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Staying ‘Cool’ in the Summer Heat

As we welcome the summer sun with open arms here in Tallahassee, the greeting comes with a stark reality check that it can get unbearably hot. We know that the heat can lead people to doing crazy things, but thankfully there are a lot of ways here in the Capital City to keep you cool. If you’re up for a day outside, you have a wide variety of options on every end of Tallahassee.

Starting June 13th, the week-long Watermelon Festival begins! Sample all kinds of watermelon recipes, participate in their charity 5K, or try your hand at seed spitting. Each day offers different events, so be sure to check out their website before you head out.

If you’re not quite convinced to indulge in a watermelon soda float, maybe you’d prefer to stay cool as you float down one of Tallahassee’s waterways. Kayaking through the Wakulla River or floating down Bear Paw Creek are both fun day trips full of hot sun and cold water. Remember to put on plenty of sunscreen, and don’t drop your paddle! Take a day for yourself, or bring your whole crew – the more the merrier.

If you’re looking for a beach closer than Panama City, then Shell Point is your go-to. Only 30 miles from Tallahassee, Shell Point is a quiet, less populated little beach that used to be privately owned. It even has a sand volleyball pit and a children’s playground. Close-by is Spring Creek, a famous seafood restaurant that’s a great dinner option after a day in the sun.

A bit closer to home and with a variety of family options is Cascades Park. Enjoy a nice picnic in the shade of the sprawling trees, or cool off after a game of frisbee in the Imagination Fountains. This is a favorite spot for kids to play in during the day, but is just as exciting for adults at night as the fountains are programmed to give a spectacular water show coordinated with lights and music.
We all know that in Tallahassee, snow is not something we see during the winter (we don’t count January’s “snow” day!). A great way to fill the void of the enchanting snow without worrying about the impending doom of icy roads is by picking up a snowcone from The Snoball Shak or Big Easy Snowballs. While the Snoball Shak is smaller in size, both businesses offer a wide variety of flavors to choose from. Big Easy Snowball even has a treat called the “stuffed snowball,’ which is any flavor of your choosing filled with vanilla ice cream! With all the flavor combinations possible, it will definitely be difficult choosing (though that’s a good problem to have!). So, we recommend a stuffed Tigers Blood snowball at Big Easy, and the tropical peach and pineapple split from Snoball Shak.
If snowcones aren’t up your alley but you’re still craving sweets, Lofty Pursuits has ice cream (even vegan options!), homemade candy, and toys! Enjoying a frozen treat in a picture-perfect location to relax sounds to us like a great day of summer fun.
As you can see, Tallahassee offers activities for the likes of everyone. Whether you’re up for a day in the water or conquering land, or just want to relax and have a sweet treat that will cool you down, the Capital City has all you need for a summer full of fun. And when it’s time to wind down, you can make sure you have a cool place to lay your head with our affordable Total Comfort Service Agreement. With Barry’s help, you will be worry free knowing that you will always be able to beat the heat, no matter where you are.
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