Beat the heat: Where to go to stay cool during these hot dog days of summer

If you think it’s hot today, stay tuned. The next few days are supposed to be scorchers, with Tuesday being the hottest of all, according to the National Weather Service. So, what should you do to stay cool as a cucumber and beat the heat? Here are a few cool spots that might keep you and your family melting with a smile.

The Beach: We are so fortunate to live so close to the coast! Just a short 25 minutes and you are on state Highway 1. Many beaches offer a drive-up option such as Roosevelt and Dunes beaches, but you can also grab some lunch at Sam’s and utilize their comfortable waterfront. Go a bit north and you can enjoy the tide pools or Ross Cove. Regardless of what beach you visit, you are most likely able to enjoy temperatures that are at least 10 to 15 degrees cooler.

Local Pools: The Peninsula is home to many public recreational pools. So, if you don’t have a backyard pool, consider packing up some towels and snacks and hit a local pool. Be prepared to pay an entrance fee and in some cases join a club. And try to get there early on a hot day, as lounge chairs of tables tend to fill up fast. Here is a list of some pools you can visit:

Bay Club: 200 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City (Membership required)

Burlingame Aquatic Center: 1 Mangini Way, Burlingame $3-$5 per person

Highland Recreation Center, 1851 Lexington Ave., San Mateo. $10 per person, non-member.

Joinville Pool: 2111 Kehoe Ave., San Mateo

King Pool: 725 Monte Diablo Ave, San Mateo

Parkside Aquatic Center: Located on the corner of Roberta and Seal Street

Peninsula Community Center (PCC): 3623 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City. (Membership required)

Peninsula Family YMCA: 1877 S Grant St., San Mateo. (Membership required)


Water Park: Hit a local water park for a day of fun with the kids. There are several in the greater Bay Area, so it’ll be a bit of a drive, but worth it as you find yourself barreling down a thrilling, slippery waterslide!

Great America- Boomerang Bay Water Park: 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara.

Rankin Aquatic Center: 100 Buckley St, Martinez.

Raging Waters: 2333 South White Road, San Jose.

Water World: 1950 Waterworld Pkwy, Concord.

Whatever you choose to stay cool during these hot summer days, be sure to stay hydrated and lather up with sunscreen. And if, by chance, you’re considering buying a house with air-conditioning… we can help you out! J Happy Summer!

If you thought fans are just for blowing hot air around, think again! Point box fans out the windows so they push hot air out, and adjust ceiling fan settings so the blades run counter-clockwise, pulling hot air up and out instead of just twirling it around the room.