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 and seniors, 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 and free on every second Saturday of the month. 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 permanent exhibits include American Airlines Flight Zone, Evans Family Skycycle and Solarville.

For more information, click here.

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Indoor Mini Golf

Mini golf can be a great way to spend some time with the family and have some fun all while beating the heat. Swingin' Safari Mini Golf, Glow Putt Mini Golf and Imagine 3D Mini Golf all offer fun glow-in-the-dark experiences.

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 ranges from $24.95 to $29.95. 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 $23 for adults, $20 for seniors and $18 for students with ID and free for veterans. If you sign up for a membership, you also get free admission.

General Admission is reduced to a voluntary donation during the times listed below:

Wednesday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

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

To learn more, visit

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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from Noon to 8 p.m. on 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.

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