The Arizona summer is in full swing and with that comes extreme temperatures! Check out these tips from VYP Board Members Amy Scoville-Weaver and Lindsay Moellenberndt on ways you can beat the heat and stay cool this summer:

Amy Scoville-Weaver, The Sustainability Consortium

  • Use the Maricopa County Culture Pass system to visit fantastic local museums FOR FREE, like the Heard Museum! You can access these at any library within the country and the ASU university libraries.
  • Discover some hidden botanical and riparian environments! Examples include the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert or the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix
  • Take a class at the Phoenix Center for the Arts
  • Go lakeside – access any number of the many lakes within an hour of the Phoenix area. Get there early and don’t litter 😊

Lindsay Moellenberndt, Fennemore

  • Go out for ice cream or frozen yogurt. We have so many great local establishments throughout the Valley. The local scoop on top ice cream spots in Phoenix: Ice Cream In Phoenix | Best Places for Desserts & Treats (
  • Go to the air-conditioned movie theatre and see a newly released movie. AMC Dine-in theatres Savings & Special Offers: Offers and Promotions ( Harkins Movie Theatre Special Events:  Harkins Theatres | Event and Series
  • Start your day a little earlier. In summer I adjust my schedule and take my dog for a walk as the sun is just starting to come up and when the temperatures range in the 70s-80s.
  • Head north for the weekend. Many Phoenicians have second homes or like to do long weekend getaways in Northern Arizona. My family and I have a cabin in Show Low, Arizona and it’s an easy 2.5 hour drive to significantly cooler weather where we can enjoy outdoor activities and the small town community offerings such as visiting the Saturday morning farmers market.


Posted by Annelise Patterson