Sometimes, the locals of Tucson, Arizona, need a Tucson guide in order to find out what's going on in their own town. Tucson is famous for outdoor pursuits because of its near-perfect weather. There are those times, however, when the temperature moves out of the balmy and into the overbearing. On those days, local residents are on the hunt for air-conditioned things to do in Tucson, and the town doesn't disappoint.
Admiring art in the comfort of an air-conditioned gallery is one of the best ways to spend a hot Saturday afternoon in Tucson. The Davis Dominguez gallery is big, beautiful and houses some of the most stunning contemporary art in the city. For those into photography, the Center for Creative Photography is considered one of the leading museums of American photography in the world. It's free to enter and is conveniently located on the University of Arizona campus. Shopping is another way to beat the heat on those days when the mercury is out of control. In addition to making all the usual stops at the Tucson Mall with its requisite Dillard's, Macy's and Sears shops, a diligent shopper can discover more unique offerings at the Campbell Avenue District and the Downtown Tucson Partnership. Not only do these shopping areas promote businesses in the community, but they also offer many more unique and personal shopping options than those found in the mall. Getting a taste of Tucson's performance art scene is another way to cool down on a hot day. The Tucson Jazz Society is in its 34th season of bringing wonderful music to the city and never fails to please. It features the hottest jazz musicians and sponsors educational activities. Of course, if flying to New York City is not an option, the Broadway in Tucson series of plays and musicals brings the best of Broadway to the desert.