Floating the Cahaba, road tripping and more. Your definitive guide to staying cool this summer in Birmingham

These building’s definitely look cool, but that’s not the cool we’re talking about. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

It’s hot, Birmingham. We know. To help y’all beat the heat and still participate in all the fun, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to staying cool this summer in Birmingham—including happy hours, road trips and floating local rivers!

Cool Off With a Cool Drink

This includes iced coffee, frosé, alcohol-free cocktails and of course happy hour specials. 

Guide to Rooftop Bars in Birmingham

4 Places to Find Frosé in Birmingham

Definitely have to swing by The Roof at The Redmont Hotel for a drink this summer. Photo via @theroofatredmont on Instagram

13 Summer Happy Hours in + Around Birmingham

Guide to Birmingham’s Downtown Bars

Moonshine at The Elyton Hotel is a gem. There’s inside and outside seating, plus the views are amazing—especially when the sun goes down. Photo via @hotel_trend on Instagram

Where to Find Alcohol-Free Cocktails in Birmingham 

Iced Coffee to Try From 10 Birmingham Coffee Shops

Get Away for a Day

Road trip anyone? Get out of the city for a day—or longer. Here are some

3 Covered Bridges on the Covered Bridge Trail in Blount County + Map and Photos

Everyone know’s it’s about 10 degrees cooler in the shade, so finding these covered bridges around Birmingham is key to staying cool. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

4 Summer Drives to Take for an Exciting Day Trip Within an Hour of Birmingham

Or Just Stay Inside

8 Places to Take Your Kids When it’s Too Hot Outside in Birmingham

Introduce them to the arts early at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The galleries are air conditioned, and it’s totally free! Photo via @thislifefilledwithlove on Instagram

Find the Water  

Is it actually summer if you haven’t floated down a river or visited a splash pad?  

Four Places to Rent a Boat Near Birmingham

7 Ways to Cool Off at the River This Summer—Tubing, Kayaking and More!

Tie yourself to your pal’s tubes, sit back and relax. Floating the Cahaba is the perfect way to stay cool this summer in Birmingham. Photo via @artsenmcraft on Instagram

14 Splash Pads 45 Minutes or Less From Birmingham—Including One for Dogs

Scuba diving and paddle boarding in a submerged quarry at Pelham’s Blue Water Park

Have more ideas on ways to keep it cool this summer? Let us know on social @BhamNow, or use #BhamNow