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Updated on November 23, 2014
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Top Five Ways to Stay Cool in St. Louis Heat

From June 28 through July 8th, 2012, St. Louis weather made headlines for sweltering heat. On each of those days the thermometers passed the 100 mark and heat records were broken on 7 of the 10 days. That is 10 days in a row with temperatures over 100! Now while this is a record breaking heat wave there are days in all St. Louis summers where the temperatures sizzle.

With this type of heat many people would choose to stay indoors and avoid the heat. There are people though that have their vacation or staycation planned for a time when the heat is up (most of the summer in St. Louis), so in this lens I will give you my top five tips to stay cool and still enjoy St. Louis!

all photographs by mbgphoto

Record Heat in St.Louis 2012

The 10 day run of heat in June-July 2012 was the second hottest stretch of time in St. Louis. It was second to the brutal summer of 1936 when 479 were killed from the heat. Fortunately, today's air conditioning makes the heat more bearable today.

Here are the temperatures each day from June 28 through July 7.

Note...I wrote the above in early July of 2012. As it turned out the month of July turned out to be even worse. It was the hottest month in recorded history for St. Louis! That is a record I hope we don't beat in a long time

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A Guide for St. Louis

Here is a great guide if you are looking for more to do in St. Louis

St. Louis Zoo

walk into a cool 45 degrees

When it is hot the Penguin and Puffin Coast is a great place to visit at the St. Louis Zoo. This walk through habitat has a temperature of 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit and is the perfect place to cool down and enjoy watching these interesting birds. Last summer my granddaughters and I enjoyed walking through and seeing all of the cute little puffins and of course the wonderful penguins.

If you are visiting the zoo in the heat you may want to circle by the Penguin and Puffin Coast several times during your visit. The St. Louis Zoo also does a great job of providing water sprays throughout the zoo where you can walk through the spray of water and cool off! As an additional benefit...admission to the Zoo is free!

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St. Louis Science Center - indoor fun and education

The St. Louis Science Center is a great place to spend a few hours. In this photo my granddaughters are standing by a giant globe. After spending a couple of hours at the zoo we went drove a short distance to visit the Science Center. The Science Center, like the zoo, is located in Forest Park. It is located on both sides of Hwy 40/64 with a covered (and air conditioned) walkway that stretches over the highway. One of the girls favorite things to do was to look in the covered "port hole" and see the cars traveling on the highway below.

In addition to many great displays, and hands on science displays, the Science Center has an Imax theater. It is a great place to enjoy a hot summers day!

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Missouri Botanical Garden-Children's Garden - water fun on a hot day

A water park is always great fun for kids on a hot day. Here my granddaughters are playing in the water park at the Children's Garden at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Missouri Botanical Garden is one of my favorite places to visit in St. Louis and I love that they have this great place for children to spend too! My granddaughter like to spend time there every time they visit me.

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St. Louis Art Museum

The St. Louis Art Museum is one of the country's largest art museum, housing over 30,000 pieces of art. One great thing about this and most of the attractions in Forest Park is that it is free to the public! Now on a hot day you just can't beat air conditioned AND free!!

I love the spend time at the art museum wondering through the halls and looking at the paintings, sculptures and other artifacts. My favorite is one of Monet's Water Lily panels that is housed in the museum.

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St. Louis City Museum

fun for all ages

St. Louis City Museum is one of the most fun St. Louis attractions for kids of all ages. It has three floors of tunnels, slides, caves and educational exhibits. There is plenty to do indoors in the air conditioning on a hot day and if you want to brave the heat they also have a lot of great outdoor activities. My granddaughters had a great time at the museum. Plan to spending the whole day here, there is a lot to do!

What is your favorite thing to do to stay cool in the heat? - stop by and leave a message

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      6 years ago

      Taking dips in the pool is best for me.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I stay indoors and sip ice water when the weather gets too hot and I need to stay cold. As my age increases I find that spring and fall have become my favorite seasons. You did such an excellent job on this wonderful article. I really hate to see such great information and images slip to the bottom of the pile. Loved your pictures and the personal touch of this article.

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      6 years ago

      I would enjoy visiting all of the places in St. Louis featured here! I have been to the St. Louis zoo several times, and it is indeed wonderful.

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      6 years ago from Kent, UK

      We just don't have temperatures like that so I don't have anything in particular to do to stay cool. If I were you, I'd be visiting the art museum - a lot.

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      kburns421 lm 

      6 years ago

      The suggestions sound great, and I love the layout of the lens :-)

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      Dana Marie 

      6 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      SWIM or stay indoors!!!! It is indeed hot in St. Louis this summer. I am ready for fall to be upon us! :)

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      6 years ago

      We had the same type of weather in New York City. Plus 100% humidity on top of the 100 degrees

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      6 years ago

      Oh goodness! 100 Degree weather for 10 whole days? I wouldn't be able to stand it.

      Personally, my best method to stay cool is to turn on the AC, lock all the doors, and use sun-reflecting material on all the windows. I wouldn't dare go outside, or even stand by the windows.

      I'm more of a snow and rain type of person, so the sun has never been my friend. Great lens! Liked =)

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      6 years ago from McLaughlin

      Kansas City is having one of their hottest summers ever. Cute idea for a lens!

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      6 years ago

      My vote is for the swimming pool. These places look like a great way to beat the heat too.

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      6 years ago

      Get wet!

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      6 years ago

      I don't care much for AC but am being forced to run it some in this heat and my other new solution is enjoying chunks of frozen watermelon....yummy! Glad you're finding ways to stay cool in St. Louis and your granddaughters are precious!

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I enjoy going to the park and watching the kids play in the water park.

      I have no grandchildren and I like it when others share their pictures with us. Thank you!

      Angel blessings!

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      6 years ago from Edinburgh

      Last time I was in St.Louis, all the water was orange! It was some sort of recognition of all the traffic workers that lose their lives working on the roads (or something like that). It was like all the fountains were spouting Fanta.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great ideas. I grew up north of St. Louis and with that humidity, those high temperatures have to be torture. I stay inside with the AC going here in Phoenix to stay cool. Even dry heat just wears me out!

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Great way to think cool.

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      6 years ago from Australia

      I don't envy your hot streak, but certainly appreciate your excellent suggestions for coolness and sanity. Blessings.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It has been so hot here in Hanoi that I stay indoors. Just can't do away with air conditioning the whole time. The swimming pool is great but also going to the lakeside and sit under a shade of a huge tree is very pleasant.


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