5 Unexpected Places to Cool Off

Don’t let the heat ruin your chances of having fun. You can check out one of these cool places for an unexpected destination to escape the heat.

Rocket Bar: Step into the basement bar for drinks and games to cool off for the evening. At Rocket Bar, located on 7th Street near the Verizon Center, you can sip on a variety of beers while playing pool, shuffleboard or darts. You can also try their drink of the week for a unique cup of cool.

ICEBERGS: Escape the heat by going inside an iceberg. You can wander through the National Building Museum’s “ICEBERGS” exhibit through September 5. The exhibit offers fun facts about icebergs, an overlook, slides and an icy treat to snack on. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for children, seniors or students with an ID.

H Street Country Club: It might be too hot to play golf outside, but don’t hang up your clubs just yet! You can play mini golf inside at the H Street Country Club’s nine-hole course. Playing a round is $7 per person. Though you must be 21 or older to play at night, younger players are welcome during brunch on the weekend and before 7 p.m. during the week. You can also enjoy food, drink and other games like shuffleboard, skeeball and Giant Jenga.

Luray Caverns: Explore cool, underground caves at Luray Caverns in the Shenandoah Valley. First discovered in 1878, Luray Caverns was formed by undergound rivers over millions of years, according to the Encyclopedia Brittanica. You can wind through the pathways where limestone looks frozen like icicles, or brush up on your history at the Luray Valley Museum. Tours begin at 9 a.m. and leave every 20 minutes until 7 p.m. The cavern feels like 65 degrees year round, so you may want to bring a light jacket.

Politics & Prose: Let your mind wander away from the heat and into a book at Politics and Prose on Connecticut Avenue. Bring your own book or peruse the shelves on the top floor or drop into The Den, which reopened in April after renovations, for food and coffee in the basement.

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