Welcome to Gilbert, Arizona.
Gilbert is a town in Maricopa County, located southeast of Phoenix. Once a small agriculture-based community, the city has grown from just 5,717 people in 1980, to a thriving and diverse suburban center with around 208,453 residents.
Once known as “Hay Shipping Capital of the World”, Gilbert was founded in 1902, when William “Bobby” Gilbert provided the Arizona Eastern Railway with land to construct a rail line between Phoenix and Florence, Arizona.
Named one of America’s top thriving cities, Gilbert has plenty to offer visitors and residents alike. Situated only a short drive from the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Gilbert is a town with sunny weather, safe neighborhoods and an outstanding school system, as well as a wide range of outdoor and cultural attractions.
Gilbert is famous among foodies, who often refer to the city as “Delicious Gilbert”.
The town boasts many unique and memorable dining places with exceptional food and local charm. With a rich spectrum of genres, you’re sure to find terrific cuisine in one of the many restaurants founded with warmth and character. Check out the Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company, one of the ten best breweries in the world, or the Farmhouse, a local favorite that nestled in an old farmhouse.
When you’re done trying out all the great food, you can enjoy some of the many cultural and arts options Gilbert offers. History buffs can view a vast collection of vintage artifacts, oral histories and archives at the Gilbert Museum, while art connoisseurs can explore various works at the Art Institute’s large showcase.
Thespians should head to the Hale Center Theatre; a legendary venue comprising the longest continuously running, privately owned and operated theater-company in the United States.
Outdoor recreation abounds, with acclaimed golf courses like the Seville Golf & Country Club, and the expansive Freestone Park with its 135 multi-use trails and abundant amenities. Those who are looking for a real adventure should visit the Riparian at Water Ranch, one of the largest and most popular wildlife preserves in Gilbert. The large preserve provides ample opportunity for bird watching, hiking and camping. The site also features the only valley astronomy observatory open to the public.