8 Things You Do In Illinois When It’s Just Too Darn Hot
Sometimes, the weather gets to dictate how we spend our days. When it’s too cold, we seek heat, and when it’s just too darn hot, we seek the coolest activities we can find.
From lifestyle choices to aquatic attractions, this list of eight things to do in Illinois when it’s too hot is your unofficial guide to summer. Keep it handy.
1. Go to the beach
This is the most popular summer activity of all time for Illinoisans. Whether it's along a lake or a river, we just can't get enough of being by the water. On the hottest days, it's great to take a dip and let the cool waves wash your sweat away. Check out the 10 best beaches in the state
2. Visit a waterpark
Yet another way to cool off with water, these epic aquatic amusement parks are the ideal summer vacation. From water slides to lazy rivers, you'll find a bunch of ways to cool off at one of
these 15 waterparks
. This is the best thing to do when it's going to be too darn hot all day long.
3. Swim at the public pool
Some hot days just demand a dip in the pool. The shock of that unheated water will keep you feeling cool for as long as you're wet. Kids most especially know that this is the most fun way to cool off in the summer.
4. Take a cold shower
When you don't have air conditioning in your home (or if you do and it doesn't work well), a cool shower is the perfect remedy. It's rejuvenating, refreshing, and a jolting change from your normal routine. Just don't keep the water cold so long that you start shivering.
5. Chase down the ice cream truck
The only time Illinoisans are willing to run during the summer is for the ice cream truck. Just hearing the whimsical tune these trucks play brings back fond memories of drum sticks, ice cream sandwiches, and push pops.
6. Eat popsicles
Nothing will cool you down quicker than one of these. This is the number one way to assuage children when it's just too darn hot, and we guarantee, it will work on adults too. Any flavor will do.
7. Show some skin
Whether to stay cool or get some sun, showing some skin in the summer is a must for most. Dresses, skirts, shorts, and tank tops are the staples of this season.
8. Go for a drive
Some days, when it's just unbearable to be inside, driving around with the windows rolled down (or with the A/C on) can make all the difference. Other than when you have to slow down or stop, you may completely forget that it's hot out in the first place.
9. Sit in front of a fan
When all else fails, the best any Illinoisan can do is get out the best fan in the house and perch it right in front their faces. Most heat can't beat the constant wind created by these genius inventions.
For more fun things to do this summer, check out
11 tropical-themed restaurants in Illinois you don’t want to miss.
What else do you do when it’s too darn hot? Share your ideas with us below in the comments.
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