Beat the Summer Heat


Record-high temperatures are hitting us this summer, making finding cool and refreshing ways to beat the heat essential. Here are some tips to stay cool during these scorching days:

Explore Waterfalls

East Tennessee is blessed with beautiful waterfalls like Abrams Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Tom Branch Falls. These natural spots offer both a refreshing break and a chance for family adventure.

Visit a Waterpark

Dollywood’s Splash Country is a top choice for a fun and cool day out. For a unique getaway, consider The Wilderness at the Smokies, a hotel with an indoor waterpark, perfect for an immersive water adventure just steps from your room.

Float Down the Tennessee River

Rent a raft or tube and enjoy a relaxing float down the Tennessee River. For thrill-seekers, white water rafting provides an exhilarating way to stay cool. Finish your day with a delicious burger and ice cream at local favorites in Townsend.

Ice Skating

If the heat is too intense, head indoors to the Ice Chalet in Knoxville. Ice skating offers a refreshing escape and fun for all skill levels.

Visit Local Attractions

Explore the cool confines of the Knoxville Museum of Art or take a leisurely stroll through the shaded paths of the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. Both venues provide a refreshing respite from the heat while offering a touch of culture and natural beauty.

Catch a Movie

Enjoy the air-conditioned comfort of a local theater. With a wide selection of the latest blockbusters, it’s a great way to stay entertained and cool during the hottest part of the day.

Sip and Savor at Local Cafes

Many local cafes offer cool, shaded outdoor seating and air-conditioned indoor spaces. Treat yourself to an iced coffee or a refreshing smoothie while enjoying a peaceful break from the sun.

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