Staying cool in the heat

The last week of July is statistically the hottest week in D.C., and this year is no exception. Here are two of the best strategies for dealing with the heat – either go for ice cream, or cool off by the water.

Ice cream

What could be better than enjoying ice cream on the Mall?

Lincoln Memorial plaza. ©Rob Klug
©Rob Klug
©Miki Jourdan

And if you are baby Xiao Qi Ji, you can enjoy ice pops prepared by the Zoo.

©Angela N.

Water

With two rivers and lots of public fountains, there are so many ways to get cooled off by the water in D.C.

Washington Harbour ©Rob Klug
World War II Memorial ©Rob Klug
Sliding into the Dupont Circle fountain ©Angela N.
World War II Memorial ©Rob Klug
Shallow pool at Yards Park. ©Victoria Pickering
Georgetown waterfront ©Rob Klug
©Miki Jourdan
©Angela N.
Yards Park ©Rob Klug
Metis, the Amur Tiger, submerged in the pool at the National Zoo. ©Angela N.
©Miki Jourdan
Malcolm X Park ©Rob Klug
Smithsonian Garden ©Miki Jourdan
Fountain at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden ©Victoria Pickering
Georgetown waterfront ©Rob Klug
Capital Riverfront ©Victoria Pickering

And while it is neither permitted nor recommended, sometimes people go in the reflecting pool.

©Angela N.

Make sure to stay hydrated – although maybe in a more environmentally-friendly way that all these discarded water bottles along the Mall.

©Rob Klug

And when there is no other way to stay cool, just collapse in the shade:

Rock Creek ©Rob Klug

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