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The best haunts around the Valley

By Joe Gilmore It’s the time of year for fun frights and spooky delights. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer of the macabre or just looking for some light thrills, there’s a haunted house attraction just...

10 cool coffee shops in the Valley

By Daisy Finch On the lookout for your next favorite coffee shop? Look no further than these Valley locations. With their unique vibes and tastes, there’s a cafe for everyone with locations throughout the Valley. Songbird...
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7 fun outings for the whole family

Not many people know that August holds the unofficial title of "Family Fun Month." That doesn't mean you can't enjoy family fun time during the other months (see: "unofficial"), but it makes for a smooth segue...
Monument Valley

5 stunning Arizona camping areas you need to visit

Want an escape from the summer heat in the Valley? Look no further than your home state. Arizona houses some of the most beautiful and accessible campsites in the country. You can choose from a wide variety of...
Water accumulated from the July 18 monsoon on other Ahwatukee streets, as this photo along Warner Road shows.

3 dangers of monsoon season every Arizonan needs to know

Non-Arizonans know about the scorching heat during the Phoenix summer. However, they don't know that summer doubles as our rainy season. The official "monsoon season" in the Southwest starts June 15 and lasts until September 30. Some residents...
Frost Gelato

7 unique Phoenix spots for ice cream and frozen treats

It will be a few months yet before Phoenix temperatures regularly dip below 100 degrees. That means plenty of time to try any and all strategies to keep cool. For those with a sweet tooth,...
Big Surf Waterpark

7 outdoor hot spots that help you stay cool

If you're going be outside during summer in Phoenix, it doesn't hurt to lounge in – or next to – a cool body of water. If you're fortunate enough to live near an accessible pool, you...
Fireworks and American flag

Ooh and aah: 30 spectacular Fourth of July fireworks shows in Phoenix

To celebrate America's 241st birthday, the Valley boasts more than two dozen events that offer food, games, music and dazzling fireworks displays. Click an icon on the map below to learn more, or read on...
dog lying on towel under shade of umbrella relaxing and chilling out in the summer vacation

Summer pet safety 101: Fireworks, barbecues and hot sidewalks

As the two-legged residents of Phoenix and the greater Valley get ready to celebrate the country’s 241st birthday with fireworks, barbecues and pool parties, the four-legged residents would be just as happy with a quiet...
Maya Day + Nightclub

5 hot spots for the ultimate Phoenix pool party

We're well into summer, and for most students and families that means freedom to spend time outside. In the Arizona heat, however, enjoying the outdoors can be a challenge, even at night. Luckily, there are more...

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