The Find: Time to Chill

Sno-Balls! and other great ways to keep cool during the sweltering dog days of summer.



Roberto Gonzalez

Sno-Balls

Orlando has plenty of ice cream shops but, for a refreshing alternative, try Amazeballs Classic New Orleans Sno-Balls, available at the Winter Park Farmers Market on Saturdays and at the Lake Eola Farmers Market on Sundays. The snow-like consistency is smooth and creamy—unlike a typical icy snow cone. Choose from 50 flavors like Cotton Candy, Passion Fruit or Key Lime Pie. amazeballssnoballs.com

Indoor Fun

Stay indoors and get a little culture. This summer, the Orlando Museum of Art features the 5th annual Florida Prize in Contemporary Art exhibition, showcasing the works of 10 Florida artists. And the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College has four new exhibits. The museum is also offering three CFAMily days and various tours and lectures. omart.org, rollins.edu

Cool Experiences

You’re sure to be cool at minus5° Ice Experience, a Pointe Orlando bar kept at 23 degrees Fahrenheit. Everything from the cocktail glasses to the walls is made of ice. Don’t sweat it if you didn’t bring a jacket; parkas and gloves are provided. Also on I-Drive is Ice Bar Orlando, an arctic wonderland comprised of 70 tons of hand-carved ice. minus5experience.com, icebarorlando.com

Cool Staycations

Give yourself a summer staycation and dive into the relaxing lazy rivers at one of these local properties: Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Resort, Hilton Orlando, Omni Resort at ChampionsGate, and Wyndham Grand Resort Bonnet Creek. For active splish-and-splash, Gaylord Palms Resort offers a wave pool, drop slide and dueling tunnels. fourseasons.com, thehiltonorlando.com, omnihotels.com, wyndhambonnetcreek.com, gaylordpalms.com

Splash Time

If you don’t mind getting a little wet, dive into some splash pad fun at Barnett ParkDisney SpringsDowntown Winter GardenDr. P. Phillips Community Park and at Trailblazer Park at the Lake Mary Sports Complexorangecountyfl.net, fun4orlandokids.com, cwgdn.com, drphillips.org, lakemaryfl.com

Chilled Watermelon

Savor the ultimate summer fruit on Independence Day. First, join Track Shack for the Florida Hospital Watermelon 5K, starting at Central Park in Winter Park, to benefit the military. Then, rehydrate with chilled fruit slices during the Watermelon Eating Contest. trackshack.com

Cool Off In Space

Nevermind the sun! Mars is making its closest approach to Earth since 2003, so viewing is at its best this summer. Check out “Mars Opposition Viewings,” hosted by the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium at Seminole State College and the Central Florida Astronomical Society, July 27-28 and August 3-4. Observe Jupiter, Saturn, the moon, and various star clusters and nebulae. seminolestate.edu/planet

Ice Skating

Escape the heat with a classic pastime at RDV Sportsplex Ice Den. Newbies can take Learn to Skate classes (four instructional weeks) or participate in public skate sessions (ages 3 and up). Think you’re already cool on the ice? Suit up for drop-in hockey sessions or leagues for curling, figure skating, gliding stars (an adaptive program), hockey and speed skating. mvpsportsclubs.com

Dinner, Movie and Chill

Rev up your dinner and a movie plans seated in a 1950s-era car at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Let your eyes wander from the screen upward to the ceiling, which is lined with thousands of tiny fiber-optic twinkling stars. Or snag some screen time at the Enzian theater, where you can eat and drink and watch an independent film or cult classic. disneyworld.disney.go.com, enzian.org

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