It’s not just your imagination. There’s record-setting heat right outside your door.
South Florida ocean temps are reaching world-record highs. Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe have been under one heat advisory after another. It’s safe to say we’re looking for some relief.
Thankfully, the area is filled with attractions that’ll keep you and yours cool and happy no matter what the thermometer brings -- from tried-and-true options like a cool cone of ice cream to crowd-pleasers like the adventure-packed Xtreme Action Park.
Slap on some sunscreen. Break out the short sleeves. Let’s beat the heat together.
Flee to the Sea
Beach. Summer. No two words match better.
If you like your beach with a side of exploration, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea should top your summer bucket list. Regarded as the diving capital of Florida, this little beach town is nestled between Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach and attracts experienced scuba divers and newbie snorkelers alike.
Divers can park at any beach access point along El Mar Drive and swim 400 feet to Anglin’s Pier Reef. There, you’ll glimpse nurse sharks, turtles, tropical fish and the vibrant reef itself, 12 to 15 feet underwater.
Rent snorkeling gear at Gold Coast Scuba or Deep Blue Divers -- popular dive shops within walking distance from the beach -- or bring your own gear. Or go with a tour group like Square Grouper SoFlo to see the best snorkel spots. When it comes to diving fun in LBS, choosing your own adventure is easy.
Other ocean oases include:
Grab a Sweet Treat
No hot day is complete without an icy treat. It’s a Florida law.
If a good ice cream spot is defined by closeness to the beach, Yo Mama’s Ice Cream is scoops ahead of the competition. Located in Sunrise Lane, Fort Lauderdale, the shop prides itself on being five minutes from anywhere on the beach.
If you can imagine it, and it’s a form of ice cream, you can buy it at Yo Mama’s. Curate your own ice cream sundae (with ice cream made on-site), munch a homemade waffle cone or sip a hand-spun milkshake.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get better: Yo Mama’s is also open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. No late-night craving goes unfulfilled.
Other sweet treat destinations in South Florida include:
If you’re craving some swim time outside the ocean, look no further than Tigertail Lake Recreational Center, operated by Broward College.
Cue your inner American Ninja Warrior and brave the lake’s most popular activity: the Tigertail Aqua Challenge water obstacle course. Book an hour-long session to test yourself by swinging, sliding and bouncing through the park’s eight challenging elements.
Looking for something less physically daunting? Head onto the lake in a kayak, stand-up paddleboard or canoe. Rent your vessel by the hour or buy an all-day paddle pass to switch watercraft throughout the day if you can’t choose just one.
If sailing or windsurfing are your speed, Tigertail Rec offers rental boats (for experienced sailors) and private lessons (for aspiring sailors). The lake’s five acres and 10- to 15-knot winds are sure to float your boat.
Or try one of our other favorite spots for watertime fun:
Explore the Great Indoors
Staying in the comfort of AC is a time-honored way to beat the heat, and indoor entertainment doesn’t get much better than the Dauer Classic Car Museum in Sunrise.
For car lovers, browsing Dauer’s 53 antique cars (ranging in age from the ‘30s to the ‘70s) is as close as it gets to heaven on Earth. From the 1956 Cadillac Eldorado rumored to have been owned by Marilyn Monroe to a 1934 authentic Texaco gasoline truck, the museum leaves no auto era unrepresented.
Our favorite gem? A 1934 Ford gasoline tanker truck. We promise we’re only a little bit partial to the brand.
Plus, a few more indoor gems:
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