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Patagonia Lake Bridge from waterSo, What Fun things are there to do in Tucson when it is Hot Hot in the Summer? Read on.
Summer is here. The thermometer says so. The snowbirds have left for cooler regions, shops have closed up for the off season or downsized, and we who live here year 'round search for entertaining things to do, especially with the kids, that won't result in heat stroke.
Here is a list of fun things you and your family can do to cool off or stay cool. No surprise that most involve water, air conditioning, or higher elevation.

1. Museums

They offer much to learn and appreciate about our art, history, and cultural heritage. And it's cool in there. Tucson & the rest of Baja Arizona have many excellent museums. See our Museum page for ideas.

2. Sabino Canyon

Cool off in Sabino Creek. Hike in the early morning or late afternoon. There are several interesting trails here for hikers of all abilities. See the map at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center also has many fine exhibits about the Canyon.
Note: the creek may not have much water in it during our dry summer months. But come the monsoons, the water will rise. Just be cautious of heavy rains in the mountains above and the resulting possibility of flash floods. Very dangerous!
Get an introduction to this natural treasure from our original video here. No restaurant at Sabino Canyon. Bring lots of water and a picnic. Read More

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