9 Indoor Activities to Do During Arizona's Monsoon Season
Josh Chesler Adult pickup hockey games take place at the Ice Den several days per week.
Summer dust storms are a part of living in Arizona, and they make for some spectacular photographs. But it's no fun to be caught out on a field or in the pool when a monsoon rolls through. At best, you end up with a face full of dust. At worst, you could get struck by lightning.
Considering that we're in for about two or three more months of scattered evening storms, it's good idea to explore some of the Valley's indoor options to stay active. Here are nine of our favorites.
9. It's All in the Game
Josh Chesler Hitters of all skill levels can hit off of the pitching machines while staying air conditioned at It's All in the Game.
While the indoor baseball and softball facility isn't the first of its kind in the Valley, It's All in the Game's Paradise Lane location (right next to the Peoria Sports Complex) is certainly the most impressive we've seen. With several hitting tunnels, pitching mounds, weight training areas, and a physical therapy facility, the ballplayers' indoor haven can provide a great place to get some work in while staying air conditioned. Top-notch baseball and softball instructors are available to host private lessons and group instruction for everyone from tee-ball teams to elite collegiate and professional athletes, but a reservation is recommended.
With about 14,000 square feet of rock walls and climbing area, AZ on the Rocks is like the city block of a climber's dream. Whether it's your first time climbing or you're a regular Spider-Man, Arizona's biggest indoor rock climbing facility will have a wall to offer you the right level of difficulty. While rock climbing may not be the ideal way for some to spend the afternoon, it's a nearly guaranteed method for tiring out rambunctious children over the course of an afternoon. If you're just not in the mood for climbing, the facility also houses a small weight training area for members and climbers with daily passes. AZ on the Rocks is only open to its members on Tuesday and Thursday nights and can be closed for private events from time to time.
7. Uptown Alley
Think of a bowling alley. Its outdated music, uncomfortable seating and a vaguely disconcerting smell that might be coming from the shoes, but there's really no way of knowing. Uptown Alley in Surprise is exactly the opposite of all of that. Aside from being a significantly upscale bowling alley with spacious couches and plasma televisions, Uptown Alley also sports a full-size arcade, laser tag arena, "sports theater" area full of giant screens to watch your favorite sporting events, a stage for live music, and billiards tables. The food and drink are far classier than expected from a bowling alley, with a full bar and restaurant on-site, and there's a club-like area called The Approach for the 21-plus crowd to bowl and socialize on weekend evenings.
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