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Old 06-16-2010, 12:48 PM
 
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Hi,

We will be coming to phoenix for a week at the end of June, (staying at the Hampton near San Tan shopping village, hope that is a safe area). This was an expected trip, so we did not have time to research the area as we would have liked to, so I am hoping some kind people here will be able to help.

Due to the age of some members of our party outdoor activities in the summer heat are not really an option. So I was hoping to hear of the wonderful indoor things Phoenix and all surrounding areas have to offer.

Thank you very much for your help,
Jill
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:27 PM
 
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San Tan Village is a totally safe area.

Indoor activities here are much like indoor activities in other cities. Shopping, museums of various types, (Heard Museum, Phx Art Museum, Arizona Science Center, the big and brand new (I haven't been there yet, have to get there-- Musical Instrument Museum), movies, etc.
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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You won't be far from Crosswoods Indoor Golf

crosswoods indoor golf - arizona indoor golf - arizona golf (http://www.crosswoodsgolf.com/sites/courses/layout9.asp?id=481&page=23863 - broken link)
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:02 PM
 
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I've been there and had a great time! (Art Museum, Science Center). It's nice down there. Plenty of water parks, not sure of your age group? There is always ice skating as well but yet again, age group. lol
For older people I would recommend doing what the natives do and just go out early in the morning and take a nap in the afternoon, then out again after the sun goes down. Then you can do anything you want.
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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You will think you have descended into the bowels of the fiery furnace. There are not many events planned in Phoenix during the summer months because . . . it is the bowels of the fiery furnace. You will wonder why all the streets look empty, even in the heart of downtown. You will not want to move around much either, especially if this is your first exposure to the fiery . . . I mean Phoenix in summer. There are some very nice places to eat. I highly recommend The Farm for a leisurely lunch. Great food, and a nice break from the desert.

A drive to Sedona is definitely a great idea (about an hour and a half). It can be typically at least ten to fifteen degrees cooler because of the elevation. You can park pretty close to most of the major natural features and they all have a very short easy walk to take some nice pictures among the red rock vistas. Seniors will love it. Lots of great places to eat in Sedona as well. If you drive a bit farther north (a two hour drive from Phoenix), Flagstaff is about 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix in the summer (typically in the 80's) Perhaps you can spend a day or two there in a cheap hotel and visit the Grand Canyon. Staying in Phoenix may seem a bit boring because of the heat. And, truthfully, most of the really great stuff to be seen is outdoors.

A scene from one of the hiking trails in Sedona (very Senior friendly):

http://stylepeterson.com/sedona/sedona-4.jpg (broken link)
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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San Tan Village is a totally safe area.

Indoor activities here are much like indoor activities in other cities. Shopping, museums of various types, (Heard Museum, Phx Art Museum, Arizona Science Center, the big and brand new (I haven't been there yet, have to get there-- Musical Instrument Museum), movies, etc.
I got a chance to visit the MIM this past week, and it's a great experience, lots of very old musical instruments and such.
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:48 AM
 
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I got a chance to visit the MIM this past week, and it's a great experience, lots of very old musical instruments and such.
Thanks for the review. I've heard a lot about it, have to get over there soon!
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Anchored in Phoenix
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If members of your party are healthy for swimming, how about Indoor fitness swimming early in the morning - a good brisk swim. Breakfast at Mimi's Cafe (Eggs Benedict) and an iPad to read your favorite news. Then around 1pm spend three hours in a Mall. Arizona Mills perhaps. then go to the movies (same mall). When you're out go to a good restaurant. You will be cool all morning from the swim. The indoor pools such as at Lifetime are in air-conditioned rooms and the water is cool enough for lap swimmers. Your skin is dry enough out of the pool for a few hours to be comfortable in the morning. I
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Mesa, AZ
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If members of your party are healthy for swimming, how about Indoor fitness swimming early in the morning - a good brisk swim. Breakfast at Mimi's Cafe (Eggs Benedict) and an iPad to read your favorite news. Then around 1pm spend three hours in a Mall. Arizona Mills perhaps. then go to the movies (same mall). When you're out go to a good restaurant. You will be cool all morning from the swim. The indoor pools such as at Lifetime are in air-conditioned rooms and the water is cool enough for lap swimmers. Your skin is dry enough out of the pool for a few hours to be comfortable in the morning. I
Howard, I read some of your posts and think we are the same person. I would probably choose Chandler mall over Arizona Mills, but everything else sounds great for a summer day.

...sent from my iPad
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:54 AM
 
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Actually, there's the new aquarium now at Arizona Mills. Something else to see!
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