It’s official – summer has arrived. It seems to be an accepted fact among Floridians, especially those of us that live here in Central Florida, that summer is, well, hot. I’m not talking about that peaceful kind of hot – the hot where fitness enthusiasts can go jogging and look glamorous while doing it. No, I’m referring to the kind of scorching heat that makes it painful to leave the house — the kind of hot where you’re coughing up dust and sweating buckets. While movies and television shows often depict our state as the premiere hot spot during the summer for a vacation to end all vacations, any true Floridian knows that sometimes that’s a bit of a misconception.
Now, before I find myself dodging shoes and tainted vegetables, I humbly ask that you allow me a chance to defend my point. As a Floridian, I believe that Central Florida is awesome. I’d even venture to say that Orlando is the best city in the state. And while the summer heat can, at times, be unbearable, I’d gladly take the sunshine over snow any day of the week. Having said that, most activities in Central Florida involve being outside and you do have to admit that doing some of these things in the heat can be a bit agonizing.
So, to avoid the agony and the occasional heat stroke, I’ve compiled an amusing list of nine fun, wintery things to do when it’s 100-plus degrees in Florida. Near-record heat gripped Central Florida last year. Try beating this year’s heat by sampling this list.
Learn to Grille Like a Pro…In Your Microwave
Guys, it’s hot outside. Some of us like to impress the ladies in our lives by grilling in the backyard. But think about how much more impressed she’ll be when you show her what you’re capable of with a microwave! Bow chicka wow wow! Might I suggest grilled barbecue chicken? You’ll need a microwave safe bowl. Cover chicken breasts with a lid and leave a corner open for proper ventilation. When done cooking, remove from the microwave and add the barbecue sauce. Place a meat thermometer in the chicken and if it’s at least 180 degrees, it’s cooked. Bon appetit, baby!
Netflix and Chill – Literally
A good way to beat the heat is staying indoors with the AC cranked to the max. I recommend inviting a few friends over to eat ice cream, drink frozen smoothies and watch Netflix or any of the other numerous streaming services. Might I recommend Frozen, The Ice Storm, The Day After Tomorrow, Everest or Ice Age?
Go on a Bike Ride…Indoors
Bicycling is a fun sport. In 100 degree heat though? Not so much. Are you trying to die? I certainly hope not. Here’s an idea — Visit your local gym and hop onto one of the exercise bicycles. You’ll break a sweat but at least you’ll be in the nice cold air conditioning. Make a cool down playlist of timeless classics, such as Ice Box by Omarion, She’s As Cold As Ice by Foreigner, Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Idina Menzel and Michael Buble, or Ice, Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice. Lance Armstrong, eat your heart out!
There’s nothing sexier than the feeling of cold wind in your face, am I right? No? Well, at any rate, a visit to iFLY Orlando to partake in indoor skydiving is not a bad way to stay cool. Essentially, it’s the simulation of true free-fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. Go with a friend and treat yourself to something cold and edible afterwards.
Try New Frozen Recipes
Some of us are gifted in the kitchen and can make anything. Others, however, can only make reservations. Whatever your skill set, making frozen desserts almost always ends up tasting delicious. How about a frozen sangria? You’ll need a blender, red wine, orange juice, lemon juice, agave and lots of ice! Turn on your favorite Spotify playlist and groove to some tunes as you try out frozen recipes.
Channel Your Inner Leo
Go outside, fill a children’s swimming pool with ice and see how long you can stay before feeling like a popsicle. Feel free to grip the hand of a friend and tell them, “I’ll never let go, Jack!” Cue Celine Dion.
Walk the Dog Indoors
Own a pet? That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to walk the dog outdoors. Get creative! Set up obstacle courses around your home to keep your dog active while enjoying a nice cold beer. Use a hoola hoop for your dog to leap through. Get your dog on the treadmill or play tug of war. All of this can be done in the comfort of your own home without stepping a single foot outside. Pawesome, right? Sorry — couldn’t resist.
Indoor Karting Orlando
Searching for thrills and excitement — that won’t get you arrested? Try Indoor Karting Orlando. There are two race tracks to choose from and both of them are indoors. Can I get an amen?! Visit this website for more details.
Take a Trip to the Aquarium
Nothing says cool like a visit to Sea Life Orlando. Located on International Drive, the Sea Life aquarium is pretty awesome — and very well air conditioned. Go marvel at the sharks and stingrays and try not to be envious of the cool water they’re swimming in. Also, afterwards, hop on over to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, which is in the exact same building. Take your time. Don’t rush. Bask in the air conditioning as long as you possibly can.
There are a variety of things to do to help you stay cool this summer. I like to call this particular list my anti-summer blog. Try one of these ideas, post them to social media and share with your friends. Get creative, have fun, be wacky, but most of all, stay cool in the summer.