With Summer upon us, it gets downright scorching in Abilene. So, if you're looking to stay cool in the key city, we've got the hook up for you with some tips to do just that.

  • Hang Out At The Pool

    We'll start off with the obvious, jumping into a pool is one of the best ways to cool your engines. There are a few swimming pools to choose from in the Abilene area. Plus, Rose Park has the new 'Adventure Center'. Check out the links below for more information on pools in Abilene.

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  • Nelson Park Splash Pad

    Nelson Splash Pad has over 2900 square feet of fun to help stay cool. It has 26 water features including water canons and a center dump bucket. It is located next to Fort Imagination in Nelson Park and offers picnic areas and restrooms. For more information about Nelson Park Splash Pad, check out the links below.

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  • Hang Out At The Lake

    One thing is for sure, the Abilene area has plenty of lakes to help keep you cool in the summer. Whether you want to kick back and do some fishing, swim, have a cookout, or just relax, you can definitely find a lake to do just that. There are three lakes around Abilene including Lake Fort Phantom,  Lake Kirby, and Lake Abilene which is at the Abilene State Park. You should also check out Possum Kingdom Lake and Hubbard Creek Reservoir.

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  • Snow Cones or Shaved Ice

    There is not much that's colder than having a snow cone in your hands. As a kid, we all remember checking out the snow cone stand and tasting all the different flavors - sometimes mixing them all up for some reason. You'll find several snow cone stands on many corners in Abilene. I listed a few of them below.

     

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  • Ice Cream

    Ice Cream may pack on the pounds if you eat enough of it, but it's definitely a way to cool off during the hot summer months in Abilene. There are several places in Abilene to get your ice cream fix which I listed below. Also, be on the lookout for the ice cream truck which is sure to make it's rounds through Abilene neighborhoods.

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  • Other Tips To Consider

    • Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably of a light color.

    • Cotton clothing will keep you cooler than many synthetics.

    • Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.

    • Fans can help circulate air and make you feel cooler even in an air-conditioned house.

    • Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer; grab one when you're ready to go outside. As the ice melts, you'll have a supply of cold water with you.

    • Take frequent baths or showers with cool or tepid water.

    • Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes.

    • Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these will promote dehydration.

    • Instead of hot foods, try lighter summer fare including frequent small meals or snacks containing cold fruit or low fat dairy products.

    • Use common sense. If the heat is intolerable, stay indoors when you can and avoid activities in direct sunlight or on hot asphalt surfaces.

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