If you know anything about Arizona, it is probably that we experience some pretty hot summers. The temperatures climb throughout the season, but don’t let that scare you away from an incredible time in the Phoenix Valley! The early summer season is a great time to visit, as you can avoid the late summer heat. A variety of indoor and outdoor activities will be available at the start of summer, giving you plenty of options for an incredible time. Check out our favorite early-summer activities here in Scottsdale:

Visit the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Scottsdale and the rest of the Phoenix Valley are surrounded by beautiful desert landscape, and this is on full display at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This nearby preserve boasts over 30,000 acres of land and is the biggest urban preserve in the country. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is where you can find beautiful desert flora that will be blooming during the early summer months. There is over 225 miles of shared-use hiking trails that are accessed from 11 different trailheads. Hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders all share the trail.

Explore Local Museums

If you do want to beat the heat, look no further than a local museum to pass the time. You will find incredible exhibits inside local museums such as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Take a look at some incredible artwork created by world-renowned artists. Exhibits are always rotating with the seasons, giving you something new to see for every visit. If you are a music lover, the Scottsdale Musical Instrument Museum, or MIM, cannot be passed up. The MIM has been rated as the top attraction in Phoenix and is one of the top 15 museums in the country. You will see incredible and historical instruments from every continent in the world. Learn about how all styles of music were originated and who helped start them. The MIM also features monthly performances and concerts in the performance hall. You can easily spend hours in these fascinating museums!

Visit the Desert Botanical Garden

Another great outdoor attraction that you need to see before the later summer season is the Desert Botanical Garden. This Phoenix attraction features thousands of species of flora native to Arizona. Five paved trails will take you around the unique vegetation along with large scale artwork. During the summer you can enjoy Flashlight Nights, where you explore the trails at night with a flashlight. Music in the Garden is a summer concert series where local musicians play to the beautiful backdrop. Gertrude’s is the garden’s local restaurant that features seasonal cuisine for lunch and dinner.

Explore Old Town

The heart of Scottsdale can be found in Historic Old Town, the city’s downtown neighborhood that features many locally owned businesses and restaurants. Local art galleries feature many artists with incredible works on display. Arizona wineries offer tasting rooms where you can try a flight of their handcrafted wines before purchasing a bottle. The nightlife in Old Town is some of the liveliest in all of Arizona. Enjoy the various bars and clubs where you can find live music and drink specials every night of the week. JoyRidesAZ offers thrilling guided tours on golf carts all throughout Old Town.


You will find that Scottsdale is one of the country’s top golfing destinations year after year. There are over 330 days of sunshine in Scottsdale, meaning you will never have a bad day out on the fairway. Scottsdale features a variety of golf courses and resorts where you can find 18-hole courses. Most of the local golf courses feature clubhouses with fine dining and services. Take advantage of the early summer, when the temperatures are fantastic. Golfing for the whole family can also be achieved by visiting TopGolf in Scottsdale. This popular attraction features a three-story venue where you can play exciting games while you practice your swings. The onsite restaurant and bar whips up delicious food and drink. Individuals of all ages will have a blast!

Relax by the Pool

You will find that most of our luxury vacation rentals during the summer season offer swimming pools for you to enjoy. Relax during your early summer stay by laying out by the pool or swimming around. You will properties that offer spacious pool decks that include comfortable patio furniture and outdoor BBQ grills. The early summer season is the perfect time to enjoy your time outdoors!

Prepare for Your Stay in Scottsdale

As you can see, there are plenty of exciting activities waiting for you in Scottsdale. The early summer season is just around the corner, so do not wait any longer to prepare for your stay. Book one of our popular rentals with luxury amenities such as swimming pools before they are all gone!