If you’ve never been to Tucson in the summertime before, then you may be wondering what you should expect. Tucson, of course, is known for reaching extremely high temperatures during the summer months. However, don’t assume that you’ll be stuck indoors all summer long. It’s still possible to get the most out of your trip to Tucson, even if you’re visiting at the peak of summer. Here are some important tips for enjoying Tucson during the hottest time of the year:

Stay hydrated.

It’s all too easy to become dehydrated when the temperatures are soaring above 100 degrees Fahrenheit on a daily basis. That’s why it’s important to bring a water bottle with you wherever you go and drink as often as possible. It’s also a good idea to bring salty snacks along with you, such as peanuts or chips. Eating fruit such as apples and bananas will also help you stay hydrated all day long.

Minimize outdoor time.

Whenever possible, try to avoid being outside during the hottest times of the day. In Arizona, this tends to be in the middle of the afternoon. If you need to drive, make sure you’re wearing sunglasses and are running your car’s air conditioning. If you’re walking outdoors, drink water frequently and rest as often as you can. Also, try to walk in shady areas wherever you can find them. Make sure that you’re appropriately dressed for Arizona weather: light-colored, loose-fitting clothing is best.

Keep the sun off.

If you have to be outside for longer than a few minutes, make sure that you’re wearing a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun out of your face. Sunglasses are also a good idea for protecting your eyes from glare. You should also keep a small portable bottle of sunscreen, which you should be sure to apply liberally to your skin throughout the day. If you’re careful about sun exposure, then you’ll be less likely to suffer sunburn during your trip to Tucson.

You might also be wondering what exactly there is to do in Tucson during the summer. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

Anyone who has an interest in science should be sure to visit Tucson’s famous planetarium, located on the University of Arizona campus. Flandrau is home to interactive exhibits, a mineral collection, laser light shows, and much more! Children of all ages—as well as their parents—should enjoy the center. Admission is $16 for adults and $12 for children.

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

This unique museum houses more than 300 miniature houses, some of which date back to the 18th century. No matter how old you are, this marvelous exhibit is sure to spark your imagination; it’s a fascinating world that the entire family can enjoy together. General admission is $9, with discounts for seniors and children and free admission for children 3 and under.

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Even at the height of summer, Tucson’s famous outdoor gardens are still a fun environment to explore. You can spend an afternoon observing a collection of plants from all around the world, visiting the butterfly exhibit, and having lunch at the café. Admission is $15 for adults, with discounts for students, seniors and older children; admission is free for children age 3 and under.

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