Water Getaways

Beat the Heat with Afternoon, Full Day and Weekend Excursions

The mercury is rising and the stifling valley temperatures can feel oppressive. But don't let the scorching summer days get you down because there are many fun ways to beat the heat. So when the air conditioning just isn't cutting it and boredom is boiling over consider these options for a bit of refreshing fun. 

A Cool Afternoon

Pecos Park Swimming Pool

This public pool offers fun for the entire family. Features include a large water slide, diving boards, splash and spray features, a beach entry deck, and water basketball hoop. They also offer swim lessons for youth ages 6 months to 12 years. Swim fees are $1 for seniors and children and $3 per adult. Pecos Park Pool is located at 17010 S 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85048.

Tempe Boat Rentals 

Tempe Boat Rentals at Tempe Town Lake has a great selection of watercraft for a family fun day on the lake. Donut boats, paddle boards and kayaks are available. For a little extra flare check out the duck, swan or dragon pedal boats. No experience is required to rent. One hour of rental time is required then the price is prorated in 15 minute intervals. The lake is two miles long and one quarter of a mile wide and boats can be taken all around. Tempe Boat Rentals is located at 72 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85282. 

A Refreshing Day Trip

Lake Pleasant

Lake Pleasant is located in the north west part of town, spanning the city of Peoria and the town of Morristown. The lake is an ideal spot for swimming, boating, fishing and even scuba diving, in fact Lake Pleasant is known for being home to some of the best inland scuba diving in the western United States. Divers can explore rock walls, canyons and underwater structures, like the old Waddell Dam. The lake contains approximately 10,000 acres of surface water and when full can reach depths of up to 260 feet, offering a wide variety of terrain for all levels of divers. Rent boats, kayaks and other watercraft at Lake Pleasant Harbor and experience H2-Whoa Hydro Platforms, the world's largest floating water slide. There is so much to see and do at Lake Pleasant Regional Park and Lake Pleasant Harbor. 

Canyon Lake Marina and Campground

Head to Canyon Lake for a day on the water. This 900-acre lake allows visitors to enjoy boating, water skiing, fishing and jet skiing and the surrounding red-rock canyon walls offer scenic tranquility. There are shaded picnic areas and a large public beach. The lake is stocked with catfish, bass and walleye to name a few. Consider the Dolly Steamboat for a dinner or twilight cruise to experience Canyon Lake from a different point of view. 

Chill Out for a Long Weekend, Week or Beyond

Lake Powell Houseboats

Pack up the family and head north to Lake Powell for a home away from home on the water. All the comforts of home can be found on a houseboat available at Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas located at Wahweap (Arizona) or Bullfrog (Utah) Marinas. Ranging from 46 to 75 feet these vessels have everything you need for a unique lake experience for parties ranging in size from six to sixteen people. Summer temperatures average in the mid to high 90s making for ideal weather for a dip in the refreshing water or lounging on the boat. Some of the houseboats feature slides for a guaranteed bit of family fun. Houseboats must be reserved in advance and are available for a minimum of four days.

Visit https://www.lakepowell.com/houseboating/houseboat-comparison-tool for more information.

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