8 Great Indoor Adventures

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

When the heat’s on outside, take the exploration and adventure indoors. Here are eight of our favorite climate-controlled spots for group activities and downtime excursions.


AZ on the Rocks

There’s no experience necessary at this fully air-conditioned indoor climbing gym that boasts 14,000 square feet of textured climbing terrain designed to replicate “real” rock climbing conditions, such as chimneys, cracks and overhangs. Team-building programs, including Blindfold Climb, Information Pipeline and Zip Line, also are offered.

Scottsdale Wine Trail

Old Town Scottsdale is home to tasting rooms from several of the state’s most acclaimed vineyards, including LDV Winery, Aridus Wine Company, Carlson Creek Vineyards, Salvatore Vineyards and Merkin Vineyards, owned by Tool lead vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Stop in for a tasting, small plates and fascinating facts about Arizona wine. (Tip: the Scottsdale Wine Trail is walkable in cooler months, but in summer it’s best to arrange for transportation between tasting stops)


Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

This Smithsonian Affiliate museum celebrates the rough-and-tumble history and rich cultural heritage of the American West through on-going and changing exhibitions fine art and artifacts. Highlights include a collection of hand-tooled saddles, rare Texas Ranger badges, spurs worn by rodeo stars and cowboy legends, and Wild West Show objects.

The Brush Bar

Encourage your group to unleash their inner Picassos at the Brush Bar! Each class is led by a professional artist who will guide your group in creating their very own masterpieces. Just bring your style and sense of adventure – all art supplies are provided!


Musical Instrument Museum

Don a pair of high-tech wireless headphones and you’re off on an adventure to see, hear and explore more than 5,000 instruments from around the world! The Artist Gallery is a must-see that includes instruments played by artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, John Lennon and Maroon 5.


Scottsdale Fashion Square

The Southwest’s largest retail destination is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Browse the center’s 200+ retailers, including Nordstrom, kate spade New York, and Tiffany, in cool, climate-controlled comfort. Fashion Square also features several outstanding restaurants, a luxury cinema and Desert Stages Theatre.


iFly Phoenix

With iFly, your group can experience the thrill of skydiving without jumping out of a perfectly fine airplane! Best for groups of 24 or fewer, iFly indoor skydiving offers exhilarating team-building experiences that develop confidence, enhance creativity and build camaraderie.



The golfers in your group will love a visit to Topgolf, a high-tech, high-thrill driving range with a skills competition built in. Golf balls equipped with microchips track each shot’s accuracy and distance, and awards points for targets hit. And although it’s technically not an indoor venue, all of Topgolf’s bays are climate controlled to keep players cool.