stay cool this summer with recipes and activities

Anyone who has lived in North Carolina knows it gets hot in the summer. With temperatures regularly reaching into the 90s, and humidity to match, it can be tough to stay cool during June, July and August.

To help you keep cool during the sweltering summer, here are some ideas for fun treats, activities, and places to go.

Cold Recipes For Hot Days

Here are a few homemade recipes to keep you cool in the North Carolina heat.

  • Homemade healthy fruit pops - Take some of your favorite fruits, puree them in a blender, and pour them into either an ice tray or popsicle molds. Let them freeze overnight.

  • Homemade mint ice cream - Nothing beats homemade ice cream. Follow this simple recipe for some delicious mint chocolate chip ice cream that’s also fun to make.

  • Homemade raspberry lemonade slushie - Grab some raspberry sorbet, crushed ice, sugar, water, and lemon juice and throw it all into a blender. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Products To Help Keep You Cool

One of the hardest things about summer is getting outside. Sometimes it’s just too hot! Here are some products you can use to fight off cabin fever and enjoy the outdoors, even in the heat.   

  • Cool mist umbrella - Keep yourself in the shade and cooled down with a misting umbrella. This large umbrella can be placed on the patio or by the pool this summer.

  • Inflatable pool lounge - For those who don't have access to a community pool or have one at home, an inflatable pool is a budget-friendly option— and they aren't just for the kids anymore. Models as large as 18’ by 48’ are available, so they're a great option for small backyards too!

  • Homemade slip and slide - All you need is a large construction tarp, a hose, and dish soap! Lay the construction tarp on any hill you can find, the steeper the better, and lather it in dish soap.  Lay the hose on the top of the tarp and make sure the tarp gets soaked before sliding belly down on this homemade slip and slide.

Cool Off With Outdoor Fun!

Sometimes all you need is a little time away from home.  These a few activities that can be a perfect day out.

  • Splash Pad, Fuquay Varina - The Splash Pad is a quaint water park at South Park along Main Street in Fuquay, featuring a large bucket that dumps water, fountains, water sprays. Just 30-minutes from Cary, the park is free for kids under the age of 2 and only $2 for visitors from out of town.

  • Frankie’s Fun Park, Raleigh - What kid doesn’t love mini golf, laser tag, go karting, and arcade games? The best part is, you get all of these fun activities under one roof. It’s easy to spend an entire day beating the heat at Frankie’s, especially considering they're open from 10 am to midnight, Monday through Friday, and 11 am to midnight.

  • Museum of Life and Science, Durham - Only 5 miles from downtown Durham, this 84-acre museum has it all including one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the east coast, a lemur exhibit, a sound garden, and many more interactive activities for the kids.

Of course, one of the best ways to beat the heat is to spend the day at your community pool. Or, if you're in the market for a home wtih an in-ground pool, let us know! We'd love to help you find a home that makes beating the heat a breeze!

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