While the temperatures may be soaring outside, these thrilling activities are sure to add a little cool to your season.
Explore Nature Indoors
Release your inner adventurer without ever having to step foot outside at these three spots that bring the best of the outdoors in. First, traverse through the rainforest and view dozens of brightly colored butterflies at Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, ButterflyWonderland.com, where you can also enjoy a host of special activities such as Bee Talks, Yoga in the Rainforest, face painting, Butterfly Brushstrokes painting classes, and more. Then, head next door to OdySea Aquarium, 9500 E. Via de Ventura A-100, OdySeaAquarium.com, to discover a diverse range of deep sea creatures, and view their fist-ever “Summer of Sharks” activities, featuring more than 40 sharks. Also, be sure to stop by the Four Peaks Mining Company store, 9500 E. Via De Ventura, Suite D-100, FourPeaksMiningCo.com, in the same complex, which features an in-store mini mine for visitors to explore.
Seek A Summer Thrill
Get your heart racing and pulse pounding with activities catered to the most daring spirits. If you fancy the feeling of wind rushing through your hair as you freefall from an enormous height, but don’t actually want to jump out of an airplane, then head to iFLY Phoenix, 9206 E. Talking Stick Way, IFlyWorld.com, where you can experience the joy of skydiving indoors. Or, rev up your engines and turbo-charge into the season at Octane Raceway, 9119 E. Talking Stick Way, OctaneRaceway.com, offering the best in high-speed go-kart racing.
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! Classic cocktails get a modern makeover at Eddie Merlot’s, 23207 N. Scottsdale Road, EddieMerlots.com, with selections like the Berry White Martini with Svedka strawberry and raspberry vodka, triple sec, sweet and sour and fresh berries and the Burnt Orange Manhattan with Eddie Merlot’s single barrel bourbon by Knob Creek, Noilly Prat sweet vermouth, flamed-fresh orange zest and Bordeaux cherry. Also putting a new twist on a best-loved favorite is Sonata’s Restaurant, 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, SonatasRestaurant.com, with their smokey Old-Fashioned made from Jack Daniel’s single barrel rye, muddled luxardo cherry and muddled orange. If looking to enjoy a classic happy hour, head to EVO, 4175 N. Goldwater Blvd., EvoScottsdale.com, between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for beer, wine and house cocktail specials. If you like your cocktails cold, Polar Play PolarPlay.com, Arizona’s first ice bar attraction, is the perfect place to chill out with its full bar made of ice and plenty of frozen games.
Pamper Yourself for the Day
Indulge in some serious rest and relaxation at The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, FourSeasons.com, offering everything from classic treatments such as massages and facials to more exotic treatments like the Sonoran Honey Body Polish and Cocoa Mole Energizing Wrap. Also be sure to check out their new summer scent, Dreamsicle, using local Queen Creek Olive Mill products, and stop by from 3 p.m.m to 7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday for Spa Happy Hour.
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 through September 30 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” through September 24. Or, experience all the delightful sounds from instruments around the world with interactive listening exhibitions at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, MIM.org, along with concerts at the MIM Music Theater.
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.