40 Things to Do This Summer If You Hate the Heat from 40 Things to Do This Summer If You Hate the Heat
40 Things to Do This Summer If You Hate the Heat
Summertime, and the weather is sweaty. That’s great if you like that sort of thing, but what if you can’t stand the heat? Beaches and ballparks aren’t for everyone. But just because you prefer cooler climes, you can still stay comfortable and have some fun. Here are 40 things to do this summer if you hate the heat.
1. Watch the World Cup
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It’s OK if you don’t know Ronaldo from Portugal the Man. Now’s the time to jump on the bandwagon. The 2018 World Cup champion will be crowned on July 15. The game is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Eastern.
2. See a baseball game, inside
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Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, is the only MLB stadium with a permanently closed roof. So it’s always a pleasant 72 degrees and you’re always out of the sun. The Rays host the New York Yankees July 23-25. You can visit ALL MLB stadiusm in under $1,000.
7. Go hunting for trolls
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Search for trolls in the shady woods of the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., about 30 miles west of Chicago. Six colossal creatures have been crafted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. The sculptures have been created to serve as protectors of the environment.
8. San Francisco
Mark Twain may or may not have once said: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Either way, temps usually hover in the very manageable high 60s in the City by the Bay. But if it does heat up, head to the water and take a tour of Alcatraz. The infamous former prison is now a tourist attraction run by the National Park Service.
9. Wisconsin Dells
Splash around at the self-proclaimed “Water Park Capital of the World.” And you don’t have to go outside. The Wisconsin resorts have indoor (and outdoor) waterslides, pools, lazy rivers and more.
10. Minneapolis Skyway
Take a long walk without worrying about getting a sunburn. The Minneapolis Skyway is the largest in the world. It covers more than 9 miles and connects 80 city blocks. And if you get hungry, there are more than 100 restaurants.
11. Curl up with a good book
Looking for a good summer read? Novelist Anne Tyler — best known for “The Accidental Tourist” — is back with “Clock Dance,” an episodic story of a woman whose life seems straightforward enough until, in her 60s, she agrees to take care of a stranger’s daughter and dog and gets caught up in their world.
12. Visit Argentina
Since it’s in the Southern Hemisphere, July is the coldest month of the year in Buenos Aires. It’s a terrific time of year to visit South America.
14. Learn more about the game, inside
In honor of the nation’s capital hosting the All-Star Game, the Library of Congress is offering an exhibit: “Baseball Americana” explores the game’s roots and changing traditions.
16. Install a smart thermostat
This device can keep your home a more consistent temperature and save you a few bucks on your electric bill.
20. Grill out
Yes, you’ll have to step out into the heat to cook that burger. But you won’t be warming up your whole house by turning on the stove or oven. (You’ll thank us later.)
22. Avoid using appliances during the day
Put off running the dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer until evening. It will help your utility bills and can keep your whole house cooler.
23. Anchor down in Anchorage
This is a great time of year to visit Alaska’s largest city. The sun barely sets in the summer, but the outdoor temps are pleasant. You could spot moose, whales or bears while you’re in the area.
24. Host a water balloon fight
This summer tradition will keep your kids cool and is guaranteed to make you the “fun” parent on the block. (And once it’s over, everyone’s ready to head back inside.)
25. Use cotton sheets
The breathable fabric will make for a cooler, more pleasant night’s sleep.
26. Go easy on the alcohol
Sure, an ice-cold beer sounds like a good idea. But alcohol will dehydrate you, which just makes you feel the effects of the heat even more.
27. Go for a nighttime bike ride
The Moonlight Ride in New York’s Central Park has been a fun tradition since 1994. Riders meet at 10 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. The ride covers about 10 miles in the park and wraps up around midnight.
28. Explore Mammoth Cave National Park
The temps are steamy above ground at Mammoth Cave National Park, in central Kentucky. But things cool off once you get below the surface and explore the natural wonders.
29. Check out Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Another underground treasure that’s millions of years in the making, Carlsbad Caverns is in southern New Mexico.
30. Stay hydrated
The Centers for Disease Control says you should drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. You can try adding peppermint or cucumber to your water. And make sure your kids are getting enough to drink too.
33. Use a fan, but …
The CDC also points out that while electric fans may provide comfort, when the temperature is in the high 90s, they will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
37. Visit a museum
See ancient artifacts and world-class art, all without breaking a sweat. And many of the nation’s finest museums offer free days or reduced-admission deals. Example: The Art Institute of Chicago is free for all Illinois residents from 5-8 p.m. on Thursdays.
38. Eat fruit
Fruits that are high in water content should be your go-to summer treat. So dig into that watermelon and those grapes and berries.
39. Exercise early
You still want to get that jog in, so get up and go. Early-morning exercise is especially important when temperatures are spiking. It’s not just more pleasant, it’s safer for you.
40. Eat breakfast
Mom always said breakfast was the most important meal of the day. That’s especially important when you don’t want to cook or eat much in the heat.