Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Green Valley, Arizona

With so many fun and interesting activities to keep you busy, a trip to Green Valley, Arizona is always exciting.

Here are the top ten ways to enjoy the area.

  • Get outside

Leave snow and ice behind while you enjoy outdoor weather year-round. Winter mornings may start quite cool, but you can enjoy the afternoon in shirtsleeves. Summer afternoons are toasty, but the mornings are still fresh and happy hour on the patio is pleasant. Dramatic clouds bring monsoon rains that cool everything down and fill the streams in the nearby mountains with gushing water.

  • Play a game

There’s a place at a table for you in a beautiful rec center. Meet new friends playing bridge, canasta, chess, cribbage, euchre, hearts, mahjongg, pinochle, poker, or sheepshead.

  • Learn something new

Green Valley Recreation (GVR) and Quail Creek offer classes in woodworking, clay, fine art, glass, tennis, pickleball, piano, yoga, meditation, finance, dance, gardening, writing, Spanish, jewelry-making and much more. The offerings change every season, so there’s always something new to learn.

  • Socialize with friends

Meet friends at the pool, at the sport court, at a restaurant, or on a fun day trip organized by GVR or Quail Creek. Additionally, GVR and Quail Creek make all the arrangements, including transportation, to enjoy a delicious lunch before a Broadway show in Tucson.

  • Browse produce, plants, and unique arts and crafts at the weekly Farmer’s Market

On Wednesdays explore the farmers’ market in the Villages, near the corner of Esperanza and La Canada. Explore locally-made crafts, produce, and even buy a saguaro from the cactus man.

  • Get some exercise

Continue with your favorite activity or learn something new. Visitors and residents love the many golf courses in the area. The views are stunning and the price is right. The sports facilities here are extraordinary. Birdwatching in Madera Canyon or hiking along the Arizona National Scenic Trail are other popular activities. Seasonally enjoy the rushing water of beautiful Madera Stream.

  • Cheer on your favorite team and the Wildcats at the University of Arizona

Of course you’ll find fellow Steelers or Vikings fans in town and the Arizona Cardinals can be your new fan favorite. Spectators at all manner of sports and activities are welcome at The University of Arizona campus, just 25 miles away in Tucson.

  • Get crafty

Pick up an old hobby or learn something entirely new. Learn to throw a pot on the wheel and explore the subtlety of glazing. Join others who are learning to paint, make jewelry, or quilt. Make a holiday wreath or a fused glass project. There’s instruction to use a torch for metal work and a well-equipped specialty woodworking shop.

  • Relax at the pool

There’s always a lounge chair available for you at one of the many pools that are open to all GVR members. Swim laps, take a water aerobics class, or just enjoy a soak in the spa.

  • Enjoy a meal with stunning golf course and mountain views

Enjoy excellent food and charming atmosphere all around town. Coyote Grill, Los Agaves, Abrego Grill, Dominick’s, Marty’s, Raggazi’s, Maria’s, El Patio, Sushi Lin, Panda House, and Arizona Family Restaurant are just few of the many delicious restaurants. Finish hot day with an ice cream from Dairy Queen or Culvers.


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