The 24 Best Ways To Stay Cool In The Summer

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It’s hot outside. What are you going to do about it? Read on for some suggestions on how to avoid melting like the Wicked Witch of the West. Bonus: these 24 ways to stay cool double as great opportunities to unplug from technology.

1. Make a splash at the pool

Ways to stay cool: Swimming Pool

If you're not lucky enough to have your own swimming pool, you can always find a friend with one or check out the public pool. Or you can make one from scratch like these guys.

2. Contemplate the meaning of life at the beach

Ways to stay cool: Beach

Everyone needs a little quiet time, even troubled toddlers.

3. Hang out at a water park

Ways to stay cool: Water park

Head to your local park or visit one of the top 25 water parks in the United States.

4. Have an epic water fight with the Poseidon Storm Blaster

Ways to stay cool: Poseidon Storm Blaster

For the kid and the kid-at-heart.

5. Get an adrenaline rush from white water rafting

Ways to stay cool: White water rafting

Photo Cred: White Water Magazine

Not for the faint hearted.

6. Float your worries away on a canoe / kayak / paddleboat

Ways to stay cool: Kayaking

It's time to connect with your inner Pocahontas.

7. Race your friends on jet skis

Ways to stay cool: Jet ski

Or just do donuts around each other.

8. Try your hand at paddle boarding

Ways to stay cool: Paddle board

Learn to do it right, here.

9. Find a friend to take you boating

Ways to stay cool: Boating

A great way to relax after a ruff week.

10. Try and fail at water skiing

Ways to stay cool: Water skiing

Don't worry, there's always someone who fails harder.

11. Spend a lazy afternoon tubing

Ways to stay cool: Tubing

Or maybe not so lazy…

12. Bounce your heart out on a water trampoline

Ways to stay cool: Water trampoline

Excellent form.

13. Explore under the sea with snorkeling

Ways to stay cool: Snorkeling

Here are the world's 10 best islands to do it.

14. Explore deeper under the sea with scuba diving

Ways to stay cool: Scuba diving

And make new friends.

15. Go chase some waterfalls aka canyoneering

Ways to stay cool: Canyoneering

The outdoor activity that combines hiking, climbing, jumping, rappelling, and swimming.

16. Slip n slide like there’s no tomorrow

Ways to stay cool: Slip n slide

Easy enough to buy online or at the store or here's how to build your own HUGE slip n slide.

17. Go pro at an indoor ice skating rink

Happy Family Ice SkatingYou go girl.

18. Knock some things over at a bowling alley

Ways to stay cool: Bowling

One of the best ways to stay cool AND letting off some steam.

19. Get frosty with some ice cream or popsicles

Ways to stay cool: Ice cream

Check out these amazing looking dairy-free ice cream recipes.

20. Embrace your fruity side with a smoothie

Ways to stay cool: Smoothies

These 10 healthy summer smoothie recipes ought to do the trick.

21. Mix things up with a refreshing Summer cocktail

Ways to stay cool: Summer cocktails

Thai-Basil Sangria anyone? Here are 24 modern summer cocktails to try.

22. Show your friends who’s boss at a board game café

Ways to stay cool: Board game cafe

No, these are not just bars or cafés that happen to have a game or two (which are also great). These establishments have more than a handful of games available. Find one near you. 

23. Escape to another world at the library or book store

Ways to stay cool: Library or book store

Groucho Marx said it best: “Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”

24. Get smart at a museum

Ways to stay cool: Museum

If you need inspiration, check out this list of the 25 best museums in America.


What are your favorite ways to stay cool on a hot summer day? Share in the comments!

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