Florence

If it were as a song, the melody would be found somewhere between Gene Autry’s “Back in the Saddle Again” and Aerosmith’s single of the same name. If it were a person, he would be a straight-shooter, brave and true; a maverick with a creative side, protective, steadfast, and adventurous. As a place, Florence, Arizona is a town built on grit and determination; where live music infuses peaceful evenings with energy and life; and where you know that your neighbors have always got your back.

Florence was originally an outpost, where the Gila River fed the farms of both tribal ancestors and farmers who cultivated the lands. Today, it is a melting pot where cowboys, ranchers, dreamers, builders, and artists come to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Florence drinks from a well of wine and wisdom, as can be experienced in the unexpected beauty of Windmill Winery and the picturesque presence of St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery. The adobe buildings that date back to the late 1800s and line Main Street are a testament to the hard-working spirit that built this community, and that drives its vision for the future to this day.

Beyond Old Historic Downtown and the ranches and farms of Florence, the north and south buttes reflect brilliant shades of orange and yellow across expansive open space as the sun rises and sets each day. This is a special town where people respect one another and cherish their traditions - where you can feel safe and will always be welcome.

Arts & Culture (Recommended up to 2)

With a Main Street straight out of an old Western movie, Florence offers plenty of architectural gems, handmade gifts and art from local artists. Art and history enthusiasts are sure to have a great time exploring this town’s arts and culture.

If you love history, you can’t miss this place! This museum showcases exhibitions and a vast research collection. Stop by for a guided tour.

Pinal County Historical Museum

Florence is home to many historic buildings and McFarland State Historic Park is the best place to gaze at 1878 architecture. Be sure to stop by the visitor’s center and shop prison-made items and gifts made from local artists.

McFarland State Historic Park

Visit a Greek Orthodox Monastery in the Sonoran Desert. Be sure to arrive before 2:30 pm and check their website for important information before visiting.

St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery

Michael and Janell are Florence’s go-to photographers! See the region through their eyes by visiting their studio. You can also purchase stunning photos of the region online. 

Casa de Baca Art Studios


History, Heritage, & Tradition (Recommended up to 4)

Florence is one of the oldest non-tribal settlements in Arizona and you’ll be able to see the town’s history as you walk down Main Street. This historical gem of a town has plenty of opportunities to learn about the heritage and history of the region.

Florence is home to many historic buildings and McFarland State Historic Park is the best place to gaze at 1878 architecture. Be sure to stop by the visitor’s center and shop prison-made items and gifts made from local artists.

McFarland State Historic Park

If you love history, you can’t miss this place! This museum showcases exhibitions and a vast research collection. Stop by for a guided tour.

Pinal County Historical Museum

One of the largest prehistoric structures ever built in North America, its purpose remains a mystery. Explore the complexity of an extended network of communities and irrigation canals created by the ancient Sonoran Desert People.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument


Wine & Dine (Recommended up to 4)

Good food and drink isn’t hard to find in Florence. Whether you want to spend your day at a picturesque winery, grab a burger at a golf club, or try homemade Mexican cuisine, this town certainly provides a personalized dining experience for all!

There’s a reason this winery is in the wedding venue hall of fame. With gorgeous views of the Superstition Mountains and its lakeside venue, this rustic event space offers local wines and is sure to give your eyes, and your tastebuds, a treat. 

Windmill Winery

Anthem Grille at the Poston Butte Golf Club offers tasty appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and burgers. If you’re looking for a bite to eat in between tee times, this casual spot is perfect!

Anthem Grille

This bar and grill is known for its friendly service and cool atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, burgers, or seafood, this spot will fulfill your cravings and you may even catch a live performance.

River Bottom Grill

Stop by Mt Athos for a taste of Greek and Italian cuisine in historic Florence! If you go during happy hour, make sure to try their house wine and draft beer. 

Mt Athos Restaurant & Cafe

With recipes that have been family staples for over 40 years, LB Cantina offers Sonoran-style Mexican food and daily specials. Stop by during happy hour to savor a cold margarita in their cozy atmosphere.

LB Cantina

Sitting on South Main Street lies the Old Pueblo restaurant that has been locally owned and operated for 27 years. They are sure to welcome you with open arms and serve fresh, authentic, Mexican dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Lidia’s Cocina at Old Pueblo

Whether you’re looking to dine-in or out, Jalapeños is a go-to for fast Mexican food in Florence. Their menu offers classics like chimichangas, tacos, and carne asada.

Jalapeños Restaurant

Treat yourself at Florence Fudge Shop! This community staple is a local favorite for meeting up with friends and family, enjoying a cup of coffee and a sandwich; and, of course, delicious fudge.

Florence Fudge Shop & Cafe

Can’t get enough of fresh, homemade Mexican cuisine? Neither can we! Grace Place on Main Street  offers plenty of tacos, burritos, house specials, and Mexican sodas. 

Grace Place

A trip to Historic Florence isn’t complete without visiting the Old West Homebrew Saloon. Although originally a traditional Saloon, this spot now offers a family friendly menu and local gifts. Try a craft soda, and cool off with some ice cream,

Old West Homebrew Saloon

Sharing a name with a famous Italian town, Florence offers delicious Italian food. As a neighborhood favorite, Valentino’s serves exquisite Italian cuisine and sources all of their products locally so you can really get a taste of Florence.

Valentino’s Italian

Chen’s Chinese Bistro offers savory chicken, beef, and seafood dishes as well as starters and plenty of sides. Stop by for a family meal in a relaxing atmosphere.

Chen’s Chinese Bistro

Rise & Shine at the Florence Cafe! With hearty meals and a small town café charm, this place is bustling with locals and good food. 

Florence Cafe

Feeling super hungry? This restaurant is known for its generous portions and delicious food -  from egg rolls to twice-cooked pork. For great food for great value, this is the place to go.

Hong Kong Restaurant


Unique Shopping (Recommended up to 2)

Those on the hunt to revamp their wardrobe or their home are sure to find plenty of unique or locally made pieces at one of the many shops along Main Street. With each store offering a variety of one-of-a-kind decor, clothes, and accessories, it’ll be hard to choose which pieces to add to your collection!

Whether you’re in the market for some new clothes or unique furniture, Buck 4 Style has you covered. After you’ve shopped to your heart's content, you can stop by the fudge shop next door and satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Bucks 4 Style

The Loft on Main offers beautiful and vibrant furniture and other home decor accessories. From night stands to small potted plants, they have it all. You might even be able to peek at the shop cat, Jackson, who hangs out in the store!

The Loft on Main

Happy Adobe is the place for a variety of colorful pottery, furniture, Mexican blankets, and more. Prepare to be awestruck with their wide selection of indoor and outdoor decor.

Happy Adobe

For beautiful, handcrafted leather accessories, be sure to visit Rail Three Ranch Leather Shop. You’ll find one-of-kind leather floral earrings, leather handbags in all colors, and even horse halters.

Rail Three Ranch Leather Shop

This small boutique sells handmade, knitted crafts, accessories for dogs and people, fabric, and unique gifts. You’re sure to find special items made with love at Faith’s Creations!

Faith’s Creations

You won’t find these fabrics at a big box store. Main Street Fabric boasts a wide variety of fabric in all colors and patterns. Incorporate a piece of Florence in your next project.

Main Street Fabric

During your stroll in historic downtown Florence, pay a visit to Arizona Craft and Gallery to shop local handcrafted gifts. You’re sure to find a souvenir to commemorate your trip!

Arizona Craft & Gallery


Outdoor Sports & Recreation (Recommended up to 2)

Looking to explore the beautiful desert landscapes of Arizona or play a basketball game with the family? Maybe you’re looking for some adrenaline by 4 wheeling on hills or hoping to catch a junior rodeo. Regardless of how you envision an active day, Florence has a myriad of outlets to get you moving or relaxing in a variety of settings.

Enjoy the great outdoors at Heritage Park.  Amenities include basketball and volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, a skate park, and BBQ grills. The whole family will have fun here!

Heritage Park

Nature lovers should head to Poston Butte Preserve to enjoy hiking trails, scenic views of the desert landscape , and snap a pic with a cool structure. 

Poston Butte Preserve

Just northeast of Florence you’ll find the Box Canyon Trail. This moderate offroading trail gives you the opportunity to explore the region from your off-road vehicle. Along the trail you’ll find abandoned structures and drive through picturesque canyons.

Box Canyon

For those who relish rodeos, be sure to attend the Annual Junior Parada Rodeo and other rodeos throughout the year.

Charles Whitlow Rodeo Grounds

Golfers looking for some tee time will find it at Poston Butte Golf Club, one of the best courses in Arizona. Enjoy scenic views, play some golf, or catch a bite to eat at Anthem Grille. 

Poston Butte Golf Club


Outdoor enthusiasts will have a great time riding an ATV  through the region's terrain. At Desert Vista ATV’s, you’re guaranteed to have a fun time!

Desert Vista ATV’s

Be sure to catch one of the many events going on throughout the year at Aero Modelers. From competitions to swap meets, you're sure to be entertained!

Florence Aero Modelers


Local Lodging (Recommended up to 2)

With a day full of activities and good food, you need a good night's sleep! Florence offers accommodations for those who like luxury or for those who like unique and intimate stays. Either local option is sure to offer comfortable accommodations and excellent customer service.

Close to the sights, GreenTree Inn and Suites is a great stay for those who like a large hotel feel with a gym, pool, business center, and more.

GreenTree Inn and Suites

As the name suggests, you won’t miss this bright blue building while driving through Florence. If you’re looking for a local stay with cozy accommodations, Blue Mist Motel is your place.

Blue Mist Motel Florence


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