It’s no secret that the San Tan Valley is one of the best places to live in Arizona, with a thriving job market, excellent schools, and beautiful neighborhoods. Scottsdale also offers abundant sunshine, perfect for enjoying your backyard pool or one of the many impressive splash pads in the area. When you’re looking to beat the heat by cooling off inside or in the water, there are also plenty of places to visit in Scottsdale. Check out of list of things to do to beat the heat in San Tan Valley and Scottsdale this summer for some fun ideas.
Wonderspaces is an indoor, interactive art display with 15 captivating exhibits that change frequently. It is based on the idea that art is for everyone, allowing visitors to experience the exhibits through sight, touch, sound, movement, and even virtual reality. The experiences is family friendly and kids under age 3 get free admission, but it also makes for an unforgettable date night with a full bar on site.
Musical Instrument Museum
Scottsdale is home to the world’s only musical instrument museum. Through both high tech headphones and multi media displays, Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) allows guests to immerse themselves in musical traditions from around the globe. There are even many hands on exhibits where you can play some of the unique instruments. Consider staying for one of their live concerts in the acoustically impressive 300-seat theater.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Located in a creatively renovated movie theater, Scottsdale Museums of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is an educational museum dedicated to contemporary art, architecture, and design. Enjoy a fascinating array of exhibits as well as a full calendar of special events. Children under the age of 18, first responders, and healthcare workers are all offered free admission from the museum.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is a Smithsonian affiliate that allows guests to immerse themselves in what it was like to like in Arizona during the Wild Wild West. Imagine what it would have been like to be an Arizonian cowboy by walking through 43,000 square feet of exhibitions. Attend a special event or stop by any day to enjoy the engaging and educational displays.
You’ve probably heard of a drive-in movie, but what about a dive-in movie? Scottsdale offers the perfect climate for this fun evening activity. A massive screen is set up near a pool, where you can float around and stay cool while enjoying a favorite film. Many Scottsdale resorts host dive-in movies, where you can attend either as an overnight guest or simply by purchasing a guest pass, including:
- Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, hosting dive-in movies every Friday and Saturday all summer long. Check out their schedule to get your favorite movie on the calendar.
- The Phoenician, a gorgeous luxury hotel that will kick family movie night up a few notches.
Great Wolf Lodge
If you love playing in the water, but you are ready to get out of the sun, a visit to Great Wolf Lodge is exactly what you need. Great Wolf Lodge is Arizona’s only indoor waterpark, and they keep it at a comfortable 82 degrees all year round. Consider booking a staycation by staying in their awesome resort for a few nights, or just stop by for a thrilling and refreshing day in the water. In addition to the massive indoor water park, Great Wolf Lodge has a mini-golf course, arcade, and 8 dining options all under the same roof, so you will truly find something for everyone to enjoy.
For more information on real estate in San Tan Valley please contact me anytime. I love this area and even though it gets toasty warm, we love it! There are warmer months than others but overall, we get used to it and just love the heat!
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