Summer is a great time to take a step back, spend time with family and friends and enjoy some leisure time. But the scorching heat of summer can make some activities unbearable. If you don’t want to sweat your way through the season, make sure to plan ahead and choose activities that help you beat the heat. Here are our twelve favorite summertime activities that are tons of fun but will also keep you cool.
Pack A Picnic
Nothing says summer like a picnic. Grab yourself a blanket, some pillows and a basket with lunch. Set up your picnic site under a large shade tree, beside the lake or ocean where there’s a constant breeze or even right in the middle of the living room with the A/C on full blast. Just sitting down to lunch in a different setting makes it fun.
Check Out A Matinee
Instead of spending the hottest part of the day outside, go to the movies. You’ll stay cool in the dim, dark theatre, plus you’ll also beat the crowds and save some money on tickets to the latest summer blockbuster.
Go Ice Skating
Want to truly beat the heat? Go ice skating. Indoor ice arenas are open year round, and while you might get chilly in the frigid arena in the wintertime, it’ll feel perfectly frosty in the middle of summer.
Make A Frozen Treat
You definitely don’t want to turn on the oven in the middle of a summer day to bake, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a sweet treat. Make your own ice pops out of fresh fruit and juice, chocolate covered frozen bananas or homemade ice cream sandwiches. These sinfully sweet snacks are cool and delicious, and they won’t heat up the house.
Enjoy A Wine Tasting
Need a little adult time? Go wine tasting. Local wineries feature cozy air conditioned tasting rooms and all the wine samples your heart desires. Just be sure to drink a glass of water between each sample, or you might not feel so wonderful when you step back into the heat of the day.
Explore Local Museums
Keep cool and learn something interesting by visiting a local museum this summer. Museums are a great place to cool down the body and heat up the mind. They’re also a great place to take kids. You don’t want everything they learned this year in school to be completely forgotten, do you?
Start A Pool Volleyball League
It may be too hot to play beach volleyball in the blazing hot sand and blaring sun, but it’s never too hot to play pool volleyball. Grab a floating net at the local toy store and invite over a few friends. The water will keep you cool while you play. Just don’t forget the waterproof sunscreen.
Bowl A Strike
On blistering hot days, swing by the bowling alley for some good old fashioned fun. It doesn’t matter if you’re good at bowling; in fact, sometimes it’s more fun if you’re awful. You’ll be laughing your head off at the gutter balls you throw in no time.
Play The Slots
Casinos are the perfect cool zone to spend the day (and quite a bit of your money if you’re not careful). Enjoy the day playing penny slots, table games and betting the sports book in the perfectly cooled, perfectly filtered casino air. And if you get sick of being inside, you can always try to sneak into the resort’s pool and spa area.
Take A Sunrise/Sunset Hike
Hiking might seem like a strenuous activity better suited for spring or fall, but hiking during dawn and dusk keeps temperatures low and comfortable. The faint, soft light also makes everything around you glow in new and unexpected ways.
Gaze Into the Stars
Take advantage of dropping nighttime temperatures by going on a stargazing adventure. Pack a telescope, a blanket and pillows and set off away from the lights of the city. Bring a star chart or pull up a map of the skies on your phone and compare what you see with what’s shining bright where you are.
Pack Your Bags
Even if you haven’t planned the perfect summer vacation, there’s still time to get away on a short cruise or staycation. Head to the shore where winds from the ocean keep everything a few degrees cooler. Or better yet, book a cruise and take in the sights from the balcony of your crisp, cool cabin.
Yes it’s hot outside during the summer months, but you can stay cool and still have a great time with just a little bit of creativity and planning. This summer, don’t just sit at home cooking on the couch. Gather up your friends and family, get out and enjoy this special time of year. +