10. Visit a Rita’s Water Ice stand. A classic Italian ice is a fine way to beat the heat. In Philly, we call it water ice, and it is readily available at any Rita’s Water Ice stand in the city. I typed my zip code on to the site and found 12 locations within 3 miles of my house.
9. Visit an ice cream parlor. More of an ice cream person? 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” and one of my son’s favorite places. Try the peanut butter ice cream!
8. Take a dip. Unfortunately, the city’s many fountains don’t allow swimming, but there are plenty of private and public pools that will help you beat the heat if you don’t have a pool in your backyard.
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’ll have your toes in the sand before you know it.
6. Visit the National Constitution Center. This summer, the center features an exhibit on “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello”, and examines the dilemma of slavery in the United States. It’s a hot topic for sure, but the air-conditioning will cool you off.
5. Visit an office building and wander around the lobby. They usually crank up the air-conditioning in every office I’ve ever been in. In my office, people usually walk around with sweaters or blankets because it’s freezing!
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 river.
3. Go to a movie. Sometimes the best place to cool off is in a cool, dark movie theater. It’s my favorite way to beat the heat!
2. Experience Comcast Spectator. Another air-conditioned wonder, Philadelphia’s favorite sports and entertainment complex is adjacent to Citizens Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center.
1. Chill and enjoy. The hot temperatures won’t last forever. Take a moment to sip on a glass of lemonade, paint your toe nails orange and enjoy. Remember last winter? Cooler temperatures will be here again before we know it.