Phoenix may be heating up but that just means there’s plenty of great savings, less crowds and lots of ways to stay cool! Check out all the “cool” things to do this summer for a great desert staycation.

Stay Cool

With high temps, there’s nothing better to do than opt for a pool day. Families can enjoy Sunsplash, Big Surf and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor throughout the Valley, each full of splash-worthy slides, wave pools and lazy rivers. Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix North, Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix North-Happy Valley and Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix North Happy Valley are all offering summer packages that include tickets to Hurricane Harbor plus complimentary breakfast. For the youngest guests, Scottsdale Quarter’s splash pad is a favorite among locals and is situated in the center of high-end shopping and dining. A win-win for all. If boozy poolside fun is what you’re after, Scottsdale’s Maya Day + Nightclub offers a Vegas-style pool party scene with weekend pool parties and weekday night swims accompanied by live DJs. Everyone can enjoy Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak’s River Ranch Water Park. A main pool, kids’ pool, waterslides, lazy river, cabanas and more make this an ideal summer retreat for all. Rates start at just $184 per suite and include a $50 daily resort credit for even cooler fun.

Summer Experiences

Poolside isn’t the only place to be this summer. Locals can enjoy 20-percent off spa services at the Boulders Resort & Spa, a place where temperatures are generally 10-15 degrees cooler than the rest of the Valley due to its higher grounds. Keep things cool and elevated by experiencing a sunrise or sunset hot air balloon ride with Float Balloon Tours or Rainbow Ryders. Few winds and clear skies make summer a great time for the activity. On weekend evenings, book a Night Lights Tour at Taliesin West. Ideal for couples, the tour features Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert home lit aglow and offers a unique way to check out the former abode of the famous architect. Other night fun includes the Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tour, a fun, hands-on way for kids to explore. Offered weekly on Saturday nights, the all-ages event is a self-guided adventure to check out night blooming plants and animals. Explore even more indoors at Odysea Aquarium, home to more than 65 exhibits or at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, an interactive playground of education that’s open seven days a week throughout June and July. The Hampton Inn Phoenix Downtown is offering 25-percent Staycation Summer Savings and is just a short walk from the museum and other downtown fun like the Arizona Science Center and Cityscape.

Treat Yourself

A Phoenix icon, Sugar Bowl is the perfect sweet treat to curb those hot days, from floats and sodas to sundaes, shakes and more. The historic ice cream parlor was opened in the ‘50s and maintains its retro look and feel. It’s also conveniently located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale and has a pink exterior, making it a perfect photo opp. Keep things historic by checking into the Arizona Biltmore, who’s currently celebrating its 90th anniversary. A favored destination of Marilyn Monroe and other celebs of past years, the resort is offering guests of today complimentary valet parking plus plenty of summer activities. Icy fun continues at Polar Play Ice Bar. Sip cocktails in a winter wonderland amid ice games and ice sculptures. Enjoy a cool night out at Blind Dragon, an upscale Asian-inspired lounge and karaoke bar. Or transport yourself to the tropics at Undertow, an intimate underground lounge specializing in tiki cocktails.

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