Best places to beat the heat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When the temperature rises, you don’t have to stay cooped up at home to hide from the heat and humidity. Here are 10 places where you can beat the heat and have fun in Charlotte.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Ray’s Splash Planet — This “planet” is really out of this world with waterslides, including one that’s three-stories tall, a lazy river, and all sorts of fun things to help soak you. 215 North Sycamore St.

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.

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

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 Dr.

(WATCH: Soaring to new heights at Inner Peaks)