While many see Tucson as a fantastic winter getaway (and rightfully so), the summer season offers some incredible values on lodging, dining and one-of-a-kind attractions found only in Southern Arizona. Here, three borderland cultures collide and make their presence felt in everything from the globally renowned food to the historic architecture.
Toss in an abundance of awesome water-related activities and a red-hot live local music scene, and discover a destination that can make a cool desert night spent here an unforgettable adventure for the entire family – even the young ones who have a full summer to occupy.
Resort fun in Tucson
Tucson has many resort options with family-friendly pricing, kids’ clubs, incredible views and everything one can ask for. Those with kids have numerous amenities available, from pools and waterslides to movies, casual dining, special events and more.
One way to immediately dive into Tucson’s Sonoran scene is to experience The Tucson 23: Mexican Food Festival held every Father’s Day weekend at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa. It’s a wonderful way to sample some of the very best south-of-the-border cuisine in the United States while celebrating Tucson’s Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food district.
At this all-ages festival, the resort offers a terrific assortment of exclusive staycation packages, food demos, education classes and menu samplings. It also has a lazy river where guests can kick back in an inner tube and drift along at leisure. Toss in a pair of frozen margaritas for the adults, and experience a “salted rim” holiday in America’s first UNESCO City of Gastronomy.
Credit: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort’s “Summer is So Rewarding” package includes on-property hiking trails and poolside telescope viewing. Rent a mountain bike at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa and see the Sonoran Desert on two wheels, while taking advantage of their “Play Your Way” summertime special. And that’s just a start, because wherever a visitor stays in Tucson, it will certainly be part of the memorable stories they’ll share with their friends long after the summer is over.
Summertime attractions in Tucson
Besides cooling down at local hotels and taking advantage of their seasonal rates, there’s plenty to do this summer in Southern Arizona.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is more than just a museum. It’s an introduction to the wonders of the Sonoran Desert – from hummingbirds and bighorn sheep, to saguaros and agave. It also has summer camps and activities for kids and night programs like Cool Summer Nights, which highlight the way local flora and fauna adapt to the seasons of the desert.
The Pima Air & Space Museum has an amazing collection of modern and vintage flying machines gathered in one place, displayed both indoors and out. Even better? The docents often worked on the planes they’re stationed by, creating once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to learn from our country’s aviation heroes.
Saguaro National Park / Credit: Visit Tucson
This is all just the tip-of-the-summertime saguaro in Tucson. There is something for everyone, but that something is incredibly varied and hails from a part of the world that will forever change the way you see your own. Tucson is an offbeat and unique place full of genuine, unpretentious experiences, and it’s waiting to be explored. Learn more at MyTucsonSummer.com.
Brought to you by Visit Tucson, (800) 638-8350, VisitTucson.org.