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2 Days in Florence

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If you have just 2 days in hand to explore the town of Florence, the below given guide will prove very useful to help you explore the best things you can do while in the city. You can start your trip from downtown neighborhood. After that, venture right down to fhhhg .From top tourist spots to amazing eats to historic neighborhoods, browse below and find out how to make your 48 hours stay in Florence an absolute delight.

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Day 1 Florence Itinerary!

Breakfast is Served at 8:00 AM

Before a self guided walking tour, it is quite essential to fuel up. Florence cafe is a great breakfast joint. their menu is varied.one special mention is their Chorizo omelet.

Address: 495 N Pinal Pkwy
Florence, AZ 85132
Phone number (520) 868-8058

Self-guided walking tour of Florence’s downtown at 9:00 AM

So your first stop is in Florence’s downtown. Opt for a self guided walking tour or a guided group tour to explore the Florence Historic District. This neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Also grab the Walking Tour brochure to help you better.

Can't Miss a Visit to McFarland State Historic Park at 11:00 AM

No history tour is complete without a visit to McFarland State Historic Park. This is a small historic park in downtown Florence. During your visit here you can see the well preserved courthouse and other structures that date back to the Arizona Territory period.

Address: 24 Ruggles Street, Florence, AZ 85132, US
Hours: 9AM–3PM
Phone: 1 520-868-5216
Website: www.azstateparks.com/Parks/MCFA

Visit the Pinal County Historical Museum at 12:00 PM

Next up in your Florence town history expedition is the Pinal County Historical Museum that holds numerous exhibits of Florence's history and also all aspects of bygone eras related to the area. The museum also has the Reference Library, that encompasses more than 1000 books covering history, the people, flora and fauna of the region and other significant documents and photographs.

Address: 715 South Main St
P.O. Box 851,  Florence, Az 85132
Telephone: 520.868.4382
Website: www.pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org

Stop for a bite to eat at 1:30 PM

If you can't make up your mind of what to eat, simply stop by LB Cantina (695 S Main St). Their wide ranged menu offer lots of options. This restaurants offers Mexican cuisine as well as American favorites. From tacos to hamburgers - the food is simply delicious. And for simply authentic Italian pizza, you ought to stop at A & M Pizza (445 W Hwy 287)

After Lunch Itinerary - Saint Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery at 3:00 PM

Take your tour 10 miles south of town to reach at Saint Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery. This is a beautiful and peaceful site where you can view the chapel and walk the grounds. Browse around the book store or partake in one of its services or learn about the coenobitic rule of monastic life.

Address: 4784 N Street, Joseph's Way, Florence, Arizona 85132, US
Phone: 520.868.3188
Website: www.stanthonysmonastery.org

Make a Stop at The Windmill Winery at 4:00 PM

Unwind and relax in the Windmill Winery which is a one of the most beautiful sites in the town. The area encompasses a lake house, barn, wine tasting room and the most beautiful landscape. This is where you can let loose of the present and enjoy the sunset with a glass of delicious wine. During your visit here, you can experience the perfect mix of rural authenticity and sophistication. The Wine Tasting Room welcomes public every Thursday from 11 am to 7pm and every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. They also host special event to entertain you. Before leaving, make sure to purchase your choice of wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages.

Address: 1140 W Butte Avenue, Florence, Arizona 85132
Phone number (520) 858-6050
Website: http://thewindmillwinery.com

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument at 6:30 PM

Take a cab to the west of Florence to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument - the first archaeological reserve in the nation. The Hohokam Native American ruins and Great House preserves are something to admire there. After the declaration as a National Monument in 1918, it has gained more popularity and has become a notable destination in Florence.

Address: Coolidge, Arizona, US
Phone: 1 520-723-3172
Website: www.nps.gov/cagr

Dinner is Served at 8:00 PM

Your dinner options for the night are Mexican cuisine, Chinese cuisine. Old Pueblo Restaurant is one of the finest authentic Mexican Restaurants in town and here you can enjoy authentic flavors.

Address: 505 S Main Street, Florence, Arizona 85132
Phone number: (520) 868-4784
Website: www.oldpueblorestaurant.com

For Chinese food lovers, stop by Hong Kong Restaurant. Prepared with the freshest ingredients, their menu covers items of vegetables, chicken, pork, beef and seafood. Stop by here for a delicious treat.

Address: 100 S Pinal Parkway, Florence, Arizona 85232
Phone number: (520) 868-3388
Website: www.hongkongflorence.com

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Get Ready to Explore Florence's Nightlife at 10:00 PM

After dinner get a glimpse of the town's nightlife. You can drop by Kokopelli Moon Saloon - a dive bar with laid back atmosphere. Enjoy some pool games while you are there. This spot is also good for dancing and DJs spin good music. There is outdoor seating too.

Address: 255 N Main Street, Florence, AZ 85132
Phone number (520) 868-0858

Florence Day 1 Tour Map Guide

Day 2 Florence Itinerary!

Fuel up at 8:00 AM

Dolce Espression (700 North Pinal Parkway Ave) is your breakfast stop for the morning. This cozy cafe will treat you with their selections of coffee, tea, Gelato, bakery goodies and much more.

Take your trip few miles outside Florence at 10:00 AM

Venture into a jaunt to other regional attractions nearby the town. Just an hour drive will take you to Oracle, where you can explore many notable sites. Some top spots to explore in Oracle include -

Biosphere 2

This is your one chance to explore the renowned environmental research facility and witness the living science. Trust me, a trip here is simply worth it.  Biosphere 2, one of the most unique facilities in the world encompasses many facilities dedicated to scientific issues. While you're there, you can also wander around and tour the University of Arizona campus.

Address: 32540 S. Biosphere Rd, Oracle, AZ 85623
Phone: 520-838-6200

Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum

Arriving here, you can witness the essence of folklore and history. The Superstition Mountain Museum is focused in collecting and preserving the history, artifacts and folklore of the Superstition Mountain area and all its nearby regions. The displays there are simply unique and beautiful. After the museum time, roam around the charming Lost Dutchman State Park. The park offers a wide range of of hiking trails, nature trails, picnic facilities, 35 regular campsites and many special events throughout the year.

Address: 4087 N. Apache Trail, Hgwy 88, Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Website: www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org/

Oracle State Park 

This serves as a wildlife refuge and a center for environmental learning. A stop here will give you the chance to learn a great deal about the basic ecologic principles.

Hungry? Stop for Lunch at 2:00 PM

Oracle Inn Steakhouse (305 E American Ave), with its wide array of selections, stand out as one of the finest restaurants in Oracle. From delicious steaks to delectable seafood platter, this is one must stop. Open your taste buds to taste some delicious food offered by top restaurants in Oracle. Casa Rivera’s Taco Express (1975 W American Ave) is one good option where you can relish amazing enchilada, tacos and other flavors of Mexico.

Art Gallery at 3:30 PM

Head to Claire’s Cafe & Art Gallery where you can admire beautiful art works by local artists. They have several rooms dedicated to art, displayed on their walls. After this, grab a cup of their yummy coffee to give your kick for the rest of the day.

Address: 16140 N Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85739
Phone number (520) 825-2525

Retail therapy Awaiting in Florence at 6:00PM

You ought to visit at least one of Florence's famous shopping centers for retail therapy. One that stands out is Prison Outlet Store. The store is unique in a way that it sells an array of arts and crafts items that are created  by prisoners who lived in Arizona State Prison facilities across Florence. The items they carry are so charming and special. Give yourself a chance to appreciate their talents and creativity.

Address: Intersection of State Route 79 and 287
Phone: (520)868-3014,
Website: www.aci.az.gov/retailoutletstore

Dinnertime at 9:00 PM

To enjoy a slice of Italy in Florence, drop by Valentino’s Eatery. The food served there is simply delicious, authentic and prepared with the freshest ingredients by chef Rob Barker.

Address: 3385 N Hunt Highway, Florence, Arizona 85132
Phone number: (520) 723-5910
Website: www.valentinoseateryaz.com

Grab a drink and enjoy live music at 11:00 PM

Head to River Bottom Grill - a sport bar that serves great drinks and delicious American traditional delights. This venue is popular with the biker. The fun atmosphere with live music will help you replenish.

Address: 2501 N Highway 79, Florence, Arizona 85132
Phone number (520) 868-3131

Day 2 Florence Tour Map Guide

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