A Guide to Summer Fun in Chandler
Summer fun is easy to find in Chandler. Whether you're visiting for business or enjoying a perfect Arizona family staycation with great summer rates you'll find plenty of ways to relax and unwind with our guide of things to do in Chandler this summer.
What does summer in Chandler look like? Imagine sunrise hikes, poolside lounging, shopping Chandlers' boutique and nationally known shops, savoring Chandlers' lively dining scene brimming with local and international flavors, spending time with the kids at endless family-friendly attractions and enjoying Chandlers' many indoor activities.
So, grab your sunglasses and make a splash into Chandler with family-fun events, gorgeous retail shops and cool treats. Did we mention Chandler's six aquatic centers and pools? Chandler hotels and resorts offer summer savings, so plan your summer vacation today.
Water, Water Everywhere! Chandler Aquatic Centers & Splash Pads
Pool time is the ultimate summer activity for kids and they'll have a splashing good time at one of Chandler's aquatic centers. Each has a zero-depth entry pool, water slide, and diving boards and other water features like a lazy river. Check out Chandler's aquatic centers for a conveniently located park near you. And should you have younger ones who prefer a splash pad to cool down, our list includes Chandler splash pads and is a great resource for delightfully refreshing fun.
Indoor Things to Do in Chandler
You may be looking for climate-controlled fun - but there is plenty of adventure at Chandler's family fun centers and indoor adventure parks where the kids can be active and cool - all at the same time. Active kids will be jumping for the chance to play at traditional trampoline parks and large climate-controlled complexes like Big Air Trampoline Park or Rush Xtreme which features extreme entertainment with 10 attractions including the largest indoor adventure ropes course in the country. Inflatables, trampolines and arcade games are yours to be had at Uptown Jungle Fun Park and exploration is key at Makutu's Island with its 20,000 square foot center. Traditional afternoon activities like bowling, rollerskating at USA Skateland, Ice Den Chandler for ice skating and a number of movie theaters are also available throughout Chandler.
Summer Fun with Free Chandler Events
Chandler's All-American Bash
Feeling patriotic? Chandler's annual July Fourth celebration at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park: Stage Plaza is a great summer event in Chandler and not to be missed. This celebration will start at 7 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m., come out for some live music, treats, yard games and more! Two musical performances will take place with hour long sets from Turn it Up - an upbeat band that will have you dancing to a number of classic and modern songs. Music performances start at 7:05 and 8:25 p.m.
At 8:20 p.m., a 5-minute pyrotechnic show will be included with the second concert in lieu of fireworks.
Chandler Farmers Markets
Spend your summer Saturday perusing a Chandler Farmers Market featuring locally grown produce and fresh made food products. The Downtown Chandler Farmers Market kicks off at 7 a.m. allowing plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast or brunch at one of the local restaurants and find plenty of free parking in Downtown Chandler.
In south Chandler, enjoy a casual stroll in Downtown Ocotillo where the farmers market opens at 8 a.m. and features a selection of specialty vendors alongside local produce.
Sip and Savor All Summer Long in Chandler
Find delicious meals and refreshing drinks await you in Chandler with a wide variety of restaurants appealing to kids and adults alike. Whether you are looking to enjoy an elegant, fine dining dinner for two or a casual outing with the kids at one of Chandler's family-friendly restaurants - you'll find a number of dining options to tempt you.
Dining With the Kids?
It wouldn't be a family vacation without pizza - so become a pizza explorer using Chandler's Instagram Pizza guide to discover your favorite Chandler pizza whether you opt for the whole pie or a slice.
What kid doesn't love spaghetti? You'll find the Old Spaghetti Factory is a sure thing and it's conveniently located at Chandler Fashion Center - perfect for grabbing a bite to eat after shopping, enjoying a movie or time at the splash pad.
Perhaps your little diner is a bit more adventurous and looking for a more global adventure on the taste buds, check out the exciting world of teppanyaki at one of Chandler's numerous Japanese restaurants featuring cuisine cooked on the iron plate embedded in the table where the chef's display their exceptional knife skills for an entertaining meal that will delight all ages. To experience some of the best teppanyaki restaurants in Chandler, check out Hon Machi, and national favorite Benihana.
In addition to delightfully re-imagined and glammed up breakfast entrees and brunch dishes, enjoy an indulgent brunch with lively music at Hash Kitchen in north Chandler that will delight kids and adults.
Looking for a cool treat that will delight on a warm, summer day? You'll discover a world of options in Chandler, AZ from fish-shaped cones at Snowtime and SomiSomi to bubble waffle treats at Hot Bamboo to snow, yes snow at Sumo Snow featuring Taiwanese-style shaved ice with a delightful, snow-like texture that is lighter than ice cream with a number of tasty toppings and flavor combinations.
Before you depart Chandler, be sure to make a stop at Arizona's largest candy store - Sweeties of Arizona, where you'll be able to share memories from your childhood with nostalgic favorite candies like Pez, Necco® wafers as well as a wall of Jelly Belly candies and plenty of unique sweets and a selection of more than 350 cane sugar sodas. Your kids and your inner child will be happy with a visit to the sweet store!
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