With temperatures expected to soar above 90 degrees for a fourth straight day on Wednesday, people are doing what they can to stay cool and pass the time.
In MetroWest and Greater Milford, there is plenty to do to help ride out the heat wave, from taking a dip at Memorial Beach in Natick to watching a movie at Regal Bellingham.
Here are five ideas:
Take a swim
The area abounds with local beaches and lakes. Popular spots include Framingham’s Learned Pond, Saxonville Beach and Waushakum Pond. This year, those beaches will only be open to Framingham residents but beach fees have been waived.
Natick’s Memorial Beach at Dug Pond is open from noon to 7:30 p.m. daily for Natick residents. Weekday-only summer passes cost $30 for adults; $20 for children; and $15 for seniors. Daily weekday fees without a pass cost $6 for adults, $4 for children and $2 for seniors.
Daily weekend fees will be $8 for those who do not have a weekday pass. For weekday pass holders, the price will be $6 for adults; $4 for children and $2 for seniors.
Hopkinton State Park is a favorite spot to hike, fish, kayak and swim. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Swimming is allowed from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Parking for state residents is $8 ($30 for non-Massachusetts residents).
Other state parks in the area include Callahan State Park in Framingham, Cochituate State Park in Natick, Franklin State Park, the Sudbury Reservoir, Upton State Forest, Ashland State Park and Whitehall State Park in Hopkinton.
For more information about the beaches in your town, follow up with your town’s parks and recreation department or visit the state Department of Conservation and Recreation’s website at https://tinyurl.com/2tv43c9j .
Visit a museum
The American Heritage Museum at 568 Main St. in Hudson is a great spot to visit with the historian in your life. The museum features a large collection of tanks and other vehicles used during wartime. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.
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On the weekend of July 10, the museum will host its Tank Demo days, where real-life tanks used during war will be driven in the field outside the museum, according to Kim Hull, manager of the museum’s gift shop. All exhibits will be open that weekend, including the historic aviation hangar and classic car automobile barn.
Looking to see some inspiring artwork? The Danforth Art Museum at 14 Vernon St. in Framingham is open from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
The museum features paintings, sculptures and other forms of art. Through September, the museum is showcasing the “Wonderscape” exhibit in the Litowitz Family Gallery, Hallway, Works on Paper. The work was created by five New England artists and features painted artwork, photography, sculptures and installation pieces.
Jessica Roscio, director and curator at the Danforth Art Museum, said the exhibit is meant to serve as “escapist fantasy.”
The work explores imagination, wonder and escapism. She said it is meant to serve as an anecdote to what has been going in the past year.
Get an ice cream
There are few things better than ice cream when hot weather arrives. Luckily, there are plenty of places to satisfy your sweet tooth.
For a twist on the typical sundae, head to Sandy’s Chill Spot Ice Cream and Seafood Restaurant at 800 Pulaski Blvd. in Bellingham.
Its hurricane sundae and is comprised of three layers. Your choice of topping, which includes Oreos, Reese’s peanut butter cups and Heath bars, is placed on the bottom. From there, a layer of soft-serve ice cream is placed in the dish. Then comes another layer of topping, followed by another layer of soft-serve.
“It’s three layers of everything and whipped cream on the top,” according to Jess Walsh, a scooper at t
The shop is open from noon to 10 p.m. daily.
Mad Willie’s Ice Cream at 963 Worcester Road (Rte. 9) in Framingham is another favorite among locals. It’s open from noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Other popular ice cream stops include New City Microcreamery in Hudson, The Spoonery in Hopkinton and Murphy’s Eats & Treats in Ashland.
Another to beat the heat is to venture inside an air-conditioned mall. The Natick Mall at 1245 Worcester St. is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
From shopping at stores and eating at the food court, to playing games at Dave and Busters or the newly opened Level 99, there is plenty to do.
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Solomon Pond Mall at 601 Donald Lynch Blvd. in Marlborough is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
See a movie
Speaking of air-conditioning, comfort can also be found in local movie theaters. View this summer’s favorite flicks at Regal Solomon Pond in Marlborough, which is open from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily; AMC Dine In Framingham 15, which is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily; or Regal Bellingham, which is open from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.
Don’t forget outdoor options like Mendon’s Twin Drive-in, which can accommodate 800 cars and offers double features (currently playing: “F9: The Fast Saga” and “Nobody” on Screen 1 and “Billy Madison” and “Happy Gilmore” on Screen 2). Cost is $30 per car ($6 per person if a car contains more than six people).
Cesareo Contreras can be reached at 508-626-3957 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @cesareo_r.