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Five ways to beat the summer heat

As we march through the final weeks of summer, the weather may start to become too hot and humid to bear. With heatwave after heatwave, it seems like going outside isn’t a comfortable option for a lot of us. If you are experiencing cabin fever from sitting inside, planted in front of your air conditioner, have no fear, because we came up with a list of five ways to beat the heat during the dog days of summer.

Public Swimming Pools

Trenton has five public pools that are open for anyone to use. Along with free swims, they also offer lessons in basic water safety, competitive swimming, lifeguard training, C.P.R., and First Aid. More information on the schedules, rules, and locations of the pools can be found here.

Local Ice Cream Shops

Eating ice cream or water ice on a hot day is a great way to cool off, and you can support local small businesses while you do it! The Trenton Ice Cream Parlor, or TIP, is a popular spot for a frozen treat. While their ice cream may be great, the story behind the parlor might be even better than what they serve. The idea of the shop came from a 13 year old autistic child, who approached her parents with her vision. From there, Trenton Ice Cream Parlor has developed into a bright, clean, and tasty attraction that is great for a hot day.


Trenton is home to the New Jersey State Museum, which houses more than two million artifacts. You can explore the cultural and natural history of New Jersey through guided tours, hands-on activities, and special curated exhibits. While you need to buy a ticket for the planetarium, admission to the general museum is free (air conditioning included).

Movie Theaters

There are many great options of corporate movie theaters in the area, but if you are looking for a new viewing experience, the historic Princeton Garden Theater can provide that. The Princeton Garden Theater is a non-profit, community arthouse theater located on Nassau Street in Princeton, New Jersey owned by Princeton University and managed by Renew Theaters. The theater shows first-run films of high artistic quality. The theater also has special programming like classic Hollywood and foreign language films; filmmaker appearances and lectures; Saturday kids matinees; and theatrically broadcast events. Showtimes and purchasing options for tickets can be found on their website.

Canoeing or Kayaking

The D&R canal is a former transport route used in the 1800’s that has been reconstituted as a place of leisure and recreation. The waterway is mostly shaded, and is great for beginners as there is little current. Canoeing and kayaking are excellent ways to relax and enjoy nature without getting too overheated. Information about the canal, and canoe or kayak rentals, can be found here.

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