3 ways to beat the summer heat in Birmingham including waterfalls, tropical cocktails + sweet treats

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We’ll take them all! Photo via SMOOSH Cookies on Instagram

Let’s be honest, being anywhere without A/C right now is miserable. Thankfully there are still ways to get out and explore the city AND stay cool at the same time. Here are 3 ways to beat the summer heat in Birmingham including where to find waterfalls, tropical cocktails and sweet treats.

1. Spend a day in the water (or under a waterfall)

Waterfall in the Bankhead National Forest. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham is surrounded by lakes, rivers and hidden waterfalls ready to be discovered. Whether you’re floating down the Cahaba, spending the day at the lake or chasing waterfalls, being near water is an instant cure to a hot summer day. Get started with these guides:

2. Grab a refreshing drink at a local bar or brewery

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Frozen Pina Colada. Photo via Queen’s Park Birmingham’s Facebook page

An ice-cold cocktail or craft beer really hits different on a sunny summer day. Grab your masks, a few friends and head out to your favorite watering hole to beat the heat with a drink in your hand. Here are some must-try drinks to add to your list:

3. Treat yourself to something sweet

Always drooling over Jeni’s. Photo via Jeni’s Ice Cream

This story wouldn’t be complete without some sweet treats. Think ice cream, popsicles, iced coffee, and shaved ice. *drools* We have the guides you need to satisfy your sweet tooth when the summer heat is just too much.

Have more ideas on how to beat the heat in Birmingham this summer? Share them with us on social at @BhamNow on Facebook and Instagram, or @Now_Bham on Twitter.

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Hannah Chambley
Most likely Instagrammin’ the Birmingham skyline, behind the camera shooting photos or writing stories (with too many puns) for Bham Now.
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