Amusement parks, vacations, and other summer activities are fun, but the cost can add up quickly. But when the temperature starts to rise and the heat seems inescapable, you don’t have to break the bank to beat the heat. There are a number of activities you can do that are fun without having to spend a lot.
GET HIGHER UP
Driving up a few thousand feet in elevation can cool down temperatures by several degrees. If you live close to mountains, pack a picnic, a cooler of ice and cold drinks, and take a drive.
TAKE A ROAD TRIP
Grab a map and let the planning begin. Find a cool spot, hop in the car, and take a mini road trip. Check out local lakes, rivers, north-facing slopes on a mountain, or even a pool in a different neighborhood.
BUY A FAN
A little air circulation can go a long way. Even the smallest of fans, which you can purchase at a low cost, can make a big difference in cooling off your home. Crack a window for some cross-ventilation to cool it off a couple more degrees.
Sunscreen can prevent your skin from burning, which helps keep you cool. Use at least an SPF 30 for the best sun protection.
FIND A SPLASH PAD
Many local parks, pools, or communities have a splash pad or water playground, which can help keep you cool and provide hours of fun. If you don’t have one nearby, throw on your bathing suit and hook up a sprinkler to run through in your yard.
HOOK UP A HAMMOCK
There’s nothing more relaxing than taking a snooze in a hammock, especially if it’s in the shade on a breezy summer day. Take your favorite book and enjoy some time in the cool outdoors.
MAKE A SWEET TREAT
Pour some of your favorite juice into an ice tray or small cups, add a few of your favorite berries, and stick them in the freezer for a few hours for an easy, cool popsicle treat. Or, if you want to be a little more adventurous, look up a recipe for homemade ice cream!
TAKE A BIKE RIDE
Feel the wind on your face as you cruise around town or your neighborhood. Or, you can usually find some great bike trails through your state and local parks.
Find an ocean, lake, river, or pond, borrow or rent some equipment, and dig up some bait from your garden. Find a shady spot under a tree or out on a boat, and see what you can catch. (Before you cast the line, be sure fishing is allowed at that location.)