Sick of staying indoors? Boredom, you say? How about some little outdoor adventure? From sightseeing to biking to hiking and swimming, there’s a lot you and your crew can enjoy. You only have to do one thing: get out.
In Southwest Arizona, just near the convergence of River Gila and Colorado River sits Yuma, a richly historic city. It has a story to tell about travelers, adventurers, and explorers.
From parks to museums to heritage sites and the incredible sight of the desert, there’s a lot to explore. Fasten your seatbelt; we’re going for a tour.
1) A Visit to the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
Yuma territorial prison dates back to 1875. The prison held 3,069 inmates, among them 29 women.
The prison sits between the desert and enormous Colorado, strategically built there to make it impossible for prisoners to escape. Through its existence, there were no instances of prisoner execution. However, 111 prisoners died while serving their sentences.
Though no longer operational, the prison still serves as a reminder of the Old South West life. It holds a rich history and reputation. A quiet time in here with a few pictures will do.
2) A walk to the Historic Downtown
A visit to Yuma would be incomplete without a walk downtown.
This place was once nothing but a destructive site for 1920s floods. However, it now boasts lots of magnificence and rich history.
Apart from site seeing at the beautiful buildings, you also get to enjoy shopping. Oh, did I mention great food? Trust me; you want to dine in this place.
There are also galleries that you’ll enjoy. A walk at the central area, downtown will give you that special Yuma feel. And, yes, you’ll love a photo session at the incredible “Downtown Yuma” post.
3) Visit the Gateway Park
One of the things that make Yuma city stand out is outdoor fun. The over 35 public parks are there to ensure you experience nothing less.
Gateway park sits at the end of Madison Avenue, downtown Yuma and the banks of the Colorado River. Just above it is the magnificent ‘ocean-to-ocean’ bridge.
Is that all? No. There’s yet another fantastic sandy beach around, so you get to enjoy a fulfilling swim during the summer and build castles with the sand. So much beauty in a single place, right?
I’m not yet done. Do you have kids? There’s a special place for them too. The kids’ playground with two fishing docks will be an overdose of fun to them. But who said too much fun kills anyway?
The place is also a hot picnic spot with numerous shelters, barbecue spots, showers, and restrooms.
4) Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens
This is yet another incredible Yuma museum sitting in the middle of elegant gardens and magnificent serene.
The building initially served as merchant E. F’s adobe house. It currently serves a different purpose, telling stories of Yuma’s rich history, and holding some treasure inside as well.
Sanguinetti, the one whom the park was named after, came to Yuma, had a humble beginning, and rose to be one of the most influential businessmen of all time.
He touched the community in different incredible ways.
Visit the museum for a chance to learn much about him. The garden café just near the museum is there to provide you with the refreshments you need after a long day.
5) Waylon’s water park
Need a moment with your family? Waylon’s water park will serve you right.
With more than 15 slides and incredible attractions, you and your family will have lots of fun.
Get a refreshing swim at the pools as you enjoy even more entertainment on the mini-golf course.
Is that all? No. The restaurant on-site will get you basking in the ambiance. The place is suited for all ages, so your kids also get to share in the fun. And, yes, it’s a perfect place to hide from the hot summer sun.
6) Visit the Camel Farm
Do you love animals? Are you fascinated by camels? Then you should be at the Camel farm already.
Sitting on the outskirts of Yuma, Saihati farm also operates as a petting zoo specializing in one-humped camel breeding and caring for others close to 200.
Though living on fenced pens, the animals have lots of space to move around and connect with you.
Your kids will also be thrilled at the sight of camels, huge ostriches, tortoises, white buffalo, zeedonk, et cetera. The pleasure and comfort that comes with feeding the animals is unmatched. Rest assured, your family will enjoy every bit of it.
7) Visit the Yuma Crossing
Just outside Yuma, on the Colorado River, sits huge granite rocks that have, for over 500 years, narrowed the river and offered crossing.
The two rocks provide for crossing for more than a thousand miles. This crossing was crucial, especially for adventurers traveling to the West, Spanish explorers, et cetera.
The crossing was erected in 1848 to protect immigrants from the Indians. Today it stands as a National Heritage and historic site.
8) Castle Dome Mine Museum & Ghost Town
What was once among the most prominent mining towns, the city of Castle Dome, is now empty, with life hardly existing in it.
The city hosts more than 300 mines. Architects and explorers have taken up most of its treasures to museums.
Within the city are over 50 buildings. From churches to shops to personal homes, each having their share of the rich history.
Though currently buried in the silence of a ghost town, this magnificent place preserves rich history. Give it a visit.
9) Imperial Sand Dunes National Recreation Area
Located 20 miles to the West, the magnificent dunes have created a name as the country’s most abundant bearers of inland dunes.
Visit during the low season for the best experience. You can do so during the off-roading peak, but only with off-road vehicles.
Make a stop-over for a photo session for endless memories.
10) Visit Martha’s Gardens
Martha’s Garden is located about 10 miles out of Yuma.
Come and have a moment at this lush oasis in the desert. The 8,000 date palms that swing with the wind will give you a therapeutic feeling that you’ll hardly forget.
Martha Rogers dug out this oasis in 1990. So, being here isn’t just a chance to enjoy the scenery but learn the rich history too.
Ready To Hit The Road?
Yuma has continued to get more and more national attention, thanks to its rich content. The city hosts several historical sites, beautiful mountains, magnificent deserts, fantastic parks, and many exceptional hotel amenities.
The above list contains various places and activities you and your family can enjoy. Pack your bags, let’s go have some fun. Shall we?