Five Places to Stay Cool 3

Summer is at its sweltering height in July. The obvious way to escape the Georgia heat is to relax in a lounge chair by the pool with a cool drink in hand. But after a while, you get antsy for a little bit more than just hanging out in the water. When that happens, here are five places to stay cool and have fun this summer, all located outside the perimeter, but inside with air conditioning.

Have a Great Knight.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, a trip back in time is a blast at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Lawrenceville. Best of all you can eat with your hands.  Get there early to see the peregrine falcon from the show, and watch the knighting ceremony. For those with a strong stomach, visit the medieval torture museum. It’s a dollar to get in, then another to get out.  Medieval Times is one of those events that is even more fun with friends, so plan a group outing to cheer on your favorite knight. Keep the fun going all knight long with the Good Knight Package at the Hampton Inn at Discover Mills.

Take in a Play. 

Neighborhood playhouse Act3 Productions in Sandy Springs is putting on Legally Blonde The Musical Jr. July 21 – 30.  Follow the transformation of Elle Woods from socialite to Harvard law student. The production is part of Act3’s youth season, and casts local kids in the starring roles. Afterwards, head across Roswell Road for a Bruster’s ice cream blast – your favorite mix-ins swirled into vanilla ice cream. Yum.

Start a Book Club.

Summer is a perfect time to start a book club with friends. For the first publication, check out Diary of Anne Frank at a local library. After reading it, the group can learn more about her life, and try to understand the world she lived in with a visit to the Anne Frank in the World Exhibit located in Sandy Springs. This exhibit uses over 500 photographs to tell the story of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who kept a diary while she hid with her family from the Nazis in Amsterdam. Anne grew up in Europe amidst the events that culminated in World War II and the Holocaust. Guided tours are available for groups of at least 10 visitors and must be scheduled in advance.

Visit with an American Girl.

There is a lot more to do than just shop at the American Girl Store and Bistro at North Point Mall. Some girls call it one of the best attractions in Atlanta. Get your doll’s hair and nails done, then take her to lunch at the Bistro, she’ll have her own seat and place setting right next to you. Ask about events at the store too, some of which are FREE. To make it really special, book an American Girl Package at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta. Kids rule here and get their own private, and very pink check-in.

Jump for Joy.

Don’t let the lazy days of summer be an excuse to stop exercising. Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is a great attraction for families in the Atlanta area to get some cardio work in while having fun. They have special programs for everyone from toddlers to teens and even adult classes. The latest addition is Sky Zone Glow. Lasers, music and black light transform the entire complex into a crazy jumping dance club. Sky Zone has multiple locations including one in Kennesaw, Suwanee and Roswell.

Sue Rodman is the managing editor of 365 Atlanta Family, ( a local family travel website. In addition, she is the co-author of 101+ Free Things to do in Atlanta, available on the 365 Atlanta Family website.