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McPherson Square
Pleasant Pops
Pleasant Pops churns out more than 4,000 of its signature item per week. Flavors rotate often and are closely tied to what’s growing at area farms. Summer offerings include black cherry yogurt, cucumber chili and peach hibiscus. Also look out for cookies and cream and Mexican chocolate. (Web site)
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McPherson Square
Pleasant Pops
Pleasant Pops churns out more than 4,000 of its signature item per week. Flavors rotate often and are closely tied to what’s growing at area farms. Summer offerings include black cherry yogurt, cucumber chili and peach hibiscus. Also look out for cookies and cream and Mexican chocolate. (Web site)
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Red Line stops listed from Shady Grove to Glenmont
Shady Grove
Bohrer Park
A relatively short bus ride from the station, Bohrer Park boasts swimming, skateboarding and mini-golf facilities. Its water park has two 250-foot water slides — one is speedy, the other more laid-back — and a splash pool for younger kids. Prices for mini-golf and the water park range from $5 to $16 and there's a $1 discount after 5:30 p.m. (Web site)
Rockville
York Castle Tropical Ice Cream
There are closer ice cream options, but this Jamaican stand is worth the walk because of its authentic Caribbean flavors, ranging from the obvious (coconut, passion fruit and mango) to the try-it-because-it’s-different (litchi, soursop and lucuma). Order a Jamaican Breeze: one scoop each of litchi and passion fruit ice cream topped with guava and mango slices, toasted coconut, whipped cream and, of course, a cherry. (Web site)

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Twinbrook
Gilly's Craft Beer & Fine Wine
If a cold beer doesn't sound positively refreshing on a scorching August day, well, this place probably isn’t for you. Gilly's has more than a dozen brews ready to go in 64-ounce growlers for home consumption. If you need something more immediate, sip a pint in the store or wander the well-curated shelves of bottles and cans from across the country. (Web site)
White Flint
iPic Pike & Rose
Upgrade your moviegoing experience at iPic, part of the new Pike & Rose development in North Bethesda. Once you sit in one of the chain’s comfy leather recliners, you’ll forget you were sweating on the walk over. And feel free to take a nap if “Fantastic Four” gets boring — pillows and blankets are available. For a fee, you also can get cocktails and snacks delivered directly to your seat. (Web site)
Grosvenor-Strathmore
Strathmore
The Strathmore campus has two main attractions: the Music Center, where big names such as Diana Ross perform, and the quaint, multipurpose Mansion. Depending on your timing, you can grab a drink and a snack at the Music Center’s Prelude Cafe (open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), or explore the Mansion, which features a free gallery space now hosting two exhibits. When you’re done cooling off, head outside to view the Mansion’s Sculpture Gardens. (Web site)
Medical Center
NIH Visitor Center and Nobel Laureate Exhibit Hall
In the Visitor Center's hall of Nobel Laureates, a sea of kind-looking, National Institutes of Health-affiliated (mostly) white (mostly) men, there are also some trippy close-ups of organic matter and copious free literature for fanning yourself. Note: You have to pass through security at the Gateway Center before proceeding to Building 45. (Web site)
Bethesda
Clayboys Shave Ice
This longtime Montgomery County food cart specializes in cool, refreshing shave ice, which is created when the frozen goodness is, yes, shaved off wheels of ice. You can mix and match flavors; options include cherry, lemonade, lime, watermelon and Tiger’s Blood (a coconut-strawberry mix). Look for the Swedish Fish hidden in each serving.
Friendship Heights
Tiffany & Co.
If movie montages are to be believed, nothing's more relaxing than high-end shopping, though in this case “shopping” means “enjoying the A/C near expensive merchandise.” There’s no better place for that than Friendship Heights, our very own Rodeo Drive. Start at Tiffany & Co., where a bookmark costs $135, then head south to Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Bulgari. (Web site)
Tenleytown
Wilson Aquatic Center
With roomy, 50-meter lanes, the indoor lap pool at the Wilson Aquatic Center attracts serious swimmers and triathletes. For amateurs, there’s a separate pool with a gradual entryway, basketball hoops and spray fountains. Looking to get even hotter? Soak those tired bones in the adults-only hot tub. (Web site)
Van Ness
UDC Natatorium
The University of the District of Columbia pairs its six-lane, 25-yard pool with a separate diving well, and offers classes in swimming and aerobics. Whether you're prepping for the Olympics or just treading water, it's free for UDC students, faculty and staff, and $7 per person for everyone else. (Web site)
Cleveland Park
AMC Loews Uptown 1
What the single-screen Uptown lacks in amenities, it makes up for with history. Opened in 1936, the theater hosted the premieres of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Jurassic Park,” and you can tell by the long line snaking down Connecticut Avenue on Friday nights that it’s still the preferred destination for big blockbuster films. (Web site)
Woodley Park
National Zoo
Come summer we can’t help but wonder whether the mist stations at the National Zoo are just as big of an attraction as the animals. There are five spread across the grounds that turn on with the press of a button. Kids, and kids at heart, will also enjoy wading in American Trail’s tide pool, complete with lapping waves and models of aquatic species. (Web site)
Dupont Circle
Psychic Readings by Christine
Even the dampest of palms can hold the future, if you know who to ask. Head upstairs to Psychic Readings by Christine and find relief for whatever has you sweating: the heat or wondering just how long your lifeline is. Palm readings start at $10, and tarot readings are $40.
Farragut North
H&M
If you find yourself sweating through your shirt (and shorts, and underwear), buy a new ensemble at H&M’s Dupont branch, where the indoor climate is reminiscent of the clothing company’s Swedish homeland. (Web site)
Metro Center
Macy's
You don’t even have to step outside to get from the Metro to Macy’s: The department store has an underground entrance connected to the Metro Center station. So why not cool off from a hot Metro ride by soaking in the free A/C at Macy’s while you shop for an outfit that looks cool — or, better yet, keeps you cool. (Web site)
Gallery Place
Daikaya
Daikaya is best known for its piping hot noodle bowls, so you may not be aware that the combination izakaya/ramen shop also serves a chilled version of the soup. It’s available only at lunch upstairs at the izakaya Mondays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dish, known as hiyashi chuka, is available in two flavors: shoyu (a rich soy sauce broth) and spicy sesame. (Web site)
Judiciary Square
National Building Museum
Frolic at "The Beach" — a 10,000-square-foot ball pit standing in for the ocean — or avoid the crowds (and additional entrance fees) to browse one of the comparatively unpopulated exhibits. Perhaps the useful “Designing for Disaster,” about preparing for earthquakes, floods and other calamities? Both close in September, so hurry. (Web site)
Union Station
Liaison Hotel’s rooftop pool
Spend a few hours at this rooftop pool and bar, surrounded by sun loungers and cabanas, and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation. Call in sick and purchase a $35 day pass, or show up after 5 p.m. to take advantage of free admission and happy hour, which runs until 7:30. The pool's open until 9; the bar's open until 11. (Web site)
NoMa-Gallaudet
Suburbia
The vintage Airstream trailer parked outside Union Market dispenses classy frozen drinks and craft beer, perfect for sipping while relaxing at a picnic table or playing a game of corn hole. Warning: Suburbia is closed Mondays.
Rhode Island Avenue
The Dew Drop Inn
This laid-back bar is housed in the stone structure formerly occupied by Chocolate City Beer. Order a chilled beer to cool you off (or hold against your forehead). Even cooler? It's owned by the team behind Wonderland Ballroom and Looking Glass Lounge. (Web site)
Brookland
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Find a pew and contemplate the largest Roman Catholic church in America, which hosts Pope Francis in September. Under the blue-and-yellow-tiled Great Dome sits the enormous upper church, built in the Romanesque-Byzantine style, with more chapels, a cafeteria and a gift shop a floor below. Look for sparkling mosaics overhead, stained glass windows and larger-than-life stone saints. (Web site)
Fort Totten
Hellbender Brewing Company
After a 16-minute hike from the station, you deserve a cold, crisp Bare Bones Kolsch, one of the stars of the current tap lineup at the Hellbender Brewing Company, which officially opened last November. There's also the quenching Southern Torrent Saison, which has a nose full of apples and light citrus. Okay, just get the sampler – small pours of five beers on tap for $7.50. (Web site)
Takoma
Soupergirl
What’s better than cold soup on a hot day? Doled out in a cute little restaurant decorated with greens both real and artificial, Soupergirl’s many varieties of gazpacho — from standard tomato to the more adventurous peach and beet — won’t disappoint. (Web site)
Silver Spring
Interactive Fountain
At any point in the day (well, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), this splash-friendly fountain is filled with some kids in swimsuits and surrounded by parents who are regretting not putting their kid in a swimsuit. But take heart: Those clothes will dry eventually. (Web site)
Forest Glen
National Museum of Health and Medicine
Your reward for making the walk from the station is one of the oddest/coolest museums in the area. Run by the Department of Defense, the collection includes stomach-size hairballs, the bullet that killed Abraham Lincoln and an exhibit looking at a battlefield hospital in Iraq. (Web site)
Wheaton
Westfield Wheaton mall
The mall’s indoor playground -- which features oversized turtle and frog statues, a “Beauty Salon” complete with fun house mirrors, and a hollow fake log to crawl through (or climb on) -- and the train selling rides for $4 a pop make Westfield Wheaton a cool stop for young families. For the rest of us, there’s always Macy’s and Taco Bell. (Web site)
Glenmont
Stained Glass Pub
The vibe at Stained Glass Pub is sports bar-meets-pizza parlor — emphasis on the pizza. The medieval-themed establishment, with its row of flat-screens and well-stocked bar, is the perfect place to while away your hazy summer hours. On Mondays and Tuesdays, there’s half-priced pizza, and on Wednesdays, half-priced bottles of wine. (Web site)
Orange Line
Orange Line stops listed from Vienna to New Carrollton
Vienna
Nottoway Park
Step out of suburbia and walk away from Interstate 66 to find a shady spot in Nottoway Park. If it's a summer Thursday, check out the Nottoway Nights free concert series; the music starts at 7:30 p.m. (Web site)
Dunn Loring
Dolcezza Mom & Pop
This new project from Dolcezza’s gelato geniuses, smack-dab in the middle of the Mosaic District, serves nitro cold brew coffee and the company’s signature gelato push pops, plus sandwiches, snacks and beer from local providers like Gordy’s Pickle Jar, Red Apron Butcher and DC Brau. (Web site)

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West Falls Church
Mad Fox Brewing
The Falls Church brewpub is known for its refreshing Kellerbier Kolsch and Praha Pils as well as the deliciously hoppy Orange Whip IPA. (Tasters of any four beers cost $6.) The first Saturday of the month brings an open house with brewery tours. (Web site)
East Falls Church
Chasin’ Tails
If anyone knows how to fight summer swelter, it's the people of New Orleans. The Crescent City-inspired Chasin' Tales offers its own takes on New Orleans cocktails, including the sweet, melon-flavored Bayou Blast (a riff on the tourist favorite Hand Grenade, served in a souvenir yard glass) and a variety of fruity rum drinks that arrive in group-friendly fishbowls. (Web site)
Ballston
Kettler Capitals Iceplex
The temperature inside the rinks is always a cool 58 degrees. In other words, the perfect opportunity to dig out some of your cold-weather sweatshirts, pants and gloves. The facility offers daily public skate sessions as well as lessons for children and adults, hockey clinics and camps. Practice sessions for the Capitals are free and open to the public. (Web site)
Virginia Square
Northside Social
Northside Social has two very different sides. Downstairs, it's a coffeehouse with Counter Culture beans, cold brews and fair-trade teas. Upstairs, the wine bar allows visitors to cool off with a glass of rosé or sparkling wine while snacking on artisanal meat and cheese. (Web site)
Clarendon
Nicecream Factory
This diminutive storefront serves some of our favorite ice cream in the area. It’s dessert and a show, too — the ice cream is flash-frozen using liquid nitrogen. The process creates wisps of the evaporating gas that spill out of the stand mixers, not to mention a super-dense and smooth ice cream. Flavors rotate regularly; we recommend pistachio and Nutella. (Web site)
Court House
AMC Courthouse Plaza 8
It’s worth crossing the river for this theater, thanks to its cushy amenities. Not only are the seats wider and softer than at other multiplexes, but they also recline, La-Z-Boy style. You can even reserve a seat. Just make sure you’re well-rested before the lights go down, otherwise you risk snoozing through the main event. (Web site)
Rosslyn
Key Bridge Boathouse
Paddling may not be the most efficient way to travel the Potomac, but it’s the only method that channels your inner Pocahontas. Commandeer a kayak for $15-$20 per hour, canoe ($25/hour) or stand-up paddleboard ($20/hour) and hit the breezy, open river. (Web site)
Foggy Bottom
Kennedy Center
Stroll into the air-conditioned Kennedy Center at the right time and you’ll wind up in the middle of a free concert. The Millennium Stage, in the lobby of the expansive performing arts center, offers free shows (music, comedy, theater and more) nearly every day at 6 p.m. On Aug. 14, percussion ensemble Drumartica performs. If you're lucky, the group will bring a cool breeze with them. (Web site)
Farragut West
Dickey's Frozen Custard
This hole-in-the-wall shop dishes out rich, creamy soft-serve in just two flavors, chocolate and vanilla. Go classic or go crazy — swirl them together and cover the whole concoction with a chocolate shell and rainbow jimmies.
McPherson Square
Pleasant Pops
Pleasant Pops churns out more than 4,000 of its signature item per week. Flavors rotate often and are closely tied to what’s growing at area farms. Summer offerings include black cherry yogurt, cucumber chili and peach hibiscus. Also look out for cookies and cream and Mexican chocolate. (Web site)
Metro Center
Macy's
You don’t even have to step outside to get from the Metro to Macy’s: The department store has an underground entrance connected to the Metro Center station. So why not cool off from a hot Metro ride by soaking in the free A/C at Macy’s while you shop for an outfit that looks cool — or, better yet, keeps you cool. (Web site)
Federal Triangle
Del Frisco's Grille
We know exactly what you’re craving right about now: an ice pop made with white peach puree and fresh berries floating in a glass of pinot grigio and peach schnapps. And we know just where to find this seasonal Sangria Pop cocktail: at Del Frisco’s, where we suggest swirling the pop around in your glass as it melts so the flavors meld perfectly. (Web site)
Smithsonian
Smithsonian Castle
If you find yourself on the National Mall after exiting the Smithsonian station, walk to a Smithsonian museum, any Smithsonian museum. We’re sending you to the Castle because that’s where the Information Center is, but you can’t go wrong at any one of the organization’s free, air-conditioned museums and galleries. After all, you might as well get a little culture as you cool off. (Web site)
L'Enfant Plaza
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Escape the concrete desert of L’Enfant Plaza into the circle of shade beneath what appears to be a spaceship from the 1960s (a.k.a. the Hirshhorn). Rest on the plaza by the fountain, or shelter inside, kept at 68 degrees and 50 percent humidity to protect the museum’s collection of contemporary and modern art. (Web site)
Federal Center SW
United States Botanic Garden
With exhibits celebrating deserts and tropical jungles, the botanic garden’s conservatory might not seem like an escape from the heat. But the temporary exhibit “Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots,” on view through Oct. 13, offers a respite -- just think of burrowing deep under cool soil. (Web site)
Capitol South
Folger Shakespeare Library
Skip the lines at the Library of Congress and breeze right into its lesser-known neighbor. The Folger Shakespeare Library provides respite from the heat within its oak-paneled Great Hall, as well as rotating exhibits on Shakespeare and related topics. Always on view: one of the Folger’s First Folios (the first collected edition of the Bard’s plays). (Web site)
Eastern Market
Paik Produce
Did you know watermelon may actually be more hydrating than water? Pick up a to-go cup of the perfectly ripe and juicy fruit at Paik Produce ($3.50); they’ll even give you a disposable fork so you can munch on the stuff while wandering through the pleasantly refrigerated grocery stalls in the South Hall of Eastern Market.
Potomac Avenue
Wisdom
The perfect way to cool down on a hot day involves sipping either a gin rickey or a gin and tonic. You can't go wrong here: The cozy bar's enormous gin selection and house-made tonics go together like Washington and summer humidity. (Web site)
Stadium-Armory
Kingman Island
The boardwalks and tree-lined paths of Kingman Island are a great place to spot other creatures taking a break from the summer sun, turtles and foxes among them. Watch for birds you’re unlikely to see elsewhere in the District, such as the little blue heron and cedar waxwing. (Web site)
Minnesota Avenue
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
Sure, you'll still be outside, but this hidden national park is shady, quiet and has water, water everywhere. You can't jump in it, but just knowing it's there helps. (Web site)
Deanwood
Deanwood Aquatic Center
It’s always summer in the Deanwood Aquatic Center, which has an indoor pool with lap lanes for adults and a kids’ pool with spray fountains and a long, curly slide. The center also offers learn-to-swim classes and water aerobics. (Web site)
Cheverly
Fanelli's Deli
An oasis amid the warehouses and auto repair lots around the station, Fanelli's offers good meals with the ambiance of a convenience store. Breakfast sandwiches, such as a hot half smoke and egg on toast, are served all day, as are well-made triple-decked clubs. Grab a soda, sit down, and play Keno or Racetrax while you cool off.
Landover
Kentland Community Center
You can take refuge at the Kentland Community Center only after 3 p.m., unless you have a gym membership or are signed up for a teen summer program. Otherwise, find a tree to sit under in the surrounding park. There aren’t a lot to choose from — the whole place used to be a golf course. (Today, just part of it is.) (Web site)
New Carrollton
New Carrollton Amtrak
You’re not going to find many places to cool off near the New Carrollton station. Instead, walk over to the Amtrak station and purchase a ticket to somewhere that’s chillier this time of year. You could head north to Portland, Maine, or venture way out west to the (almost) always-brisk city of San Francisco. At the very least, you’ll cool down during the train ride. (Web site)
Yellow Line
Yellow Line stops listed from Franconia-Springfield to Greenbelt. Rush-only stops indicated by R symbol.
Franconia-Springfield R
Springfield Silver Diner
Even the lactose-intolerant can enjoy a shake at the Silver Diner, which recently debuted a Hibiscus Mango Soy Shake made with vanilla soy ice cream ($7). If you and lactose have a positive relationship, consider cooling off with the Nutella Banana shake, topped with whipped cream and caramel ($7). (Web site)
Van Dorn Street R
Sportrock Climbing Center
There are more than 18,000 square feet of climbing walls at this Sportrock location (there’s another one in Sterling), including a 12-foot bouldering wall, a 40-foot top roping wall and a 40-foot leading wall. For those who don’t speak “climbing,” that translates to a lot of upper-body strength. The A/C is pumped high, but you should still expect to break a sweat. (Web site)

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Huntington
Smart Markets farmers market
Heading to the end of the Yellow Line? Salvage a sticky commute by swinging by the Thursday evening Smart Markets farmers market. There you’ll find vendor Whim Pop selling a variety of fruit-filled ice pops. The selection varies, but the roster includes such quenching possibilities as peach ginger, mango and cherry vanilla, as well as the cocktail-inspired margarita, sangria and piña colada. (Web site)
Eisenhower Avenue
Great Waves Water Park
Super-fast water slides, a half-acre wave pool and a splash park in the shadow of the Beltway: That's the appeal of the Great Waves Water Park at Cameron Run Regional Park, which offers wet and wild fun for children and adults alike. While it's not quite walking distance from the Metro station, it's a short ride on the local AT7 bus, which leaves the station regularly. (Web site)
King Street
Potomac Riverboat Company
On a hot day, it's always cooler on the water. The Potomac Riverboat Company offers water taxi service and tours from the Old Town Alexandria Dock to National Harbor, Georgetown, Nationals Park (on game days only) and the Mall. The boats have outdoor decks as well as indoor cabins. Take the free (and air-conditioned) King Street Trolley from Metro and you'll be dropped off close to the departure point. (Web site)
Braddock Road
Dairy Godmother
It’s about a mile walk to the Dairy Godmother, but your efforts will be rewarded. The popular Del Ray shop specializes in thick, creamy, decadent Wisconsin-style frozen custard. Chocolate and vanilla are available daily; check the shop’s Web site for its flavor of the day forecast. Now that’s a summer forecast we can love. (Web site)
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Gallery Walk
You don’t need a ticket to visit the rotating art exhibits that enliven the epic walk between terminals A and B. On view now: A celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, with 18 images from the telescope; cultural artifacts including Pearl Jam’s “Binaural” album cover, which uses Hubble’s image of the Hourglass Nebula; and information on Hubble's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2018. (Web site)
Crystal City
Virginia Highlands Park
This brightly colored, Dr. Seussian sprayground keeps kids wet and laughing with dump buckets, mini waterfalls and water cannons. It also has some nifty Earth-friendly features — the water is treated and recirculated, and it turns off automatically when not in use. (Web site)
Pentagon City
DEA Museum and Visitors Center
The Drug Enforcement Administration wants you to know what’s NOT cool: drugs. What IS cool (or cool-looking, at any rate): green snake-skin platform shoes worn by an undercover agent to blend with 1970s Detroit dealers and, counter to the DEA’s messaging, evildoer accessories such as the diamond-encrusted Colt .45 that belonged to a Costa Rican kingpin. (Web site)
Pentagon
Pentagon
You can’t visit the Pentagon on a whim. The free one-hour tour requires registering online at least 14 days in advance. Once inside the world’s largest low-rise office building, you’re in for a snappy 1.5-mile walk led by a staffer bellowing trivia (23,000 employees! Four Starbucks! A gym that could hold three White Houses!). The highlight: the indoor 9/11 memorial, honoring the 184 people who perished at the Pentagon that day. (Web site)
L'Enfant Plaza
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Escape the concrete desert of L’Enfant Plaza into the circle of shade beneath what appears to be a spaceship from the 1960s (a.k.a. the Hirshhorn). Rest on the plaza by the fountain, or shelter inside, kept at 68 degrees and 50 percent humidity to protect the museum’s collection of contemporary and modern art. (Web site)
Archives
Naval Heritage Center
Descend into a vast cavern of Naval glory to meet sailors sung and unsung. See famous faces in the awards gallery, where Navy veterans Lloyd, Jeff and Beau Bridges are honored alongside other entertainers, members of Congress and former presidents. Discover lesser-known defenders of America, such as the Information Dominance Corps, who guard cyberspace. If necessary, pass out in the frigid auditorium. (Web site)
Gallery Place
Daikaya
Daikaya is best known for its piping hot noodle bowls, so you may not be aware that the combination izakaya/ramen shop also serves a chilled version of the soup. It’s available only at lunch upstairs at the izakaya Mondays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dish, known as hiyashi chuka, is available in two flavors: shoyu (a rich soy sauce broth) and spicy sesame. (Web site)
Mt. Vernon Square
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Put on your best “I’m here to network” face and wander the halls of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where professionals gather to discuss their highly specific niches in the blasting A/C. Hang around this month and you could learn about public safety communications, hair products and the federal government’s year-end procurement process. (Web site)
Shaw-Howard U
Uprising Muffin Company
How you choose to eat Uprising Muffin Company’s ice cream sandwich — which uses muffin tops as the “bread” — is up to you. Some prefer to lick the ice cream and nibble at the muffin, while others prefer to take one big bite at a time. Us? We like to rub the Upwich all over our face and revel in the fact that such a thing exists. (Web site)
U Street
Banneker Pool
Somehow, the fun police haven’t gotten to Banneker Pool: You can still attempt to flip off of diving boards (gone from many local facilities), and the lifeguards tend to turn a blind eye to infractions like running on deck or poolside picnics. Eating is encouraged, as there’s frozen yogurt on sale deckside for $4 a cup. Once you’re good and full, why not practice your belly flop and see what happens? (Web site)
Columbia Heights
"Resonance" fountain
Few people know the yellow-and-blue-tiled fountain in the heart of Columbia Heights has a name — “Resonance” — or that its pattern, by artist Jann Rosen-Queralt, represents the neighborhood’s rich culture. But that hardly matters as you leap through its arcs of water on a steamy day.
Georgia Avenue-Petworth
Petworth Recreation Center Spray Park
Fountains shaped like No. 2 pencils drench kids at this spray park, which also features car wash-like hoops for kids to run through and buckets that fill with water and tip over, soaking anyone underneath. (Web site)
Fort Totten
Hellbender Brewing Company
After a 16-minute hike from the station, you deserve a cold, crisp Bare Bones Kolsch, one of the stars of the current tap lineup at the Hellbender Brewing Company, which officially opened last November. There's also the quenching Southern Torrent Saison, which has a nose full of apples and light citrus. Okay, just get the sampler – small pours of five beers on tap for $7.50. (Web site)
West Hyattsville R
Vigilante Coffee Roastery
Vigilante prepares its direct-trade, single-origin coffees in an airy industrial space that once served as a Ford Model T dealership. Watch raw beans get roasted and packed while sipping a stellar cold brew. (Web site)
Prince George's Plaza R
Hyattsville Branch Library
For more than 50 years, a flying saucer has hovered over the entrance to the Hyattsville Library. The space-age canopy welcomes readers who have come for research, storytime, to play checkers or to browse the good selection of used books. Plans have been approved for a new building, but there's a happy ending: The saucer's coming, too. (Web site)
College Park R
Ellen E. Linson Splash Park
You’ll find something cool on this stretch of Paint Branch Parkway no matter the season. In the summer, it’s the Ellen E. Linson Splash Park, which has water slides, an aqua climbing wall and lap lanes. The rest of the year, head next door to the Herbert Wells Ice Rink. (Web site)
Greenbelt R
Old Greenbelt Theatre
There’s nothing like cooling off in a dark theater on a hot day. The recently renovated Old Greenbelt Theatre, which originally opened in 1938, shows a mix of new art house films (“Irrational Man”) and family-friendly fare (“My Neighbor Totoro”). Take the G12, G13, G14 or G16 Metro bus line. (Web site)
Green Line
Green Line stops listed from Branch Avenue to Greenbelt
Branch Avenue
Passport BMW
Tell your bike you’re heading out to buy it a shiny new bell (no use hurting anyone’s feelings) and instead ride to the Branch Avenue station for a test drive at Passport BMW. Ask the sales team to save their breath and just show you the model with the best air-conditioning system. (Web site)
Suitland
Dee's Lanes
Duckpin bowling – an East Coast twist on 10-pin bowling using smaller, lighter balls and pins – is an endangered species in these parts: The two dozen lanes at Dee's are the last in Prince George's County.

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Naylor Road
Temple Hills Skating Palace
No breeze outside? Make your own by whizzing around this old-school roller rink with gleaming hardwood floors and a DJ spinning hip-hop, Top 40 or contemporary gospel. Attention, parents: Saturday night's skating is a family-friendly glow-in-the-dark event. (Web site)
Southern Avenue
Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus
This vital community resource, which opened in 2005 east of the Anacostia River, is home to the offices of some of the city’s most active social organizations, including The Washington Ballet and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington. It also holds a 365-seat theater, an art gallery and a library that are all open to the public and pumped full of cold air. (Web site)
Congress Heights
Parklands-Turner Library
Situated in an Alabama Avenue SE strip mall, the Parklands-Turner Library is a petite, well-loved neighborhood resource, boasting 20 public computers and about 25,000 books, CDs and DVDs. (Web site)
Anacostia
Barry Farm Aquatic Center
Zipping down the big, blue water slide is the best way to cool off at this indoor pool, which was recently converted from an outdoor facility. There are also six lap lanes, a kiddie splash area and lots of classes -- from swim team prep to senior water aerobics. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and on weekends, the pool is free for D.C. residents with an I.D. ($7 for nonresident adults.) (Web site)
Navy Yard
Yards Park
The water feature at Yards Park starts one story up, with a splash fountain. It then flows underneath a safety barrier and transforms into a powerful waterfall. Just past the cataracts, the water becomes calm and shallow, the perfect place for children to play while adults watch from concrete lily pads or the Jetsons-esque bridge that arches overhead. (Web site)
Waterfront
Cantina Marina
Bartenders at this breezy, Margaritaville-esque dock bar on the Southwest Waterfront serve frozen margaritas, house-made micheladas and strong rum drinks to sailors from nearby marinas as well as landlubbers who have come for the prime sunset views and the vacation-like atmosphere. (Web site)
L'Enfant Plaza
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Escape the concrete desert of L’Enfant Plaza into the circle of shade beneath what appears to be a spaceship from the 1960s (a.k.a. the Hirshhorn). Rest on the plaza by the fountain, or shelter inside, kept at 68 degrees and 50 percent humidity to protect the museum’s collection of contemporary and modern art. (Web site)
Archives
Naval Heritage Center
Descend into a vast cavern of Naval glory to meet sailors sung and unsung. See famous faces in the awards gallery, where Navy veterans Lloyd, Jeff and Beau Bridges are honored alongside other entertainers, members of Congress and former presidents. Discover lesser-known defenders of America, such as the Information Dominance Corps, who guard cyberspace. If necessary, pass out in the frigid auditorium. (Web site)
Gallery Place
Daikaya
Daikaya is best known for its piping hot noodle bowls, so you may not be aware that the combination izakaya/ramen shop also serves a chilled version of the soup. It’s available only at lunch upstairs at the izakaya Mondays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dish, known as hiyashi chuka, is available in two flavors: shoyu (a rich soy sauce broth) and spicy sesame. (Web site)
Mt. Vernon Square
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Put on your best “I’m here to network” face and wander the halls of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where professionals gather to discuss their highly specific niches in the blasting A/C. Hang around this month and you could learn about public safety communications, hair products and the federal government’s year-end procurement process. (Web site)
Shaw-Howard U
Uprising Muffin Company
How you choose to eat Uprising Muffin Company’s ice cream sandwich — which uses muffin tops as the “bread” — is up to you. Some prefer to lick the ice cream and nibble at the muffin, while others prefer to take one big bite at a time. Us? We like to rub the Upwich all over our face and revel in the fact that such a thing exists. (Web site)
U Street
Banneker Pool
Somehow, the fun police haven’t gotten to Banneker Pool: You can still attempt to flip off of diving boards (gone from many local facilities), and the lifeguards tend to turn a blind eye to infractions like running on deck or poolside picnics. Eating is encouraged, as there’s frozen yogurt on sale deckside for $4 a cup. Once you’re good and full, why not practice your belly flop and see what happens? (Web site)
Columbia Heights
"Resonance" fountain
Few people know the yellow-and-blue-tiled fountain in the heart of Columbia Heights has a name — “Resonance” — or that its pattern, by artist Jann Rosen-Queralt, represents the neighborhood’s rich culture. But that hardly matters as you leap through its arcs of water on a steamy day.
Georgia Avenue-Petworth
Petworth Recreation Center Spray Park
Fountains shaped like No. 2 pencils drench kids at this spray park, which also features car wash-like hoops for kids to run through and buckets that fill with water and tip over, soaking anyone underneath. (Web site)
Fort Totten
Hellbender Brewing Company
After a 16-minute hike from the station, you deserve a cold, crisp Bare Bones Kolsch, one of the stars of the current tap lineup at the Hellbender Brewing Company, which officially opened last November. There's also the quenching Southern Torrent Saison, which has a nose full of apples and light citrus. Okay, just get the sampler – small pours of five beers on tap for $7.50. (Web site)
West Hyattsville R
Vigilante Coffee Roastery
Vigilante prepares its direct-trade, single-origin coffees in an airy industrial space that once served as a Ford Model T dealership. Watch raw beans get roasted and packed while sipping a stellar cold brew. (Web site)
Prince George's Plaza R
Hyattsville Branch Library
For more than 50 years, a flying saucer has hovered over the entrance to the Hyattsville Library. The space-age canopy welcomes readers who have come for research, storytime, to play checkers or to browse the good selection of used books. Plans have been approved for a new building, but there's a happy ending: The saucer's coming, too. (Web site)
College Park R
Ellen E. Linson Splash Park
You’ll find something cool on this stretch of Paint Branch Parkway no matter the season. In the summer, it’s the Ellen E. Linson Splash Park, which has water slides, an aqua climbing wall and lap lanes. The rest of the year, head next door to the Herbert Wells Ice Rink. (Web site)
Greenbelt R
Old Greenbelt Theatre
There’s nothing like cooling off in a dark theater on a hot day. The recently renovated Old Greenbelt Theatre, which originally opened in 1938, shows a mix of new art house films (“Irrational Man”) and family-friendly fare (“My Neighbor Totoro”). Take the G12, G13, G14 or G16 Metro bus line. (Web site)
Blue Line
Blue Line stops listed from Franconia-Springfield to Largo Town Center
Franconia-Springfield R
Springfield Silver Diner
Even the lactose-intolerant can enjoy a shake at the Silver Diner, which recently debuted a Hibiscus Mango Soy Shake made with vanilla soy ice cream ($7). If you and lactose have a positive relationship, consider cooling off with the Nutella Banana shake, topped with whipped cream and caramel ($7). (Web site)
Van Dorn Street R
Sportrock Climbing Center
There are more than 18,000 square feet of climbing walls at this Sportrock location (there’s another one in Sterling), including a 12-foot bouldering wall, a 40-foot top roping wall and a 40-foot leading wall. For those who don’t speak “climbing,” that translates to a lot of upper-body strength. The A/C is pumped high, but you should still expect to break a sweat. (Web site)

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King Street
Potomac Riverboat Company
On a hot day, it's always cooler on the water. The Potomac Riverboat Company offers water taxi service and tours from the Old Town Alexandria Dock to National Harbor, Georgetown, Nationals Park (on game days only) and the Mall. The boats have outdoor decks as well as indoor cabins. Take the free (and air-conditioned) King Street Trolley from Metro and you'll be dropped off close to the departure point. (Web site)
Braddock Road
Dairy Godmother
It’s about a mile walk to the Dairy Godmother, but your efforts will be rewarded. The popular Del Ray shop specializes in thick, creamy, decadent Wisconsin-style frozen custard. Chocolate and vanilla are available daily; check the shop’s Web site for its flavor of the day forecast. Now that’s a summer forecast we can love. (Web site)
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Gallery Walk
You don’t need a ticket to visit the rotating art exhibits that enliven the epic walk between terminals A and B. On view now: A celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, with 18 images from the telescope; cultural artifacts including Pearl Jam’s “Binaural” album cover, which uses Hubble’s image of the Hourglass Nebula; and information on Hubble's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2018. (Web site)
Crystal City
Virginia Highlands Park
This brightly colored, Dr. Seussian sprayground keeps kids wet and laughing with dump buckets, mini waterfalls and water cannons. It also has some nifty Earth-friendly features — the water is treated and recirculated, and it turns off automatically when not in use. (Web site)
Pentagon City
DEA Museum and Visitors Center
The Drug Enforcement Administration wants you to know what’s NOT cool: drugs. What IS cool (or cool-looking, at any rate): green snake-skin platform shoes worn by an undercover agent to blend with 1970s Detroit dealers and, counter to the DEA’s messaging, evildoer accessories such as the diamond-encrusted Colt .45 that belonged to a Costa Rican kingpin. (Web site)
Pentagon
Pentagon
You can’t visit the Pentagon on a whim. The free one-hour tour requires registering online at least 14 days in advance. Once inside the world’s largest low-rise office building, you’re in for a snappy 1.5-mile walk led by a staffer bellowing trivia (23,000 employees! Four Starbucks! A gym that could hold three White Houses!). The highlight: the indoor 9/11 memorial, honoring the 184 people who perished at the Pentagon that day. (Web site)
Arlington Cemetery
Welcome Center
For water, A/C and a chance to get cemetery information without taking a full outdoor tour, stop here. Read some placards (you’ll learn there was a sharp increase in burial requests after JFK was interred), peer into a display case of tributes left at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and search for graves on the touchscreen kiosks. (Web site)
Rosslyn
Key Bridge Boathouse
Paddling may not be the most efficient way to travel the Potomac, but it’s the only method that channels your inner Pocahontas. Commandeer a kayak for $15-$20 per hour, canoe ($25/hour) or stand-up paddleboard ($20/hour) and hit the breezy, open river. (Web site)
Foggy Bottom
Kennedy Center
Stroll into the air-conditioned Kennedy Center at the right time and you’ll wind up in the middle of a free concert. The Millennium Stage, in the lobby of the expansive performing arts center, offers free shows (music, comedy, theater and more) nearly every day at 6 p.m. On Aug. 14, percussion ensemble Drumartica performs. If you're lucky, the group will bring a cool breeze with them. (Web site)
Farragut West
Dickey's Frozen Custard
This hole-in-the-wall shop dishes out rich, creamy soft-serve in just two flavors, chocolate and vanilla. Go classic or go crazy — swirl them together and cover the whole concoction with a chocolate shell and rainbow jimmies.
McPherson Square
Pleasant Pops
Pleasant Pops churns out more than 4,000 of its signature item per week. Flavors rotate often and are closely tied to what’s growing at area farms. Summer offerings include black cherry yogurt, cucumber chili and peach hibiscus. Also look out for cookies and cream and Mexican chocolate. (Web site)
Metro Center
Macy's
You don’t even have to step outside to get from the Metro to Macy’s: The department store has an underground entrance connected to the Metro Center station. So why not cool off from a hot Metro ride by soaking in the free A/C at Macy’s while you shop for an outfit that looks cool — or, better yet, keeps you cool. (Web site)
Federal Triangle
Del Frisco's Grille
We know exactly what you’re craving right about now: an ice pop made with white peach puree and fresh berries floating in a glass of pinot grigio and peach schnapps. And we know just where to find this seasonal Sangria Pop cocktail: at Del Frisco’s, where we suggest swirling the pop around in your glass as it melts so the flavors meld perfectly. (Web site)
Smithsonian
Smithsonian Castle
If you find yourself on the National Mall after exiting the Smithsonian station, walk to a Smithsonian museum, any Smithsonian museum. We’re sending you to the Castle because that’s where the Information Center is, but you can’t go wrong at any one of the organization’s free, air-conditioned museums and galleries. After all, you might as well get a little culture as you cool off. (Web site)
L'Enfant Plaza
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Escape the concrete desert of L’Enfant Plaza into the circle of shade beneath what appears to be a spaceship from the 1960s (a.k.a. the Hirshhorn). Rest on the plaza by the fountain, or shelter inside, kept at 68 degrees and 50 percent humidity to protect the museum’s collection of contemporary and modern art. (Web site)
Federal Center SW
United States Botanic Garden
With exhibits celebrating deserts and tropical jungles, the botanic garden’s conservatory might not seem like an escape from the heat. But the temporary exhibit “Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots,” on view through Oct. 13, offers a respite -- just think of burrowing deep under cool soil. (Web site)
Capitol South
Folger Shakespeare Library
Skip the lines at the Library of Congress and breeze right into its lesser-known neighbor. The Folger Shakespeare Library provides respite from the heat within its oak-paneled Great Hall, as well as rotating exhibits on Shakespeare and related topics. Always on view: one of the Folger’s First Folios (the first collected edition of the Bard’s plays). (Web site)
Eastern Market
Paik Produce
Did you know watermelon may actually be more hydrating than water? Pick up a to-go cup of the perfectly ripe and juicy fruit at Paik Produce ($3.50); they’ll even give you a disposable fork so you can munch on the stuff while wandering through the pleasantly refrigerated grocery stalls in the South Hall of Eastern Market.
Potomac Avenue
Wisdom
The perfect way to cool down on a hot day involves sipping either a gin rickey or a gin and tonic. You can't go wrong here: The cozy bar's enormous gin selection and house-made tonics go together like Washington and summer humidity. (Web site)
Stadium-Armory
Kingman Island
The boardwalks and tree-lined paths of Kingman Island are a great place to spot other creatures taking a break from the summer sun, turtles and foxes among them. Watch for birds you’re unlikely to see elsewhere in the District, such as the little blue heron and cedar waxwing. (Web site)
Benning Road
Denny's
Where else can you find on-demand milkshakes, sundaes, root beer floats and banana splits when the need arises? These cooling treats of summer can be found 24/7/365 at Denny’s. It’s probably wise, however, to skip the chocolate lava cake this time of year. (Web site)
Capitol Heights
Marvin Gaye Park
The Watts Branch stream cuts through this 1.6 mile-long park’s serene meadows and woods. Marvin Gaye grew up near the east end of this park, which features a mosaic of the musician, a playground and a small amphitheater. (Web site)
Addison Road
J. Franklyn Bourne Memorial Pool
Named after the first African-American judge on the Prince George's County District Court, this public pool offers lap swimming, a wading pool for kids and a popular water slide. (Web site)
Morgan Boulevard
Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex
Bet you didn't know that Prince George's County has a pool big enough to hold Olympic water polo matches and international synchronized swimming competitions. The Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex's Aquatic Center, reachable via The Bus route 22, also is home to a companion leisure pool with water slides, dump buckets and more fun. It's your choice: laps in the competition-size pool, or just enjoying the lazy river. (Web site)
Largo Town Center
AMC Magic Johnson Capital Center 12
Disappear into the darkness of the movies; add an Icee if you really want to chill. Plus, this theater was once part of Magic Johnson's line of theaters, which makes it even cooler (current owner AMC kept the basketball legend in the theater's name). (Web site)
Silver Line
Silver Line stops listed from Wiehle-Reston East to Largo Town Center
Wiehle-Reston East
Lake Fairfax Park
Lake Fairfax Park has two ways to cool off: Little ones will love the lazy river and not-too-high waterslides at the Wild West-themed Water Mine Family Swimmin Hole, while the lake itself offers boat tours and paddleboat rentals. (Web site)
Spring Hill
24 Hour Fitness
Get a free one-day pass. Now you’ve got access to an air-conditioned oasis with free Wi-Fi (an important element of any workout regimen), an indoor lap pool and, if you want to feel what it's like back in the outdoors, a steam room. (Web site)

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Greensboro
China Wok
There are few things cooler than having master chef Wang Wen Fang, wearing a sweater vest and sporting a fedora, slice his signature Peking duck tableside at China Wok in Pike 7 Plaza. After that meal, walk to the other side of the unassuming shopping center to grab frozen yogurt at Sweet Frog.
Tysons Corner
Barnes & Noble
Air-conditioning? A seemingly limitless selection of reading material? A cafe with cold drinks? You’ll find them all at Barnes & Noble in Tysons Corner Center, along with a tinge of nostalgia for the days when we browsed books by hand and not online. This is cool, guilt-free lounging and shopping at its best. (Web site)
McLean
Lost Dog Cafe
You can feel all warm and fuzzy while you get cool: The restaurant's five locations support the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation, which helps stray animals find homes. So take your time exploring the Mclean location’s extensive beer list — a portion of your bill helps fund the foundation. (Web site)
East Falls Church
Chasin’ Tails
If anyone knows how to fight summer swelter, it's the people of New Orleans. The Crescent City-inspired Chasin' Tales offers its own takes on New Orleans cocktails, including the sweet, melon-flavored Bayou Blast (a riff on the tourist favorite Hand Grenade, served in a souvenir yard glass) and a variety of fruity rum drinks that arrive in group-friendly fishbowls. (Web site)
Ballston
Kettler Capitals Iceplex
The temperature inside the rinks is always a cool 58 degrees. In other words, the perfect opportunity to dig out some of your cold-weather sweatshirts, pants and gloves. The facility offers daily public skate sessions as well as lessons for children and adults, hockey clinics and camps. Practice sessions for the Capitals are free and open to the public. (Web site)
Virginia Square
Northside Social
Northside Social has two very different sides. Downstairs, it's a coffeehouse with Counter Culture beans, cold brews and fair-trade teas. Upstairs, the wine bar allows visitors to cool off with a glass of rosé or sparkling wine while snacking on artisanal meat and cheese. (Web site)
Clarendon
Nicecream Factory
This diminutive storefront serves some of our favorite ice cream in the area. It’s dessert and a show, too — the ice cream is flash-frozen using liquid nitrogen. The process creates wisps of the evaporating gas that spill out of the stand mixers, not to mention a super-dense and smooth ice cream. Flavors rotate regularly; we recommend pistachio and Nutella. (Web site)
Court House
AMC Courthouse Plaza 8
It’s worth crossing the river for this theater, thanks to its cushy amenities. Not only are the seats wider and softer than at other multiplexes, but they also recline, La-Z-Boy style. You can even reserve a seat. Just make sure you’re well-rested before the lights go down, otherwise you risk snoozing through the main event. (Web site)
Rosslyn
Key Bridge Boathouse
Paddling may not be the most efficient way to travel the Potomac, but it’s the only method that channels your inner Pocahontas. Commandeer a kayak for $15-$20 per hour, canoe ($25/hour) or stand-up paddleboard ($20/hour) and hit the breezy, open river. (Web site)
Foggy Bottom
Kennedy Center
Stroll into the air-conditioned Kennedy Center at the right time and you’ll wind up in the middle of a free concert. The Millennium Stage, in the lobby of the expansive performing arts center, offers free shows (music, comedy, theater and more) nearly every day at 6 p.m. On Aug. 14, percussion ensemble Drumartica performs. If you're lucky, the group will bring a cool breeze with them. (Web site)
Farragut West
Dickey's Frozen Custard
This hole-in-the-wall shop dishes out rich, creamy soft-serve in just two flavors, chocolate and vanilla. Go classic or go crazy — swirl them together and cover the whole concoction with a chocolate shell and rainbow jimmies.
McPherson Square
Pleasant Pops
Pleasant Pops churns out more than 4,000 of its signature item per week. Flavors rotate often and are closely tied to what’s growing at area farms. Summer offerings include black cherry yogurt, cucumber chili and peach hibiscus. Also look out for cookies and cream and Mexican chocolate. (Web site)
Metro Center
Macy's
You don’t even have to step outside to get from the Metro to Macy’s: The department store has an underground entrance connected to the Metro Center station. So why not cool off from a hot Metro ride by soaking in the free A/C at Macy’s while you shop for an outfit that looks cool — or, better yet, keeps you cool. (Web site)
Federal Triangle
Del Frisco's Grille
We know exactly what you’re craving right about now: an ice pop made with white peach puree and fresh berries floating in a glass of pinot grigio and peach schnapps. And we know just where to find this seasonal Sangria Pop cocktail: at Del Frisco’s, where we suggest swirling the pop around in your glass as it melts so the flavors meld perfectly. (Web site)
Smithsonian
Smithsonian Castle
If you find yourself on the National Mall after exiting the Smithsonian station, walk to a Smithsonian museum, any Smithsonian museum. We’re sending you to the Castle because that’s where the Information Center is, but you can’t go wrong at any one of the organization’s free, air-conditioned museums and galleries. After all, you might as well get a little culture as you cool off. (Web site)
L'Enfant Plaza
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Escape the concrete desert of L’Enfant Plaza into the circle of shade beneath what appears to be a spaceship from the 1960s (a.k.a. the Hirshhorn). Rest on the plaza by the fountain, or shelter inside, kept at 68 degrees and 50 percent humidity to protect the museum’s collection of contemporary and modern art. (Web site)
Federal Center SW
United States Botanic Garden
With exhibits celebrating deserts and tropical jungles, the botanic garden’s conservatory might not seem like an escape from the heat. But the temporary exhibit “Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots,” on view through Oct. 13, offers a respite -- just think of burrowing deep under cool soil. (Web site)
Capitol South
Folger Shakespeare Library
Skip the lines at the Library of Congress and breeze right into its lesser-known neighbor. The Folger Shakespeare Library provides respite from the heat within its oak-paneled Great Hall, as well as rotating exhibits on Shakespeare and related topics. Always on view: one of the Folger’s First Folios (the first collected edition of the Bard’s plays). (Web site)
Eastern Market
Paik Produce
Did you know watermelon may actually be more hydrating than water? Pick up a to-go cup of the perfectly ripe and juicy fruit at Paik Produce ($3.50); they’ll even give you a disposable fork so you can munch on the stuff while wandering through the pleasantly refrigerated grocery stalls in the South Hall of Eastern Market.
Potomac Avenue
Wisdom
The perfect way to cool down on a hot day involves sipping either a gin rickey or a gin and tonic. You can't go wrong here: The cozy bar's enormous gin selection and house-made tonics go together like Washington and summer humidity. (Web site)
Stadium-Armory
Kingman Island
The boardwalks and tree-lined paths of Kingman Island are a great place to spot other creatures taking a break from the summer sun, turtles and foxes among them. Watch for birds you’re unlikely to see elsewhere in the District, such as the little blue heron and cedar waxwing. (Web site)
Benning Road
Denny's
Where else can you find on-demand milkshakes, sundaes, root beer floats and banana splits when the need arises? These cooling treats of summer can be found 24/7/365 at Denny’s. It’s probably wise, however, to skip the chocolate lava cake this time of year. (Web site)
Capitol Heights
Marvin Gaye Park
The Watts Branch stream cuts through this 1.6 mile-long park’s serene meadows and woods. Marvin Gaye grew up near the east end of this park, which features a mosaic of the musician, a playground and a small amphitheater. (Web site)
Addison Road
J. Franklyn Bourne Memorial Pool
Named after the first African-American judge on the Prince George's County District Court, this public pool offers lap swimming, a wading pool for kids and a popular water slide. (Web site)
Morgan Boulevard
Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex
Bet you didn't know that Prince George's County has a pool big enough to hold Olympic water polo matches and international synchronized swimming competitions. The Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex's Aquatic Center, reachable via The Bus route 22, also is home to a companion leisure pool with water slides, dump buckets and more fun. It's your choice: laps in the competition-size pool, or just enjoying the lazy river. (Web site)
Largo Town Center
AMC Magic Johnson Capital Center 12
Disappear into the darkness of the movies; add an Icee if you really want to chill. Plus, this theater was once part of Magic Johnson's line of theaters, which makes it even cooler (current owner AMC kept the basketball legend in the theater's name). (Web site)