Best places to beat the heat in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When the temperature rises, you don’t have to stay cooped up at home to hide from the heat and humidity. Check out this list of fun places around Charlotte where you can beat the heat.

10 Park Lanes — Not only can you show off your bowling skills, you can also enjoy gourmet food at this spot. There’s also ping-pong, cornhole, and indoor bocce. 1700 Montford Drive. Link

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art — Art enthusiasts will be inspired by the collections and exhibits on display. The exhibition “Alyson Shotz: Coalescence” is currently on view. 420 South Tryon St. Link

Discovery Place Science — Watch an IMAX movie, 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. Link

District 57 — This “post-apocalyptic” entertainment center is part game room and part escape room. It features a 30-room obstacle course, a new laser tag arena, plus arcade games and a self-serve bar for adults. On Friday and Saturday after 7 p.m., all visitors must be at least 16 years old. 1526-B Alleghany St. Link

Extreme Ice Center — Test your skating skills at one of the coolest spots in town. Scooters are also available for smaller children who could use a little help on the ice. 4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. Link

Frankie’s Fun Park — In addition to its outdoor attractions, Frankie’s features 24 bowling lanes, arcade games, indoor bumper cars, laser tag, and virtual reality games. 10621 Bryton Corporate Center Drive, Huntersville. Link

Inner Peaks — No matter your experience level or what the weather outside is doing, you can go rock climbing at your choice of two locations. 2220 South Tryon Street and 10715 Independence Pointe Parkway, Matthews. Link

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

Ray’s Splash Planet — This indoor waterpark and recreation center is really out of this world with waterslides, including one 3-stories tall, plus a lazy river, and all sorts of fun things to help keep you cool. 215 North Sycamore St. Link

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. Link

Sky Zone — What could be more fun than trampoline dodgeball? In addition to trampolines, there’s a Ninja Warrior Course, climbing wall, and toddler zone. 7325 Smith Corners Blvd., and 10200 Centrum Parkway in Pineville. Link

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

If you do want brave the outdoors, here are a few places to cool off:

Carolina Harbor Waterpark at Carowinds — This massive waterpark features everything from giant water slides and wave pools to large play structures and a 3-acre kids’ area. Link

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Pools and Spraygrounds — Escape the heat by cooling off at one of the county’s pools or spraygrounds, which can be found at several parks, including Romare Bearden and First Ward in Uptown. Link

The Quarry at Carrigan Farms — You won’t believe the blue water, white sand beach, and gray granite cliffs at this natural, spring-fed oasis in Mooresville. The farm hosts open swim dates throughout the summer. Link

Ramsey Creek Beach — This public beach covers over 40 acres on Lake Norman. Additional features include a fishing pier, picnic shelters, volleyball court, playground, dog park and 1.5 miles of walking/nature trails. 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius. Link

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