Chill Time in the Triangle: 5 Ways to Cool Off During Summer's Peak Temps
Walk 'Into the Mist,' watch a planetarium show and enjoy a cold treat
July is undeniably the hottest month of the year in the Triangle, with the average temperature settling around 89 degrees. Those temps stay high in August, too. It's always smart to keep the kids indoors during the hottest hours of the day, but if you must go out, work a few of these cool ways to chill out into your schedule.
1. Cool off in a public pool, sprayground or lake in the area.
From manmade pools to lakes, you'll find plenty of places in the Triangle to make a refreshing splash.
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2. Watch a cosmic show inside the cool, dark theater at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
Choose from shows about black holes, astronauts, Galileo, solar systems and more at this famed attraction on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
Note: The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is currently undergoing renovations. Exhibits and Science Stage programming will return in early Spring 2020, however, the gift shop and theater are open to the public.
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3. Walk 'Into the Mist' at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.
Activate push-button mist fields and watch as droplets of water suspended in air form over hills and valleys. Climb through tunnels, make sand sculptures or just cool off and observe the beauty of mist.
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4. Enjoy a cold, sweet treat at one of these local establishments.
From rolled up ice cream to frozen custard, you'll find a delicious way to chill out at treat shops located throughout the Triangle.
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5. Catch a free — or cheap — movie at one of the indoor theaters offering summer specials.
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