10 fun things to do this summer in Phoenix


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This year has been quite a journey with covid-19 and its put limits on what we can do. Last summer wasn’t a fun time with everything being closed and shut down leaving not many fun things to do. But here we are a year later with what seems to be a step into getting back to normal with covid vaccinations and many places open and ready for business.

Now if you need help with having a fun summer in sunny Phoenix, that’s what I’m here for. Summers in Phoenix can be brutal, but that certainly doesn’t mean the city isn’t worth a visit when June, July, and August roll around.

Phoenix is a great destination and has great things to offer you, your family, friends, and significant other, and of course, kids of all ages.

You will find many attractions in this warm city, like gardens, museums, zoos, amusement parks, theaters, and many others.

There are a lot of fun and friendly things to do and ways to stay cool for a fun vacation here in the summer so here’s a shortlist of 10 fun things to do this summer.

1.Go to an Arizona Diamondbacks home game

For all you sports fans this one is for you. Phoenix is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball team, which plays games throughout the summer. It’s always fun to head to a local baseball game and cheer on the home team. Many home games take place in the evenings when the temperatures cool down from 5, 6, or 7 pm. The best thing is it is an air-conditioned facility, so you don have to worry about the strong Arizona heat. Tickets usually range from $50 to $200 as the highest so it’s definitely an affordable event to attend Go with friends or family, have fun, eat some delicious concession stand food, take pictures, cheer on the team, and I guarantee you’ll have a good time.

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2. Go to a waterpark

If you’re looking for a splash this summer, waterparks are a great place to be in Phoenix in the summer, and there are some really fun ones here in the city. These include Hurricane Harbor Phoenix, Big Surf, Mesa Golfland, and SunSplash. Go to your nearest one with friends and family and enjoy a nice evening cooling off in the warm water.

3. Go to an ice cream shop

There’s literally nothing better than ice cream on a summer day in Phoenix, and there are some great ice cream and frozen yogurt shops around town. Some Arizona favorites include Zoyo, Cold Stone, Novel ice cream, Sweet Republic. Other top spots for some tasty dessert treats are Creamistry, MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain, Churn, Nami, and Melt. Each of these ice cream destinations has its own unique vibe and there are many delicious options for all so if you’re looking for a sweet snack, make sure to stop by at any of these places.

4.Go for a hike

Hiking in the summer in Phoenix may sound a bit crazy and not so fun, but it’s fun to get active in the outdoors here if you start in the early morning. And by early…be on the trail before the sun is up. Plan to go for a sunrise or sunset hike to beat the heat and enjoy a beautiful mountain top view of the valley. Camelback Mountain is one of our popular hiking destinations along with South Mountain, and Piewesta Peak. There are many trails to choose from whether you are looking for an intense or a simple hike. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore nature and get outdoors. Take your friends with you and don’t forget to stay hydrated.

5. Go to the Phoenix Art Museum

If you’re the artsy type, the Phoenix Art Museum is a must-go. This visual arts destination is located in downtown Phoenix and it is the largest art museum in the Southwest. You can explore over 19,000 works of art from the Americas, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and much more, as well as fashion design and photography. Other than its exhibits, the Phoenix Art Museum also holds educational programs, festivals, live performances, and much more. You can spend a quiet and peaceful time indoors at the Phoenix Art Museum as you view the many exhibits featuring art from all over the world and from different eras. You can also listen to lectures, watch an art film, attend an art workshop, and so on. It’s a great spot to go to so bring your friends and family and enjoy the work of art.

6. Castles & Coasters

While it’s not Six Flags, Castles & Coasters is a fun alternative for a good time at an amusement park. It’s located in the Phoenix metro area and features thrilling rides, bumper cars, an indoor video arcade, four outdoor 18-hole miniature golf courses, and of course fun food. This a great place to visit with friends or family and I guarantee you’ll have a good time.

7. Encanto Park

Nothing is better than having a good time at the park on a cool summer day. Encanto Park is one of the most popular and beautiful parks in Phoenix and it offers many recreational amenities, it’s almost like being in an amusement park. Encanto park features a sports complex, swimming pools, rental facilities, picnic areas, an 18-hole golf course, and lots more. Some of the most enjoyable and fun things to do in Phoenix, Arizona, happen at Encanto Park. Head to Encanto and have a wonderful time with your friends and family as you vacation at this park and enjoy a load of fun activities.

8. The Japanese Friendship Garden

I’m guessing by the name of this place you have an idea of where this is headed. The Japanese Friendship Garden also named Rohō-en in Japanese, is a beautiful garden oasis that features a tea house. It’s like traveling to Japan without having to fly across the world by visiting this beautiful garden. Here, you can take many lovely photos together and try out many activities. Such as Tai Chi classes, learning the Japanese art of Ikebana, flower arranging, learning the Nihongo language, participating in a Japanese tea ceremony, going on a guided tour, and so much more to choose from. This is a really unique spot so be sure to head there this summer.

9. Phoenix Zoo

If your a lover of animals head to the local zoo home to over 14,000 animals. Head to the zoo and get up close and personal with animals from various parts of the world. The Phoenix Zoo also features a farm, a carousel, a theater, live animal performances, and plenty more options to make the trip fun. Enjoy the outdoors this summer and take a stroll here at the zoo with friends and family.

10. Arizona Center

Located in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona Center is a great place to connect with friends and family. It features a  landscape, free WiFi, meeting spaces,  storefronts, a movie theater, and casual dining. You can spend the evening watching a movie and later stop by after for ice cream or other delicious food at Arizona Center. You could also just walk around and chat too as it’s an easy area to access.  It’s a fun hangout spot to have a good time so be sure to check it out.