Beat the Heat

From indoor water parks to cool treats, find the best summertime retreats in the Twin Cities.

Updated: April 28, 2006

Ways to Keep Cool in the Twin Cities


Riverview Theater

3800 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

When the mercury rises, people shuffle into this retro theater, known for its cheap ticket prices and real buttered popcorn.


Valleyfair Amusement Park

1 Valleyfair Dr, Shakopee, MN 55379

Cool off and test your courage at this park's 3.5 acres of water slides, rides and pools.


Jamba Juice

1577 Grand Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105

Chill out with a fresh fruit smoothie made with colorful berries, sherbet and a complimentary energy boost.


Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Cafe

1007 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Locals and tourists line up outside this family-owned ice cream parlor for creative twists on cool treats.


Water Park at the Depot

225 Third Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Forgo the sunscreen and escape the blistering heat at this indoor water park featuring a three-story water slide.


Bar Abilene

1300 Lagoon Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Those in the know flock here during the dog days of summer for margaritas in 30-plus varieties.


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Ramada Brooklyn Park

6900 Lakeland Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

Ditch the heat and float down the 535-foot lazy river at Minnesota's largest indoor water park.