Yuma isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of a city to have fun and backpack around. It is not like the city has a Disneyland, rather it has been famous for its territorial prison.
However, every city has a story to tell and show you something that you haven’t seen before. Do you know that this place also has the center of the world lying to its West? Yes, that is right.
Yuma can be a fun place to visit. We have planned an entire day for you so you can stop searching around for something to do.
1. Down the memory lane
If you are a history buff, then Yuma would definitely excite you since the city is full of museums and historic sites. Even if you are not a fan of history, we still recommend you visit the territorial prison, which has now been converted into a park. The interesting part about this prison is that it was established in 1876 when Arizona was not even a state. Also, it was built by the prisoners themselves. Once you are at the site, you can go up and get a breathtaking view of the Colorado River. Not only that, you can get a real feel of what it must be like to be locked up in a dark hole if you visit one of the cell blocks.
If you are interested in some other historic sites, you can visit Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. The site is brimming with some of the oldest buildings and it will give you a good feel for the history of the Colorado River.
Other than that, there is the Cocopah Museum and you can take a walk down the historic downtown area too.
2. River tubing
Want to add some real fun and thrill to your day? Then you should definitely go for river tubing in Yuma. River tubing however is a seasonal thing, so if you are visiting during April and September, you can enjoy this. However, if you are lucky, you can book a float in winters as well.
Yuma river tubing takes care of everything including your ride to the river, tubes and the entire trip. They have different forms of floats including 5 miles, 2.5 miles and the 1 mile happy hour float. You can choose according to your mood and time. The 5 mile float will cost you $20 while the happy hour is only for $10.
3. Up in the air
Visiting in winters? You probably will not get to do the river tubing, but it is all right since we have another adventurous activity lined up for you. Yuma has hot air balloons! Yes. Fly with the birds over the farmlands and deserts of Yuma and experience complete tranquility. We recommend you visit in the evening so you can watch the picturesque sunset too.
4. Enjoy the scenic beauty
Not interested in taking a risk with heights or water? We have some other places you can visit. You can enjoy the wildlife at the imperial wildlife refuge, for instance. The place is picturesque and you will get to see the wetlands, the desert landscape and the river that make up this beautiful place.
You can also visit the Gateway Park for a serene retreat. The park does not only have scenic views but also reflects history such as the historic Ocean To Ocean Highway Bridge.
5. The nightlife
What good it is to visit a city if you don’t get to see its nightlife? Don’t worry Yuma gets quite interesting as the night approaches. Your visit to Yuma would be incomplete if you don’t go to the Prison Hill Brewing. The place serves some of the best handcrafted drinks that are accurately themed. They also serve some top notch food in case you are famished with all the activity during the day. Located in the downtown area, this place has a full service bar, a patio and is open seven days a week.
Once you are done with the food and still have some energy left, you can dance the night away at the Kress Ultra Lounge, a premier dance club also located in the downtown area. The club has a roofless top that gives you spectacular views of the stars and some amazing DJs who keep up your energy until the sun rises.
Ready to have some fun?
Yuma can be a very interesting place for tourism purposes. The city is full of history and fun activities. Moreover, travelling across the city is very feasible. The hotels are amazing, public transportation is easily available and the plus point is that Spectrum Yuma provides free Wi-Fi hotspots so you don’t need to worry about spending your bucks on getting data.