10 Cool Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

July 18, 2018

The days you wished for back in January and February are finally here. It is officially summer and with that change in the calendar comes sunnier days, outdoor activities, and warmer temperatures. But sometimes, even the most ardent summer-lover wants to take a break from the heat and cool off. Well, lucky for you, our team of summer experts here has put together a list of ways to “beat the heat” in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

1. Break away to the beach
With more than 27 beach destinations, Lake Erie Shores & Islands is the summer capital of Ohio! Wade in the shallow water and feel the cool breezes off Lake Erie as you relax in the sand. Several beaches even offer beach rentals so you don’t have to “sweat” lugging all your beach stuff; some even allow you to bring your pets!

2. Take a ferry ride to an island
Enjoy the wind in your hair while standing on the deck as you take a ferry ride to Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island, or Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island.  Sure, the Lake Erie islands are great destinations in themselves, but getting there is half the fun! Your lake transportation can include indoor or outdoor seating, scenic views, and some offer narrated tours of the sites around you.

3. Lake Erie thrills
Want to experience an adrenaline rush while cooling down? Zoom across the surface of Lake Erie with a Jet Ski or waverunner rental from Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, Sawmill Creek Watercraft Rentals in Huron, and North Coast Parasail & Water Sports in Sandusky – where you can also parasail high above the lake!

4. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream
Toft Dairy is famous for their mega-portion ice cream cones. Trust us, the small is plenty. Over 50 flavors are offered at their scooping parlors, but we recommend the Lake Erie Cookie Island Monster – a mix of blue vanilla ice cream filled with chocolate cookie pieces and chocolate chip cookie dough. You’ll #LakeErieLove it! Other great spots for a tasty ice cream treat include Golly Gee Ice Cream & More, Granny Joe’s Ice Creamatorium, Papa T’s Ice Cream, Milan Village Drive-Thru, Main Street Soda Grill, DQ Grill & Chill, and more!

5. Splash the day away at a water park 
With more than a half-dozen water parks, Lake Erie Shores & Islands is Ohio’s Water Park Capital! For those wanting the ultimate getaway though, an extended weekend at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is just what you are looking for. This all-inclusive destination features both an indoor and outdoor water park, complete with thrills from mild to wild. Add in a huge arcade, Safari Outdoor Adventure Park, Spa Kalahari and Salon, and so much more, Kalahari goes beyond your expectations.

6. Sip a frozen drink
There’s nothing like a refreshing drink to cool you off on a hot summer day. Try the famous Brandy Alexander from the Village Pump on Kelleys Island – a local favorite. The Keys at Put-in-Bay features the famous “Fat Tuesday” frozen drinks; best enjoyed at a waterfront table. If you happen to be in Sandusky for sunset, don’t miss the “Freighter in the Bay” drink special at Dockside Café – a yummy rum punch concocted whenever someone spots a freighter coming into Sandusky Bay.

7. Paddle Lake Erie
Kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding, have grown in popularity among local water recreation activities. Plus, it’s an invigorating treat if you do happen to fall off! Check out Portage River Paddling Co. in Port Clinton, Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, or West River Paddle Sports in Vermilion.

8. Sip a cold one at a brewery
Ahhh! A freshly-brewed craft beer can be especially refreshing. Grab a cold one at one of these local hot spots: Catawba Island Brewing Company, Kelleys Island Brewery, and Put-in-Bay Brewery & Distillery. You can even enjoy a cold Lake Erie Love brew from Catawba Island Brewing Company!

9. A place like no other
Sometimes, the best way to cool off is by screaming at the top of your lungs while plummeting down a 300-foot-tall hill at speeds exceeding 90 mph. But where you ask can you do that? Why at the one-and-only Cedar Point amusement park. Featuring some of the tallest and fastest rides and roller coasters in the world, plus water rides, great live entertainment (in air-conditioned theatres!) and more, this “place like no other” offers a wide variety of chills and thrills.

10. Cool Culture
Check out a local museum, such as the Liberty Aviation Museum or Merry-Go-Round Museum, or catch a performance at one of our local theatres including the Sandusky State Theatre. You'll stay cool out of the sun and soak in some culture at the same time!

Share your experiences with your friends and they’ll all be saying, “how did you get so cool?” The answer? Lake Erie Shores & Islands, of course! What’s your fave way to chill out in the summer?

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