With temperatures hovering in the triple digits, even the coolest journalist can get a little hot under the collar. Colleyville, Grapevine and Southlake offer some of the best places to beat the heat, so we’ve decided to share some of our favorites spots. Then we want to hear from you. Send us your favorite ways to beat the heat around town.Dove WaterparkGrapevine has invested 227,000 gallons of water in Dove Waterpark for a wet and wild way to have fun.The reinvented waterpark, which opened in May, gives visitors a swell of H20 with its expanded swimming pool, water slides, deep-water climbing wall and sprayground. Grapevine LakeFor those looking for a more natural environment, outdoor enthusiasts can engage in a variety of activities at the 8,000-acre Grapevine Lake. Boaters can enter the water from multiple docking locations around the lake, and those who want the watercraft experience without the investment can rent paddle boats and kayaks.Bob Jone’s Nature CenterIf the shade is more your style, Bob Jone’s Nature Center in Southlake has plenty of it across its 758 acres. The center also offers exhibits, educational courses, guided hikes and Tai Chi. Executive Director Teresa Moss said the best shade may be on the trails. On hot days, you’ll see visitors in shady spots gazing out on Grapevine Lake.“I was out on the trails and saw a number of people doing that,” Moss said. “People sketching pictures of the lake and photographing pictures of the lake. We have shady areas and not just shady areas but picturesque areas as well.”Milwaukee Joe’s People of all ages keep their cool by shopping, dining and hanging out at Southlake’s famous Town Square. But we noticed that many of them hold something in common: Milwaukee Joe’s gourmet ice cream. Owner Mike Perry said he served about 500 scoops during a two-hour span during this year’s Stars and Stripes festival.The locally owned vendor has one location in the square and another in The Village at Colleyville. Perry said the rich, homemade product has made Milwaukee Joe’s a cool favorite since it opened in 1995.All the ice cream is made in Colleyville and there are flavors for even the most adventurous sweet tooth. Perry said they continue to concoct creations to a growing list of recipes that tops 300 flavors. The stores feature 20 flavors each day with four specialty flavors.Bob Moore’s Sports CenterFor those who would rather hit that sweet spot with their golf swing than on their taste buds, Bob Moore’s Sports Center in Colleyville offers a cool way to enjoy the summer.Customers have come to the family-owned facility since 1983 to use the driving range and batting cages. The Center, located on 6113 Colleyville Blvd., has 50 tees for the driving range and 8 batting cages. The Sweet Sound of ACSome days, we just want to beat the heat with a blast of central air conditioning.We find plenty at the city libraries. While the libraries keep their thermostats in the low 70s, Colleyville’s Public Library edges out the others by a degree at a cool 71. More than just a place to retreat from the heat, each library has events throughout the summer, including story time sessions, summer reading programs and educational exhibits and seminars. Sometimes we wish we could linger all day.
Dustin L. Dangli,817-390-7770 Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367