From May until October, the average temperature in Phoenix rarely dips below 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with many days reaching into the 100s. This can make being outdoors a serious safety and comfort consideration and as you get older, you may feel less equipped to handle the heat.
This doesn’t mean that you have to stay cooped up inside for half the year! There are outdoor activities you can enjoy, even when the temperature is soaring. To ensure safety, be sure to stay hydrated and dress in lightweight, breathable fabrics throughout the warmer months.
Here are some low-impact summer activities to try, no matter your age.
There are a surprising number of birdwatching hotspots in the southeast corner of our state. The Chiricahua mountains offer a premier birding destination, and the higher elevations of the mountains causes the temperature to be much nicer than in Phoenix.
If you prefer a closer destination, the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch has over 300 different species of birds and is only 20 miles away. If you visit during the summer, it’s best to arrive in the morning hours and leave before the temperatures spike.
The Audubon Society offers a full list of birding locations in Arizona; if you don’t mind a drive, there are plenty of other opportunities. Be sure to prepare beforehand to stay cool and check the local weather forecasts.
2. Swimming and Water Aerobics
If you’ve ever flown into Phoenix, you’ve probably noticed how many pools there are throughout the city. Swimming is an ideal summertime activity in these hot temperatures, and Aderra has a wonderful pool for residents to get a quick dip. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
While you can certainly exercise in our pool, there are other pools that hold water aerobics classes specifically for seniors. If it’s too hot for you to exercise outdoors, this is a great alternative to maintain your physical fitness. Valley YMCA has water aerobics classes for seniors and offers an indoor pool if the heat outside is too intense.
3. Walking and Photography
The Sonoran Desert creates a starkly beautiful backdrop against sunrises and sunsets, which are also the safest times to go outside in the heat of summer. There are several popular destinations to take photographs of these beautiful events; you can also try to find your own special spots for photos. If you drive out to the suburbs, there will be fewer buildings to get in the way of your photos — Fountain Hill is a popular spot for this reason.
Due to the lower temperatures, these times of day are also the best times to go walking. If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous than walking around your neighborhood, there are plenty of trails in and around Phoenix to explore. Do some research and choose a trail suitable for your fitness level.
4. Summer Festivals
Perhaps you’re reluctant to take part in outdoor summer festivals, such as the Fahrenheit Festival, due to the heat. If you’re willing to make the trip to Flagstaff, Sedona, or any of the other towns up in the mountains, you’ll find lots of different outdoor festivals that won’t be as hot.
This page has a list of fairs and festivals from all over Arizona. Check the dates and the forecast, then plan a trip!
There’s no need to search for good golf in the area: Aderra is right next door to the Stonecreek golf course, a 71-par course with plenty of shady trees to rest under between strokes. And if you think we’re silly for suggesting a full 18-holes in Phoenix heat — even with shade — check out their practice area. The driving range is quite shady, so you can work on your fundamentals at your own pace and lower your handicap for when winter rolls around.
If golf is not your thing, you can still walk the trails in the cool evening or relax in the clubhouse and enjoy a drink. There are also special events held at the clubhouse; check out their calendar for more information.
There’s no reason anyone should feel stuck at home during the hot summer months in Phoenix. Try some of these activities to break the summer boredom, and remember our tips about staying hydrated and wearing lightweight clothing. You can stay active, safely enjoy the weather, and avoid feeling stir crazy this summer.
Reach out to the team at Aderra to learn more about the benefits of living here!