Great Ways To Stay Cool and Local this Summer in Tucson

This Article was written by LFA Outreach Intern, Jack Healy. It is scorching here in Tucson, but there are still great ways to stay cool while leaving the comfort of your home!

Check out Tucson's Night Life

The desert gets cold at night, here are some great things to do around Tucson in the evenings.

Second Saturdays Downtown TucsonSecond Saturdays Downtown

The second Saturday of every month, the city is transformed into a vibrant social hotspot where you can find live music, great local foods, and unique shopping. The Downtown Tucson Partnership helps organize events and the merchants get involved with the fun as well.

Summer Nights Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Museum "Cool Summer Nights"

“Cool Summer Nights” hosted by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a great place to watch those great Tucson sunsets, then check out the stars and see some nocturnal desert wildlife! Great for the whole family to enjoy Saturdays all summer long.


Treat Yourself to Something Sweet

After a great night out at Second Saturday or the Desert Museum, find yourself the cool local confection you deserve.

Hub Ice Cream

Hub Ice Cream 

Hub Restaurant and Creamery is one of Tucson's favorite places to grab a great cup of ice cream. Located right downtown, it is a must have after roaming around Second Saturday.

Cafe a la C'Art

Cafe a la C'Art

Retreat to the shade of this hidden gem in Downtown Tucson. Cafe a la C'Art is located right next to the Tucson Museum of Art and the dish up some of the best desserts in town. Need a caterer? They're great for that too.

Not A Night Owl? Stay Comfortable Indoors

Just because it’s hot doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time during the day. There are great indoor activities in Tucson that you might not know about.


Museums and Galleries

Museums and galleries are a great way to get to know Tucson's history and culture. Philabaum Glass Gallery and Studio is a cool place where you can watch the process come together, as well as checking out finished products around the studio. Have kids? Check out the Tucson Children's Museum. Check out more local museums and galleries in our directory.

Road HouseMovie Theaters 

Tucson has great local theaters like The Loft Cinema, Fox Theatre, and Road House Cinemas, where you can lay back in a lounge chair, and order some quality food and drinks without having to leave your seat. 

Get Outside

Yep, you read that right. Sometimes you just need to experience the outdoors, and Arizona has some great cool summer retreats.

Aspen Draw August 2013

Mount Lemmon

Mt. Lemmon is one of Tucson's highlights. Temperatures can drop up to thirty degrees and you are less than an hour from downtown! Whether it’s hanging out at Rose Canyon Lake, going for a hike, or checking out local shops in Summerhaven, Mt. Lemmon has something for everyone.

Northern ArizonaNorthern Arizona 

If all else fails, another great part about Arizona is that cool temperatures  can be found further north. Go check out Flagstaff, Prescott, or Cottonwood for a mini weekend vacation and check out the local hotels, restaurants, wineries, and activities in our Business Directory. Explore your state!