Exploring Durham: Cool off with the kids

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

This month Exploring Durham is looking at places in Durham to celebrate life from a more personal perspective.

Wondering how to stay cool with the kids or relatives visiting this summer? Take a fresh view of summer recreation and enjoy a water-filled weekend right here in Durham.

-- Dip a toe into the river at Eno River State Park or West Point on the Eno City Park after an invigorating hike.

-- Step onto a sandy beach before taking the plunge at Rollingview State Recreation Area at Falls Lake.

-- Push off from the shore in an electric motor boat or a rowboat available for rent at Little River Lake.

-- Put the kids in their bathing suits to play and get misted at one of four Spraygrounds operated by the City of Durham.

-- Discover the science behind clouds at The Museum of Life and Science’s outdoor water exhibit “Into the Mist.” Kids and adults are encouraged to play in the mist and learn about cloud formation.

-- Paddle in a canoe or kayak on an expedition with Frog Hollow on Falls Lake or Jordan Lake.

Need a way to cool off but can’t spend a few hours enjoying the water? The South’s Tastiest Town has just the thing:

-- Homemade small-batch ice cream from The Parlour features locally sourced ingredients and unique flavors like their particularly spectacular salted butter caramel.

-- There’s nothing crazy about snagging a colorful popsicle from Locopops. Indulge in Mexican chocolate, lime lemongrass, or dozens of other awesome flavors.

-- If gelato is your thing, sample one (or two or three) of the 24 flavors at Amelia’s Café in Brightleaf Square, or try a vegan or soy option at Francesca’s Dessert Caffe on Ninth Street. 

Did you know?  The Edison Johnson Aquatic Center and the Campus Hills Pool are both operated by Durham Parks and Recreation. Both have indoor eight-lane pools with water programs like swim lessons, exercise and fitness and family swim times. Visit www.durhamnc.gov and search “aquatics” for more information.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.