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April still a great month to visit, linger
YUMA, ARIZONA - Though the species known as snowbirds start their northern migration this month, desert dwellers know that April is a great time to soak up the sights and sunshine without having to fight the crowds. No foolin' - springtime is one of Yuma's best-kept secrets!
Not convinced? Read on for some questions and answers with our insider tips about how to enjoy April in the world's sunniest spot:
Q: Isn't it starting to get hot there already?
A: As the days get longer, temperatures do start to rise ... but Yuma's average high in April is a mere 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celcius) while the average low is a surprising 53 F (just shy of 12 C). That means fresh mornings for active sports and long, lazy evenings to enjoy our beautiful sunsets - plus a good excuse for a cerveza fria or an afternoon siesta. "Made in the shade" is a phrase coined for April in Yuma.
Q: Doesn't Yuma shut down when the snowbirds leave?
A: Not by a long shot, and certainly not in April - believe it or not, life goes on for folks here even after our winter visitors depart. But April is a great time to find "off-peak" bargains - and to enjoy prime-time reservations for tee times or dinner.
A few spring-fresh suggestions:
Enjoy breakfast, lunch or Sunday brunch at the all-outdoor Garden Café, just named one of Arizona's top restaurants by Arizona Highways magazine ... Because you can't air-condition the open air, the Garden Café does indeed take a summer break. But the Garden is always open through Mother's Day (May 13 this year). Enjoy an iced Yuma Spice tea in what was once the garden of pioneer merchant E.F. Sanguinetti, along with family recipes prepared by his descendants. 250 S. Madison, 928-783-1491.
At one time, the population of Castle Dome City far exceeded that of Yuma. But when the mining boom faded, so did the once-rowdy town. Now Allen and Stephanie Armstrong have re-created a ghostly mining town in a pristine desert setting surrounded by nearly 700,000 acres of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. Castle Dome Mines Museum also offers a self-guided hiking trail with beautiful desert views - and lots of April wildflowers. Open daily through April, call 928-920-3062, details and directions at http://www.visityuma.com/historic_site_museums.html
Get an up-close look at the beauty of the desert and mountains while learning more about our fascinating history with Steve Thornburg of Running Boy Tours. Feel the breeze in an open-air Polaris or crank up the AC in an enclosed Jeep. Info on personalized desert tours, 928-581-8202 or www.runningboy.us
Q: I don't want to be bored - is there really anything to do in Yuma in April?
A: You may not be able to go dancing every night of the week, but our April calendar is still pretty full! A few examples:
Enjoy an old-fashioned fair with rides, fun food and animal exhibits at the Yuma County Fair, April 3-8 (info 928-726-4420 or www.yumafair.com)
- Sample border fare and vote with your taste buds for the "taco king - or queen" at the Yuma Taco Festival, April 14 (Desert Sun Stadium, info 928-373-5040)
- Swing like Sinatra at a Salute to The Rat Pack and Friends, April 17 (Historic Yuma Theatre, tickets at www.YumaAZ.gov/events)
- Discover the diversity of Yuma's local art community at ARTbeat, a juried outdoor art exhibit and sale in historic downtown on April 21 (info 928-373-5202)
- Chill out and enjoy a flick with local flavor at the Yuma Film Festival, April 20 & 21 (info www.facebook.com/pages/Yuma-Film-Festival/296677447049641?sk=wall)
- Cool evenings and cool jazz are a natural at the Village Jazz Series at Yuma Palms Regional Mall ... Free performances this month include the Garrett Ortega Trio (April 5); Jason & Elle (April 12); High School Jazz Band night (April 19); Yuma Jazz Company & friends (April 26)
- Classical sounds more your style? Make a date to enjoy Yuma Orchestra Association's Ballet and Strings at Sunset on April 29 (info, www.yumaorchestra.org)
Q: Sounds great! Where can I learn more?
A: Go our website at www.visityuma.com for lots of great info or to browse or download a copy of our visitors guide. Or call or stop our Visitor Information Center (201 N. 4th Avenue, 800-293-0071 or 928-783-0071), open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week through May.
Don't forget that though Arizona's official "birthday" has passed, our bold Centennial offer still stands: guests at participating Yuma hotels eat free every day the sun doesn't shine - through July 31 of this year!
A longtime favorite with sun-seeking snowbirds, Yuma's population nearly doubles in the winter months, thanks to more than 23,000 spots in RV parks and resorts. The community also offers nearly 4,000 hotel rooms, conference and meeting facilities, and three casinos. For more details about Yuma's year-round attractions, special events - and the rarely "cloudy with a chance of tacos" forecast* - visit www.visityuma.com or call 800-293-0071.
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