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July 16, 2013 at 4:36 PM

7 days, 7 places to beat the heat in Seattle

Colman Pool, by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times.

Colman Pool, by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times.

This just in from Seattle Times reporter Hannah Leone:

It’s hot. Where do you go to escape the heat? Here’s a list of seven places, one for each day of the week. (PS: Please share your favorite cooling-off spots with other readers on the comments thread.)

1 An ice skating rink

If the hot weather has your patience on thin ice, Highland Ice Arena in Shoreline is a surefire way to cool your nerves; you can even sneak in a little excercise without getting too sweaty or sunburned. Public skating hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Mon., 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Wed., 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. and 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-5 p.m. Sat. $7 adult/teen, $6 child/senior, Free for children ages 5 and younger. Group discount available. Family session from 1:30-5 p.m. Sundays is $15 for two parents and their children. $3 skate rental.  Times and prices are subject to change, so call 206-546-2431 to check.

2 A museum



The Seattle Art Museum currently showcases seven diverse exhibitions in addition to the SAM Gallery. Enjoy low temperatures as you peruse high fashion in featured exhibition “Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion,” on display through Sept. 8. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. General admission is $17 adult, $15 senior/military, $11 student/teen, free for children ages 12 and younger and SAM members.

Primarily focused on paintings, the Frye Art Museum’s three current exhibitions, “Hudson Flows West,” “Horizon” and “Buster Simpson // Surveyor,” are featured in addition to the museum’s Founding Collection. Museum hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Wed. and Fri.-Sun. and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thurs. Admission and parking are always free.

On the Eastside, Bellevue Arts Museum is the place to be. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 510 Bellevue Way N.E., $7 students and seniors, $10 adults.

3 A public swimming pool

Combat the heat wave with the watery kind in one of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s  indoor, outdoor  or wading pools. A Seattle Times staff favorite, Colman Pool, features heated saltwater, a beachfront setting and a giant tube slide. Public swim hours vary by pool. Colman Pool public swim is 1:45-4:45 p.m. and lap swim is noon-1:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. daily. Recreational swimming fees at most of Seattle’s pools are $3.75 youth/senior/special populations, $5.25 adult and  $3 youth with nonprofit organization. When applicable, waterslide fee is $1.

4 A movie theater

Movie theaters are notoriously air-conditioned. Our movie critic reccomends Cinerama on Fourth Avenue. For reviews and listings, visit our movies page.

5 A shady park

Towering trees at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens’ Washington Park Arboretum have you covered when it comes to sun-blocking. Inhabiting 230 acres on the shores of Lake Washington, the arboretum’s assortment of plants can be found nowhere else. All parts of the arboretum are free to the public except for the Japanese Garden, located at the south end, which has an entrance fee of $6 adult and $4 youth/seniors, and is free for children ages 5 and younger.

6 A spraypark

Get sprinkled  with ice-cold water at one of Seattle’s sprayparks. Seattle Parks and Recreation has sprayparks, which are free to the public and open daily from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. unless thunder or lightning is present, at 10 locations: Ballard Commons Park, Georgetown Playfield, Highland Park, Jefferson Park, John C. Little Park, Judkins Park, Lake Union Park, Miller Playfield, Northacres Park and Pratt Park.

7 The library

Reading is cool. What better place to chill and read  a book — or the newspaper! — than the air-conditioned Central Library? Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and noon-6 p.m. Sun. (It’s free.)

Looking for something closer to home? Try a branch of Seattle Public Library or King County Library System.


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