Places to Cool Down for the Summer Around Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix. Between the Sonoran Desert, low mountain ranges and rapid growth, this southwestern city only gets more exciting with every year. Between an increasingly young and diverse population and breathtaking landscapes, there’s something for everyone here in the Valley of the Sun. So whether you’re a visiting tourist, returning to see friends and family, or a curious local, read on for our favorite places to beat the summer heat here around Phoenix, and get ready to explore
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
One of Phoenix’s and Arizona’s premier attractions for the summertime, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor boasts a number of innovative and exciting rides, slides, and experiences all in one location. Here, visitors can float down the adventure river, race on the Bahama Blaster, tackle the Big Kahuna with the whole family, unwind in Hurricane Bay or Paradise Island, and enjoy spinning around on the Typhoon Twister and Tornado. In fact, these rides are only the start of the fun here at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Read more on the park website to see just how far the fun goes here at this end of Phoenix.
Brave the waters around the Valley of the Sun this summer, and beat the heat with a challenging but highly rewarding trip whitewater rafting. With your family or trusted crew, visitors can elect a number of beginner-friendly and highly challenging courses here around the Phoenix to brave—a great daytime activity for all visitors to the Phoenix area. We recommend the casual tours on the lower Salt River for photo opportunities galore.
For travelers that wish to see Phoenix and Arizona on the water but are more interested in doing so while relaxing, tubing is a great option to consider. With a number of tubing rentals around the valley, this is a great alternative to the intense hustle of rafting, and also provides for beautiful views and a more gentle experience. In addition to big, comfy rafts, visitors can also rent kayaks, canoes, and paddle boarding kits for more variety in how they want to tour the waters around Phoenix, all each a great experience.
Paqua Park Obstacle Course
Test your skills on an obstacle course much like those of Wipeout and Ninja Warrior, at the Paqua Park Obstacle Course. Whether with daunting climbs, balancing challenges, daring jumps, and slippery footpaths, the Paqua Park Obstacle Course will provide fun, challenge and refreshment for all this summer. This makes for a fun and amusing photo opportunity, as well as a great outlet for those more competitive visitors to Phoenix.
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