Where to Stay Cool in Raleigh During a Heat Wave

“How about this heat?”


It’s a refrain you’re probably hearing daily as the mercury climbs to near the three-digit mark around the Raleigh area. And if you work out in the brutal heat and humidity, you don’t need anyone to tell you that once in awhile, you deserve a break.

Fortunately, the Triangle region of North Carolina offers numerous entertainment options that are — thankfully — air-conditioned, along with outdoor activities that allow you to jump in the water when you’re ready to cool off. Here are a few of our favorite fun things to do in and near Raleigh that also help you beat the summer heat.

Get in a Little Shopping

The Raleigh area is truly a shopper’s paradise, with multiple upscale malls that allow you to shop, dine, socialize, relax and even get some exercise in air-conditioned comfort. Some of the most well-known in the Triangle include:

Catch a Movie

When it’s so hot out, is there anything better than settling into comfortable stadium seating to enjoy a movie in a deliciously cool theater? If there is, we’d like to know about it! The Triangle offers many options for catching a movie; here are a few:

Dip Your Toes

Raleigh and surrounding areas are home to many beautiful lakes, and some include beach areas, camping, fishing, boating and other recreational opportunities. One example is Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, which includes nine different access areas around its perimeter. The lake offers specialized areas for many outdoor activities, including campsites, boating ramps and seven beaches available for lounging and swimming.

Falls Lake State Recreation Area includes seven access areas, some 300 campsites and five beaches for swimming. The lake also offers boat ramps, along with many biking trails available via the Beaverdam access point.

Soak up Some History and Culture

Raleigh is home to multiple museums where you can cool off as you feed your mind. Some of our favorites include:

Stay Cool and Comfortable at Home

After a day of air-conditioned fun out and about in Raleigh, how about spending some time relaxing at home with an efficient air conditioner? To learn how to keep your home comfortably cool in the North Carolina heat, contact Delta Heating & Cooling at (919) 256-5120.