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Resident couple floating the river near Cactus Forty-2 in Phoenix, Arizona



Beat the summer heat and boredom with cooling summer adventures. Here are Cactus Forty-2’s list of favorite Phoenix chill spots to swim, float, explore, and play.

The Lower Salt River

Tubing is a fun way to explore nature and an awesome opportunity to stay cool. The Lower Salt River near Mesa is the place to be for all-day floating adventures. Set up a car shuttle or rely on Salt River Tubing to take care of the details.

Rattlesnake Cove

Lake access? Check. Beautiful desert and mountain views? Yup. Plenty of room for you, your friends, and your water gear? You bet. Make plans to spend a day on the shores of Bartlett Reservoir at the secluded Rattlesnake Cove. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to swim, paddle, float, and grill.

Golfland Sunsplash

Head to Mesa for a full-on and all-in waterpark experience. Thrilling slides, a wave pool, and a water play area are your ticket to chill relaxation in the summer sun. When you’re finished relaxing, challenge your crew to a competition playing laser tag, racing go-karts, and playing mini-golf.

Enjoy the Ultimate Pool Party

From classy to campy and funky to wild, Phoenix offers every option for adult-style pool parties. Check out Scottsdale’s BLK Live for a blended recreation experience of art and delicious cuisine or Hotel Valley Ho’s oasis and enjoy the stylings of an Elvis look-alike and 50s inspired drink specials. Downtown, Lustre Rooftop Bar offers comfortable lounges to work on your tan as well as themed pool parties for a lively evening with friends.

Visit our blog and discover more tips on how to make summer fun and safe.