By Michelle Reese

The heat is on this summer! Sure, you could spend your summer inside with the AC cranked. But why would you want to miss all the summer fun! Instead, we put together a list of some of our favorite ways to beat the heat in & around Bucks.

Sesame Place (photo by Michelle Reese)

1. Make a splash: We are lucky enough to be surrounded by outstanding water parks and splash pads. Spend the day at Sesame Place right in Langhorne or take the short drive to Hurricane Harbor or Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. If you're looking for a cheap alternative with younger kids, check out a nearby splash pad. The Montgomery Township Parks and Rec Splash Pad is a consistent favorite.

Bucks County River Country (Photo via Facebook)

2. Stay cool & relax while river tubing at Bucks County River Country. The Delaware River waters hover around a refreshing 80 degrees all summer long, and you can sit back & relax as the waters pull you along at an average speed of 1.5 mph.

Newtown Athletic Club

3. Go swimming at a local pool! Bucks County offers a number of public and members-only pools. Check out our 2019 Summer Guide for more details on some of the area's best pools.

(photo by Michelle Reese)

4. Take a day trip to the beach! We're luck enough to live in a location where you can reach several shore cities within a couple hours.

6. Take the entertainment indoors. Go bowling! Try your arm at hatchet throwing! Or try to find your way out of an escape room. Tip: Doylestown Escape Room was voted Best Amusement in our 2019 Bucks Happening List.

7. Escape to the Movies! Whether you’re watching an old Hollywood Classic at The County Theater or heading to the multiplex for the latest summer blockbuster, a cold, dark movie house is the perfect escape from summer heat. Looking for ways to save on movies? Click here.

Moo Hope Ice Cream (photo by Michelle Reese)

8. Cool off with a few scoops of mouth-watering ice cream. The Warrington Dairy Queen was voted Best Ice Cream in the 2019 Bucks Happening List. A few other local favorites include Moo Hope (New Hope), JoJo's Ice Cream (Levittown), OWowCow (Newtown), Uncle Dave's (Yardley) and Nina's Waffles & Ice Cream.

Mercer Museum (photo by Michelle Reese)

9. Explore a local museum or indoor play area. There's always something new to discover at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown. And Penn's Little Village is a free play area for children under 5 in the Langhorne Free Public Library.

(photo by Michelle Reese)

10. If all else fails, turn on that sprinkler!

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