Spots to cool off in Berkeley

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With summer comes unbelievable heat. We’ve all been there, melting from the hot air without air conditioning. Sitting there craving an escape. That is why the Daily Clog has compiled a list of some of the best ways to cool off near Berkeley. With many options for different people, here is your guide to staying refreshed this summer!

Strawberry Canyon Pool

Close to the UC Berkeley campus, the Strawberry Canyon Pool is a great option for those looking to take a dip in the water. For a small entrance fee, anyone can come to this large community pool. There’s lots of sun chairs for sitting and places to lay out your towel, so bring a book and a snack to make a day of it. Although it’s a bit of a hike to get there, the brisk water is worth the walk. For those really sweltering days, this option really is a lifesaver.

Baker Beach

If you’re more of a beach person, this is the perfect choice. Despite the 45-minute drive, you can’t go wrong with the beautiful view of the city, the Golden Gate Bridge and the ocean. The water temperature is generally very chilly, so prepare yourself to really cool off here. Coming for sunset is also a great choice. Bring a sweater and enjoy the breeze as you watch the captivating views from right on the beach. Either way, you’re sure to feel revived and relax while hanging out at this popular spot.

Water parks

If you’re looking to spend some cash, there are several water parks right here in the Bay Area. With many options full of exciting water rides, you’re sure to find the perfect park for you. There’s several ones ranging from Concord, San Jose and Fremont. Look up their websites and you’re sure to be enticed by the promise of a fun and water filled day. Pack a lunch and some sunscreen, and let your inner child let loose for the day.

The library

Going to the library may not be your first thought when thinking of how to cool off, but it really is the perfect option. The campus libraries are regularly kept chilly by air conditioning and you’re out of the sun and staying indoors. Since there are fewer students taking up space cramming for exams, you might even find a comfy chair to sit in. Even the Berkeley Public Library is a great option near restaurants and other activities. Bring a book or your laptop and take in the air conditioning for a couple hours.

No one wants to be uncomfortably hot all day, so take some time to stay refreshed at one of these lovely spots this summer!

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