It’s raining. Now what?
What to do when you have traveled to Phoenix for sunshine and baseball, but the weather turns nasty? That’s a rarity in a city where March average low/high temperatures average between 52 and 76 degrees and total rainfall averages 1 inch.
# 1 Rain is a perfect time to visit our favorite museum – the Musical Instrument Museum. Because the price of admission – $20 for adults – is not cheap, plan to take your time roaming through the exhibits. Compact receivers and headphones allow visitors to listen to a “sound track” about each of the more than 300 displays. No rush. The audio goes at your pace.
#2 While MIM is our favorite museum, there are plenty of others in the metro area. If we listed every single one of them, this list would be waaaay too long. The other biggies include the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum and the Arizona Science Center. To determine which might have the most appeal to you, check their websites and be sure to see if there are any special, but temporary, exhibits available during your visit.
# 3 Do not overlook the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. You don’t have to love western art to enjoy yourself, and you easily can see everything in under three hours. The building, which opened in 2015, also is a beauty. Early publicity described it as “shining like a desert star in the heart of historic Old Town Scottsdale.”
#4 Catch an afternoon movie. It’s a great way to forget about the rain for a couple of hours. The metro area has some handsome theatres. Don’t overlook specialty theaters showing “art” films, vintage movies and documentaries. Check the websites of the FilmBar, 815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, and the Valley Art, a Harkins theatre, 509 S. Mill Ave., Tempe.
#5 Read the “Best of Phoenix 2019” on the website of the Phoenix New Times. If you don’t find something fun to do, we’ll be surprised. But by the time you finish reading the list, the rain will have stopped.