Things to do in Gilbert Az

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Gilbert is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, and it is the 6th largest municipality in the state.  It is also the 5th largest in the Phoenix metro area. Gilbert will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2020.  The population as of 2017 was 242,354.  No doubt it will be much higher with the next census!  Gilbert was a  thriving farm community.  Growth accelerated in 1911 when construction started on the Roosevelt Dam and the Eastern and Consolidated Canals.  The Town of  Gilbert owes its name to William “Bobby” Gilbert,  who sold a right-of-way through his land to the Phoenix and Eastern Railroad Company in 1902.   So, you may ask, what are some things to do in Gilbert, Az?

Gilbert Arizona water tower


Top Golf

Location:  1689 S. San Tan Village Pkwy, Gilbert, AZ 85295  (480) 240-1282

This is a sports entertainment complex with many activities under one roof.  This has an inclusive, high-tech golf game for everyone will enjoy. Here you will find a great drink and food menu sure to please everyone.  This is a climate-controlled building, making it a great place to visit during the hot Gilbert summers!  Here you will find climate-controlled hitting bays and music, with something for everyone of all ages.

The Main Event

Location:   1735 S Santan Village Pkwy, Gilbert, AZ 85295

Main Event has more than just 22 lanes of state-of-the-art bowling, laser tag, gravity ropes, and over 100 games. It’s also one of the best venues for birthday parties, group events, company holiday parties, and even team building.

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch

Location:  2757 E Guadalupe Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

Riparian preserve in gilbert arizona

This is a lake located in Gilbert.  The preserve was created by the town of Gilbert in 1999 to combine water resources and wildlife habitat,  Also it has educational programs, and recreational opportunities at the five-acre lake. The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch offers a unique opportunity for learning and education of visitors of all ages



Gilbert Historical Museum

Location:  10 S Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296

The Gilbert Historical Museum is located in what was once an elementary school  The school was built in 1913.  This is the only building in Gilbert to be on the National Register of Historic places!  While strolling thought the museum or the grounds, you will get a sense of the early settlers in Gilbert.  This town was once referred to as the.  Here you will see clothes and other household items used by early settlers.  You will see exhibits on farming, school, and community as well as a wonderful military exhibit.

 This community museum is available to the community for various events such as weddings, family reunions, and other gatherings.  The pricing is very affordable.

The Hale Centre Theatre

Location: 50 W Page Ave, Gilbert, Az 85233

This 350 seat theater was built in 2003.  You will enjoy this theater in the round setting.  This theater features family friend performances.  To check out the current and upcoming performances CLICK HERE.  This theater presents many performances and shows from both Broadway and Off-Broadway, Visitors can also see interactive theater-based educational programs.

Gilbert is also known for many restaurants.  There are several that have been featured on FoodNetwork’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives!  These to date include:


Joe’s Farm Grill

3000 E Ray Rd Gilbert, AZ (480) 563-4745

Joe’s is known for its fresh farm food.  Much of the food served is sourced locally. This is one of my favorites in Gilbert!


Sal’s Gilbert Pizza

1150 S Gilbert Rd   # 116, Gilbert, Az 85296

Sal’s is known for its New York-style pizza.  The family-friendly atmosphere portrays a touch of old-world Sicily.  Sal’s is known for its fresh ingredients and homemade Italian entrees.

So whether you go to Gilbert for Top Golf or a visit to a theater or museum.  Wonderful restaurants are easy to find.  The downtown Gilbert Az continues to add new restaurants all the time!  The revitalization of town Gilbert has seen a huge increase in bars and restaurants.  This downtown area is a go-to place for young and older residences.  It is also a go-to place for people in adjacent communities.


People are moving into Gilbert every day, based on the low cost of living, public schools & job opportunities.  Gilbert is close enough for the amenities in Phoenix, such as Sky Harbor airport, the football, baseball, hockey and basketball stadiums. Gilbert is close to the recreational areas of


Who lives in Gilbert?   The Median household income for Gilbert is $87,566. 

Top employes in Gilbert include GoDaddy, Banner Health, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Northrop Grumman, to name a few.

There continue to be several new build communities springing up in what was once vast farms and fields. This is a very diversified community which continues to attract newcomers daily.


Questions about utilities in Gilbert?  CLICK HERE


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Shirley Coomer

Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


15905 S 46th St, Ste 160

Phoenix, Az  85048


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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Shirley, Now I know how Gilbert got it name.  I did not know it was that large of a town.  Have a great day!


Aug 20, 2019 08:16 AM #1
Anita Clark
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Shirley: Plenty of great reasons to call Gilbert AZ home. When ready to buy or sell in this community, a call to you for assistance is the smart move!

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