Where to Stay Cool for the Summer—and Beyond

The heat in Boca Raton can be brutal, but there’s plenty of ways to cool down right here in our neighborhood—or a short drive away.


For a unique way to enjoy the water, rent out a bamboo party barge from Pontiki and drift down the Intracoastal. Whether you want to relax with a cocktail, jump on a paddleboard to explore the mangroves, or enjoy a sunset cruise, the party will move at your pace. Jupiter Town Dock, 200 US-1, Jupiter; 833/766-8454, pontiki.org


Thrill-seekers will flock to this indoor skydiving center, where you can experience flight by jumping into a wind tunnel. Feel weightless for a minute—without the whole jumping out of an airplane thing. 11690 W. State Road 84, Davie; 954/280-4359, iflyworld.com




There’s ice cream, and then there’s nitrogen ice cream. Little ones and kids at heart will enjoy watching ice cream makers mix ice cream with minus-320 degrees liquid nitrogen, sending a plume of smoke through the store. 3013 Yamato Road, Boca Raton; 561/826-7572, chillnicecream.com


Just because it (almost) never snows in Florida doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in winter sports. Give ice skating a try seven days a week, including skate parties under black lights and set to music on Fridays and Saturdays. 8125 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth; 561/963-5900, pbskatezone.com



One of Boca’s hidden gems is our public libraries, and they have much more to offer than books. A glance at their monthly schedules shows free movie nights, book clubs, social groups and endless classes like photo editing and family history research. Spanish River Library, 1501 Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton; and 400 N.W. Second Ave., Boca Raton; 561/393-7852, myboca.us/957/library


Since 1979, this park has been a refuge from the heat. Lounge in the lazy river, or dare yourself to a venture on dozens of thrill rides. 6566 N. Military Trail, Riviera Beach; 561/848-6272, rapidswaterpark.com


The drive to Miami will be worth it for an experience in a literal ice bar. Set at 23 degrees, the bar is filled with 100,000 pounds of ice, and guests are given faux fur coats and gloves for their 45-minute experience. 1672 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/534-2423; sobefireice.com


Take a ferry over to Peanut Island for a day of sandy beaches, natural reefs, chickee huts, a pier and more. Lounge on the shore, or explore the crystal waters via kayak. Intracoastal waterway near the Lake Worth Inlet, Riviera Beach 



This story comes from our June/July/August 2018 issue of Boca magazine. For more content like this, subscribe to the magazine.