Free Things to Do in Chandler, AZ
Sports & Recreation
Desert Breeze Park
660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., East
The Hummingbird Habitat at Desert Breeze Park is part of a demonstration garden that familiarizes visitors with Southwestern plants that are beautiful, low water usage, and part of the natural environment that supports area wildlife. Interpretive trail markers help identify plants. The park also offers ball fields, lake views, walking trails, picnic pavilions, a playground, restrooms and tennis.
Trail begins at Galveston St. and continues through Riggs Road
The 9.5-mile Paseo Trail features a 10-foot-wide concrete multi-use pathway on the eastern side of the Consolidated Canal in east Chandler. The western side of the canal is an unimproved dirt surface that can be used for horseback riding or bicycling. The Paseo Trail is one of the reasons why Chandler was named as one of the top ten most walkable cities in the U.S. for 2007 by Prevention magazine.
Veterans Oasis Park and Chandler Nature Center
4050 E. Chandler Heights Road
This dynamic, mixed-use facility is located in the southeast corner of the city at the intersection of Lindsay and Chandler Heights Roads. The center includes four classrooms for wildlife preservation and environmental awareness, exhibit areas, outdoor amphitheater, nature store and an urban fishing lake, all surrounded by more than four miles of trails. A primary purpose of the facility is to recharge reclaimed water into the ground for later use. The staff works with local schools to develop nature-oriented activities that complement their curriculum. Programs offered include birdwatching, green living, gardening, water conservation, nature photography, orienteering, alternative energy, stargazing and moon walks. Entrance to the Chandler Nature Center is free and visitors are welcome to view the exhibits and walk the trails around the urban fishing lake.