As the summer heat kicks into full gear we’ll be scrambling to find a bit of relief from the intense weather. Staying home in your A/C’d sanctuary has its time and place, but for a more active option check out my favorite places to stay cool and not let the heat beat you down:
With technology today we can get our books, magazines and news at the tips of our fingers with a click of a button. But, sometimes there’s nothing like the feel of a book or glossiness of a magazine’s pages. Find your local library–they’ve usually got some pretty comfy seats you can crash in–and spend some time “checking out” reading material the old fashioned way.
2. A Home Goods Store or Bargain Shop
To me, there’s nothing like the thrill of a good bargain. I love spending an hour or so in the A/C’d coolness searching through clearance racks or discount bins. You never know when you’ll score your new favorite dress, funky frame or caffeinated drink vessel.
3. Under a Shade Tree
This one might be best on a day when there’s a bit of a breeze or a slight break in the heat, but people survived for years without air conditioning. Spread out a blanket and take advantage of some good old fashioned fresh air. You don’t have to go completely old school (although if you actually checked out a book from the library this would be a great spot to crack it open). You can watch a movie on your ipad, return those phone calls you keep delaying or even spend a “happy hour” cooling down with a refreshing cocktail.
4. Movie or Museum
If you’re near a town or city that boasts a museum or local exhibit, spend an hour or two strolling through. Even if you’ve been ten times before there’s always a new exhibit or some detail you’ve missed. If museums aren’t abundant, head to the local theatre and check out a new flick. Movie prices are cheaper during the most intense afternoon hours and theatres are usually less crowded so you’ll have your pick of seats!
5. Take a Class
Many community colleges offer adult education classes that aren’t part of a curriculum. Learn to arrange flowers, boost your writing skills or dabble in a new language. Or find a pool and take a swim lesson or join a spin class at your local gym–if you’re going to sweat, you may as well burn some calories while doing so!
Tell us, what’s your favorite place to stay cool out of the summer sun?