Summer is quickly approaching, meaning it is time to take advantage of the great travel deals in Arizona. One may want to “think twice” about enduring the hot desert temperatures, but rest-assured, it is the best time of the year to enjoy many Arizona attractions.
Even though the heat is on, it is easy to stay cool with summer activities in the valley of the sun. Here is our list of the top five summer attractions near Tempe, Arizona:
Big Surf Waterpark
Home to America’s original wave pool and featuring over a dozen additional water rides, this waterpark is a great way to spend a hot summer day. Whether you want to soak up the sun lounging at the “beach” by the waves, have lunch at a picnic table under the shade, or ride a tube down the monstrous “Kilauea Cove” slides, there is sure to be something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
1.3 million square feet of retail space allows for some great summer fun. Play arcade games and enjoy happy hour at Dave and Buster’s, catch the latest movie at Harkins Theatres, or get artsy” at As You Wish – Pottery Painting Place. This outdoor facility has water features, misters to keep you cool, and a splash pad for the little ones.
Tempe Beach Park/Town Lake
This two mile long man-made lake is the hub of recreation and events in Tempe. Stand-up paddle boarding, boating, fishing and kids’ splash-ground are a few of the activities that are sure to keep you cool in the hot summer sun.
Desert Botanical Garden
Bring a flashlight, and discover the desert at night. This self-paced stroll is perfect for families and children of all ages, and is comprised of ten “discovery stations” including gecko/lizards, snakes, night birds, saguaro cacti, and more. Flashlight tours are on Thursdays and Saturdays, May 26 – September 1, 2012.
Arizona Science Center
The Arizona Science Center museum offers more than 300 interactive exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium, five-story giant-screen IMAX theater, live demonstrations, and traveling exhibitions. This hands-on facility is aimed primarily at children but offers lots of fun things to do for adults as well.
All of these summer attractions are within a short car or light rail ride from Tempe Mission Palms. Be sure to take advantage of one of our special offers, and make your summer travel plans to Tempe, Arizona today!