Don’t let the heat slow down your kids this summer. Tucson has plenty of activities to keep them busy and having fun.
Summer Golf Camps
Check out Tucson’s First Tee program for kids’ summer golf camps. Sessions are held in the mornings for youth ages 7 to 17 and are a great way for participants to learn the game or improve their skills.
Resort Water Slides & Pools
Several Tucson hotels and resorts have incredible summer deals where Arizonans can enjoy high-end experiences at a fraction of the cost paid by winter guests. Resort pools, water slides and lazy rivers are a great way for kids to beat the heat.
Go to www.GetWetInTucson.com to check out summer stay-and-play deals. You will find family sing-alongs, poolside DJs, beach parties and “dive-in” movies among the offerings.
Oro Valley Aquatic Center
This world-class facility hosts everything from national swimming competitions to kids’ birthday parties. The Oro Valley Aquatic Center features a 130-foot water slide, interactive and shaded splash pad, 50-meter competition pool, and an adjoining park.
Visit www.orovalley.gov/aquatics for details.
Tucsonans escape the summer heat at nearby Mt. Lemmon and the community of Summerhaven. Summerhaven sits at an elevation of 8,200 feet, approximately 1,000 feet below the summit. Summer temperatures are often 30 degrees cooler than in Tucson, which makes camping, hiking, fishing, cycling and rock-climbing popular activities. Mt. Lemmon is approximately 29 miles north of Tucson and features the University of Arizona’s Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter.
In Oracle, approximately 20 miles north of Tucson, is one of the world’s most-renowned research facilities—Biosphere 2. Operated by the University of Arizona’s Science Department, Biosphere 2 offers 75-minute guided tours, plus there is plenty for kids to see after the tour, including the 700,000-gallon mini Gulf of California.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is ranked by TripAdvisor as one of the nation’s top 10 museums, as well as Tucson’s top attraction. Museum Explorers camps are offered in June and July for kids. Additionally, the museum will stage its very popular “Cool Summer Nights” program on Saturdays from May 30-Aug. 29, where kids will enjoy watching the museum’s many nocturnal animals come to life.
Learn more at www.desertmuseum.org.
Reid Park Zoo
Children of all ages love meeting Nandi the baby elephant at Reid Park Zoo, along with hundreds of other exotic and indigenous animals. Enjoy the Kenya Get Wet interactive wet play area and the Wild Ideas exhibit, which features hands-on exhibits, contact animals, games and crafts.
Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food
Yes, Tucson’s “Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food” are a treat during any time of the year, but families should make it a point this summer to enjoy authentic regional cuisine served by many locally-owned and operated Mexican restaurants.
Sonoran hot dogs, tacos, tamales and churros are just some of the offerings favored by kids and their parents. For a comprehensive list of restaurants, please visit: www.best23milesofmexicanfood.com.
So get out with your family this summer to explore what makes Tucson such a great place to live and visit.