Gilbert (AZ), once known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World” due to its large farming community, is a town just southeast of Phoenix, and growing all the time. Its approximate 300,000 residents can look to William “Bobby” Gilbert for the town’s inception, which, in 1902, had provided land to the Arizona Eastern Railway to build a line connecting many new towns in the area. Gilbert’s first store began in 1910, with its post office opening its doors in 1912. And to quote a past sporting commercial: “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby”! Let’s have a look at the best things to do in Gilbert.
1. Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
Any bird watchers in the family? After a walk through the Riparian Preserve there’s bound to be a few new interested members! There have been close to 200 species spotted here and, in fact, if you’re visiting on any third Saturday of the month why not join the free Friends of Audubon Arizona Family Bird Walk, between 8am and 11am? The park is fun any day of the week, and makes for a great stroll through its lovely surrounds. There are picnic tables and plenty of clean bathrooms available too. And did I mention the many bunny rabbits freely bouncing around?