11 Ways to Cool Off During Arizona's Scorching Summers

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Games made from ice at Polar Play Ice Bar
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Polar Play Ice Bar
Chill out at this ice wonderland. Don a coat and gloves (provided) and head into the ice room, which is filled with games made of ice (cornhole, shuffle board), other games like giant Jenga and horseshoes, cotton snowballs and a bar. Family-friendly during the day; 21-and-up on Friday and Saturday nights. 
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Wet N Wild Waterpark
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Wet ’N’ Wild
The largest theme park in the state, set on 35 acres in North Phoenix, includes two of the top slides in the nation, Maximum Velocity and the Constrictor. There’s also a wave pool, lazy river, and an area designed to provide fun for younger kids. 
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The pool at Hotel Valley Ho
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Resort Pass
Explore pools, spas and fitness centers at various resorts and hotels around the Valley with Resort Pass, an online booking platform that allows access to the amenities of the top resorts in Arizona (and other states too!) without having to book an overnight stay.
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Person indoor skydiving in a wind tunnel at iFly
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iFly
Feel the wind rushing by as you experience the feeling of freefall while floating on a cushion of air during an indoor “skydive.” The experience includes flight training to learn the proper body position and an instructor in the chamber with you. 
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People in a pool in the outfield of a baseball game
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Ram Trucks Pool
Combine two of summer’s key elements—baseball and pool time—by renting the RAM Trucks Pool suite in right-center field at Chase Field, home of the MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks. The suite includes a pool, spa, changing rooms, shower facilities, restrooms and lifeguard attendants.
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Big Surf
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Big Surf
Swim the waves—or rent a raft, boogie board or surfboard—at America’s original wave pool, and then make time for a park full of water slides. A kids’ area provides fun for the little ones. Surfing and boogie board sessions are offered daily.    
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A variety of games in an arcade setting at Dave & Buster's
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Dave & Buster's
Spend a day or evening playing games on the “Million Dollar Midway,” an arcade area filled with video games, interactive games and simulators. There’s also billiards, bowling and a restaurant/sports bar at this entertainment destination.
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Kids playing in water at the splash pad at Scottsdale Quarter
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Splash Pads
Splish and splash at one of the many splash pads across the Valley, such as this one at Scottsdale Quarter. Desert Ridge Marketplace, Tempe Marketplace, Westgate Entertainment Center and SanTan Village are all other shopping destinations that also offer retail and dining options as well as splash pads.  
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A dining table in the wine cellar at The Hermosa Inn
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The Subterranean Wine Cellar at The Hermosa Inn
The only subterranean wine cellar in the Phoenix area is located at The Hermosa Inn. Book the cool room (it’s kept at 57 degrees) and a special tasting menu this summer on Thurs.-Sun. evenings for parties of 2-8 people. A 7-day advance notice is required. 
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Kids playing glow-in-the-dark miniature golf at Glow Putt
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Glow Putt
Play 18 holes of miniature golf in the air-conditioned darkness, with a glow-in-the-dark course and golf balls that glow (they can be recharged at one of the custom-made chargers located throughout the course). The jungle-safari themed course is illuminated with special UV lighting. 
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Kids ice skating
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Ice Rinks
Both Ice Den locations—Scottsdale and Chandler—offer public skate times. Both locations also offer an all-ages Friday night skate party, with a live DJ and disco lighting. At AZ Ice, which has locations in Arcadia, Gilbert and Peoria, enjoy a free skating lesson at specified times.   
By Michelle Glicksman

Temps may soar in the Valley of the Sun during summer, but there’s plenty of cool fun to be had. From an ice bar and water parks to subterranean wine cellars and splash pads, find your chill zone.