We love us some beach days and water parks, but some summer days call for a retreat to the comfort of serious A/C. But that doesn’t mean you need to stay home. Hop on the train (where it’s often also quite lovely, we’ll remind you) and hit one of these spots for indoor fun. From water play inside to mini golf, climbing walls and a mini play farm, we’ve rounded up some totally cool destinations. Click on through to plan your next steamy day outing!

For a Whale of a Time: American Museum of Natural History

The first step to feeling cool is thinking cool. Step into the refreshing blue calm of the Museum's Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Take in the cool ocean vibes, including the iconic 94- foot-long blue whale, and if you’ve got the time, continue on the museum’s self-guided Whales Tour to keep the journey going. Check out real mummies from Ancient Egypt and Peru at the "Mummies" exhibit, marvel at the museum's newest (giant) Titanosaur and learn all about Humpback Whales up close at a film dedicated to the gentle giants.  Finally, make a stop in the popular The Discovery Room, the museum’s interactive exhibition for children and families.

The American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
Online: amnh.org

photo: Daniel Torres Bonatto via Flickr


Where do you head to beat the heat with the kids? Tell us in the comments below!

—Ilyssa Smith