It’s no secret that for three months out of the year, Phoenix is hot. With temperatures sometimes reaching as high as 118 degrees, it can be easy to hermit indoors. As a city with endless activities and attractions, there’s no reason to miss out on anything just because the temperatures are rising. In fact, we’ve gathered 9 things to do when it’s hot in Phoenix so that you don’t get the AC blues.

  1. Go to the Movies

This might seem like a no-brainer, but Phoenix movie theaters have taken an average trip to the theater to the next level. There are now movie theaters that serve more than just snacks and soda. RoadHouse Cinemas features all the newest movies with a restaurant-like dining experience. In the comfort of a leather recliner, guests are greeting by a server ready to dish out craft cocktails, gourmet popcorn, and delicious eats. There’s no shortage of luxury in this theater – and of course, it’s air conditioned!

  1. Explore Ice Cream Shops

What’s better than a scoop of ice cream on a hot day? Not much! There are many ice cream shops in Phoenix that offer delectable treats to cool you down. One of these is Fatty Daddy’s in Scottsdale. Their homemade ice creams feature creative flavors like fruity pebbles and malted milk ball. The small establishment is on the northwest corner of Miller and McDowell Roads, and if you’re not careful, you’ll drive right past. Don’t miss out on the Cookie Cup, where they pile one or two ice cream flavors, a fresh macaron and top it off while a fluffy toasted marshmallow!

  1. Cool Down with a Craft Brew

There are quite a few local breweries in the Phoenix area. Mesa boasts Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co., where a variety of craft beers and delicious eats are featured. Be sure to try the green chili pulled pork sliders paired with one of their seasonal stouts!

Four Peaks Brewing Company is likely one of the most renowned Brewery in Arizona, if not the entire southwest. Their brews are often found on shelves at the grocery store, but it’s worth a trip to their home base in Tempe. Aside from their craft beers, it’s also worth a visit for their food. Known for having the best chicken tenders in Phoenix, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the classics.

  1. Check out Top Golf

While Top Golf isn’t an indoor activity, the set up allows for year-round playing. Guests are given individual booths to swing in. Each booth is equipped with fans and misters to keep you cool. A server will come by to take orders for refreshing drinks and delicious eats, like their chicken and waffles sliders. Top Golf is a fun activity for those who’ve never swung a club or for avid golfers, because it brings a new spin to the classic driving range. There are currently two Phoenix area locations, one in Scottsdale and one in Gilbert, but there is a new Glendale location coming soon!

  1. Go House Hunting

If you’re ready to spend your weekend on the home search, the summer months are the best time to buy a house in Phoenix. This is because the off-season temperatures make for a buyers’ market. Home prices go down because demand is lower than during the high season. Another perk of searching for homes for sale in Phoenix during the summer is that they are likely air conditioned! Contact me today to check out open houses or listing near you.

  1. Catch a Diamondbacks Game

Baseball season is in full swing during the summer. In Phoenix, the Chase Field is a perfect spot to catch a Diamondbacks game. While on cooler nights the stadium roof might be open, most of the time, the roof is closed and the AC is blasting. This makes for a very comfortable baseball viewing experience, year-round. Go D-backs!

  1. Take a Dip at the Waterpark

There are two well-known water parks in Phoenix; Wet N’ Wild and Big Surf. Each are open during the hot summer months for families to enjoy an escape from the everyday boredom summer can bring. Tickets aren’t all that expensive for either park and both offer cheaper options if you buy ahead of time online. It’s also a good idea to check out Groupon for fun kid’s activities and deals on Phoenix water parks and other attractions.

  1. Spoil Yourself at the Mall or the Spa

Shopping in Phoenix is one of the area’s number one attractions, and for good reason. There are many luxury shops, outlet malls and indoor shopping complexes that allow for great splurging year-round. There’s no better time to treat yourself than on a hot summer day. Scottsdale Fashion Square is a massive indoor shopping mall fit with luxury brands and popular department stores. Take a walk around the air conditioned complex and even catch a movie at the Harkins Camelview..

As much as Phoenix is renowned for its prime shopping, the same can be said for the day spas in the area. Whether you’re looking to get a quick manicure or spend a full day indulging yourself, the Joya Spa at the Omni Scottsdale Resort is a great place to go. There are options for salon services, where professional technicians can spice up your hair and nails. For a full day experience, they offer different specials and packages that combine a variety of services and amenities available.

  1. Travel North

While Phoenix has plenty to offer its residents, we understand that sometimes it’s just too hot to be outside here. Another of the many great reasons to live in Phoenix is the opportunity to travel just a few hours north to one of the many mountain towns. Just a 1.5-hour drive northeast is the town of Payson. Nestled into the Tonto National Forest, a visit to this city allows for a scenic break from the desert heat. Just a 2-hour drive straight north sits the well-known city of Sedona. Here, the desert is at its finest. Known as “Red Rock Country,” the rock formations that decorate this area, are something people travel days to see (plus it’s up to 30 degrees cooler at night).

Phoenix is hot; that’s no secret. Unless you escape the air-conditioned safety of you home, you’ll never experience all the year-round wonders the city holds! The heat only last for a about three months, and from there, it’s the ultimate paradise.