10 affordable (or free!) places to have fun and cool off this summer in Phoenix

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Did you know there are plenty of affordable places to visit this summer in the Valley. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Did you know there are plenty of affordable places to visit this summer in the Valley. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

It's almost summertime in Arizona! Some people may want to head out to California or elsewhere for some fun and relief from the heat.

But if you don't have the time or money to time to plan a trip out of town, there are affordable places right here in the Valley that the whole family can enjoy. 

We've put together a list of 10 affordable and free places to have some fun and cool off in the Valley this summer. 

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

For just $10 for adults and $7 for students, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is a great place to visit without spending too much out of your wallet. According to the museum's website, their goal is to connect visitors to the dynamic art and ideas of current time and explore the possibilities of innovation, creativity and expression. The best news for families is that children 15 and under are free. But no worries for the adults, the museum is free on Thursdays from noon-9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays after 5 p.m. For more information, click here

Arizona Science Center

Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, this is a fun, hands-on place for the family to experience. The Arizona Science Center focuses on educating Arizona families and engaging curious minds through science. The museum offers hands-on science and formal education programs for children ages 3-17. To get free admission, families can apply for a membership. Some of their exhibits include American Airlines, Flight Zone, Evans Family Skycycle and Sollarvile.

For more information, click here.

Downtown Scottsdale Art & Cultural Trolley Tour 

Interested in the history of Scottsdale? The City of Scottsdale offers a free trolley ride where history buffs can explore the city's past. The Downtown Scottsdale Art and Cultural Trolley Tour participants are treated to a guided tour of famous city landmarks including the Arts District, Hotel Valley Ho, SouthBridge and the Waterfront districts. Participants will learn about Scottsdale’s fascinating history, culture and arts. For more information, click here

City of Phoenix Splash Pads

Want to cool off for free this summer? The City of Phoenix has splash pads located all around the city. Some of the locations include Altadena, Civic Space, Dust Devil and Edison. Splash pads operate annually from the last Saturday of May through October 15. For more information on the splash pads times and locations, click here

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Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is one of the most famous landmarks in the valley. The garden showcases the desert's beauty through a variety of tours and activities. The garden offers flashlight tours, gardening events and tips, and activities for children to enjoy. General admission is free on the second Tuesday of each month. If you become a member, you get unlimited admission annually. Veterans can get free admission when they show a valid ID. For more information, click here

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Phoenix Art Museum

With over 18,000 objects of American, international and contemporary art, Phoenix Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Southwest. The museum hosts lectures, films, and family and school educational programs throughout the year. General admission is under $20. If you sign up for a membership, the admission is free. The museum also offers free admission on select days and times.

General admission is free on the following days and times: 

Wednesday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

First Fridays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Second Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Second Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

To learn more, visit phxart.org

Enchanted Island Amusement Park

Located in Encanto Park, this theme park has nine attractions the whole family can enjoy. The rides are aimed at children between the ages of 1 and 10. Admission is free to the public and all rides take tickets that you can purchase right at the park. For the best value, visitors can purchase an all-day or year pass. The park is open Fridays-Sundays. For more information on Enchanted Island Amusement Park, click here

Historic Heritage Square

This block is known for the city's Victorian past. It is the oldest remaining residential block in the city. The square has 10 fully-restored buildings and gives visitors a look into Phoenix during the 19th century. The Square features the Rosson House Museum, galleries, restaurants, a gift shop, and coffee bar.  The square offers tours of the Rosson House and hosts special events throughout the year. Click here to learn more information on Historic Heritage Square. 

Heard Museum
No Arizona experience is complete without visiting the famous Heard Museum. The museum is known for being one of the world's leading places of Native American art. The museum also features work by contemporary artists from the southwest. While general admission is under $20 for adults, children and museum members are free. But the museum does offer free admission for everyone on First Fridays. To learn more on the Heard Museum, click here

Goldfield Ghost Town and Mine Tours

Want to get a wild west experience? This place is for you! Located about 5 miles east of Apache Junction, this once ghost town has many shops and historic buildings. You can tour the famous Mammoth Gold Mine and visit the Goldfield Museum. You can even take a ride on the state's only narrow gauge train. The Superstition Zipline is also located at Goldfield Ghost Town. General admission is free and attractions are under $10. 

For more information, visit goldfieldghosttown.com.

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