleasant Regional Park is one of Peoria’s greatest natural beauties. This park is 23,000 acres of water and desert, with two marinas and opportunities for fishing, boating, kayaking, camping, and scuba diving. When the sun goes down, visitors can use a park telescope for stargazing and a black light for scorpion hunting! If visitors prefer to wait out the desert heat, resort life in Peoria is booming. Four communities within the city provide Splash Pads, free interactive water parks that are perfect for family-friendly fun. In addition to its beautiful desert landscape, Peoria offers a plethora of entertainment options. Fans can visit the Peoria Sports Complex to watch the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners train or catch one of the many special events hosted there. For a nostalgic experience, Old Town Peoria preserves the spirit of Peoria’s past. The historic Peoria Central School built in 1906, the Mabel Hood Building of 1920, and the Peoria Presbyterian Church from 1899 are all preserved here.