We know the Phoenix summers can be long and hot. Us Phoenicians spend a lot of time at home, soaking up the AC. To help you fight the boredom, we have put together a list of 100 things to do this summer.
For anyone who isn’t afraid of the Arizona summer sunshine:
- Take a stroll through the Desert Botanical Garden. Be sure to stay hydrated and take an umbrella for some extra shade.
- Beat the crowd at the Phoenix Zoo. Disclaimer: The animals also think it’s hot outside and might not be as willing to make an appearance.
- Hit the trails. If you enjoy hiking, you don’t have to stop going during the summer months. Just be sure to go early and take plenty of water.
- If you are an avid runner…try out the AZ Sunrise Series running events throughout the summer.
Try doing something on the water to help curb the heat:
- Go to a water park. Check out Oasis Water Park, Wet n’ Wild Phoenix, Big Surf (Tempe), Golfland Sunsplash, Enchanted Island Amusement Park, City of Glendale Aquatic Play and many more.
- Rent a pontoon boat and spend the day on Saguaro Lake.
- Take a cruise on Saguaro Lake with Desert Belle.
- Float the Salt River.
- Stay cool at the Dive-in Movie series hosted by The Andaz Scottsdale Resort in the Turquoise Pool- $15 for non-guests weekly on Saturdays at 8pm.
- Go Glow Kayaking at night on Tempe Town Lake.
- Try out Paddleboard Yoga every 1st Thursday at The Saguaro Hotel Picante Pool at 6:30pm.
Take a quick trip out of town at one of the many beautiful areas surrounding Phoenix:
- Check out Oak Creek Canyon between Flagstaff and Sedona.
- Spend the weekend at a spa in Sedona or just enjoy the view of the red rocks.
- Bonus: Did you know you can go wine tasting in Sedona?
- Drive north to Flagstaff to escape the heat.
- Go to Carefree and camp/hike the Seven Springs Recreation Area.
- Don’t forget about what we are famous for: The Grand Canyon.
- Take a ghost tour in the Haunted Town near Jerome, AZ.
Try doing your outdoor activities at night:
- Do a flashlight tour at the Botanical Garden every Saturday night between June 1-Aug 31.
- Shadetree Bike Shop hosts a weekly nighttime mountain bike ride every Thursday night in Phoenix mountains.
- Go for a moonlight hike. Check with the local parks and recreation department to see events on your favorite trails.
- Scorpion Scavenger Hunt- walk with a Park Ranger at night through some of the local trails.
- Enjoy the magical Night Lights Tour at Taliesin West.
- Take the whole family to Drive-In movie at West Winds Glendale. Pack a cooler and enjoy the cooler nighttime air.
- Try some nighttime relaxation with Moonlight Yoga- by Mountain Shadows in Scottsdale.
- Starting in July Desert Ridge Marketplace hosts outdoor concerts Friday and Saturday evenings all month. Schedule is TBD
Don’t forget to support our local sports teams:
- Cheer on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix.
- Enjoy a Phoenix Mercury game from the air-conditioned Talking Stick Arena.
- Don’t forget about Phoenix Rising FC.
- Bonus Event: July 2nd the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale is hosting a CONCACAF Gold Cup game. Teams tbd.
- Bonus Event #2: The Harlem Globetrotters at Gila River Arena on August 23rd.
Feeling active? Try something new:
- MegaFitAZ is a licensed Lagree studio that offers an entire week free.
- Go ice skating: Check out open skate times at Ice Den and AZ Ice.
- Take the whole family to a trampoline park. Try Skyzone or Jumpstreet.
- Try a rock climbing gym. We recommend Phoenix Rock Gym or AZ on the Rocks.
- Do Yoga in the Brewery at SanTan Brewery in Phoenix. There are multiple dates and your ticket comes with a beer or mimosa!
- Spartan Stadion Race: This 3-mile, 20 obstacle, race is June 15th.
If you haven’t been to the many great museums around Phoenix, the summer is your chance:
- Phoenix Art Museum: The second Sunday of every month is free for families.
- Explore Native American culture at the Heard Museum.
- Take the kids to The Arizona Science Center.
- Bonus: Go to the Mummies of the World Exhibit.
- Odysea Aquarium in Scottsdale.
- Children’s Museum in Phoenix.
- Challenger Space Museum.
- It’s not really a museum, but the kids will love the Legoland Discovery Center Arizona.
- Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Hint: Check out the Mutual Reality Exhibit.
- Experience France at Musical Instrument Museum July 13-14
- Pueblo Grande Museum invites kids, pre-k to the 4th grade, to Arizona Authors summertime storytelling events.
Go see live music:
- The Ak-Chin Pavilion is hosting Santana and the Doobie Brothers, Rascal Flatts, Hootie and Blowfish this summer.
- Gila River Arena: Shawn Mendes July 9th
- Gila River Arena: Hugh Jackman July 14th
- See a smaller show at the Marquee Theater
- See an indie rock show at the Crescent Ballroom
- Take in a jazz show at The Nash
- Visit the Pressroom. This former printing press facility features local artist.
- If you are a rock fan, go to The Nile Theater.
- Do you prefer the blues? Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen.
- For country music check out Bourbon Jacks.
- Check out the Phoenix Symphony Hall for something a little more sophisticated.
Enjoy a show:
- Get season tickets to Harkins for Summer Movie Fun.
- See a live show at the Herberger Theater Center
- The World Hip Hop Dance Championship Finals are August 10th at Gila River Arena.
- Take in a comedy show at Stand Up Live Phoenix.
- Jay Leno will be at Talking Stick on June 21st
Need something to do for the 4th of July try:
- Fabulous Phoenix Fourth for family friendly fun.
- Take the family to the Fourth of Zooly at the Phoenix Zoo for bbq and fun.
- July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival.
- On July 5th the Arizona Diamondbacks will take on the Colorado Rockies, followed by a Fireworks Spectacular.
Need more things to do indoors?
- Go shopping at the Scottsdale Fashion Square.
- Take the family bowling at Fat Cats or Lucky Strike.
- Play games at Dave and Busters.
- Do indoor go karting at K1 Speedway.
- Try out a virtual escape room at Mindspark Escape.
- Or a regular escape room at Escape Room 101.
- Play laser tag at Main Event or Laser Quest
- Play minigolf indoors Glow Putt Mini Golf, Wazees World.
- Go retro at Cobra Arcade Bar.
- Go skating at KTR.
- Enjoy brunch at the Breakfast Club in Phoenix.
Don’t forget to enjoy the Phoenix nightlife:
- Try out your detective skills at a murder mystery dinner.
- Take a ride on the light rail and have drinks by the rail in Central Phoenix.
- The 3rd Friday in July go to the Downtown Chandler Artwalk
- Go to Hanny’s for dinner and check out the basement!
- Checkout The Mint for a night of dancing.
- Test your trivia knowledge at a Geeks that Drink Trivia night hosted by local venues throughout the valley.
- Do the First Friday Artwalk in Phoenix and don’t forget to stop in the local bars.
Go to an expo or a farmer’s market:
- Fitness Expo: Phoenix Europa Games August 10th at the Phoenix Convention Center.
- Maricopa County Home and Landscape Show at Stadium in Glendale July 19-21st.
- Mesa Farmer’s Market Every Saturday 7-11am
- Gilbert Farmer’s Market Every Saturday 7-11am
- Phoenix Farmer’s Market Saturday 8am-noon.
- Arizona Indoor Custom Car Show June 15th at the Phoenix Convention Center.
- Real Wild and Woody Beer Festival at the Phoenix Convention Center July 27th.
Need more things for the kids to do:
- The Phoenix Coding Academy puts on an engineering for kids coding camp all summer through July 19th.
- Send the kids to a ½ day robotic summer camp at Morrison Ranch June 19-21st.
- Downtown Glendale’s Annual Christmas in July, dates tbd.
- Family Friendly Fun at Westgate on Wednesdays. Themes include Frozen, Rainbow Unicorns Unite, Princess and Pirate Party, Under the Sea, etc.
If all else fails, take advantage of the heat and discounted prices at the local resorts and have a staycation!