The 9 best activities to keep cool this weekend

Posted at 5:21 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2018-06-29 01:40:13-04

This week’s stifling heat and humidity may make you feel tempted to crank the AC and do nothing but Netflix and chill -- literally.

We found nine activities in the area, from canoeing to pottery, that will help you beat the heat this weekend.

Wake Nation Cincinnati, the only full-sized cable wake park in the Midwest, allows riders to wakeboard, water ski, kneeboard and wakeskate on a 10-acre lake without being pulled by a boat. Wakeboarders, skiers and kneeboarders are pulled along the water with an overhead cable system that can accommodate up to six people at one time. Experience is not necessary, but there are ramps and courses for advanced riders.

Cool off canoeing, kayaking or even floating in a raft down the fastest river in Indiana at Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures. Whitewater River in Brookville, Indiana is just 30 minutes from Cincinnati, and Morgan’s  offers riverside cabin and campsites for an overnight experience. They also have a livery on the Little Miami River in Oregonia, Ohio, well-known for its natural beauty.

Sky Zone Trampoline Parkin Springdale, Ohio offers all the fun of a trampoline indoors and away from the heat. Features include a free jump area and pick-up games of dodgeball. Dunk like a pro and try sky slam, a basketball hoop over trampoline launch pads. Foam zone allows you to jump or flip into a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. 

No need to blare the air during this ride, Full Throttle Indoor Kartingin Cincinnati is a sure way to have fun and stay cool. With speeds up to 40 mph, Full Throttle has one of the fastest indoor tracks in the country, and you’ll feel the breeze with races lasting eight minutes long. 

Stay cool indoors atScene75, one of the largest indoor entertainment centers in the U.S., offering over 110 arcade games, go-karts, themed, multi-level laser tag, blacklight mini golf, mini bowling, bumper cars and more. They even have a full-service bar, restaurant and snack zone.

Check out the gift shop with custom-designed glass pieces or take a class at Cincinnati’s only hot-glass studio open to the public at Neusole Glassworks. The spot offers classes for all ages and skill levels, whether you want to create your own work of art or watch professional artists craft glasswork, Neusole Glassworks is a definitely a cool spot.

Queen City Clay, a public ceramics studios and clay retail shop, offers a variety of classes including an open wheel-throwing session that is perfect for the family. This one-time class guarantees that you will make at least one pot on the wheel, under the direction of pottery experts. The gift shop boasts custom-created pieces from local artists, and offers everything from clay to tools to equipment.

Check out this indoor rock climbing facility located in Sharonville. RockQuest Climbing Center provides a way to stay active and cool! They have everything you need to climb- from harnesses to shoes available for rental. They also have a bouldering wall so you can climb without a rope if you please.

Experience the Escape the Room Challenge, a first-person, interactive game where you are trapped in a room with one hour to solve the clue and escape. Located in West Chester, you can choose from three scenarios of varied difficulty to begin your adventure. Try to escape any of the rooms with family, friends or even strangers.