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The desert beauty of Florence, Arizona

The historic town of Florence, Arizona, offers a view of the open desert and a culturally rich downtown area that is sure to appeal to anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. It is one of the oldest cities in the United States and has more than 25 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pinal County History Museum gives tourists and residents alike a unique view on the area's role in history. 

This backdrop is sure to appeal to lovers of history and anyone looking for a relaxing setting for retirement. With a population slightly under 25,000, Florence is just big enough for there to be lots of activities and events happening all the time - such as the annual Country Thunder music festival - but the area is small enough for residents to become part of a close community.

The 2008 Census showed that the town is growing rapidly, which guarantees that there will always be something exciting going on downtown. It has also recently been proposed as the site for the Coyote Canyon Theme Park, and is the home of the McFarland State Historic Park, which offers a glimpse of architecture and life from the late nineteenth century.

Looking for a cozy corner in Florence? At Sun City Anthem - ranked the #1 active adult community in Arizona by Arizona Business Magazine - residents can try all sorts of new things while relaxing in the favorable climate.

If you want to go back to the classroom, Sun City Anthem is partnered with Arizona State University through an on-site Lifelong Learning Academy, so getting to school is as simple as walking along the beautiful paths to the community center.

Poston Butte Golf Club is an 18-hole championship course that has a stunning backdrop of mountains and the rugged Arizona desert, so whether you're an avid golfer or just a nature enthusiast, hitting the links is sure to be a memorable experience every time.

For those who are looking for nearby thrills, there is a water park and an aquatic center, as well as an indoor climbing wall. Whether you're getting together with friends to do something new or planning a visit from the grandchildren, these amenities, along with the diverse clubs and classes, will guarantee that you never run out of things to try.  

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