South Park Magazine

The Big Chill

Staying cool in the summer in Charlotte is not easy. With temps reaching 90-plus and humidity nearing 100 percent, sometimes the only option is to stay inside. Luckily, though, the Queen City has dozens of ways to beat the heat and stay cool indoors and out. From the best ways to get wet via the city’s top splash pads for kids and pools for the grown-ups to after-dark cocktail hours where live music makes you forget the steamy temps, here are the best ways to get wet (and keep it cool) this summer.

Posh Pools

Aloft Charlotte Uptown Alofthotels.com/Charlotte
HYATT House Charlotte
Hyatt.com/HyattHouse Ritz-Carlton Charlotte RitzCarlton.com/Charlotte Sheraton Sheratoncharlotte.com
Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge Theballantynehotel.com

Cover Up

E Martini 704-442-5535
Tara Grinna Taragrinna-swimwear.com Everything But Water Everythingbutwater.com

Whitewater Mania

Usnwc.org

Cocktails and Bites

Vivace WHAT TO DRINK: Nan & Byron’s WHAT TO DRINK: Halycon, Flavors from the Earth WHAT TO DRINK: Fahrenheit WHAT TO DRINK: Heist Brewery WHAT TO DRINK:

Family Fun

Stallings Park Stallingsnc.org Great Wolf Lodge Greatwolf.com/Concord Ray’s Splash Planet charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/Aquatics/RaysSplashPlanet/Pages/default.aspx

The Sound of Music

U.S. National Whitewater Center usnwc.org/category/riverjam/ Freedom Park Mecklenburgcountync.gov Symphony Park Charlottesymphony.org
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