1. Splash around at a water park.
Pick your favorite water park, grab your swimsuit, sunscreen, and a towel, and spend the day cooling off in the pool and on the water slide. Pictured is Thunder Island in Fulton, but you’ll find some great water parks all around the state.
2. Enjoy a day (or weekend) at an island resort.
Lake George has plenty of islands, and Sagamore Resort, on Green Island, might be just the spot to hang out. Enjoy the fresh air, swim in the pool and go for a cruise on The Morgan.
3. Go for a scenic drive.
Climb in the car, crank up the A/C, and take a scenic drive to see some of New York’s most amazing scenery. Take the Catskill Mountain Scenic Byway, the Palisades Scenic Byway, or the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (pictured here).
4. Take a cruise.
Hop aboard with Mohawk Maiden Cruises. You’ll find them on the Hudson River at loch 5, near Schuylerville.
5. Go to church.
While you could certainly visit your nearest cathedral, synagogue, or chapel, we’re talking about a different church here. Dover Stone Church is a little gem hiding in Dover Plains. You’ll hike to this little rock cave and enjoy cool breezes, a little river, and the cave itself.
6. Join the tourists at Niagara Falls.
It’s kind of touristy, but it’s also a great way to cool off! Join the throngs of excited tourists on the Maid of the Mist.
7. Get cultured in one of New York’s museums.
Sure, it’s hot in the city, but the museums are air-conditioned. Spend the whole day soaking in the culture and art at the Guggenheim, MOMA, or Museum of Arts and Design.
8. Picnic and swim at your local swimming hole.
There’s no faster way to cool off than to dive into the clear, cool water of a swimming hole! This one is Kaaterskill Creek & Falls in Tannersville.
9. Take a boat ride...underground.
The Lockport Cave and Boat Tour lasts 70 minutes, and you’ll spend all of it enthralled as you learn about New York’s history, see some stalactites, and check out artifacts left by the miners who built the Erie Canal.
10. Go whitewater rafting.
Strap on a lifejacket and race through the raging waters of your local river. You’ll likely get soaked...even without falling in!
11. Cool off on a coaster.
The wind rushing at your face while you ride the Boomerang at Darien Lake will keep you nice and cool on a hot summer day. Once you’ve ridden the coasters, head over to Thunder Rapids or Shipwreck Falls to get drenched.