Although temperatures may be soaring, we’ve rounded up some of the Valley’s coolest activities that are sure to make this season the most memorable one yet
Explore the Outdoors
Discover your wild side this summer at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, PhoenixZoo.org, with special activities like Winter in July, where families can chill out with tons of snow, enjoy cold weather activities and taste dozens of icy treats. Or, behold the beauty of night and all of the fascinating plants and creatures to be found at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, DBG.org, with their Garden Flashlight Tours.
Take a Hike
Escape the blistering Valley heat and cool off up north at some amazing Arizona waterfalls. Tucked away on the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon, within the Havasupai Indian Reservation, is a pair of breathtaking waterfalls. Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls offer a refreshing change from the dry desert scenery with their tropical-looking cascades and lush island feel. However, the hike to the falls can be quite a bit challenging, so remember to come prepared. TheOfficialHavasupaiTribe.com
Cool Off with Cocktails
Sipping on inventive, summer-inspired drinks is a great way to beat the heat and have a bit of fun! Spice things up at ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, HotelValleyHo.com, with seasonal cocktails like the Smokin’ Hot Fuzz with El Silencio mezcal, peach puree and jalapeno and Mole Margarita with Milagro Reposado tequila, sweet and sour and chocolate-ancho puree. Sail the seven seas at UnderTow, 3620 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, UnderTowPHX.com, with swashbuckling summer favorites like Pirate’s Remorse made with a blend of guava, Galliano, aged rum of Martinique, honey, vanilla, lime and nutmeg and Scallywag’s Scandal, a villainous blend of aged rums from seven islands, passion fruit, coconut, chicory and lime. Paying homage to the famed five Cs of our state: copper, citrus, cattle, climate and cotton, Artizen at The Camby, 2401 E. Cambelback Road, Phoenix, ArtizenAZ.com, recently launched its new Arizona 5 Cs cocktails menu with tantalizing blends like Copper with Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, fresh lemon, Giffard Pamplemousse and grapefruit pale ale; Citrus with kumquat and cardamom-infused Cana Brava Rum, fresh lime and sugar; and more.
Pamper Yourself for the Day
Get ready for a season of indulgence and relaxation at Joya Spa at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, OmniMontelucia.com, with a bevy of summer specials like Spa-tacular Sundays, Two’s Company Tuesdays, Wellness Wednesdays, Throwback Thursdays, Afternoon Escape Fridays, Sensational Saturdays, Pampered & Polished and Happy Birthday Joya for those celebrating their birthdays. Treat yourself to a day of beauty at Ohana, 6870 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, OhanaSalonAZ.com, a full-service Aveda Concept Salon in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, which offers a warm, welcoming environment and top-notch, professional hair, makeup and waxing services.
Experience Art & Culture
See some of the city’s finest and most eclectic artwork on display this season. Partake in the best of old west cinema with “The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History” exhibition at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, ScottsdaleMuseumWest.org. View light in a whole new way at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., SMoCA.org, with “Ocean of Light: Submergence—A Squidshop Project,” explore the road less traveled with Phoenix Art Museum’s, 1625 N. Central Ave., PHXArt.org, travel-centric exhibition “Longer Ways to Go: Photography of the American Road” or marvel at the masterpieces of two of the most important and recognizable artists of the 20th century with the Heard Museum’s, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Heard.org, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition.
Catch a Game
Make this summer a home run and come down to the air-conditioned Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Dbacks.com, to support the Arizona Diamondbacks and partake in a host of special themed games like “Game of Thrones” night, giveaways and after-game fireworks throughout the season. If soccer is your sport of choice, be sure to catch some always thrilling Phoenix Rising FC games at Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, 751 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe, PHXRisingFC.com.
Hop Aboard the Train
Discover the tranquil beauty of the Verde Valley illuminated by the moon and stars on one of the Verde Canyon Railroad’s, VerdeCanyonRR.com, Saturday Night Starlight Rides. As the train rumbles through the Canyon watch as the sun lowers and bathes the cliffs in soft golden hues, eventually growing dark and giving a glimpse of the area’s nocturnal wildlife.
Head Up North
Sip and savor your way through the Verde Valley with Wine Tours of Sedona, WineToursOfSedona.com. Their popular Sedona Scenic Wine Country Tours range from three to eight hours and can be customized to each client’s preference. They also offer flexible private tours all along the Verde Valley Wine Trail, including working vineyards, tasting rooms, restaurants and raw chocolate bars for a sweet complement.