Even when it's too hot for me, I find that my daughter can usually take the heat—unlike me she's young, skinny and full of energy. But this summer with temperatures in the 80s with high humidity for days on end, even she's starting to sweat. These days whenever I suggest an outing, my kid insists that our destination have lots of water, industrial-strength air conditioning or sweet frozen treats.
While we enjoy hitting our local public pool and running around the sprinklers (oh yes, I get in there too), lately we've been longing for more diverse destinations. That inspired us to round up our favorite ways to cool off in New York City. Our list includes a variety of destinations (some are brand-new) including outdoor spots like extra-special water playgrounds, awesome pools and splashy boat rides, and indoor havens such as kid-friendly museums and public atriums. Many of our suggestions are FREE and we even included exceptional frozen treat spots so you can indulge in ice cream or pops. So strike while the weather's hot: Here are our top 50 ways to cool off with kids in NYC this summer.