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Just last year, Las Vegas tied its own record for highest recorded temperature, when thermometers clocked in the summer heat at 117 degrees.  As I type this post, it is 114 degrees.  It is unquestionably extremely hot in Las Vegas.

The question is how do you spend your time when it is hotter than the surface of the sun outside?  Can you even leave your house?  Las Vegas locals know that it’s possible, but you have to be careful not to burn your hands on the sizzling steering wheel of your car.  You also always have to bring lots of water and wear lots of sunscreen.

You can view a Pinterest board here with a handful of ideas for keeping cool in the Las Vegas heat.

A new water park will open July 4th in the Henderson area of Las Vegas called Cowabunga Bay.  With over twenty slides and the signature Pineapple Dole Whip dessert, Cowabunga Bay is the perfect place for Las Vegas residents and tourists alike to cool down in the sweltering summer heat.

Wet n’ Wild, another recently opened Las Vegas water park, unveiled a new slide in May of this year.  Visitors can test out the new slide, the 36-foot high Tornado, or just cool off in one the park’s numerous pools.

Also included in the Pinterest board are an interesting recipe for a fresh fruit Popsicle, a refreshing treat any time of year but especially perfect for summer, a cap that uses evaporation to keep your head twenty degrees cooler than the outside air temperature, and a high-powered misting fan available from The Home Depot.

Summer is fun, but summer is also extremely hot, especially in Las Vegas.  Rather than staying inside all season, you can have fun outdoors with a little bit of creativity.  So pack your misting fan, cooling cap and home-made fruit Popsicles and head down to either of Las Vegas’ two new water parks for some summer fun.