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Keeping it Cool in Marana, Arizona

There’s something special about Marana in the summertime.

During the cooler months, we love our winter visitors, but come June, many of them have departed for more temperate climes.  Around the same time, the students from Southern Arizona’s local universities have also headed out for the summer vacation. Summer is when we welcome our neighbors from the North -- Phoenix! We know you have it even hotter and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to find cooler ways to enjoy summer. In Marana, we embrace summer!  When the thermometer ticks above 100°F, we’re in our element. We’re proud of our strength, because we know these temperatures aren’t for everyone, but they are for us. 

Part of embracing the summer is knowing where to cool off.  Marana offers all kinds of ways to take a dip.  Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day by the pool or exciting adventures plummeting down waterslides, you’ll find your perfect swimming spot in Marana.

Poolside Lounging

Is pulling up a lounge chair beside the pool and sipping on something cold more your speed?  Then we’ve got exactly what you’re looking for.  Marana is home to a number of lodging options that will suit any budget.  Summer deals at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain make this full-service resort an attractive option for locals looking for a quick and luxurious getaway.  Right now, you can book a weekend room at a fraction of its winter rate.  When you take advantage of this deal, you’ll enjoy access to the resort’s beautiful pools and signature waterslide.  When it cools off in the evening, enjoy a tasty beverage on their patio with sweeping views of the Tortolita Mountains. Please note: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is closed for minor renovations from Memorial Day until Labor Day. After that, it will be better than ever. How do you improve upon perfection? We'll soon find out.

If you’re looking for a more low-key option, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Marana is home to a number of hotels conveniently located just off I-10.  La Quinta, Days Inn, Comfort Inn, Mira Vista, Red Roof, Super 8, Travelodge, Best Western, and Holiday Inn all offer their guests a relaxing pool where you can catch up on your summer reading (or napping, or sunbathing, or popsicle eating—you get the idea).  At each of these locations, you’ll enjoy not only some quality pool time, but also easy access to all of Marana’s best attractions including The Loop Shared-Use PathSaguaro National Park, and Topgolf Marana!

Topgolf Marana Has Cool Things to Do 

Not only does Topgolf offer incredible active entertainment possibilities -- from eight different ways to play golf in shaded and cooled golf bays -- you can also enjoy breakfast, brunch, snacks, lunch, happy hour, dinner, beer, wine, cocktails, and a kids menu. From May through August kids ages 6-12 can participate in the Summer Golf Academy from 9:00 am to noon, five days a week. The Academy includes lunch and lots of other benefits.

Priceless: Tucson Premium Outlets at Marana Center's Misters and Air Conditioning 

There is a special place in Marana where you can always find entertainment, refreshments, and something you never knew you needed. Lucky for us, Tucson Premium Outlets at Marana Center offers all of this plus cool environments so that you can get out and enjoy summer shopping in comfort. Do you know about We Love Locals Wednesdays special discounts? Now you do.

Movie Fans: Too Cool for Film School?

If you are a movie fan, you can hide out in the dark air conditioned Harkins Theaters at Arizona Pavilions and see all of the new blockbusters (repeatedly). And soon you can hang out with the cool older kids at Casa Marana Craft Beer & Wine Bar opening this summer on Courtney Page Way just off Cortaro Road in the Arizona Pavilions area. This will be Casa Video's second craft beer and wine bar location. The ambiance is just the place for film fans and filmmakers alike. 

For Kids and Adults: Splashy Good Times at the Ora Mae Harn Park Pool

The Town of Marana knows how to throw a party, as anyone who’s been to the Star Spangled Spectacular can attest.  Fortunately, you can enjoy their events all summer long.  One series you won’t want to miss are the Dive-In Movies, when the Town’s Parks and Recreation department inflates a buoyant big screen at Ora Mae Harn Park Pool. On June 16, at 7:45 p.m. Despicable Me 3 will be playing, and on July 21, at 7:45 p.m. enjoy watching The Last Jedi.

That’s not all the Town has going on at the pool, though.  From May 31 to August 1, the pool is hosting open swim Monday through Saturday, 1-5 pm (closed July 4th).  In addition, it is open for lap swim on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 am-12:30pm.  Marana is also offering a variety of programs at the pool throughout the summer, including Aqua Zumba on Friday evenings, YMCA swim lessons for kids ages 5-12 on Monday through Thursday, and water aerobics for 50+ adults on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  No matter your age or interest, the Ora Mae Harn Park Pool has something for you. 

Marana is a Town for all seasons, even summer.  As temperatures climb, that just means that it’s time to go find a relaxing body of water to go dunk yourself, and in Marana, you’ll find no shortage of delightful pools, water slides, and splash pads.  This summer, it’s time to embrace the heat and get outdoors.  Discover your oasis when you Discover Marana.

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