Your Guide to Coping: May through September in Greater Phoenix
By Judy Hedding
- Get Wet and Cool Off
- Air-Conditioned Entertainment
- Energetic Kids
- Early Mornings or Evenings Outdoors
- Summer Spectator Sports
- Get Outta Town
- Do You Feel a Need For Beach?
- It's So Hot That...
- Back to School
- Summer Safety
- Summer Yards and Gardens
- Conserve Energy and Save Water
- Laugh It Off
- Summer Dates To Remember
- 4th of July
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.
Splashing around is fun, but the time comes when we just need to get out of the sun. Here are some indoor activities 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)
- Butterfly Wonderland (Scottsdale)
- Uptown Alley (Surprise)
- Octane Raceway Indoor Kart Racing (Scottsdale)
- Let's Go Bowling
- Make Meaning (Scottsdale)
- 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
- Find a Mall (various locations)
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!
- Summer Camp Guide
- Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park (Peoria)
- Amazing Jake's (Mesa)
- Kids That Rip Indoor Skate Park (Mesa)
- Pump It Up (Various Locations)
- Wazee's World Laser Zone - Laser Tag & Cosmic Golf (Peoria)
- Stratum Laser Tag (Mesa)
- Jambo! Park (Phoenix and Mesa)
- Imagination Avenue (Phoenix)
- BounceU (Various Locations)
- Skating Rinks (Various Locations)
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.
- Summer Camp Guide
- Lakes, Boating and Fishing
- Apache Trail (scenic drive)
- Chandler Art Walk (evening)
- Scottsdale ArtWalk (evening)
- First Friday (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)
- Phoenix Zoo (evening Starry Safari)
- Desert Botanical Garden (evening programs)
- Summer Golf Specials (early a.m. is best)
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?
- Dbacks Baseball at Chase Field (Phoenix)
- Phoenix Mercury Basketball (Phoenix)
- Arizona Rookie League Baseball Games
- Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Open Practices
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
- Prescott, Arizona Day Trip
- Tonto Natural Bridge State Park (Payson)
- Grand Canyon Weekend
- Canyon de Chelly and Walnut Canyon
- Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot
- Driving Times and Distances
- Find Cheap Gas
- For Snowbirds: Closing up the House Checklist
Do You Feel a Need For Beach?
These spots are a bit farther than a couple of hours, but Phoenicians are well known for packing up and heading to the nearest coast during the summer.
It's So Hot That...
Yes, let's begin with the obvious. It's hot in the desert. Having lived here for about 30 years, I can honestly say that it isn't so much the heat that tends 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 the calendar indicates.
Back to School
School calendars aren't especially consistent around here, but most public schools finish the school year sometime in May and start up again in August.
- Phoenix Schools 101
- School Starting and Ending Dates
- Get Free Immunizations Before School Starts
- Back to School Sales
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.
- Monsoon Safety
- Pool 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 --> Valley Fever
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.
- Summer Lawns: How Much Water and For How Long?
- Easy Desert Plants That Bloom in Summer
- Summer Cactus Blooms
- May Desert Garden Checklist
- June Desert Garden Checklist
- July Desert Garden Checklist
- August Desert Garden Checklist
- September Desert Garden Checklist
- Fruits & Veggies - April and May
- Fruits & Veggies - June and July
- Fruits & Veggies - August and September
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.
- Summer Electric Bills
- Time of Use / Time Advantage Plans
- Programmable Thermostats
- Reduce Summer Heat in Your Home
Laugh It Off
It gets so hot in Phoenix that all you can do is laugh about it. People might wonder why we live here. Well, during the winter months you can be sure that we are calling all our relatives up north and back east to tell them that we're wearing shorts and barbecuing outside. Enjoy these jokes that poke fun at our summer weather.
- Hot One Liners
- Beware of Rubber-Soled Shoes! (It's Just a Joke....)
- Can You Fry an Egg On the Sidewalk? I Tried It!
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.
4th of July
During our prolonged summer in Phoenix we'll celebrate Mother's Day, Memorial Day Father's Day, Flag Day and Labor Day. None of these compares to the excitement in the Valley of the Sun on the 4th of July. Nearly every community has an event, as well as special events and activities that acknowledge the red, white and blue.