Attractions Near Anthem, Arizona

by Ted Marten

Residents and tourists in Anthem, Arizona can enjoy time with friends and family visiting the various attractions that the area has to offer. Anthem is located in the southwestern part of the state, and with its proximity to Phoenix, numerous fun and cultural activities are available in the area for both children and adults.

Phoenix Opera

The Phoenix Opera (phoenixopera.org) is less than a 30 mile drive from Anthem and focuses on promoting and producing operatic performances. While operas are performed for local audiences throughout the year, specialized events take place during the holidays. Membership opportunities are also available at the opera house, and benefits include private dinners, advanced ticket sales, invitation to rehearsals and opportunities to meet cast members. As of publication, recent operatic performances include ''A Slice of Heaven'', ''La Traviata'' and ''Magic Flute.''

Castles N' Coasters

Castles N' Coasters (castlesncoasters.com) is about 28 miles from Anthem and is a family fun center that includes roller coasters, water rides, a miniature golf course, bumper boats, go carts and arcade. Some of the featured roller coasters include the Desert Storm, Patriot, Splashdown and Sea Dragon. The location is also available for field trips, church groups, corporate events and birthday parties. Some of the newer rides at the amusement park include On the Ropes and Sky Wire.

Spur Cross Stables

Located about 17 miles from Anthem, Spur Cross Stables (horsebackarizona.com) is in Cave Creek and offers horseback riding along trails. Over 30 horses live on the range and many of them were mistreated or rescued from owners who could not take care of them. Guided tours last from one to six hours, and no more than seven riders can participate in a tour. Birthday parties are also available on the ranch, and the location has been used to celebrate anniversaries and marriage proposals.

Hot Air Expeditions

Hot Air Expeditions (hotairexpeditions.com) is less than 30 miles from Anthem and offers hot air balloon rides. The hot air balloons fly about 400 feet off the ground, and riders can view desert wildlife and plants. All pilots that fly the hot air balloons have hundreds of hours of flight time experience and a Federal Aviation Administration Pilot's license. The hot air balloons are all Federal Aviation Administration approved as well.

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