Summer time is hot in the United States! Unless you’re in Alaska, you’re probably feeling the heat right now. Are you searching for places to beat the heat? Look no further! From water parks to indoor venues and mountain escapes, here are the best places to escape the hot summer weather in the United States.
Noah’s Ark in the Wisconsin Dells
This is the biggest water park in the United States! There’s pretty much no better place to cool off and have a lot of fun at the same time. There are more than 50 slides, plus a surf simulator and some crazy rides. Some hotels in the area offer free water park passes to guests, so plan right and you could have yourself a weekend of fun in the sun… minus the heat!
Mall of America
When there’s nothing to do in the summertime except go to the mall, you may as well go to the biggest and best mall around! If you’ve never been to Mall of America, you should know that it’s more than just a huge shopping venue. Inside its walls, there’s also a huge Sea Life aquarium, the Nickelodeon Universe theme park, an escape room, mini golf… are you interested yet? There is literally something here for everyone, and it’s all in air conditioning!
Glacier National Park
You can’t get much cooler than glaciers, in either sense of the word. Glacier National Park is a great place to see them! Located in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, this park features 700 miles of hiking trails and peaks created by glaciers. Even in the summer, it is a comfortable 85 degrees or so. You can be outside and not melt! Win-win.
If you can make it to Washington, D.C., you’ll get to enjoy time in the cool Smithsonian museums that fill the city! There are many to visit, so you’ll have no problem keeping occupied. Be sure to check out the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, and the National Portrait Gallery. Of course, there are many other lesser known museums to visit, too, that are no less interesting! The Museum of African Art, for example, is pretty cool, and so is the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Goody’s Chocolate and Ice Cream Tour
Cool off with some ice cream and a tour of an ice cream factory! Kids and adults alike will enjoy learning how ice cream is made—and taste a few flavors, of course. This ice cream factory is located in beautiful Bend, Oregon. Admission for a tour is only $2, and it includes entrance to the museum, a tour, and six sample tastes of ice cream flavors. You won’t be able to resist getting a cone while you’re there, though!
Located on the border of Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe is a fantastic place to cool off and enjoy the water! Although nearby Carson City and Reno are pretty warm places, the Tahoe region is high in elevation and surrounded by snowy mountains. Even in the middle of summer, the water of the lake is ice-cold and refreshing! Try paddle boarding, or take a canoe around the lake. Or, take a hike in the cool weather!
Kenai Fjords National Park
What better place to escape the heat in the United States than Alaska? Kenai Fjords National Park is nice and cold no matter what time of year it is, and summer is the best season to visit. Kayak through the water to witness the icy glacial surroundings! Be sure to keep your eyes open for resident whales. There are many glaciers to visit, such as Exit Glacier and Aialik Glacier. You can take a cruise here, if that’s what floats your boat (pun totally intended).
Ice at the Galleria
You might not expect to find a fantastic ice rink in Texas, but this indoor rink is one of the best. You can visit all year round—including in the summer! There are public skate hours every day of the week, and you can even take skating and hockey lessons! General admission is $12, and a skate rental is $4, so this is a very affordable day to spend half a day. Plus, you will be a bit on the chilly side. You might even forget how hot it is outside those doors!
Love movies? Try live theater! This is a different way to enjoy a good show and a great story. Broadway in New York City has several shows that play at once, including classics like Les Miserables, new hits like Hamilton, and even funny entertaining musicals like the Junie B Jones play! Before or after the show, check out the best margaritas in NYC for a cool tropical treat.
If you can’t make it to Broadway, there are plenty of other great places to enjoy high-quality theatre performances! In the southwest, head to Arizona Broadway Theater or Gammage, for example. Even your local kid’s performance troupe is a fun way to get out of the heat if Manhattan can’t fit into your summer plans!
Maui is known for having some of the best beaches in the United States. A word of warning: you’ll never love Miami or San Diego the same way after experiencing the wonderful crystal-clear waters of Maui! Hit up Kaihalulu, or go surfing at Ho’okipa Beach Park. Wherever you go in Maui, you really can’t go wrong!
It may feel pretty hot wherever you live, but there are so many great places in the United States where you can escape the heat! Don’t sit around and sweat all summer—get creative and find new ways to stay cool. Hopefully, this post gave you some ideas for getting into the AC or cooler weather. Have fun!