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As much as we all love summer, the Florida heat can be a challenge. When you hit your boiling point, it’s time to take summer fun indoors, where you can enjoy the refreshing breeze of an air-conditioned interior. For a little break from the sun, check out these fun Tampa hangouts that will keep you nice and cool.

Tampa Theatre

If you want to enjoy a little A/C and some local history, head over to the landmark Tampa Theatre, the first commercial building in Tampa to feature this modern convenience. During the summer months, you can enjoy their Summer Classics Movie Series, featuring nostalgic favorites and cult classics. This summer, they’ll be presenting films like Young Frankenstein and Casablanca.

Oxford Exchange

Want to spend an afternoon browsing a bookstore? Enjoying a cup of tea? Picking up some fun items to spruce up your home decor? You can do all three at this favorite local hangout. The Oxford Exchange was specifically designed to be a place of community – hence the champagne bar, tea house, restaurant, shop, and bookstore all under one roof. Get some friends together and take an afternoon to explore this fun and beautiful space.

Splitsville Southern + Social

There’s nothing like an afternoon of bowling to help you cool down from the summer heat. Head over to Sparkman Wharf and enjoy a game of 10-pin, foosball, darts, billiards, or shuffleboard. You can even try your hand at feather bowling! (If you don’t know what that is, you’ll have to see it to believe it.) Don’t forget to bring your appetite because their food is some of the best in Tampa. You might come for the bowling, but you won’t want to leave once you get your hands on their burgers.

Tampa Museum of Art

When you’re hot and looking for something fun to do, local museums are the best fix. Right now you can enjoy the Tampa Museum of Art’s exhibition Skyway 20/21: A Contemporary Collaboration, a multi-sensory experience that uses sound and visuals to inspire the viewer’s curiosity.

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