Keeping Cool in Phoenix, AZ - Things to Do in Summer

Phoenix, Water Parks, Museums and More

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Phoenix is Cool at 110 Degrees

Although the summer brings warm temperatures in Greater Phoenix, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of “cool” entertainment options, including water parks, indoor shopping malls, theaters, art galleries, restaurants, and museums. It’s easy to stay cool, have fun and relax this summer in Greater Phoenix - all at an affordable price.

Summer savings at Greater Phoenix resorts and golf courses are exceptional.

Save more than 50 percent on many accommodations June through August, and enjoy the luxuries you deserve at a price you want to pay. More than 30 world-class resorts offer exquisite cuisine, beautiful shimmering pools and unbelievable golf courses at low summer rates. If you start your day early, you’ll have plenty of time for outdoor activities.

Then, lounge in your poolside cabana, catch a Broadway production at one of many downtown theaters, learn about the diverse history and culture of Phoenix at the Heard Museum or catch an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game at Chase Field.

See below for 24 cool summertime activities you can enjoy 7 days a week.

The Oasis at Pointe South Mountain Resort

Falls Water Village at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

  • More than one acre of pools and a 138-foot waterslide

River Ranch at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

  • Features Hole-in-the-Wall River Ranch, a four-acre ranch with pools and waterfalls.
  • Phone: (602) 997-2626 ext. 4571/ Website:

Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa

  • Features eight swimming pools including the Catalina Pool (the original to the hotel and features the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired tower with slide) and the Paradise Pool Complex

Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

  • 2 swimming pools, a 110-foot waterslide, a 900-foot river ride, hot tubs, poolside cabanas, lap pool
  • Phone Toll Free: (888) 625-5144 / Website:

The Phoenician

  • 9 swimming pools (including the Mother of Pearl Serenity Pool) and a 165-foot waterslide
  • Phone: (480) 941-8200, (800) 888-8234/ Website:

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch

  • Two and a half acre complex contains 10 swimming pools and a three-story water slide
  • Phone: (480) 444-1234/ Website:

Tempe Town Lake, Splash Playground

Heard Museum

  • Experience the nation’s most prestigious private Indian arts center
  • Phone: (602) 252-8848/ Website:

Phoenix Art Museum

  • Visit one of the most celebrated art museums in the southwest
  • Phone: (602) 257-1222/ Website:

ASU Art Museum

  • This educational museum is recognized as one of the Southwest’s most significant contemporary art institutions
  • Phone: (480) 965-2787/ Website:

Water Parks in Great Phoenix

  • Big Surf, SunSplash, and Waterworld offer valley residents the chance to beat the heat. Each water park offers huge waterslides, wave pools, and lots of room for tanning.
  • Phone: (480) 834-8319

Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting

  • Over 35,000 square feet of exhibit space showing the history and heroes of firefighting
  • Phone: (602) 275-3473/ Website:

Arizona Science Center

  • Participate in interactive exhibits, watch 5-story tall movies or take a trip through the stars at the planetarium
  • Phone: (602) 716-2000/ Website:

Challenger Space Center

  • Explore the stars, feel what it is like to be in a space shuttle and learn about the space program at this unique center
  • Phone: (623) 322-2001/ Website:

Orpheum Theater

  • Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, this multi-purpose cultural facility can house major Broadway productions as well as local and regional performance companies
  • Phone: (602) 534-5600/ Website:

    Herberger Theater Center

    • Houses two theaters (seating 815 and 350) and is home to the Arizona Theatre Company, the Actors Theatre of Phoenix, and the Center Dance Ensemble
    • Phone: (602) 254-7399/ Website:

    Dodge Theater

    • The completely different Dodge Theater promises to change the way you think about live entertainment
    • Phone: (602) 379-2800

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    • Catch the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team play while in the comfort of a closed, air-conditioned ballpark, or even rent out the pool with you and a group of your friends
    • Phone: (602) 514-8400, (888) 777-4664/ Website: Arizona Diamondbacks Website

    Cerreta Candy Company

    • Tour Phoenix’s 70-year-old family owned and operated candy company and see how their products are made.
    • Phone: (623) 930-1000/ Website:

    Stuffington Bear Factory

    • Visit one of the last remaining stuffed animal factories in the United States and make your own stuffed animal
    • Phone: (602) 225-9513/ Website:

    Tortilla Flat, Arizona

    • A historic Old Western Town (population 6) where visitors can find a gift store, an ice cream/candy store, a restaurant,  and saloon.
    • Phone: (480) 984-1776/ Website:

    Local Lakes and the River

    • Arizona’s scenic canyon lakes and waterways offer spectacular desert views. Saguaro Lake, the Salt River and Lake Pleasant are within one hour of Phoenix; each one provides an opportunity for water sports and some rest and relaxation.
    • Self-paddle a 2 person Funyak behind one of the guided rafts for hands-on excitement.
    • Phone: (480) 998-RAFT/ Website:

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