Phoenix is a beautiful city with a lot to offer tourists, travelers and locals. But going outside between the months of June and September can be brutally hot. Never fear! There are plenty of great attractions that you can visit while enjoying crisp cool air conditioning.
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 East Camelback
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Scottsdale is famous for several things and shopping is on the top of that list. When the local rich and famous go shopping this is where they want to be seen. All of the hip and trendy stores are here: 7 For All Mankind, Abercrombie & Fitch (kids too), Coach, Gucci, Juicy Couture, Prada, Barney’s New York, Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany & Co. plus even more. If you want to be in the most fashionable place in the whole valley you had better head over to Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 East Second Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1999 and since then they have dedicated themselves to exploring culture through contemporary visual art. They present the best contemporary art that has been shown in Chicago, LA and New York. The experience is high class while still offering a low budget ticket price ($7 adult $ 5 student) making it a perfect family destination. They have five galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden. They are always offering special events, lectures, tours and they have a variety of educational programs available for all ages.
Scottsdale Art Walk
If you are anywhere near Scottsdale on a Thursday evening you have to catch the Scottsdale Art Walk. From 7-9pm every Thursday dozens of galleries open their doors to the public and share their art. There is a plethora of styles from contemporary to Russian impressionism – there is bound to be something for every member of the family. Enjoy the beautiful area and casual atmosphere as you hop from one gallery to the next; you can have a nice dinner, take in a show at the local theater, check out the occasional concert, there is a trolley and horse-drawn carriage rides and so much more to take in. It is a 30 year tradition that is going strong.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West
12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Before leaving the Scottsdale area of the Phoenix Valley, head over to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. It is a memorial and tribute to one of the most popular American architects. It is tucked away in the foothills surrounded by gorgeous Sonoran desert. The building was built and designed by Wright and today is the home of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. There are several different guided tours, a Cabaret theater, seminars, a music pavilion, terraces, gardens and so many other beautiful features. The foundation also caters to the student, especially those interested in architecture. Always check ahead for special events to catch a guest speaker or an in-depth seminar.
Drive Apache Trail
There are several scenic views in the Phoenix area and you can see many of them if you drive the Apache Trail. You start about 25 miles East of Downtown and head towards Roosevelt Lake. You will come across the Goldfield Ghost Town, Dutchman State Park, the Canyon Lake Rec Area, Saguaro Lake, the Tonto National Monument and the Theodore Roosevelt Dam site. This trail has been officially deemed a Scenic Byway by the US Forestry Service. This is a great day trip for the whole family. Just make sure you have a car with great air conditioning.
2 Locations in the Valley
2301 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
32633 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Founded in 1929 by Dwight and Maie Heard, the Heard Museum dedicated to the richness of Native arts and culture. Through innovative programs the museum has been able to collaborate with Native populations around the country to make sure their voice is heard. The focus is on both the past and present contributors to Native art. There are multiple galleries along with a courtyards, the Billie Jean Baguley Library, an amphitheater and an auditorium. Check out their special events, they commonly have special exhibits, monthly deals and movies (every Monday they show a movie). The Heard museum is dedicated to education and family interaction and offer many hand-on opportunities for children and parents to learn about Native art and culture.
401 E Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
There is nothing more American than watching a baseball game with your family while eating a hot dog and enjoying a soda or beer. Whether or not you are a huge baseball fan you will love the experience of taking in a ball game at Chase Field. It is the first baseball field that combined a retractable room, natural turf and air conditioning. Even if it is over 100 degrees outside you can still enjoy a game because the stadium is nice and cool due to their state of the art air conditioning system. If you are not interested in catching a game Chase Field should still be a destination on your list. They commonly have trade shows, expos and concerts all of which have the benefit of air conditioning during a hot Phoenix summer. While there try Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill for a bite to eat.