Take a historical tour

Arizona has a full and rich history. You can experience it for yourself by taking tours that bring our area’s past to life.

Heard Museum: The Heard Museum is dedicated to educating the public about the culture and arts of Native people from Arizona and the Colorado Plateau. Part of the Smithsonian Affiliations program, this museum features both historical pieces and contemporary art. Visit 6-10 p.m. the first Friday of each month for free admission or purchase a discounted senior ticket on any other day of the week.

Rosson House: Located in the heart of Phoenix’s Heritage Square, the Rosson house is a restored Queen Ann Victorian house museum. Built in 1895 and fully restored, it provides a glimpse into the life of early Phoenix families. Take a guided tour through the stately home for only $4.

Wrigley Mansion: Built in 1932 by bubblegum millionaire William Wrigley Jr., the Wrigley mansion is a beautiful piece of architecture that provides spectacular 360 degree views of the mountain and city. Purchase one of their special lunch and tour packages, and enjoy the Geordie’s Steak restaurant or Jamie’s Wine bar along with your guided tour of the estate.

Experience Arizona’s culture

From historic Americana activities to modern artistic creations, this summer is the perfect time to submerse yourself in Arizona’s vibrant culture.

Visit a car show: What says summer more than a classic car show? Every Saturday night during the summer, Scottsdale hosts the Rock ’n’ Roll car show at the Scottsdale Pavilions shopping center. Enjoy free admission, ’50s music, good food and cars and motorcycles galore.

Experience a drive-in theater: Bring on the nostalgia and enjoy a double-feature under the stars. The West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-in is Arizona’s last operating drive-in movie theater. Outfitted with nine screens, the theater comes complete with a playground and arcade for the grandchildren, a concessions bar, and clear sound that comes through FM radio. Bring the family, toss around a Frisbee or football and then settle in for a unique movie experience.

Wander among art: The Phoenix Art Museum is the largest art museum located in the Southwest. Spend a day touring modern and contemporary art curated from around the world. Wander through the lushly landscaped sculpture garden, gaze on the vibrant photography exhibitions and catch the museum’s special lectures and films.

Explore the desert by flashlight: Grab a flashlight and head to the Desert Botanical Garden on Thursdays and Saturdays from June through August to see how the desert comes to life at night. You’ll see the night-blooming plants, hear the animals that come out at night and explore the desert in a whole new way.

Make the most of summer

It may be heating up outside, but don’t let the heat stop your fun. Bring your water bottle, pack your sunscreen and take advantage of the senior discounts. The Arizona summer is full of history, arts and culture just waiting for you to explore.

Tracy Layden is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Tracy leads the marketing efforts at Alert-1, a personal safety technology and consulting firm dedicated to helping seniors live safely and independently.  

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