Summer is here, and with it comes lots of time outside and in the sunshine. As great as spending a day outside in the sun can be, it’s just as necessary during the summertime to find ways to cool off. There are always plenty of ways to beat the heat depending on where you live. Whether you have a free weekend or just a couple of hours after work, these activities will help you stay cool during the hottest days of the year.

Head to the pool or beach

This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you’re lucky enough to live close to a pool or beach, summer is the right time to take full advantage of it! Bring plenty of sunscreen, water, and a hat to keep the sun off your face and take a dip in the water. This is also a great option if you have kids or want to be able to take your family with you for the day. The possibilities don’t just stop at pools or the beach either. If you live near a river, lake, or waterpark, you can be sure that a great time and a great way to stay cool is just around the corner.

Go shopping

One sure-fire way to stay cool, enjoy someone else’s air conditioning, and stay entertained on a weekend afternoon or after work is heading to your local mall or shopping center. This is also a great way to get some steps in for the day, and maybe grab a smoothie while you’re at it. If heading to the mall for a few hours isn’t your style, consider heading to the grocery store, or even going thrift shopping for the day. This is also a great way to include some friends for an afternoon.

Head to higher ground

If you happen to live in a state where there are mountains within a drivable distance, the summer is one of the best times to visit. The temperature in the mountains is typically much cooler, and there is sure to be beautiful scenery all around. If you have a free weekend, consider packing up and going camping or backpacking for a few days. If you don’t like camping or have never been before, consider renting a cabin. This is also a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle in the city during the summertime.

Heat-proof your house or apartment

One of the most important things to do during summer is keeping your apartment cool, especially if you don’t have air conditioning. Put up some sun blocking curtains, keep your windows closed, and make sure you have plenty of ventilation if your space. You should also avoid running the dishwasher, stove, and oven if you can, as these appliances can give off excess heat, and cause the temperature in your apartment to rise.