AKA “Playful City U.S.A.”
Steers Were Here: Prior to 1970, when McCulloch Properties (now MCO Properties, Inc.) established the town, Fountain Hills was one of the largest cattle ranching areas in the state.
Thar She Blows: Fountain Hills is the proud home of the world’s fourth largest fountain, which sprays water into the air at 7,000 gallons per minute and achieves a peak elevation of 560 feet.
Amusement Park: The town was designed by Charles Wood Jr., designer of Disneyland.
Famous Faces: Fountain Hills is home to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and was the retirement town for late Major League Baseball Player Don Blasingame of the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds.
River of Time Museum
Visitors desiring to learn more about Fountain Hills history can watch a short film about the formation and development of the Verde River Valley, ogle pottery found throughout the metro area and gems from nearby Dixie Mine and Four Peaks Amethyst Mine, see a recreation of an ancient Yavapai Ramada, and check out exhibits about explorers and trappers like Ewing Yound and Kit Carson. 12901 N. LaMontana Blvd., 480-837-2612, riveroftimemuseum.org
Built in 1970, 64-acre Fountain Park includes an 18-hole disc golf course; 7,200 feet of lighted walkways; a playground; and a 29-acre, 100-million-gallon lake with a fountain that ejects water every 15 minutes (from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) from a concrete water-lily sculpture. The fountain was built by town founder Robert P. McCulloch, who also founded Lake Havasu City and oversaw reconstruction of the London Bridge there. 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., 480-816-5100, fh.az.gov/fountain-park.aspx
Fountain Hills Theater
Going strong for more than 20 years, this community theater offers a mélange of musicals, children’s plays, contemporary comedies and more. In August, the theater wraps up its production Unforgettable (through August 5), a tribute to classic crooners like Sammy Davis Jr. and Nat King Cole, and launches The Soul of Broadway (August 17-26), highlighting a trove of tunes from musicals like Porgy and Bess, Dreamgirls, The Wiz, and Hairspray. 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., 480-837-9661, fhct.org
Owner Anthony Redendo proudly serves New York-style pizza (thin, hand-tossed crust; light on the sauce), but fills out his menu with calzones, subs, salads and pastas, like his heavier-than-thou Eggplant Parmigiana over spaghetti, and thick lasagna bolognese. Even the appetizers (garlic knots, hot wings, mozzarella sticks) come in hearty portions. 16948 E. Shea Blvd., 480-816-1356, redendos.com