Welcome to the Discovery Center at Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
In 2016, an additional 2,000 square feet was been added on to the original dam observation/visitor center building. The Discovery Center houses a remarkable display of interpretive exhibits for your viewing and inquisitive pleasure. Take a walk back in time as you wind your way through the historical journey of our museum-like exhibits, and learn about the natives and early settlers that called this place home. Uncover the trials and tribulations of dams and the people behind the massive project. Come see some of our wildlife display animals and Learn about the challenges the wildlife and plant-life face, and how they are able to adapt and thrive in an environment many would not think could be possible.
Ever wonder how Lake Pleasant got its name? Well, wonder know more, as you will find answer to this question and so much more at the Discovery Center.
Don’t forget to check out the souvenir area where you can purchase a refreshing snack, find a book to enjoy, or a trinket to remember your experience. Speaking of experiences, the interpretive rangers offer a wide range of programs in the center and throughout the park. A complete list of programs can be found on the event calendar.
Special thank you to the Bureau of Reclamation for their contributions, in conjunction with Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, to make the Discovery Center a beautiful place to visit and connect people to nature while sharing the wonderful history of Lake Pleasant.