Best places to beat the heat

The summer heat is no joke in Charlotte, which can make it hard to keep your cool while you’re out having a good time. Here’s a list of 10 places to check out if you prefer having a little indoor fun in the Queen City:

10 Park Lanes – Sure, you can show off your bowling skills, but you can also enjoy gourmet food at this joint, which also has arcade games. 1700 Montford Dr. website

Victory Lane Karting – There’s more than meets the eye here. Not only can you satisfy your need for speed on the go-kart track but there’s also a bowling alley and restaurant. 2330 Tipton Drive. website

District 57 – This “post-apocolyptic” entertainment center is part game room and part escape room. It features a 30-room obstacle course, arcade games and a self-serve bar for adults. 1526-B Alleghany St. website

Discovery Place Science – Stroll through an exotic rainforest on a swinging bridge or see a smorgasbord of science experiments at one of the live shows. 301 North Tryon St. website

Sky Zone – What could be more fun than trampoline dodge ball? In addition to trampolines, there's a Ninja Warrior Course, climbing wall, toddler zone and more. 7325 Smith Corners Blvd. website

Sea Life Aquarium – Dive under the sea and come nose to nose with thousands of creatures, including sharks, stingrays and sea turtles. There's also an interactive touch pool if you feel like touching a sea star, crab or urchin. Concord Mills Mall, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Entrance 7. website

The Mint Museum – No matter which location you visit, you’ll be inspired by the collections and exhibits on display. 500 South Tryon St. and 2730 Randolph Rd. website

Inner Peaks – No matter what your experience level is or what the weather outside is doing, you can go rock climbing at your choice of two locations. 9535 Monroe Rd. or 2220 S. Tryon St. website

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NASCAR Hall of Fame – This may be the only museum that requires a seat belt! Test your driving skills on a racing simulator or see how fast you can perform a pit stop. This high-tech hall is designed to entertain and educate race fans and nonfans alike. 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. website

Frankie’s Fun Park – Romp around the fun house that’s part obstacle course and part playground, ride bumper cars, play laser tag and take a plunge on the Drop Zone at Frankie’s in Huntersville. There are also 24 bowling lanes and a huge arcade. 10621 Bryton Corporate Center Drive. website

The Quarry at Carrigan Farms – OK, so this isn’t an indoor activity, but we’re including it as a bonus in case you’re looking for a cool place to take a dip. The Quarry at Carrigan Farms in Mooresville is a natural, spring-fed oasis filled with blue water surrounded by gray granite cliffs and a white-sand beach. The farm hosts open swim dates throughout the summer. Reservations are required. 1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy. website

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