Outdoor Activities You Can Do Even Through the Heat
While we may have another couple months of summer heat, it’s still possible to get out and enjoy the outdoors for at least a little while during the day. Here’s a list of some great activities that you can safely enjoy as long as you plan ahead. As always, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and drink plenty of water to protect your health.
Of course, the classic attractions are among the best for handling the Arizona heat. Whether you’re into an adrenaline-inducing water slide or floating down the “lazy river” is more your speed, you have options all over the Valley. Big Surf is America’s original water park, which boasts the third largest wave pool in the world. At 25 acres, Wet’ n’ Wild is Arizona’s largest water park, and has a wide range of attractions to cater to different temperaments.
Public Pools/Splash Pads
While heading out to the water parks often can get a little strenuous on the wallet, you and the kids can still find some water by heading to your closest public pool or splash pad. If there’s one thing Arizona’s got plenty of, it’s swimming pools. While hitting up your local parks and recreation department, you can check out exercise programs and activities that are specifically designed for the kids to keep them learning and cooled off all summer long. If you’re in Phoenix, you can find more info on the parks and rec programs by going to https://www.phoenix.gov/parks.
For more challenging water fun, head out to the most scenic water recreation spot in the Valley. Lake Pleasant Regional park gives you the chance to camp, boat, fish, swim and take in some of the natural wildlife in the area. If you’ve never tried it before, you can even sign up for beginner kayaking lessons! There’s also a calendar of events happening at Lake Pleasant throughout the season. For more info, go to http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/lake_pleasant.
The fun doesn’t stop even as the heat rolls through the Valley. If you take the proper precautions, you and your whole family can still enjoy the summer and hit the great outdoors.