There’s definitely no shortage of things to do in The Valley of the Sun this summer, but what about around the end of July or early August, when the city’s desert-driven storms, known locally as ‘monsoons’, make an appearance near our vacation rentals? Scottsdale gets more than 200 days of sunshine year-round, so what do you do when it rains? Don’t worry, with a little help from our friends at Visit Phoenix, we’ve got you covered:
Check out a Museum
Drizzle, downpour, or dust storm, you can count on our world-famous museums to shield you from the elements.
- Admire classic and contemporary pieces at the Phoenix Art Museum.
- Check out an interactive exhibit at the Arizona Science Center.
- Learn about the region’s American Indian history at at the Heard Museum.
- Explore the world’s music at the one-of-a-kind Musical Instrument Museum (MIM).
Hit the Mall
As if you needed a reason to treat yourself, seek shelter at Scottsdale Fashion Square when rain is in the forecast. Catch a movie at Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square, watch the storm roll in from the safety of the covered patios at Kona Grill or Yard House, or cure your rainy day blues with retail therapy at the hundreds of stores inside Arizona’s largest shopping center.
Catch a Movie
There’s no such thing as a boring rainy day at Alamo Drafthouse, where great movies, cold beer and good food come together in perfect harmony. Duck for cover inside either their Tempe or Chandler locales, where the only condensation you’ll find is on your ice cold pint glass.
Grab a Drink
It’s raining, it’s pouring and your kids say it’s boring. Get out of the house and keep your crew entertained at Legoland Discovery Center, Odysea Aquarium and Butterfly Wonderland. Work up an appetite racing Lego vehicles or hanging with stingrays? Head to one of Phoenix’s kid-friendly restaurants.
Never let a little thing like the weather stop you from exploring all Scottsdale has to offer. Need more suggestions? We’re here to help! Check out our Property listings to book your stay, and drop us a line — we’d love to hear from you!