It finally really feels like we’re in the throes of summer here in Somerville and with the heat ramping up, it’s time to find ways to stay cool in the city. Here are three ways to chill out in Somerville when the temperature rises.
Hit the pools. Somerville has two pools, Dilboy Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool on Alewife Brook Parkway and Latta Brothers Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool at Foss Park, where you can cool off. Latta Brothers is open June 23-September 3 daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Dilboy is open July 1-August 24, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. In addition to staying cool, hitting the pool can help you stay fit!
Watch a movie. One of my favorite ways to cool off on a really hot summer day or night is to go to the movies. Somerville Theatre, with its vintage charm, has shows every day and while you’re there, you can visit the Museum of Bad Art in the basement. It’s cool and dark and the salty popcorn tastes oh-so-good washed down with a cold beer or glass of wine.
Get some ice cream or a popsicle. Richardson’s (located at the Somerville Theatre) and J.P. Licks, both in Davis Square, have lots of cold, tasty treats to satisfy your sweet tooth when the weather is warm. I also really like Christina’s in Inman (I know, technically Cambridge, but just barely), especially the peanut butter chip frozen yogurt. And if you prefer popsicles to ice cream, check out Somerville-made Ocean Ave Pops from Culinary Cruisers, which are sold at the Union Square Farmers Market and the Swirl & Slice Market. I’m partial to the banana-chocolate flavor, but all of them are really delicious.
What are your favorite ways to cool down when the temperatures rise in Somerville?