The summer heat is something we look forward to all year, but occasionally it can be TOO much. Thank goodness for air conditioning and cold drinks! Here are some creative places to escape the heat for a bit while still enjoying the summer.
Dave & Buster's
Dave and Busters is the adult arcade. Take the Path, get a few drinks, play some games, and of course win some cool prizes. You'll forget all about the 102-degree weather outside when you're in here! 234 W 42nd Street, NYC
Bring out your inner adrenaline junkie and your inner kid at RPM Raceway. Racing cars is fun for any age, and this is the place to go for it around JC. Race like the pros, challenge your friends, and become a champion at RPM. 99 Caven Point Rd, JC
Bowling is the perfect summer activity for people who love to bowl and even for those who are a little less experienced. With a location right in JC, it is a great escape to have some fun, some drinks and hopefully bowl a strike! 1 Garfield Ave, JC
Liberty Science Center
Let's face it–most of us don't use any of the science we were taught in school growing up, but it's never too late to re-learn. We have one of the best resources for all things science right in Jersey City. And if you'd rather learn the boozy way, check out the LSC After Dark events. 222 Jersey City Blvd, JC
The Metro area is a cultural hub. Go for the day, become a member, and enjoy some of the most world-renowned museums around. There truly is a museum for everyone's taste, and is the perfect escape the heat distraction!
Museum of Sex
The Museum of Sex has to have its own category here. The name says it all, but there also is a bouncy castle of breasts, and a VR experience. This museum will sure not disappoint. 233 5th Ave @ 27th Street, NYC
Although closed for most of August, Mana Gallery is one of the most exhilarating and exciting art galleries around. With its move from NYC to JC, it engages with art lovers of all degrees. 888 Newark Ave
Puzzle Out Escape Room
Put yourself and your friends puzzle skills to the test at Puzzle Out Escape Room. You can choose from several different scenarios in which you have 60 minutes to complete your mission and escape! Or you can compete against your friends and see who can escape faster. 317 Grove St.
CoCo Key Water Resort
As kids, we always wanted to spend the summer at a water park, and now that we're adults, why don't we! CoCo Keys is fun for people of all ages and offers a pleasant way to get out of that summer sun. 915 NJ-73, Mt. Laurel
Sahara Sam's Oasis
With 11 rides, a surfing and boogie boarding machine, and a 45-foot high raft ride you'll forget it was way too hot to even breathe this morning. Stay cool and have some fun at Sahara Sam's Oasis. 535 Route 73, West Berlin
Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club
Only minutes from AC, forget all of the worries of the suffocating humidity with an amazing view and golf club. With both indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, art galleries, and more, there's definitely no scarcity of activities for you and all of your friends. 401 South New York Road, Galloway, NJ
Sojo Spa Club
Relax the day away at Sojo Spa Club. Complete with a fitness center, amazing views, and a pedicure named after the delicious Italian liqueur "limoncello" what could be better? 660 River Road, Edgewater
Crystal Springs Resort
This resort is the place to be for all your relaxation needs. Play a round on one of their 6 golf courses, or enjoy one of their 3 pools and 2 spas. This will take alleviate all the stress of summer heat, and traffic. 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg
Stumpy's Hatchet House
Want to try a thrilling, crazy activity? Try hatchet throwing! With various locations around NJ, this is the perfect unique activity for you and your friends to try. You can even join the summer league! 22 Meridian Road, Eatontown
Want to please all of your friends, even the ones who have seen everything? Go to the movies! Love comedies? There's probably a comedy playing. Love horror? There is definitely one of those playing. Love romance? You get the picture. AMC Newport Mall
Written by Angela Ashman
Angela is a graduate student of cultural anthropology. While living in JC for the past two years, she has developed quite a taste for champagne, eclectic bars and exploring dog parks with her adorable cardigan welsh corgi, Olive. Follow her adventures with Olive on her Instagram @angie_ash!