July 2019

Beat the Heat: What to do when summer is too hot to handle

Author: Linda S. Hopkins

When the hot, sultry dog days of summer settle in over the Lowcountry, the beach still beckons, the golf courses call, but sometimes a body just craves a little air-conditioned relief. Whether you are an area resident or one of our seasonal guests, you may be surprised to learn that there are plenty of temperature-controlled entertainment options. Here are a few of our favorite places to find shade and shelter plus fun and adventure on a sweltering summer day or oppressively humid evening:

Catch a movie. Going to the movies is not only a fantastic way to beat the heat, but at Park Plaza Cinema you are also guaranteed an overall cool experience. (The “Coolest Movie Theater in South Carolina,” according to Cosmopolitan magazine.) The cinema offers the latest Hollywood blockbusters and state-of-the-art viewing with all the extras for your comfort and entertainment pleasure. In addition to traditional movie snacks like popcorn, candy and soda, the cinema’s lounge offers a selection of wine and beer plus menu options from flatbread pizza and cheeseburgers to organic veggie burgers, Greek tapas, ice cream, and much more. With plush reclining seats, complete with cup holders and tray tables, now you can also enjoy food and snacks from the lounge area delivered directly to your seat. Reserved movie seating is available online. www.mannsparkplazacinema.com.

Play ball. If you’re into baseball or softball, don’t worry about the summer heat or rainy days. Up your game at The Batter’s Box, where 3,000 square feet of artificial professional turf training is available with three flexible-use tunnels, portable mounds for pitching drills, L-screens, tees, and more. Adjustable and programmable pitching machines by Hack Attack are the very best, used by colleges and MLB teams nationwide, and sliding nets can be pushed back for drills and clinics. The facility is climate controlled, well-lit and clean. Train on your own or allow experienced instructors to assist you. Tunnels are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations recommended. Batter up! www.battersboxhhi.com.

Test your gaming skills. Two 18-hole miniature golf courses at Adventure Cove provide a fun family entertainment option, when you’re ready to beat the heat, mosey on indoors and check out the arcade. You can try your hand at Skee-Ball or air hockey, score tickets on an array of skill games, or simply blast your way through killer robots on the Terminator machine. Test your adult gaming skills and keep the kids mesmerized for hours, then redeem tickets for awesome prizes. Try your luck at Key Master to win things like an Xbox, Play Station, Beats headphones and more! www.adventurecove.com.

Solve a mystery. Fancy yourself a modern Sherlock Holmes? Do you enjoy working as a team to win a game? If you’re ready for a challenge and looking for something fun to do, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime at HHI Escape. Participants look for clues, solve puzzles, do whatever they have to do to get out. (The entry door is always unlocked should you need to leave before the game is over, but the fun is in completing the mission.) The experience is family-friendly; there will be some surprises along the way, but it’s not intended to be scary. Recommended for adults and children ages 10 and up, the 60-minute adventures are rated by level of difficulty so you can choose just the right experience for your group. www.hhiescape.com.

Bowl a strike. If it’s been a while since you’ve rolled a ball down an alley toward ten pins, prepare for a whole new world of high-tech, sophisticated bowling and more. Station 300 in Bluffton provides guests with superior indoor entertainment options: electronic scoring and drop-down screens are located at each bowling lane, where guests can request shows, games, or movies; seating is situated throughout for socializing, eating, or waiting your turn to bowl; and arcade games are just steps away to enjoy before or after bowling. Station 300 is a perfect choice for upcoming parties and group events or just a fun place to cool off and have some fun! www.station300.com.

Discover your inner flower child. Looking for something unique to do on Hilton Head Island? How about a little “happy hour” at the Flower Bar at Branches! Classes are offered the last Friday of every month, designing either a fresh flower bouquet or a unique faux design (BYO drinks and snacks). Or, you can request to have the Flower Bar brought to you for a special event. During the month of July, on Wednesday evenings, Branches will bring you tidings of cool summer fun with holiday happenings at the shop: think Christmas in July. Beat the heat and enjoy a “cool” holiday-inspired class. Pre-registration required. www.branchesdesigns.com.

Make something cool. A visit to AR Workshop, located in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Island, is a three-hour ticket to discover and explore the world of DIY. Projects available include framed wooden signs, canvas wall hangings, centerpiece boxes, pillows, and more! Think fabric, metal, canvas, ceramic, paint, stencils, hammers and drills, chalk—all types of project-based classes to help you get in touch with your inner craftinista! Workshops are suitable for everyone—women, men and children—and instructors will guide you every step of the way. You’ll leave with something uniquely your own—something to add to your home décor, a perfect vacation souvenir, or a thoughtful gift for a loved one. www.arworkshop.com\hiltonhead.

Laugh and be amazed. After a hot day on the beach (or the golf course, bike path, or tennis court), cool down and have a few laughs at the omedy Magic Cabaret. “Funny, not Filthy” best describes Hilton Head Island’s number one spot for entertainment (as rated by TripAdvisor). With over 30 years of experience performing in Las Vegas, Reno, Maui and at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, resident comedy magician Kerry Pollock headlines regularly in his own remodeled showroom. The club also features occasional guest performers as seen in Las Vegas, Hollywood and on national TV (see online calendar for schedule). Shows are recommended for mature audiences—adults and teens. Families with younger children are invited to enjoy the magic of Gary Maurer on Monday nights at the Comedy Magic Cabaret. Reservations recommended. www.comedymagiccabaret.com.

Occupy the kids. Fun Gym at Energy Gymnastics is a time for less structured activities for children. Times are available for both preschool and older children. On the first and third Saturday of every month, from 6 to 9 p.m., children ages 5-14 are invited for playtime. They can participate in group games, crafts, gymnastics or just hang out! Coaches will be with the kids to provide supervision during games and crafts and to offer coaching advice for those who want extra gymnastics practice. Preschool children (toddlers to age 6) are invited to Fun Gym on Fridays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. A preschool coach is on the floor at all times, but parents must stay to play. https://energygymhhi.com.

Parents looking for an adult evening out while knowing the kids are in good hands may also want to make reservations for Parent’s Night Out, at The Sandbox on Hilton Head Island, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. Children ages 3-10 will enjoy playing in the hands-on exhibits and activity areas. A staff-supervised arts and crafts activity and a pizza dinner will also be provided. Reservations recommended. (843) 842-7645. www.thesandbox.org.

Get your fill of sports. When it’s too hot to participate in your favorite outdoor sports, take the party inside and watch the pros on big screens across the Lowcountry. The Lodge, one of the longest standing bars in the area, offers gourmet burgers and a craft-beer catalog, plus pool, shuffleboard and TVs in a hunting lodge-themed bar. www.hiltonheadlodge.com.

Buy yourself a present. With an abundance of shopping options on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, you’re never far from an air-conditioned reprieve. Poke around at the Tanger Outlets off-island or make your way in and out of the shops and restaurants at Shelter Cove Towne Centre. Check out the Village at Wexford’s exciting summer event schedule, including the seasonal farmers market every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Pop into some of the island’s many unique boutiques, and be sure to take a stroll through Old Town Bluffton, where you’ll find an eclectic array of quaint and quirky shops. When you can’t take the heat or you’ve shopped until you’re ready to drop, get off your feet, catch some air, and enjoy a cool drink and a tasty meal at nearby restaurants and watering holes. www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead/stores; www.sheltercovetownecentre.com; www.villageatwexford.com; www.oldtownbluffton.com. 

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