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The days are longer, temperatures are rising, and covers are coming off pools and grills everywhere. Summer is here! 

The warm weather offers ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoor activities, attractions, and events that make summer in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region so much fun. However, one downside to a Pennsylvania summer is the heat and humidity that sometimes lingers into fall. As happy as you may be to put away your cold-weather gear, a few weeks into the season might have you looking for relief from the heat! Luckily, there are plenty of “cool” ways to stay entertained in Berks County this summer! From water sports to fascinating cave systems, you’ll be pleased with these great ideas. Keep reading to learn ways to beat the heat 

 

For Sports Enthusiasts

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Sports fans everywhere will love spending this summer cheering on the beloved local baseball team, the Reading Fightin’ Phils! Tickets for the 2022 season are now on sale, and these games provide fun for the whole family. With its pool, kids activities, giveaways and assorted day and evening games, FirstEnergy Stadium is guaranteed fun. Add mega fireworks displays following many of the games and you’ll realize there’s no better way to spend a hot day than by enjoying an ice cold drink while watching the Fightin’ Phils play.

For Pet Parents

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When the summer heat gets unbearable, you don’t only have to be careful about keeping yourself cool – you also need to take your furry friends into account. Summer can be rough on your dogs, especially big and long-haired breeds that prefer the winter, so a great place to take them to help keep them cool and happy is Blue Marsh Lake. Your pup will love cooling off in the water and socializing with the other dogs.

For Nature Lovers

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The scenic hiking trails crisscrossing Berks County provide a fantastic way to explore and appreciate the area’s natural ecosystem. Hike to the overlooks of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for fabulous views of the valley below and the wildlife above. Of course, there are those days when it’s just too hot for a hike. Instead, look to waterways like Blue Marsh Lake and Schuylkill River Water Trail to swim, kayak, fish and paddle. Cooling water and beautiful scenery make it a most pleasant way to spend the day. Plus, boating is a great workout too!


For Curious Learners

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Too hot for outdoor fun? Why not spend an afternoon getting lost in the Reading Public Museum! Chill in the air conditioning as you learn about ancient civilizations, modern cultures, fine art, and biology. The museum’s visiting exhibits and fascinating displays will surely spark curiosity in minds, young and old. No need to hurry through the galleries; the museum is open daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, making it an easy respite on a hot day. Admission is no more than $10, and membership packages are available.

 

For Explorers

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Kutztown, PA, might not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re looking for a place to cool down, but the town is actually home to the historic Crystal Caves. This fascinating network of natural white crystal formations is always a pleasant 54 degrees Fahrenheit. Talk about nature’s air conditioning. You might want to pack a jacket for a trip to Crystal Cave. The one-hour guided cave tour takes visitors up to 125 feet underground. In addition to learning about the site’s incredible crystal formations, you’ll hear about the discovery of the cave and the excitement it created. Other attractions include a gift shop, gemstone panning, an ice cream parlor, miniature golf, and a hiking trail. Don’t miss this local treasure!

With these ideas in your back pocket, you’ll have plenty of ways to beat the heat this summer in Berks County. Stay cool, stay safe, and have fun out there!