Escape the Heat in the DMV

Grab Some Ice Cream
What’s better than getting ice cream on a hot day. Getting ice cream made right in front of you with liquid nitrogen. With locations in Arlington, Old Town Alexandria, and Adams Morgan you will never be too far to grab a scoop.

Paddle Through the City
One great way to beat the heat is to hop on a kayak or paddleboard and go down the Potomac. With great views of Roosevelt Island and the monuments, Thompson Boat Center is a great place to get on the water. Kayaks can also be rented at Ballpark Boathouse, Columbia Island Marina, Fletchers Boathouse, and Washington Sailing Marina.

Sail Away for the Day
Want to be on the water but don’t feel like paddling? Head down to The Wharf Boathouse and let the wind do the work for you. Pack a picnic and bring it on the boat or stop by the various restaurants along the Wharf

Splash Around at the Water Park
Hot day ahead? Take the kids to Ocean Dune Water Park located in Arlington, just a short drive from DC. Get your adrenaline pumping going down the 230ft water slide or just lounge around in the water jets. Either way, you will be keeping yourself cool in the heat of summer.

Go to a Museum
Looking for an activity that is free and keeps you in the air conditioning? Then head to one of the many museums that DC has to offer. Some of my favorites are the Air and Space, the Renwick, and Hirshhorn.

Take a Trip to the Beach
While you won’t be able to go to the Outer Banks for the day, you can make a day trip up to Sandy Point State Park up in Maryland. Splash in the bay or layout on the beach. Just don’t forget to hydrate and reapply your sunscreen!

Go Ice Skating
For those extra hot days where the heat makes it unbearable to be outside, head to the indoor ice skating arena. It will surely cool you off. Go to the MedStar Iceplex in Arlington and skate where the Washington Capitals practice!

Go on a Shopping Trip
If you’re having a lazy Sunday and looking to purchase some new goods but don’t want to break the bank head to the Tanger Outlets at National Harbor. You’ll find options ranging from Adidas to Yankee Candle.

Check out the National Zoo
A great place to head on a warmer day is the National Zoo in DC. The kids will love it and your wallet will thank you. If it gets the too hot head into the Reptile Center to cool off or walk through the misters located throughout the zoo.

Immerse yourself in Art
Feeling creative? Go on over to the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria to look at, create, and purchase art. There you can discover 82 working artist studios, 7 galleries, and 2 workshops.

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