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Beat The Heat at These 5 Places This Summer

Jun 26, 2023 10:47PM ● By Rose Terami
With summer now in full swing, one thing on everyone’s mind is how to keep cool during these hot months. Especially for those with kids on summer break or furry friends, having fun without too much sun can sometimes be a challenge. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of five places in the Upper Valley where you can beat the heat this summer!

The Montshire is a lifesaver for families with kids, and it’s especially fun during the summer! Along with the usual entertaining exhibits and activities inside the museum, during the summer you can also enjoy outdoor water exhibits and wooded walking trails. Bring a swimsuit!

The Northern Rail Trail

The Rail Trail is a good go-to option if you’re looking for a way to stay active locally and outdoors. Since the Rail Trail runs from Lebanon to Boscawen, there are plenty of access points to choose from. Many portions of the Rail Trail are shaded, which makes it a good option for walkers, runners, bikers, and more who are trying to stay cool.

Storrs Pond Recreation Area

Storrs Pond is a great local spot where you can cool off in the water, either in the pond or outdoor pool. A splash pad and playground will keep the kids entertained, and watercraft rentals are available on-site. If you want to stay for a while, you can even camp!

Your local library!

Libraries are a good hangout spot year-round but are perhaps underrated for one of their most precious resources besides books: air conditioning. If it’s hot outside, take a trip to your local library or venture out to visit a new one to enjoy some peace and quiet, a good read, and some AC. Books need to keep cool, and so do you!

Union Arena

You will certainly beat the heat at the Union Arena ice skating rink in Woodstock. Their summer ice season just opened on June 19, and you can pay a visit during their public skating hours. It costs $6 to skate for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 4 to 12, and free for ages 3 and under. Skate rentals and sharpening are also available. You’ll want to double-check the schedule before you go to make sure you plan your visit during public skating hours.

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