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Top Three FREE Things To Do To Beat The Heat
Top Three FREE Things To Do To Beat The Heat

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- With temperatures rising, it may not come as a surprise to see the cash in your pocket book dropping.

Air conditioner bill goes up.

A constant need to buy bottled water.

And always having to give into the kids- “Mommy, can I have an ice cream?”

We hit the streets to find all things free in the DC area- well maybe just a few summer opportunities here and there. Take a break from the scorching heat, cool down and stay safe with our list of the “Top 3 FREE Things To Do To Beat The Heat:”

1.      Catch some sun at the local swimming pool, splash pad, sprinkler system or fire hydrant:

No shocker here. Finding free bodies of water are a must when it’s 115 degrees outside. The Department of Parks and Recreation hosts public pools throughout the District. We visited the pool on Georgia Avenue, which offered street parking and snacks for all visitors. Looking for a splash pad? Splash pads are available at Columbia Heights, Friendship Heights and Petworth Playground. To find a pool or splash pad close to you go to http://dpr.dc.gov/DC/DPR or http://www.parkgrades.com/blog/find-splash-pad.

2.      Head to your nearest library:

Believe it or not many people are hitting the books these days, and not for studying purposes. The District of Columbia Public Library reported that there’s been an increase in “check-outs” and visitors to the library this week. Scanning the shelves or viewing your favorite film is convenient and free. Here’s a list of community libraries in the DC area- http://www.dclibrary.org/hours-locations.

3.      Tour a museum or indoor monument:

Whether you’ve ventured through a Smithsonian or explored one of DC’s many art galleries, there’s no denying the rich culture the area has to offer. Many museums and monuments are free to visitors, making it easy to jump from one to another on a hot day. The National Air and Space Museum, the National Archives, the Navy Museum and the Washington National Cathedral are just a few that don’t charge. A complete list can be found here- http://washington.org/visiting/browse-dc/attractions/100-free-things-to-do.