Summer brings around some toasty temperatures, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to be put on hold until the mercury drops back down. Lehigh Valley keeps the fun coming all summer long with these ways to beat the heat. 

Get out on the water. Whether you’re looking to race down the Lehigh River with Pocono Whitewater, or are more interested in a leisurely canoe ride along the canal (rentals are now available through the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor), the natural waterways of Lehigh Valley are primed for adventures. If you’re ready to try something new, consider a lesson in stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking with L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School

Head below ground. Did you know Lehigh Valley is home to two stunning caverns? Crystal Cave, located near Kutztown, and Lost River Caverns, located in Hellertown, give visitors the chance to explore underground where the temperatures naturally hover below 65 degrees year round. How’s that for affordable air conditioning?

Catch a flick. Enjoy an adult beverage during a film at Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, located within the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Once the sun goes down, head to Shankweiler’s Drive-In or Becky’s Drive-In for an unforgettable experience. Both historic theaters offer a classic drive-in experience complete with modern amenities. Grab some popcorn and cozy up for a double feature under the stars.

Make a splash. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom has a variety of water slides waiting for you to take on solo or as a group. If you want to keep the thrills to a minimum, take a float in the lazy river or wade through the wave pool. For a unique experience, make your way to Dutch Springs to jump, slide, and splash through the Aqua Park. This man-made lake offers facility lounge chairs for mom & dad to relax on the shore in the sunshine while the kids play in the water. Dutch Springs also features some of the best scuba diving in North America. 

Grab a scoop. Nothing says summer like an ice cream cone! Whether you’re picking up treats at the Bethlehem Dairy Store, Bank Street Creamery, or the Udder Bar, you’re guaranteed to find unique flavors waiting to be enjoyed. 

For more great summer activities throughout Lehigh Valley, be sure to check out our calendar of events.