Arizona August 23, 2015
8 Things You Must Do In Arizona On A Hot, Summer Day
No matter where in Arizona you live, you’re bound to experience hot days at some point during the summer. Don’t let that temperature get you down! Instead of spending your day cooped up in the house, here are some things you can do in the state to make the most of a hot day.
1. Escape to a cooler climate, like Flagstaff or Payson, for a day.
It hit a sweltering 80℉ in Flagstaff over the weekend, which was definitely cooler than Winslow, Kingman, or Page. So maybe spending some time among the pines and aspen would be a nice relief from the much hotter temperatures around the rest of the state.
2. Get a cold snack.
There’s so many options: ice cream, boba tea, frappe, raspados, Slush Puppies, Eegees, and Hawaiian shaved ice. Just try not to get a brain freeze.
3. Go to the movies.
If the newest releases don't appear entertaining enough, try one of the classic movie nights at your local theater, like the FilmBar in downtown Phoenix.
4. Take a dip in a local public swimming pool or swimming hole, like this one at Hermit Creek.
The canal is not an option.
5. Scout out a splash pad for the kids.
It’s a great alternative if you’re already out of the house or don’t have sprinklers.
6. If you’re up for a mini road trip, visit one of our state’s waterfalls.
The one pictured is at Tonto Natural Bridge. Even if you don’t go under any of the waterfalls, you can still feel the spray when nearby.
7. Or you can check out one of our state’s caves for a cool retreat from the heat.
Colossal Cave near Vail maintains a steady 70 degrees year round, while you will definitely need a coat to walk the 40-degree Lava River Cave near Flagstaff.
8. Eat a spicy meal, which induces sweating and forces you to drink more liquid.
Mexican food is an obvious option but try out Thai, Indian, or even Ethiopian food. Don’t let them skimp on the chilis!
What other activities do you like to do on a hot summer day?