Best Places in Phoenix for Cool Indoor Fun in the Hot Summer
As the temperature outside begins its rapid climb, people looking for fun things to do in the Phoenix-metro area still have great options. Not just sitting still in a movie theater or basic sports bar in which other people engage in all the action while guests eat mediocre food. On the contrary, the Valley of the Sun is home to some amazing venues that offer fantastic dining and a completely interactive experience. So, get ready for some cool indoor fun this hot summer.
Downtown – Lucky Strike
50 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003 l 602-732-5490 l www.bowlluckystrike.com
Tucked away in the bustling oasis of Downtown Phoenix, Lucky Strike Phoenix lights up the CityScape Center with a tantalizing array of premium bowling, mouthwatering cuisine, and lavish nightlife appeal. Cool down with an ice-cold cocktail from our experienced mixologists, have a bite to eat, and get off your feet to bowl. However, this is not your father’s bowling alley. The hip combination of modern and retro décor, the club-like lighting, and party atmosphere make a night at Lucky Strike a truly memorable experience.
East Side – OdySea Aquarium
9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85003 l 480-291-8000 l www.odyseaaquarium.com
Located in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, OdySea Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Southwest, spanning 200,000 square feet. The two-level, state-of-the-art facility holds more than 2 million gallons of water and accommodates up to 10,000 visitors daily. With over 50 exhibits and 500 different species, there are more than 30,000 animals that call OdySea home.
Furthermore, OdySea Aquarium offers an entertaining, interactive, and educational experience for guests of all ages by combining theme-park-style amusement with highly engaging presentations of aquatic life like no other in the industry. The facility includes a theater, SeaTREK™ underwater ocean walking, and a one-of-a-kind voyage through the “Living Sea.”
West Side – Modern Round
8320 W. Mariners Way, Peoria, AZ 85382 l 623-388-6900 l www.modernround.com
Conveniently situated in the heart of the of Peoria’s vibrant P83 District, Modern Round is a unique establishment. The massive sports bar and gourmet-quality food could have Modern Round succeed as just a restaurant, but it is much more than that. Modern Round is a fully interactive virtual shooting range. Guests relax in semi-private lounges and use replica firearms to shoot targets on a massive screen. The experience can take you from war-torn villages to zombie-infested subways. The games are not all violent. There are trivia games, hockey games, and even games based on popular apps like Candy Crush™.
Additionally, guests can dine at the bar, at tables, or even have food and beverages brought right to their lounges. By the end of the evening, you won’t know if it’s the games you’re hooked on or if it’s the delicious food, but you will know that you’ll be back for more of both.