Local Arizona Activities to Help Your Summer Savings Plan

Jun 28, 2024

Summer in Arizona can be both fun and budget-friendly if you know where to look. Whether you’re looking for family activities, cost-effective entertainment, or free things to do, Arizona has plenty to offer. 

Affordable family activities

1. Explore the great outdoors
Arizona is home to some stunning natural landscapes that are perfect for family outings, and are located a little further out of the valley that will help beat the heat. Consider visiting:
  • Grand Canyon National Park: While there’s an entrance fee, the experience is priceless. Plan a day trip with a picnic to save on dining costs.
  • Sedona's Red Rock State Park: Enjoy hiking, picnicking, and bird watching. A day pass is reasonably priced, making it an affordable way to spend the day. Cooler temps in the mornings and evenings can really help add to your summer escape.
  • Mt. Humphrey’s Hiking Trails: Nestled in the forests of Flagstaff, enjoy mountain views and nature with the Aspen Loop Trail, located near Snowbowl. 
  • Saguaro National Park: Located in Tucson, this park offers beautiful desert scenery and numerous hiking trails.
2. Visit local museums

Many museums in Arizona offer free or discounted admission on certain days. And what’s better? They’re located inside. 

  • Phoenix Art Museum: Free admission on Wednesdays from 3-9 pm and the first Friday of every month.
  • Arizona State Museum: Located in Tucson, offers affordable admission rates and a wealth of historical exhibits.
  • Museum of Natural History: See dinosaurs and ancient treasures in this Mesa museum, great for the family!
3. Cool off at community pools and splash pads

Most Arizona cities have community pools and splash pads that are either free or very low cost. These are perfect for a fun day out with the kids without breaking the bank. 

4. Attend free community events

Many Arizona communities host free events during the summer, such as:

  • Free concerts in the park: Check local listings for music events in your area.
  • Farmer’s markets: Explore local produce and crafts, often with free admission and entertainment.
5. Stargazing

Arizona’s clear skies make it an excellent place for stargazing. Visit places like:

  • Kitt Peak National Observatory: Offers public programs, but stargazing from nearby areas is free.
  • Local parks and open spaces: Bring a blanket and enjoy the night sky with family.

Cost-effective summer activities

1. Library programs

Local libraries often host free or low-cost summer programs for kids and families, including storytimes, crafts, and educational activities. Check with your nearest library for a schedule of events.

2. DIY backyard fun

Create your own fun at home with activities like:

  • Water balloon fights
  • DIY obstacle courses
  • Backyard camping

These activities are low-cost and can provide hours of entertainment for the whole family.

1. Explore historical sites

Many historical sites in Arizona offer free or low-cost admission:

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument: Learn about Arizona’s ancient history.
  • Tombstone: Explore the old west with free walking tours and inexpensive attractions.

At Arizona Financial Credit Union, we understand the importance of budgeting and saving, especially during the summer months when outing expenses can add up quickly. Here are some tips to help you manage your summer spending:

1. Budgeting tools

Utilize our online banking tools to set up a budget and track your expenses. By planning your activities and sticking to a budget, you can ensure you stay on track financially.

2. Savings accounts

Consider setting up a savings account specifically for summer activities. By setting aside a small amount each month, you’ll have a dedicated fund for fun without impacting your regular budget.

Financial advice

Our financial advisors are here to help you plan and manage your finances. Whether you need advice on budgeting, saving, or finding cost-effective entertainment options, we’re here to support you.

Summer in Arizona doesn’t have to be expensive. With a little planning and creativity, you can enjoy a wide range of activities that are both fun and budget-friendly. From exploring the great outdoors to participating in free community events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

With the support of Arizona Financial Credit Union, you can manage your summer spending and keep your savings plan on track.