Cool It, Seattle: 5 Free Activities to Beat the Heat This Summer

It’s certifiably true: The weather has been too dang hot in Seattle this summer. With temperatures rising up into the 90s, heat advisory warnings and numerous heat records being broken, many Emerald City residents are employing desperate tactics to keep cool. Escaping to a movie theatre can be great, but it can also get a little expensive if you make it your go-to activity. Here are a few simple and free activities to enjoy the Seattle summer without getting unacceptably sweaty.

Wade in Green Lake Pool

"Green Lake," by Travis. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0).

"Green Lake," by Travis. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Green Lake Park houses one of the city’s most beloved places to dip your feet. What with the nearby walking path, tennis courts, play area and sports facilities, this location has plenty of fun in case you get tired of splashing about (yeah right).

Swing off the Rope Swing in Fremont

"Rope Swing," by elbyincali. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

"Rope Swing," by elbyincali. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Relive your happiest summer camp memories swinging into the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Located at Phinney Avenue North and North 34th Street.

Escape to SAM on a First Thursday of the Month

Enjoy world-class art while escaping the heat. On the first Thursday of the month SAM is open until 9:00pm and is free to all.

Hang out on the Harbor Steps

"Harbor Steps," by Stephen Rees. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

"Harbor Steps," by Stephen Rees. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Located between Western and First Avenue along Post Alley, the Harbor Steps provide a nice public space to read, picnic or even check your email at one of the tables under some trees. They have free wifi!

Walk between the Walls of Water at the Westlake Park Fountain

"maybe ...maybe not..." by Chris Blakely. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

"maybe ...maybe not..." by Chris Blakely. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Although it’ll only take a few minutes of your time, a walk through the Westlake Park Water Fountain is a fun and refreshing activity during errand running, or even during your weekday lunch break if you work downtown.

…And if you feel like staying in and you don’t have AC…apparently you can put a bowl of ice in front of a fan to get a cool breeze going. For those of us in old, brick studio apartments, it might be well worth the ice.

-Maggie Tarnawa, Blog Manager