Summer in the city: a chill Philly top ten list

July 11, 2012 — It’s hot. You’re stuck in the city. What do you do? Here are ten hot spots around town that will cool you off during the dog days of summer.

10. Visit a Rita’s Water Ice stand. Folks in many parts of the country enjoy a cool Italian ice to take the heat off, but here in Philly we call it water ice and it’s easily available at any Rita’s Water Ice stand in the city. I typed my zip code on to the site and found 12 locations in Northeast Philly within 3 miles of my house.

9. Visit an ice cream palor. If water ice isn’t your thing, perhaps ice cream will do the trick. In the center city area, you’ll find Scoop DeVille at Rittenhouse Square, and in Old City, visit the Franklin Fountain, the city’s self-proclaimed “ice cream saloon”.

8. Take a dip. Unfortunately, the city’s many fountains won’t allow you to take a dip there, but there are plenty of private and public pools that will help you beat the heat.

7. Head for the shore. Many Jersey shore locations are within one hour of center city Philadelphia, so a day trip is easy to plan if you can’t get away for a longer period. You can be on the beach and swimming in the ocean on most days in as quickly as you can say “Bob’s your uncle.”

6. Visit the Constitution Center. It’s air-conditioned and well worth the price of admission. This summer, the center features an exhibit on Bruce Springsteen, which is making its east coast debut courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

5. Have a drink. If you enjoy a refreshing adult beverage or virgin cocktail, head to the Rum Bar for a traditional daiquiri or other frozen concoction. Any of the clubs along the Delaware River will do nicely, too, and you can catch the water’s breeze and pretend you’re in the Bahamas.

4. Ride the ducks. Philly Duck boats board several times a day near Independence Hall, take you on a great tour of the city, and finish with a cool splash in the Delaware River.

3. Go to a movie. Sometimes the best place to cool off is in a cool, dark movie theater. I know it’s my favorite way to beat the heat!

2. Experience Comcast Spectator. Another air-conditioned wonder, this brand new Philadelphia sports and entertainment complex is adjacent to Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Wells Fargo Center, where the Sixers and Flyers play.

1. Just chill and enjoy. The oppressive temperatures won’t last forever; take a moment to sip on a glass of lemonade, paint your toe nails orange and enjoy. We’ll be shoveling snow again before you know it.

P.S. Today is 7/11! Enjoy a free Slurpee at participating 7-Eleven stores in honor of the special date. Now that’s a fantastic way to beat the heat!

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