There is always something to do here in Arizona. Whether you’re an outdoor lover or you’d prefer to hang out in an air-conditioned museum, there’s something for everyone. And much like the Grand Canyon State, there’s something for everyone at eegee’s.
Here you’ll find all kinds of subs and grinders, award-winning French fries, plus legendary frozen eegees. The only thing better than experiencing the amazing adventures that AZ has to offer and chomping down on some delicious eegee’s food is to do both at the same time!
As there are now several eegee’s locations popping up around the state, here are a few choice hot spots and cool places to visit around eegee’s new locations.
The new West Peoria Avenue eegee’s location is just a stone’s throw from all kinds of fantastic outdoor adventures. You don’t have to drive out of town in order to experience some hiking fun. The Phoenix Mountains Preserve has plenty of mountain and desert hiking trails. These are more accessible hikes, and you can find both flat and some elevated tracks as well. Of course, just make sure to pack plenty of water for your trek.
You’ll also need some energy for your walk, so swing by the West Peoria Avenue eegee’s location for a sandwich and other goodies that’ll keep you energized.
Maybe you’re not one for hiking. Perhaps you’re one for amusement park rides instead? Castles N’ Coasters is a fun little amusement park in the heart of the city. Sure, it’s not going to compete with 6 Flags, or (if you’re a Midwestern Snow Bird) Cedar Point. But it’s a fun stop to spend with the family. There are all kinds of rides to take in, not to mention it has several fun-filled water rides as well. It’s a great way to spend the day with the kids or to just feel like a kid again.
Green Valley is located south of Tucson, on your way to Nogales and Mexico. However, there are all kinds of places to stop off if you’re looking for a day trip. The beauty of taking in one of the hiking spots around Green Valley and anything south of Tucson is there are usually fewer crowds than what you find in metro Tucson and greater Phoenix. So if you like to take your hikes in peace with fewer people walking amongst you, Madera Canyon is one place to visit.
There are a number of trailheads you can take, most of which will give you some spectacular views not only of the mountain range but of the desert spanning north. You can even spend the evening at Santa Rita Lodge, which is made up of smaller wood cabins.
If you haven’t yet explored the Titan Missile Museum, you absolutely owe it to yourself to stop by. This is a piece of American history that is truly fascinating. Plus, how often are you able to actually tour a former nuclear launch site?
There were missile launch sites spread around the country and prepared to fire at a moment’s notice during the Cold War. Yes, it is no longer a functioning nuclear facility, but you can see some rather amazing things during your visit.
There are guided tours throughout the day, and on these tours, you will see not only the immense launch tubes that were installed here in the desert, but you’ll see where the staff lived, which is housed deep underground (which makes it a great place to visit during the hot summer months).
The gift shop is also one of the best souvenir destinations. You can purchase launch key replicas, because who hasn’t wanted a pair of their own nuclear launch keys? You can buy all kinds of posters and memorabilia, not to mention actual material that was used both in the facility, and manufactured during the time of fallout shelters (yes, you can even purchase Army Surplus canned water from the 1950s and 1960s).
You don’t really need an excuse to head up to Mt Lemmon. The drive alone is worth it. And yet once you’re up there you will find no shortage of hiking trails. So, whether you pull off into one of the many camping and picnic areas, or you forge your own path, this is one of the best (and most underrated) hiking spots in the state. It’s also significantly cooler than the rest of Tucson, which makes it that much better of a spot to visit during the summer.
Are you looking for something to do with the kids that is both fun and educational? Yes, you could drive out to Biosphere 2, but that’s a bit of a drive and your kids will be on their feet all day. Instead, there are all kinds of fun laser shows at the planetarium, which is housed right on the University of Arizona campus.
The shows do vary during the week (and will change throughout the year as well), but you’ll find shows about Tucson, the solar system, and sharks. Of course, don’t forget the Laser Queen show for adults who want to rock out to the music of Queen while a fantastic laser show is projected overhead.
Currently, there is also a Stranger Things show, which harnesses the powerful and fun-filled 80’s pop-rock music featured during the Netflix program. There’s also the classic Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon presentation. In short, there are just as many laser shows for adults as there are for kids. So, whether you want to go with a group of friends or take your kids along with you, you’ll find all kinds of fun-filled shows taking place at the planetarium.
Arizona is truly a place for everyone. While it might be best known by outsiders for the Grand Canyon and the amazing national parks, there’s so much more fun to be had. And as eegee’s continues to expand its footprint, there’s nothing better than combining fun activities with delicious food and frozen drinks at eegee’s.
Whether you’re interested in going for outdoor hikes or you’d rather check out a local amusement park, just make sure to give yourself the energy you need to get through the day and stop by a neighborhood eegee’s for all your food and frozen beverage needs.