We’re officially at the time of year where fun in the sun can quickly become a muggy, sweaty time. But no worries! We’ve got some ideas to keep you cool and comfortable from local live theatre to splash pools and more. Keep reading for our best tips.
1. See a show
Live performances from local theaters are a great way to beat the heat while being entertained. Take a break from the blazin’ sun and immerse yourself in a classic tale that’s fun for adults and kids alike. Here’s where you can catch some shows this summer:
- Alabama Theatre
- Location: 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
- Birmingham Children’s Theatre
- Red Mountain Theatre
- Location: 1600 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
- Virginia Samford Theatre
- Location: 1116 26th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Looking for a place to watch a movie under the stars? These outdoor theaters in the Birmingham area are perfect for warm summer evenings.
2. Make a splash
There’s nothing quite like the refreshing feeling of plunging into cold water on a hot day. Whether your ideal splash is at a waterpark or surrounded by nature, there are several options around us.
- Explore Cahaba River
- Location: Check this map for access points
- Lakes + AquaPark at Oak Mountain State Park
- Location: 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124
- Alabama Adventure/Splash Adventure
- Hoover Met Playground and Splash Pad
3. Grab a sweet treat
You’ll melt for these unique sweet treats, from a new Italian ice spot to delicious fruit-filled popsicles.
- Jeni’s Ice Cream
- Location: 219 29th Street S, Birmingham, AL 35233
- Jerimiah’s Italian Ice
- Location: 16383 US-280, Chelsea, AL 35043
- Big Spoon Creamery
- La Sabrosita Ice Cream Shop
- Location: 3702 Lorna Rd, Hoover, AL 35244
4. Explore local museums and galleries
Bring your friends and family or take a solo excursion to enrich your mind at these local museums and galleries. With regularly rotating exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages, you can spend hours exploring all there is to offer.
- Birmingham Museum of Art
- McWane Science Center
- Location: 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
- Canary Gallery
- Location: 2201 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
- Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum
5. Stop by your local library
If you haven’t already, it’s a fantastic idea to go grab a library card. Not only do local libraries have quiet places to read, study and relax, but they’re filled with resources you may not even think of. The best part? It’s free to join and take part in the libraries activities and events.
Your membership applies at all 15+ Birmingham Public Library locations, including:
Staying safe in the sun
Grabbing an ice cream cone and staying in a cool environment are great ways to prevent heat stroke. Especially in the summer months, heat stroke is prevalent and it’s important to know warning signs of this medical emergency so you can protect yourself and your loved ones.
Here are some warning signs of heat stroke to look out for:
- high body temperature (hot, red skin)
- rapid pulse
- passing out
If you notice yourself or someone around you experiencing these symptoms, seek immediate medical assistance. Internist and geriatrician Dr. Ginnie Prater, who also serves as a Medical Director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, weighed in on the importance of heat safety.
“Young athletes and older adults may be most susceptible to experiencing heat-related illness. It is important for everyone to avoid too much time in the heat. It is also important to get immediate medical assistance if there is any concern for heat stroke because organ damage can occur rapidly if cooling is delayed. Until a medical professional arrives, you can help someone with suspected heat stroke by moving them to a cooler place and by using cool cloths on their skin.”Dr. Ginnie Prater, Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
To help prevent heat-related illness, you can do the following:
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Water is the best option, but you can also consume electrolyte-rich drinks to replenish essential minerals lost through sweating.
- Dress appropriately: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing made of breathable fabrics that allow air circulation and help sweat evaporate.
- Use cooling measures: Try fans, cool showers, or use wet towels on your neck, face, and arms to help lower your body temperature.
- Limit physical activity: Avoid engaging in strenuous activities, especially during peak heat hours. If you must exercise or work outdoors, schedule it for cooler parts of the day, like early morning or evening.
- Be mindful of medications: Some medications can increase your risk of heat-related illness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist to check if any of your medications could affect your body’s response to heat.