The wait is over and Summer is finally here! It’s time for cookouts, competitive games of corn-hole and of course, water fun.

Staying cool in the Summer when it’s mid-nineties with 100% humidity is extremely important. And while we’re here to help you keep cool inside of your house, here are a five ways to escape the heat outside of your home.

1) The Fountains at the Greene (Cost: Free)

The Greene in Beavercreek offers great food and drink options, but did you know it also contains an interactive fountain for toddlers? Better yet, it’s free!

It’s great fun to watch your little one run and play as the fountains spontaneously turn on and off. And while you are supervising, treat yourself to some frozen yogurt from Yogurt Mountain.

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2) Explore RiverScape Metropark (Cost: Free, Paid Options)

Located in North Dayton, RiverScape has summer-fun options for the whole family. If you are feeling adventurous get some kayaks and explore the RiverScape River Run. If being on the water isn’t your thing, check out their bike rentals and take a land tour of the park. There are also kid options including an interactive fountain.

Details can be found at the MetroPark website.

3) Kayak the Little Miami River (Cost: Paid Options)

Kayaking is a great solo activity, date or group outing. As long as you like the outdoors and don’t mind getting a little wet, you can build lifetime memories on or in the water. Bellbrook Canoe Rental offers several options to go down the Little Miami River including canoes, kayaks and inter-tubes.

Learn more at their website.

4) Slide Your Way to Adventure Reef Water Park (Cost: Paid Options)

Adventure Reef Water Park is located in the heart of Kettering. This 3-acre facility was renovated in 2011 and offers water slides, pools for all ages and a concession stand.

Find out more details here.

5) Have a Good Old-Fashion Water Balloon Fight

Adults can have fun too, right? Our last option is for kids and adults alike. Have a friendly competition filled with water balloons, super soakers and slip ‘n slides. With a little planning, this could be the highlight of your Summer.

We hope you found a few ideas the next time your stuck outside in ninety-degree weather. What’s your favorite way to beat the heat? Share it on our Facebook page or in the comments below.