12 air conditioned alternatives to all the sweaty activities your friends want to do this summer

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We’ve already covered the 25 things everyone in Charlotte will be doing this summer. But what if your idea of summer fun doesn’t involve sweat dripping down your back? For you, my sweaty friends, there’s air conditioning.

Here are 12 places to hang out inside when 90-degree heat just isn’t your thing.

Instead of hoofing it up Crowders Mountain on a 98-degree day, try indoor rock climbing at Inner Peaks.

I like my extreme sports climate controlled, thanks.

Katie Inner Peaks

Instead of playing cornhole on an unshaded patio that feels like the 9th circle of hell, try indoor axe-throwing at Lumberjaxe.

They’re both low-effort, one-handed throwing sports, but only one won’t involve sweat dripping into your eyes.

Instead of sizzling on the cement around an overcrowded apartment pool, book a treatment at The Ritz Spa and get full access to the indoor Aqua Lounge pool.

It has floor-to-ceiling windows with Uptown skyline views so you still feel like you’re outside — minus the oppressive heat.

Instead of peeling your sweaty thighs off a lawn chair at Summer Pops in Symphony Park, catch one of their two indoor performances at Belk Theater and Knight Theater.

Indoor shows include The Kruger Brothers on Wednesday, June 13 and Back to the Future in Concert on Friday, June 22.

Instead of muggy outdoor movies under the stars, settle in under the dome at Discovery Place Science’s IMAX theater.

Bonus cool off points: They’re showing Wonders of the Arctic through mid-July.

Discovery Place IMAX Charlotte

Instead of melting on a rooftop bar, push your crew towards a basement speakeasy like Dot Dot Dot or The Cellar at Duckworth’s.

It’s still a unique drinking experience but without the sunburn.

Instead of taking the kids to a sprayground, see if they want to mix it up with ice skating.

Pineville Ice House offers public skating year round.

Instead of an outdoor ropes course, try your hand at the indoor obstacle course at Kinetic Heights.

The 22,000-square-foot facility features a ninja warrior course, high ropes course and a parkour training area.

Instead of bar hopping, hit up all the different rooms at 8.2.0 without ever going outside.

Move from the bar to the hidden library lounge to the arcade to the karaoke studio, and then bring it all home with late-night slices at the pizza counter. It’s a whole rowdy night out under one roof.

Instead of outdoor patio games, keep the bar activities inside at Queen Park Social.

They’ve got giant Jenga, ping pong, bowling, life size connect four, skeeball, shuffleboard and more.

Instead of sporting events of any kind, go play video games at Abari or Palmer Street.

You want competition? Thrilling plays? Spectators who think they can do a better job?

Ever heard of Mario Kart, my friend?

abari game bar living room

Bonus: Instead of sweating straight through your khakis on the golf course, head to Topgolf.

It’s not all the way inside or fully air conditioned, but it’s shaded, fairly temperature controlled and you get to stay in one spot at your swanky bay instead of trudging across 18 holes.

topgolf date night

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