A list of air-conditioned indoor spaces — plus waterside escapes — for a weekend that may see record high temperatures.

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When it’s hot in the Puget Sound region, here’s where all the (literally) cool people hang out.


MOVIES: An air-conditioned movie theater is always a good, if obvious, bet on a hot day. For reviews of everything that’s currently in theaters, go to seattletimes.com/movies.

PERFORMANCES: By the same token, take the opportunity to see one of the great plays or concerts that the area is known for. Click on the following links for previews and reviews of current stage shows and classical music concerts.

COOLING CENTERS: The city of Seattle encourages use of air-conditioned public places such as libraries and senior centers. Also on the City’s list: Seattle Center Armory, nearby the hot-weather kid-magnet, the International Fountain. Check before you go in case some places are closed.

MUSEUMS: Museums have to be temperature controlled to protect art and artifacts. Here are a few of our favorites, where you can view art, dally at a cafe and visit a gift shop: Seattle Art Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass, The Frye and Tacoma Museum of Glass. With kids, consider MOHAI, Museum of Flight, Seattle Children’s Museum or The Burke Museum.


ON THE WATER: Leave the frying-pan of land behind, by paddling, rowing or sailing at one of these Seattle-area launch points.

BEACHES: Lifeguards are now on duty. Here are links for Seattle beaches, Renton beaches and Bellevue beaches. And here’s a fun cultural guide to some of the area’s most popular beach hangouts.

SPRAY PARKS: We put together a list of some of our favorite places for splashy fun earlier this week. Remember: Spray parks are not just for kids!

PATIO BARS: When all else fails, hoist a cold one under an umbrella. Here’s a list of Tan Vinh’s favorite spots with outdoor seating.


PETS: For those with a cat, dog, bird or other animal in the family, we dug up a list of tips for keeping pets safe in hot weather.

Looking for a place where dogs can dip their paws in the water? Check local laws and park rules before letting them dive in. In Seattle, the off-leash area at Magnuson Park is the only area where dogs are allowed in the water. On the Eastside, the off-leash area at Marymoor Park offers access to a river.

GARDENING: Read these tips about how to care for plants during a drought.

TREATS: And finally, we dove into the Seattle Times archive to find 25 recipes for refreshing, nonalcoholic summer drinks. Sip and chill!