The summer heat is around the corner. While the rest of the country may need to put on the air conditioning and put on some shorts, certain parts of the Arizona desert become too hot to handle. Not to worry. You can still enjoy of number of fun activities and locations without having to be stuck inside.
Here are some tips for keeping the heat at bay:
Movie theaters are notoriously cool on the hottest of days. Go check out a film at Loft Cinema or try an outdoors movie at the Cinema La Placita. It might be hot in the desert, but on a cool night, watching a movie outside can still be a great way to enjoy a film. Plus, the price is right. Cinema La Placita has $3 admission and free popcorn!
Play in the Water
Hot summer are good times to play in the water too. Whether you want to cool off, work out or explore nature in a different way, you can find pedal boats and kayaks for rent at Sahuarita Lake. If you are new to kayaking, check out the Arizona Game and Fish Department. They are offering free kayaking workshops at the Pena Blanca Lake this summer.
Tour the Museums
For a place with so much sunshine, there is a ton of stuff happening indoors in the desert, like the Butterfly Wonderland on the Salt River Reservation or one of the science museums. From the Mount Lemmon Sky Center to Arizona Science Center, spend this summer satisfying your curiosity while staying cool. Plus, many of the exhibits are kid-friendly.
You could also look into a Culture Pass, available through the Pima County Library. Each pass gets you two free tickets to attractions like the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art and the MOCA: Museum of Contemporary Art. All you have to do is show your library card.
Go to the Mountains
Finally, consider taking a trip to the mountains. Popular hiking trails in Flagstaff or the Coronado National Forest are ideal places to cool off and get in touch with nature. Not only is it about 30 degrees cooler in the mountains (on average), you’ll also get a chance to see waterfalls, streams and local wildlife.
Sure, you could hide out in the A/C, but the Southwest is too much fun and too Instagram-worthy to spend all your time at home. Take a few weekends to check off some bucket list worthy locations and make Summer 2018 one for the record books.