While summer is a great time to hang out outdoors, visit with friends, and travel to new places, there are some days that feel too hot to accomplish anything. When those days come along, use the higher temperature as an opportunity to do one of these fun activities.

Spend a day at the aquarium

When it’s scorching hot outside, what sounds more refreshing than spending the day in the cool confines of the ocean? Ok, so you might not actually be going underwater, but visiting the aquarium can make you feel like it. You’ll leave cool, refreshed, and having learned something new.

Learn to swim, or brush up on your skills

There is nothing quite as refreshing as diving into crystal clear waters. If you never learned how to swim as a child, it’s never too late to learn something new (or practice what you already know). Swimming is fun, an awesome form of exercise, and a good safety precaution for people of all ages. Check your local rec center to see if they offer swim lessons, or ask a trusted friend to teach you in a place that has a trained lifeguard.

Visit the library

In an age of eBooks and video streaming, you might not frequent your local library as much as you did back in the day. But when the sun is out and you’re looking for an escape, the cool confines of the library can be your savior. Explore new sections of the library you haven’t been to before, grab a stack of books that sound interesting, and enjoy an afternoon spent reading.

See a mid-day movie

Movie theatres are notorious for blasting the AC, so there’s no better place to go when the sun is on high heat. If none of the films at your theatre sound appealing, try a smaller venue that plays indie films and special screenings.

Get your grocery shopping done early

Sometimes it’s so hot that all you want to do is stick your head in the freezer.  Head to your local grocery store where you can do just that! It may be tempting to lounge on the porch when you’re overheated.  However, completing this necessary errand will keep you busy while also taking advantage of the store’s cool interior. And if you happen to pick up an extra tub of ice cream for later, more power to you.

Don’t let the summer heat get you down. Instead, use it as an opportunity to explore new activities or take advantage of old ones.