Lifestyle Where to keep cool in NYC By Brittany Hamlett-Concepcion Updated July 22, 2015 3:42 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email There's no doubting that these are the dog days of summer here in NYC. With heat waves left and right, it's hard to enjoy the summer weather when all you can think of is keeping cool. But don't sweat it! We're here to help. Go for a swim! Photo Credit: NYC Parks Hanging out poolside is one of the most popular and easiest ways to cool off in the final days of the the city summer. Doggie paddle or get free swimming lessons at any of the New York City Parks' public pools! Check out our guide to the best NYC public pools Go to the mall Photo Credit: MELISSA KRAVITZ Go shopping minus walking down NYC's hot, grimey streets. Shop til you drop while keeping cool. Visit the swanky Brookfield Placein the Financial District for a suburban-like experience. Grab an ice cream cone Photo Credit: The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory When the weather drives you crazy, you need to scream for ice cream. Check out our guide to the best ice cream in NYC. Hit the beach Photo Credit: FLICKR/zeldman When in doubt, beach it out! There's nothing like hitting the surf on a humid, summer day. Just look out for sharks! Check out our top picks at amny.com/beaches. Get some frozen cocktails! Photo Credit: Yelp / Amor V. When summer heat weighs you down, the best pick-me-up is a frozen cocktail! Enjoy a $6 Henny Colada at City Island's Johnny's Reef or check out our favorite places to chill out with a cold one in hand at amny.com/drink. Row a boat Photo Credit: EZRA SHAW / Getty Images If you like to be one with nature, try boating at one of NYC's marinas or lakes. You can row, row, row your rental boat gently on the calm waters out of Central Park's Loeb Boathouse or Brooklyn's Marine Park, while feeling the breeze in your hair. For more locations and rental information, visit nycgovparks.org/boating. Go see a movie Photo Credit: FLICKR/caliperstudio When a heat wave hits, it's best to relax in a cool, dark place and watch a movie! Upgrade your cinematic adventure by either ordering food and drinks from your seat like at Nitehawk Cinema or recline in one of AMC's cinema suites. Here's our guide to some of the best places to see a movie. Visit the aquarium Photo Credit: SPENCER PLATT / Getty Images Just the thought of water can instantly satisfy your cool weather dreams. Take a trip to the New York Aquarium in Coney Island and watch a 4-D movie, feed the penguins or check out the sand tiger shark exhibit! Tickets: $10.75 general admission, children ages 2 and under: free, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Surf Avenue & West 8th Street. For more information, visit nyaquarium.com. By Brittany Hamlett-Concepcion Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Cool down and caffeinate with cold brew ice pops in AstoriaSweet, cold and on a stick, this is exactly what you need for New York heat! Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.