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Best Tourist Spots in Florence

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Florence must be your next holiday destination if you want to explore the bygone structures and communities of America. You can start exploring the town from its downtown area, touring its Historic District. To complete your history tour, you must stop by McFarland State Historic Park and the Pinal County Historical Museum. Other notable sites include The Tom Mix memorial, Saint Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery,  Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and lots more. Discover this historic town that hems in the heart of Pinal County, a home to 5 state parks and multitudes of cultural and natural attractions.

Image by Ken Thomas (KenThomas.us (personal website of photographer)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Pinal County Historical Society Museum

History buff or not, this place will sure entice you with its impressive collections and displays. The museum holds numerous exhibits that highlight Florence's history and also all aspects of bygone eras related to the area. you will be fascinated by the museum's ''Oral Histories' event - rendering information from the preserved stories of the good old days, told by those families who have lived in this small town. Do not miss to drop by 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

McFarland State Historic Park

Today a park but this was actually Florence's first Pinal County Courthouse that was constructed in 1878. Over the years, it has serves as a home to a sheriff’s office, museum and hospital. You will find this small historic park in downtown Florence. What to expect here is a 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

St. Anthony Monastery

This Monastery is the latest edition to the 10 monasteries,started by Father Ephraim of Mountain Athos. This is built in honor of the father of monasticism, St. Anthony the Great. A visit here will let yo explore the coenobitic rule of monastic life and learn more about their brotherhood, daily schedule of prayer and work, all done with discipline and respect to their spiritual father, the abbot. Here, you will come across bookstore, divine music events, services and other

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

Country Thunder

You ought to visit this venue if you're in Florence town in April. The Country Thunder boasts to be the largest country music festival in the whole southwestern United States. The festival features performances of the premier country music by huge country artists. It is a 3 day event and you will simply love the euphoric ambience and not to mention the star performances by likes like - Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen to name a few.Do not miss this. Plan your trip ahead. For tickets, schedule and more, Click Here.

Address: Country Thunder West, 20585 E Price Road, Florence, Az 85132
Website: www.arizona.countrythunder.com

Junior Parada Rodeo

This is your one chance to visit the country's oldest sanctioned youth rodeo.  Many champion cowboys & cowgirls call this their home. Witness the numerous potentially PRCA cowboys & cowgirls compete in rodeo events. With activities including team roping, breakaway roping, sheep riding, chute dogging, barrel racing, goat tying and bull riding - this is one such visit you must not miss while in Florence.

Address: 11608 S Highway 79  Florence, Arizona 85132
Website: www.florencejrparadarodeo.com

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument was built as the first archaeological reserve in the nation in 1892. This National Park preserves "Great House", the farming community of Ancient Sonoran Desert People and other structures of eras of the Pueblo III and Pueblo IV. In 1918, it was declared a National Monument.

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

Florence Aero Modelers

Explore the town of Florence up from the sky. Visit Florence Aero Modelers and fly With them and get the most perfect aerial view of this historic small town. They offer flight training and also organize air shows. For more details, visit the website below.

Address: 4905 S. Pinal Pkwy, Florence Arizona
Website: http://www.florence-aero-modelers.org/index.html

Biosphere 2

An hour drive from Florence will lead you to Biosphere 2 in Oracle. This is one of the most unique facilities in the world, that are used for research and other global scientific issues related studies. A tour of this institution will let you witness the living science.

Address: University of Arizona Biosphere 2, 32540 S. Biosphere Rd, Oracle, Az 85623
Phone: 520-838-6200
Website: www.b2science.org

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