8 Free Ways To Cool Off In Bellingham (Plus One That Costs $1)

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Sizzling! We always get a few days here in Bellingham each summer when our usually moderate temperatures begin to skyrocket. We simply aren’t accustomed to 90+ degree weather and it can sometimes feel sweltering.

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Bloedel Donovan Park is one of the places to dip your toes around Bellingham during sunny summer days.

How do you cool off around Bellingham without spending a dime? Here are 8 ideas to keep your cool during these steamy summer days.

  • Visit your neighborhood branch of the Bellingham Public Library. You know the library is a spectacular stop when the rainy months get you down; try a library visit for hot days, too. Perhaps you can even find a book about polar bears, ice cream, and ice caps.
  • Cool off at the Cornwall or Fairhaven spray parks.
  • Take a power walk inside Bellis Fair Mall. Play “I Spy” with the kids to keep them engaged while you circle. Bonus points if you wear a pedometer and log some serious miles.
  • Frolic in the water feature at Barkley Village’s Gazebo Park.
  • Dip in your toes at one of our lovely local beaches: Try Teddy Bear Cove, Semiahmoo Spit, Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve, or Lily Point Marine Park.
  • Dive in at Lake Padden or Lake Whatcom at Bloedel Donovan Park – or any of the many spectacular swimming holes in our area.
  • Find shade under the playground equipment at a local park. Elizabeth Park in the Columbia neighborhood is one shady favorite, much of it protected from the rays by its plethora of magnificent trees.
  • Take a stroll in nature. Get under the cool shade of massive trees at the Sehome Arboretum or make the climb up to Fragrance Lake.

Bonus: If you have $1 in your wallet, take in a family-friendly movie on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings through August 19 at Barkley Village Regal Cinema. Get all the details on $1 summer movies here.

Want more free ideas? Find our bucket list of 25 free things to do with kids this summer here.

Did we miss your favorite way to stay cool without breaking the bank? Drop us a note at submit@whatcomtalk.com.


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