A visit to Yuma will be anything but boring as there is plenty going on within or around the city to entertain visitors for as long as they want to stay. Whether you enjoy sightseeing, culture or history, Yuma can offer it to you.
Yuma holds a lot of history of the Old West and you can view that history when you tour the Yuma Territorial Prison State Park or the Yuma Crossing State Historic Park. At the Territorial Prison State Park, you'll learn about the many notorious and dangerous criminals that were housed in the penitentiary from 1876 to 1909. The penitentiary has been a part of many movies, television shows and books. The Crossing State Historic Park offers a different outlook on the old Arizona as you'll see the Quartermaster Depot that served as a point of transferring and distributing material for troops serving in the outposts of the Arizona Territory around 1865.
The St. Thomas Mission reminds tourists of the Quechan Indian Nation and Yuma. The original Mission was destroyed in the Indian uprising of 1855, but the current Catholic Mission Church that was built in 1922 is a replica of the original Mission.
One of Yuma's oldest historical buildings is home of the Century House Museum. The home served as the living quarters of E.F. Sanguinetti, a pioneer merchant of the Yuma area, and now displays artifacts, photographs and furnishings of the Arizona territorial time in history. Visitors will see beautiful gardens and aviaries similar to what they were at the turn of the century. Tour the museum and library but don't forget to stop into the gift shop during your visit.
Sporting activities are available for visitors if they want to take a break from touring and enjoy something a little more active. Yuma offers tennis courts throughout the city and you'll find 13 challenging golf courses around the area too. Try your golfing skills at The Desert Hills Municipal Golf Course or at the base of the Gila Mountains at the Mesa del Sol Public Golf Club. Both are 18-holes, 72 par courses that will challenge the golfing skills of all who dare to step on the green.
Take the kids to the in-line hockey rink and skate board plaza at the Kennedy Park. You'll also find a 212-foot water slide that provides fun to kids of all ages and the adults who are willing to join in. If the pool isn't for you, brink along a kite as you'll find open lawn area that is great for sending the kite into the area.
Head out to the Britain Farms Chuckwagon and Steak house for good old-fashioned Western food and entertainment. After you've enjoyed your meal, enjoy wandering through the car and antique museum and relax while taking a stagecoach ride. If you want to try out Indian Cuisine, head over to the India House where you can enjoy a buffet or menu to choose from. Since you've been visiting the Old West, why not head over to Penny's Diner where you'll advance in time to the 1950's and enjoy an old fashioned diner with hamburgers complete with milk shakes.
Yuma is a place to travel from the Old West to the present time through sight seeing, tours, shopping and dining. You'll have a great time traveling through so much time is one place.
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