Ways to Beat the Heat in Rocky Mount, NC

Beat the heat in Rocky Mount

Hang on. The summer’s almost over. Don’t misunderstand: we love summer. The June – August months mean time to spend with family, a break from school, and wonderful activities such as the downtown concerts and movies on the lawn. Rocky Mount excels in a lot of things, including the July – August heat.  Sometimes the August heat even lingers until mid-September, so we’ve got a list of some things that can help you beat the heat in Rocky Mount.

Cool Off in the Denton Street Pool

1434 Denton Street

** Updated 5/11/2016 - The Denton Street Pool will open on Sat. May 28 for Early Season and will closeSun. Sept. 4, 2016 **

Hurry if you want a chance to take a dip on Denton Street’s wonderful pool (the pool closes Sept. 6). The great thing about the Denton Street Pool is that it has fun “spray ground” elements and a zero-depth entry, which is wonderful for the younger kids (and their parents, too). It also includes competitive swimming lanes, water slides, and diving boards. The bathhouse includes a family dressing area. For the later part of the summer, the pool is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The pool is also open Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Summer Fun at Sunset Park, Rocky Mount

The Spray Park at Sunset Park is open every day from 1 to 7 p.m. until Sept. 7, when it will close for the season. Sunset Park also offers carousel and train rides, concessions (including Snow Cones!) Sunset Park also features the Tar River Walking Trail (with plenty of shaded areas) and a boat ramp that connects to the Tar River Paddle Trail. 

Tar River Paddle Trails

Have you seen a blue heron up-close? What about a curious turtle poking its head up out of the water? The Tar River Paddle Trail not only gives kayakers, canoeists and boaters a chance to cool off around the river, but it provides a chance to view some of the area wildlife. While we can’t guarantee any of these critters will make an appearance, boaters have reported seeing cranes, hawks, muskrats, gar, peacocks, and even a bald eagle or two while exploring the trail. Maps of the trail can be downloaded here

Stay Inside During the Heat Wave with Indoor Education

Of course, the best way to beat the heat is to stay inside an air-conditioned building. But staying inside doesn’t mean mindlessly staring at the TV screen. For Rocky Mount residents, it can mean learning a new skill, taking a trip among the stars, or even rocking out to some Pink Floyd. The Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences has a wealth of opportunities for all ages, from Lego classes to the Little Da Vinci Summer Camps.  If you want to see the “Dark Side of the Moon” without going outside, the Cummins Planetarium will host a laser light show featuring tunes from Pink Floyd. A calendar list of all these events can be found here

Teen and Family Game Night

If you want to stay indoors and have some family bonding time, the Braswell Memorial Library offers a Teen and Family Game Night.  Whether you’re interested in checkers, chess, or a game of spades, the library will have a variety of games available (as well as a place for teens to play Minecraft in the computer lab). This is held every fourth Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the second floor teen area of the library. Refreshments are provided. For more information, call 252-442-1951. 

For a list of other great activities and things to do near Rocky Mount NC, visit the site for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department
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