Swimming pool and hot tub.

Here Comes the Summer Sun: Our Top 5 Things to Do on Hot Days

Living in New England, we’re no strangers to swinging temperature extremes (it’s why we’re such a hardy bunch!). We’re used to bundling up during blizzards, and there are summer days that’re more sweltering than sensational. Don’t let the dog days of summer get you down, though — there are plenty of things to do on hot days if you cross paths with a heat wave mid-trip.

Beat the Heat: Our 5 Favorite Things to Do on Hot Days

Swimming pool and hot tub.

1. Play in the Water

You guessed it, our waterfront location is extra convenient this time of year…but do you know just how many water features you can take advantage of here? All of Meredith Bay is at your fingertips for a full day of swimming or lake activities, but you’ll also have your pick of swimming pools on the property (no matter which inn you’re actually staying in). There’s an indoor pool in The Inn at Mill Falls along with an indoor/outdoor watering hole in Church Landing. Not traveling with a family? Do some laps at the adult-only indoor/outdoor pool in the Boathouse Lodge.

2. Explore the Polar Caves in Rumney, NH

Forget indoor AC. Take a drive over to Rumney, N.H. and spend an afternoon exploring the Polar Caves that keep cool year-round. It may feel absurd to sport long layers on a 95-degree day, but this place got its name for a reason — the nine granite caves and passageways emit a chilly breath that’s both intriguing and refreshing this time of year. In the appropriately named Ice Cave, you may even glimpse winter’s lingering frost at the hottest height of midsummer.

3. Catch an Indoor Show

Give a nod to a time-honored summer tradition: a big screen escape at our local Barnz’s Cinema. With smaller crowds and old-school affordable prices, the downhome feel to it is just as refreshing as its shelter from the midday heat. If you’d prefer replacing a big screen with a big stage, head to the Winnipesaukee Playhouse for matinee or evening performances all summer long.

4. Settle in with a Few Scoops

Ben and Jerrys chocolate and vanilla ice cream in a cup.

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Need an immediate cool-down? A towering cone of ice cream should do the trick. Your quickest route to a cone around here is within the Mill Falls Marketplace. Our resident Ben & Jerry’s site is a summer favorite for frozen treats, with over 30 flavors of ice cream, greek frozen yogurt, and sorbet to choose from (plus, fresh waffle cones and smoothies!). They’ve even got a Doggie Delight ready for your panting pup.

Just a short drive from Mill Falls, Kellerhaus in Laconia has been perfecting the art of homemade ice cream and candy making since 1906. Your options here can range right along with the severity of the sun: one scoop for mildly warm days all the way up to the 10-scoop Colossus.

5. Soar Through the Sky on a Zip Line

Skip the fan and zip through the trees! Gunstock Mountain in Gilford is home to one of the lengthiest zip line canopy tours in the country. Gliding potential can reach up to 70 mph on the 1.6 mile route, making for an exhilarating cooldown among the clouds.

As for those humid summer evenings? Our perfectly chilled lobbies are ideal for a heated checker tournament. Plus, with air conditioning in all of the guest rooms, our summer sleeping situation is the picture of comfort from the moment your head hits the pillow.

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