Summer symbolizes so many things. I think of summer and I think of pools, flip flops, sunshine and ice cold drinks. Summer can have a lot of meanings to you but one thing is for sure: summer in the desert is H-O-T hot.
Whether you are new to the valley or a seasoned veteran with our scorching summers, it’s sometimes hard to get creative with how to beat the heat and to have fun with the family.
We have such awesome weather 8-9 months out of the year but those few months that it’s consistently over 100, people can get a little stagnant with summer days. Here is a list of a few other things to consider that you may not have thought of…
Even if you have your own private pool or have braved the water parks in the valley, these local pools can be a great mix to your regular routine. They have diving boards and slides, even full playgrounds in the pool for the kids.
Best part is they won’t break the bank at only a couple dollars to get in. It’s also much easier to decide to hit these pools on a whim, versus packing up for a full day at a water park.
Take a Drive to the River
If you read my last post, you’ve already seen this one. As I said in that post, I stand by it as a solid choice all year. Compared to Spring time, Salt River Tubing Recreation is open in the summer time. So you have the option of finding your own private spot at the river and setting up for the day or to go tubing down it.
Get Out of Town
Speaking of those 115 degree days, don’t forget the option of taking a trip a cooler temps. Many think it has to be a weekend getaway and forget that there are some fantastic spots within an hour or two. You can take a day trip just for lunch and exploring a different town.
You can also head somewhere with a hike in mind. As a U of A Alumni, I like taking a trip to Tucson every now and then. There, you can get to the top of Mount Lemmon for some relief from the heat and a peaceful retreat (don’t mind the rhyme). Going the other direction, you can find cooler temps as close as Payson. There you can find creeks and hikes like Water Wheel.
Our Awesome Museums
We actually have some very unique and interesting museums here in the valley. In North Phoenix, you should definitely explore the Musical Instrument Museum. If you have any interest in music or have played an instrument, you will appreciate this museum. It’s a must to escape the heat.
For a family day, check out the i.d.e.a. Museum in downtown Mesa. Full of exhibits for all ages, it truly ignites the imagination of kids of any age while keeping it interesting for parents too. We all had fun making houses out of scrap items in the craft area.
Legoland Discovery Center
Last on my list is a place that I’ve found many of my friends and clients didn’t know we had in town. At Arizona Mills Mall, the Legoland Discovery Center is obviously not on the scale of the one in California but it’s an awesome way to stimulate the kids while we all stay cool inside.
Our 4 year old and 7 year old love it so much we have an annual pass and it’s worth every penny. With creative workshops and different play zones, we end up here a lot throughout the summer and always leave happy.
There are many ways to enjoy our summers but hopefully some of these are new ideas for you. We have yet to really hit the hot days but after hitting triple digits this past weekend, it’s not too early to start thinking about it!