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The Other Side of Summer

When summer comes around, Tucson is a perfect place to chill.

Summer Is Chill in Tucson

We all know summer in the Sonoran Desert is hot… but there’s another side. You know how it feels when the sun goes down and the lights come on at night? That’s the feeling we’re after. It’s a frosty paleta enjoyed in the shade, or an icy drink in your hand by the pool. It’s hiking through the pines on a mountain retreat, or exploring a cool, dark cave. It’s your favorite song from an artist that isn’t their big hit, or an unexpectedly delicious bite from a food truck you’ve never tried before.

It’s The Other Side of Summer... in Tucson.

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Resorts & Spas

Leave your cares behind at our everything-at-your-fingertips resorts and spas. Bond with family on a lazy river or winding waterslide, then refresh with prickly-pear margaritas and Sonoran-style shaved ices. Or reward yourselves with botanical treatments and wellness adventures at our two different celebrity-endorsed destination spas.


Hotels, B&Bs, Ranches

Arizona Inn Pool

From the best national brands to unique historical charmers, Tucson hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and guest ranches offer out-of-the-ordinary city escapes. Take a respite and check out the sights, entertainment, and culinary wonders in midtown Tucson and beyond. 

Family-friendly Attractions

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Find exciting and educational stops all over town. From the scientific to the artistic, Tucson has a long list of must-see family-friendly attractions with plenty of options to keep the gang saying "cool". 


Culinary Cool

Whet your appetite for summer sustenance with cool cocktails and creative craft brews from Tucson's eclectic mix of bars and restaurants. When the weather heats up, these mixology maestros know how to keep it chill. Explore our luscious food and drink choices. 

Outdoor Adventure

For recreation outdoors, some folks run for the hills when summer hits. The higher altitudes (Say what? 9,159’ Mt. Lemmon elevation!) just outside city limits offer some of the coolest summer activities. But stick around for Tucson’s fifth season (mid-to-late summer, a favorite of bird-watchers) to see epic thunderstorms turn the desert lowlands fifty shades of green.


Summer Deals

El Conquistador Tucson,  A Hilton Resort (Lobby)

El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort

Summer stays are on sale when the heat is on, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, in Tucson. You'll find first-rate accommodations for a bargain and cool deals at outstanding restaurants, bars, and attractions. Take a look at these summer deals from Visit Tucson partner businesses. 

Jun 09

Ballet Tucson: Paquita June 9, 2019

Ballet Tucson's exceptional youth company (BT2) will showcase its... Read More

Jun 15

The Tucson 23: Mexican Food Festival June 15, 2019

On Father's Day weekend, taste the most authentic Mexican food north... Read More

Jun 22

Cool Summer Nights: Astronomy Night June 22, 2019

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum stays open after sundown on Saturday... Read More

Jul 31

Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival July 31, 2019 - August 3, 2019

Self-guided and guided tours, field trips, guided trips, exhibits,... Read More

Aug 07

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival August 7, 2019 - August 11, 2019

The spectacular biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert and the Sky Island... Read More

Aug 28

HoCo Fest August 28, 2019 - September 1, 2019

On Labor Day weekend, the historic Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson... Read More

Sep 01

Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge September 1, 2019

Cocktail craft and culinary creativity are taken to a new level on... Read More

Summer 2019 Events

Cork and Vine

Cork & Vine Southern Arizona winemakers receive international acclaim. Discover why at tasting rooms and wine shops throughout the Sonoita and Willcox wine regions—all within... Read More

Ten Great Tucson Sonoran Hot D…

Yes, the Sonoran hot dog probably came from Sonora - Hermosillo, more likely than not, but most of the history of a bacon-wrapped hot dog... Read More