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20 Ways to Stay Cool in Dallas-Fort Worth This Summer

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Even though we just experienced Labor Day, Dallas will continue with the heat for the months to come. Beat the heat with these 20 ways to stay cool in the DFW area. From swimming holes to museums to icy cold desserts, there’s a way for you to enjoy the end of summer and the transition into fall without sweating buckets.


1. Wake-boarding at the Hydrous Wake Park

The Hydrous Wake Park offers both cable water-skiing and wake-boarding to those brave participants willing to give it a go. Apparently, with the Hydrous Park system, riding is relatively easy. Enjoy the wake of the lake beneath your skis as you slalom past fallen riders!

2. Water Sliding at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Make it a day of family fun at Hurricane Harbor in Six Flags. With water rides of all kinds, there’s something sure to please everyone. Let the kids roam free on the slides while the parents enjoy floating around the lazy river. Or maybe you’re interested in a thrill, check out the Dive Bomber slide that plummets you down seven stories. Watch out for the trapdoor that opens right above the slide!

3. Splashing in the Klyde Warren Park Fountains

Try the Klyde Warren Park for a free way to chill out! Splash around in the fountains located in the Children’s Park. When you’re finished cooling off in the fountains, the park offers Food Trucks and Free Music Thursdays.

4. Diving into Burger’s Lake

Swing into Burger’s Lake on their trapeze or dive off of one of their six diving boards. This spring-fed lake is a perfect way to cool off in the DFW area this year. With inner tubes for rent, a 20-foot slide and beautiful sandy beaches to sun yourself on, Burger’s Lake is a great place for the whole family to experience.

5. Strolling through the Fort Worth Water Gardens

The Water Gardens in Fort Worth are truly breathtaking. Designed by Phillip Johnson in 1974, the Water Gardens offer an oasis in the dry Great Plains of Texas. Three unique pools are featured in this park: the aerating pool, the quiet pool, and the active pool. Feel the cool mist of falling water while you dip your feet into the pools.

6. Relaxing at the Knights of Columbus Outdoor Pool

For a more traditional experience, head to the Knights of Columbus Outdoor Pool. Unfortunately, you are required to have a membership to swim, but members are allowed to bring guests. Make friends with a member for a relaxing swim at the KC pool!

7. Kayaking on White Rock Lake

Rent a kayak or take your own out on White Rock Lake. Since high-powered motorboats are forbidden on White Rock Lake, it’s a safe paradise for kayaking. Relish in the natural world while viewing the ecosystem of the lake!


8.Eating a Cool Treat at La Original Michoacana

Wanting to cool down with a sweet treat?! Then La Original Michoacana is the place for you. This Mexican paleteria offers a variety of exotic and traditional ice cream flavors including pine nut, tequila-lime, and avocado. With a slightly different texture from US ice cream, you’re sure to love the array of flavors they boast.

9. Chugging a cold beer at Lakewood Brewing Company

10. Devouring Popsicles at Steel City Pops

Steel City Pops offers gourmet, all-natural popsicles to consumers in both Dallas and Fort Worth. Originally from Birmingham, this Pop Shop doles out a one-of-a-kind popsicle experience with flavors like maple bacon, pineapple-jalapeno, orange mint green tea, and mojito.

11. Sipping on a Marg at Gloria’s

We know you were expecting this… Of course margaritas were going to be included on this list! With multiple locations across Texas and renowned as one of the best margarita’s in Dallas, Gloria’s is the place to go for an icy cold margarita sure to drown all your sorrows!

Museum Go-ers

12. Wandering through the Eight Track Museum

Escape Dallas’ hot summer days by entering the eclectic Eight Track Museum. Learn about the history and technology of eight tracks and view some of the rarest eight tracks still around. Don’t forget to make your appointment to view Bucks Burnett museum of eight tracks and check out their gift shop.

13. Contemplating Art in the Dallas Museum of Art

This summer, the DMA has free general admission and free activities! With all of their exquisite pieces of art, from Renaissance Prints to Modernism art, you can escape the summer heat for countless hours exploring the DMA.

14. Watching Sharks at the Dallas World Aquarium

Experience the wonders of a water world without actually getting into the water at the Dallas World Aquarium. This aquarium also includes exhibits on terrestrial animals such as birds and monkeys. Start by getting the family pumped for the experience by watching one of their many animal cams. And don’t miss the shark feedings that take place twice a day!

15. Watching Shows at Winspear Opera House

Cool down and catch the matinée of the latest show at the Winspear Opera House. Showing musicals, concerts, and operas throughout the year, the Winspear Opera House is the best place to become cool and cultured! They also offer tours to view one of America’s finest opera houses.

16. Engaging minds at the Perot Museum of Science and Nature

The building of the Perot Museum is itself an exhibit. A sustainable building, the Perot Museum houses 13 exhibits that are sure to take most of the day to see! Take advantage of the 3D educational movies watched in their state-of-the-art theater. The family is sure to enjoy their Sleepover Program too.

Cool Breezers

17. Attempting Grabs at Skyline Trapeze

Feel the wind in your hair with the Skyline Trapeze school of aerial arts! Dallas’ first trapeze rig offers many circus art activities. Each class lasts 2 hours and instructors teach students the basics of trapeze and other more advanced tricks.

18. Catching Air at the Flight Deck Trampoline Park

Bounce along through Flight Deck’s court of connected trampolines catching air and having fun! Play some high-quality dodgeball or just jump into their massive foam pit. They also offer aerobics classes to adults and other classes for kids.

19. Pedaling through Town with Buzz Bike

Load up your cooler with some ice and cool brews for a Buzz Bike tour of Dallas! Pedal through one of their four routes while gulping down your BYOB drinks. Or do some bar hopping around town. Routes take you through the Arts District, Downtown, Uptown, or Victory Plaza.

20. Observing the Big D from the Reunion Tower

Get above it all on top of the Reunion Tower! At 561 feet tall, you can view the entirety of the city from above, observing as far as 32 miles. Head up to the Five Sixty Restaurant to enjoy a meal while overlooking the expansive city of Dallas.

But the best solution of all is a special discount on A/C repairs and service from Lex Air. Stay cool this summer Dallas!

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