Many people just can't handle the desert in the summer, just like there are people who hate the snow and can't tolerate winter in other parts of the country. Other people might say that summer is the best time to visit Phoenix!
If you're here, the best way to get through the summer is to adapt. Here are some resources for coping with triple digit temperatures.
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Get Wet and Cool Off
When summer comes we all head to water. We don't have any real beaches in the Phoenix area, but here are some places where you can beat the heat with some wet fun.
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Splashing around is fun, but the time comes when we just need to get out of the sun. Here are some indoor activities in Greater Phoenix that you might want to consider this summer.
- Find a Movie Theater
- Find a Free Museum
- Active Military? Find a Blue Star Museum
- Many Summer Band Tours are Indoors
- Summer Indoor Concerts and Shows
- Sea Life Arizona Aquarium (Tempe)
- Legoland Discovery Center
- Butterfly Wonderland (Scottsdale)
- Uptown Alley (Surprise)
- Octane Raceway Indoor Kart Racing (Scottsdale)
- Let's Go Bowling
- Hit the Casinos
- Arizona Science Center (Phoenix)
- Musical Instrument Museum (North Phoenix)
- Heard Museum (Phoenix)
- Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix)
- Flea Markets and Swap Meets (some are indoors)
- Summer Movie Programs For Kids
- Shopping, Restaurants and Services That Are Open At Night
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For Energetic Kids
It's summer vacation, and ever since the second day with no school the kids have been bored. There are a variety of places all over town where they can expend some energy and have a great time. And these are all indoors!
- Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park (Peoria)
- Amazing Jake's (Mesa)
- Kids That Rip Indoor Skate Park (Mesa)
- Pump It Up (Various Locations)
- OdySea Mirror Maze (Scottsdale)
- Wazee's World Laser Zone - Laser Tag & Cosmic Golf (Peoria)
- Stratum Laser Tag (Mesa)
- Jambo! Park (Phoenix and Mesa)
- BounceU (Various Locations)
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Early Mornings or Evenings Outdoors
There are a few summer activities worth considering even though they are outside. You might be best to do these either very early in the morning or in the evening. Typically, places that offer summertime activities provide shade or other respite from the sun. Ask first if you think the heat might get to you, and go prepared with sunscreen, a hat and water.
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- Apache Trail (scenic drive)
- Chandler Art Walk (evening)
- Scottsdale ArtWalk (evening)
- First Friday (Phoenix, evening)
- Meet Me Downtown Phoenix (evening)
- Summer Concert Band Tours Stopping in Phoenix
- Glendale Summer Band Concerts (evening)
- Arizona Rookie League Baseball Games (evening)
- May Events and Free Concerts
- June Events and Free Concerts
- July Events and Free Concerts
- August Events and Free Concerts
- September Events and Free Concerts
- Dolly Steamboat (Apache Junction)
- Desert Belle Boat Tour (Mesa)
- Phoenix Zoo (evening Starry Safari)
- Desert Botanical Garden (evening programs)
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park (early mornings)
- Summer Golf Specials... (early a.m. is best)
- Maricopa County Parks (early a.m. and evening)
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Summer Spectator Sports
Phoenix has professional and college sporting events all year long for your enjoyment. Many tickets are reasonably priced, and some are even free! Why not go to a game this summer?
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Get Outta Town
No matter what we do, sometimes we just need to escape from the incessant heat. Here are some ideas for trips to places that are probably 10-20 degrees cooler than Phoenix, and within a couple of hours by car. If you don't want to drive to those, you could always just check into a local resort!
- Vacation in Your Own Backyard
- Summer Specials at Phoenix Resorts
- Summer Specials at Scottsdale Resorts
- Local Resorts with Waterpark Features
- Red Rocks of Sedona
- Prescott, Arizona Day Trip
- Tonto Natural Bridge State Park (Payson)
- Grand Canyon Weekend
- Canyon de Chelly and Walnut Canyon
- Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot
- Arizona State Parks
- Arizona's National Parks
- Driving Times and Distances
- For Snowbirds: Closing up the House Checklist
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Phoenix area residents need to find ways to adapt to everyday living when the temperatures soar. Shopping, activities, driving, pets -- it's important for everyone to be safe.
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- Monsoon Safety
- Summer Car Safety - Children and Pets
- Buying a Car: Does Color Matter?
- 5 Tips About Hot Cars
- Your Dog and Desert Heat
- Tips For Living in Triple Digit Heat
- Beware of Rattlesnakes
- Beware of Scorpions
- Summer Means Mosquitos
- Arizona Wildfires
- Heat Exhaustion Happens
- About Heat Stroke
- Skin Cancer is a Problem in Arizona
- Summer Dust and Valley Fever
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Summer Yards and Gardens
Not everything green dies in the heat in Phoenix. Cacti (or cactuses, if you must) flower, vegetables grow, roses bloom, and desert flora flourish.
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It's So Hot That...
Yes, let's begin with the obvious. It's hot in the desert. Having lived here for about 40 years, I can honestly say that it isn't so much the individual hot days that tend to wear me down, it's the duration of the summer season. Summertime in the Phoenix area lasts about five months, or longer, despite what a standard calendar indicates.
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Conserve Energy and Save Water
We might not use a lot of heat or water in the winter, but in the summer our energy consumption soars. It is important to conserve, for both the earth and our wallets.
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Summer Dates To Remember
During May, June, July, August, and September you just can't cover yourself with ice packs and wait for the temperatures to drop. There are some special days that require your attention.