View Photo Gallery: When the temperature rises, here’s how to chill. Going Out Guide writers pick favorite pool parties, getaways, spots for frozen drinks and more. For details, click the bold text in each caption.

Sure, the office A/C does the job from 9 to 5, but then it’s back out into the crock-pot-on-high that is Washington. Staying cool is the name of the game, which is why we decided to build a list of the D.C. area’s best places to beat the heat. Where else will you find frozen cocktails and swimming pools on the same list as ice cream sandwiches, skating rinks and museums?