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Staying Cool in Phoenix

By Viator, June 2014

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While a worthwhile destination with much to see and experience, there’s no denying Phoenix can get unbearably hot. In the summer, temperatures often reach into the low 100s Fahrenheit (high 30s Celsius), with the average yearly high temperature being 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celcius). To help you beat the heat, here are some suggestions for staying cool in Phoenix.

Rent a jet ski at Lake Pleasant

Renting a jet ski at Lake Pleasant is a great way to stay cool in Phoenix. Lake Pleasant is a 10,000-acre (4,045-hectare) clear water lake known for its Sonoran Desert setting and secluded coves. As your jet ski zooms across the glassy waters at speeds up to 70 mph (112 kph), the wind blows against your body while refreshing splashes of water cool you down. It’s the perfect mix of adventure and scenic rejuvenation on a hot day.

Visit the SEA LIFE Aquarium Arizona

When it gets too hot to be outdoors, head inside and explore the SEA LIFE Aquarium Arizona. This air-conditioned attraction is home to over 5,000 animals, some of which include sharks, rays, sea horses, starfish, octopi, sea turtles and tropical fish. Displays at the aquarium are designed to look like the animals’ natural habitats, so you’ll get an idea of what it would really look like to see them in the wild. Along with viewing marine animals, SEA LIFE Aquarium Arizona puts on educational talks, events, live feedings (including sharks!) and even a touch pool where you can feel sea quirts, starfish and crabs. Visiting the attraction is a great way to cool down in Phoenix, and is especially worthwhile for families.

Take an aerial and/or bus tour of the Grand Canyon


One of the best things about visiting Phoenix is it’s accessibility to the Grand Canyon. While hiking through the Grand Canyon can get extremely hot in the summer, you can enjoy the natural attraction’s beauty via an aerial or bus tour from Phoenix. A Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Tour from Phoenix is a smart option that provides a range of cool experiences. After being picked up in an air conditioned luxury van from your hotel, you’ll enjoy a scenic drive to Sedona before continuing on through Oak Creek Canyon, touted as one of the country’s most scenic drives. At the Grand Canyon South Rim, you’ll board a helicopter for a 50-minute flight awarding aerial views of the natural wonder. This allows you to take in the Grand Canyon from a vantage point not many get to experience. Back on the ground you’ll also drive around a section of road that features those iconic Grand Canyon viewpoints you see in postcards. During your free time at the canyon you can choose to do some hiking, or stay cool by shopping or having lunch. On the way home, scenic drives through the Navajo Nation and Painted Desert keep you cool while allowing you to enjoy the landscape.

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Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Tour From Phoenix

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 84 Reviews

Take a day trip from Phoenix to explore the legendary Grand Canyon by helicopter! Your guided tour will take you through the Red Rocks of Sedona and on a ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $389.99

Jet Ski Rental at Lake Pleasant

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

When the temperatures in Phoenix rise, there’s no better way to escape the heat than zooming around a lake on a Jet Ski. On Lake Pleasant in the Phoenix area, ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: Varies

From USD $221.59

SEA LIFE Aquarium Arizona

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Phoenix is hot, so cool off at SEA LIFE Aquarium Arizona, where you’ll dive in and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: Flexible

From USD $19.59

Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix Water Park Admission

Immerse yourself in a day of fun at Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix, Arizona's largest water park. Enjoy more than 30 rides and attractions for all ages, including both ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $39.99
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