Ways to cool off this summer in Scottsdale

With temperatures well into the triple digits, Scottsdale has lots of ways to stay cool this summer.

McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center

Swim under the stars at Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center, 15525 N. Thompson Peak Parkway.

The pool will open later than usual, from 5 to 9 p.m. July 17 and 25. Swimmers can take a trip around the lazy river, hang out at a beach-entry play pool or go down the slide. Admission for Scottsdale residents is $4 for children, $6 for adults.

Details: 480-312-6677.

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Local museums

Stay cool and explore local cultures through Scottsdale’s high end (and thankfully air-conditioned) museums, which include Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. The Musical Instrument Museum, which is in Phoenix, is also close by.

Details: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N Marshall Way.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St.

Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard.

TopGolf at Riverwalk

*Practice your golf swing at TopGolf at Riverwalk, an outdoor shaded entertainment venue with climate-controlled bays.

Participants score points by teeing off micro-chipped golf balls into lit-up targets in the outfield. TopGolf also have a full-service restaurant and bar. Details: 9500 E Indian Bend Road, 480-240-2402.

Scottsdale resorts

Relax at one of Scottsdale’s resorts, which advertise prices up to 60 percent off peak-season rates.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale has rates starting at $179 per night, with events such as an ice cream social “Sundaes on Sunday” and dive-in movies at the pool on Saturdays.

Local residents can take advantage of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ Happy Pass, which allows unlimited access to the spa facility for the entire day. Amenities include fitness classes, saunas, steam and aromatherapy rooms, Swiss showers, hot and cold plunge pools, waterfall treatment pool, private rooftop pool and lounges.

Details: fourseasons.com/scottsdale and fairmont.com/scottsdale.

Local bars and breweries

Cool off with a beer at one of the city’s local bars and breweries, including Sip Coffee Beer House, Craft 64, Fate Brewing Company and Four Peaks Grill Tap.

Newer brewpubs include Scottsdale Beer Co., at 8608 E. Shea Blvd., and Two Brothers Tap House Brewery, 4321 N. Scottsdale Road.

Article source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2015/07/14/ways-to-cool-off-in-scottsdale-this-summer/30148475/