Summer is in full swing and it is hot. Love the sunshine but ready for a break? CBSNewYork is here to offer you the best ways to keep cool in New York City this summer.

Go Ice Skating

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Nothing will trick you into thinking it is winter quite like a blast of arctic air. Ice skating rinks, such as Flushing’s World Ice Arena, offer open skating to the public during the summer months. In Manhattan, there’s the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, and in Westchester, try the Westchester Skating Academy

Enjoy Some Ice Cream

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Don’t get that ice cream because you want it, get that ice cream because you need it—to stay cool of course! Check out one of the city’s many places for ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt to escape the heat.

See Also: The Best Gelato in NYC | The 8 Best Ice Cream Shops in Manhattan | A Guide to New Jersey’s Best Homemade Ice Cream

Visit A Water Playground

sprinklers playground 5 Ways To Stay Cool This Summer in NYC

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There’s no better way to have fun with your children while keeping them cool than playing at a playground complete with water activities. Whether it is sprinklers or interactive water fun, you know your child will keep cool in the water. Also check out indoor playgrounds as a way to keep your child cool and active this summer.

See also: NYC’s Best Playgrounds For Summer Fun | Fun Indoor Playground For Kids

Check Out A Museum

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If you’re a native New Yorker that doesn’t seize the art and culture that all the city’s museums have to offer, now’s your chance. Visit a museum you haven’t seen in a while and soak up their air conditioning. Bring the kids along, too, many museums have free or discounted admission for children and students.

See Also: Free Family Fun in New York: Museums | The 11 Best Museum Exhibits This Summer in NYC

Ride The Ferry – For Free!

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Ride the free ferry to Staten Island, which runs 109 trips daily, or the free ferry to Governor’s Island, which runs on weekends. Take advantage of the low price, scenic views and cool breeze aboard the ferry! After your trip, enjoy the beach or anything else the islands have to offer.

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