5 Summer Cool-Downs

Shake off the heat at these certifiably cool spots

Cool down on the brand new, hotly anticipated Embassy Row Hotel rooftop.
Cool down on the brand new, hotly anticipated Embassy Row Hotel rooftop.

It’s summer in the city and the heat is on. Not to worry though; we‘re sharing some surefire ways to cool down your mind, body and soul.

Cold Sips
Looking for a little kick with your refreshing milkshake? Head over to Satellite Room, located directly behind live music favorite, 9:30 Club. Perfect for pre or post-show hijinks, its boozy milkshakes are cool before you even sip ‘em. Try the Vincent Vega (vanilla w/ bourbon), a nod to John Travolta’s Pulp Fiction character. If you’ve seen the cult classic flick you’ll understand why this milkshake is definitely worth more than $5. Ted’s Bulletin serves up inventive shake takes on the White Russian and Tequila Sunrise at both its Capitol Hill & 14th Street locations. Spiked shaved ice? Yes, the District has that too: Red Light cools it off with its Riverstone Slush while Bourbon Steak thinks way outside of the box when it comes to ice. Peep this video and let the creativity transform your concept of cool.


Spash Around
Okay, not all of us can drink the heat away. If you’re looking to cool down the old-fashioned way, gather up the family and head over to The Yards Park in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. The splash pool, right along the canal basin, can be waded in and frolicked through by one and all – a perfect post-Nats game activity. Families will also enjoy the Georgetown Waterfront Park, located directly along the Potomac River and boasting over 10 acres of space with beautiful views of the river, as well as a water fountain.

Museum A/C Runs Cold
DC is home to a wonderful line-up of free museums. The masterful works of art can give you the chills – and so can the cranked up A/C inside. Escape the summer sun and check out the National Portrait Gallery’s American Cool exhibit. Does it get any more fitting than that? Afterwards, head to the roofed-in Kogod Courtyard for primo relaxation time. Just down the road, the National Gallery of Art celebrates the enduring friendship of impressionists Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas all summer long.

Sweet Treats
Why not cool down with a delicious treat? Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee has locations throughout the District, including Union Market and its new “factory,” where aficionados of the Italian foodstuff can see how its made. Mr. Yogato, near Dupont Circle, is all about fun and games with a science-y twist. Parched patrons can zap the heat with healthy, healthful fro-yo topped with over 50 fresh fruit and dry toppings to boot. If you’re in the Georgetown area, head to Thomas Sweet, which has served up the neighborhood classic house made ice cream, pastries and even paninis for 35 years.

Take a Dip
If you’re looking to full-on submerge in cool, check out any number of area hotels that offer up day passes at their pools. Capitol Skyline Hotel is known for its outstanding pool parties, and you can access it for a day for $20. The Liaison Capitol Hill’s day pass goes for $25, and offers guests a luxurious setting for poolside fun. The Rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel has officially opened to the public, so visitors can now enjoy this stylish terrace with a day pass for $25.