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About Surprise

It might have a strange name, but Surprise, Arizona is anything but. Many people decide to retire here for the laid-back pace of life in the Arizona desert. The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals have chosen Surprise for their spring training venue and welcome you to come and watch them by renting a Surprise vacation rental from FlipKey.

About Surprise

Surprise is in Maricopa County, 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix. It's a community where you come to purchase your first home or live out your golden years. Surrounded by the vast Sonoran Desert and mountain park lands, Surprise is full of recreational activities to help keep you young and agile.

Surprise started out as a small farmland community with a few houses and a gas station, before real estate developer Homer C. Ludden decided to parcel off his wife’s land to build low-income houses that farm workers could afford.

Back in 1938, when asked why she had named the tiny community Surprise, Flora Mae replied: “it was because I would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much".

In the 1990’s, when the economy was booming Surprise was one of the fasted growing cities in America, much to everyone's ... surprise!

What to do

The center of Surprise is its 10,714 seat baseball stadium where both the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers come to play during their spring training. The rest of the year, the stadium is used for free family movie nights and Fourth of July fireworks.

Surprise is home to eight golf courses including the Greg Nash designed championship course at Cimarron at Sun City Grand, where you’ll encounter 54 strategically placed bunkers and water features.

Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is one of the best facilities in the country with its 25-all-season courts a stop on the Tennis Legends Tour attracting the likes of Jim Courier, John McEnroe, and Andre Agassi.

Connect with nature by visiting White Tank Mountain Regional Park for scenic hikes.

Top Surprise travel tips

Outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking are very popular, particularly during the spring and fall. In the summer, the temperature can hit triple digits which means you need to increase your fluid intake and wear a minimum SPF 15 sunscreen. Wear loose-fitting clothing and a hat to stop your head getting sunburned.

If you are looking to score tickets for a spring training game, plan to go midweek when the stadium isn’t full.

For culture and nightlife, head to Phoenix and for mountain adventure that includes hot air ballooning and skiing head to Flagstaff.

If you’re looking to visit Surprise for spring training baseball or are in the market for a retirement home in the sun, the best way to visit Surprise and get a feel for the community is to rent one of the many Surprise vacation rentals available on FlipKey. Book yours today!