Stroll through the Heritage District in downtown Gilbert, located about 30 minutes southeast of Phoenix, and find a mix of historic sights, museums, galleries, independent boutiques and lively, locally inspired eateries.

Sweet treats at Rocket Fizz

Rocket Fizz, in Heritage Marketplace, carries a vast array of nostalgic and quirky sweets, memorabilia and small-batch sodas. Candy fans can indulge in 100-plus flavours of salt water taffy and sample unusual taste combinations like peanut butter and jelly pop.

Creative cuisine at Liberty Market

Located in a beautifully refurbished historic grocery store, Liberty Market serves up creative fare made from regionally sourced ingredients. Hearty house favourites include Chef David’s Breakfast Sandwich and hand-tossed thin crust pizzas, fire-cooked over Arizona pecan wood.

Visual arts at Art Intersection

Photograph by Amanda Tinker

Art Intersection features photography from both established and emerging local and international artists. This month, visit the gallery’s signature Light Sensitive exhibition (Mar. 6 to Apr. 21) to view images created using traditional darkroom and alternative photographic methods.

Park play at Water Tower Plaza

Photograph courtesy of Gilbert Art Walk

Water Tower Plaza, in the heart of the Heritage District, is a vibrant hub for community events like the Gilbert Art Walk (held monthly on the first and third Saturday). Visit the open plaza, with outdoor seating and children’s splash pad, to relax, picnic and play.

Vintage finds at Flashback Antiques

Collectible treasures await at Flashback Antiques. Peruse the unique display of vintage decor, furniture, jewelry and children’s toys. The shop also stocks handmade candles, lotions and soaps.

Historic tales at HD South

Photograph courtesy of Gilbert Historical Society.

Housed in the town’s original elementary school, circa 1913, HD South showcases the area’s railroad and agricultural heritage. Browse exhibits depicting early 20th century life for insight into Gilbert’s first homesteaders.