Six Ways to Beat This Record Heat

Keep your cool while enjoying more than the nearest indoor mall has to offer

No, you’re body temp isn’t just rising with age: it’s been especially hot this summer. Heck, it’s been especially hot all year! According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California—with an average temperature of 58 degrees Fahrenheit—is having its warmest year on record. Here in L.A., the average for the first half of the year reached an even warmer 63 degrees Fahrenheit, a 70-year high.

How can you beat this heat? In last year’s Guide to Summer in L.A., we identified these six spots perfect for enjoying the season out of the sun’s glare without resorting to circling the nearest indoor mall. Hit one up and cool down, then consider this: California is also considerably drier than ever, with more than 80% of the state experiencing extreme drought. That’s a problem that requires refreshed minds, and STAT. 

Dockweiler Beach
Most beaches go dead after dark. Not this one. Forty-eight fire rings line this section of Playa del Rey, so the party that began in the a.m. can go deep into the night. Bring a Mad Max mentality and marshmallows.

Sullivan Canyon
The tree canopy in this Brentwood basin is so thick in most places, it’s the closest you’ll come to a tropical jungle in L.A. On the hottest days the ginormous sycamores work their magic, keeping bikers and walkers even-tempered.

The Sky Zone
No more tumbling onto the dirt. The trampoline has migrated indoors, and the padding goes up the walls—the better to bounce off of. The Gardena venue also boasts a foam pit for those who want to practice flipping out.

ArcLight Hollywood
Sometimes the desert temps call for a full retreat—into the ArcLight, where the only part of your body in danger of overheating is the brain. The high-end multiplex keeps its theaters so chilly, you’ll wish for a jacket.

Santa Monica Beach Bike Path
The sand is off-limits to pets but not so the pedestrian part of the concrete path that bisects it. Nighttime means you won’t be vying with cycling packs or fretting about the balancing skills of humans on wheels.

The view from the 15th-floor downtown restaurant and bar has few peers; you’ll feel even more transcendent on the 16th floor rooftop, surveying the city lights as you wait for someone to give up their seat. Order a drink to pass the time.