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Peter B. Laird

10 WAYS TO STAY COOL THIS SUMMER

It’s safe to say Miami wouldn’t be the city it is today without the invention of airconditioning (props to Willis Carrier). Being able to go from our air-conditionedhomes and cars to our air-conditioned offices and malls makes our long, steamysummer that much more tolerable. So what else is there to do that will make youforget about heat for awhile?

Now that sweat season is officially upon us, we’ve come up with some ideas on how youcan keep cool…with or without A/C. [half] JUMP IN The beautiful Venetian Pool in Coral Gables is not just a historic landmark.At 820,000 gallons, it’s the largest freshwater pool in the United States. Cool off in clear,77º degree spring water supplied from an aquifer deep underground. venetianpool.com [/half] [half_last]

[/half_last] [one_fourth]GO FISH When the retractable dome slides closed over the new Marlins Park (whichit will for most games during the summer), the temperature inside will be a comfortable75º…with a 0% chance of rain. miami.marlins.mlb.com/mia/ballpark [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] GET MOVIE-ING What better way to chill out on a sweltering summer afternoon thanby sipping a cold brew and enjoying a movie in the cool comfort of Paragon Grove 13,voted “Miami’s Best Movie Theater.” paragontheaters.com [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] SKATE AWAY At the Kendall Ice Arena, there’s ice…lots of it. Need we say more?Even if skating’s not for you, you can still just go hang out in the ice-chilled air for awhileto watch people skate, fall down, get up and skate some more. kendallicearena.com [/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last] TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS Even though they’re a wholesale house, BerkeleyFlorist Supply is open to the public. Which means you can enjoy the sights and scentsof all those fresh flowers and keep from wilting, thanks to the 48º temperature inside. berkeleyfloristsupply.com [/one_fourth_last] [half]

[/half] [half_last] HIT THE BEACH Miami is blessed with some beautiful beaches, but why go in themiddle of the day when the sun’s rays are set on “Broil?” Go after work, when thecrowds have thinned, the sun is going down and the sea breeze is picking up. miamiandbeaches.com/visitors/beaches.asp [/half_last] [one_fourth] TAKE A TAXI A water taxi, that is. With a one-day “hop on-hop off” pass from WaterTaxi Miami, you can ply the waters of Biscayne Bay and go bay- (or bar-) hopping fromBayside Marketplace to Downtown Miami, South Beach and beyond. watertaximiami.com [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] TURN ON THE FOG You’ve seen them at some of our local restaurants – outdoorfog systems that drop outdoor temps by 20º or more. You can do the same thing athome, and make your patio a more comfortable place to relax with family and friends. misticillussions.com [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE Capsaicin, the active component in chili peppers, producesa burning sensation that makes many people sweat. When sweat evaporates, you cooldown. So grab a bottle of hot sauce and apply a few drops. To your food, not your skin. saucestore.com [/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last] GET FRESH Costco members know that the coldest place in Miami has to be thewalk-in dairy and produce coolers at the back of the store, where the temperature hoversin the upper 30s. Spend a few minutes in here and you’ll totally forget it’s summeroutside. costco.com [/one_fourth_last]
  • BONUS TIP: VEG OUT Ever wonder where the expression “Cool as a cucumber”comes from? The inside of a cucumber can be up to 20º cooler than the outside air. Nexttime you feel hot, try rubbing a ¼-inch thick slice all over your face, neck and skin.


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