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3 Places to Cool Off in Southern California
Where to get out of the sun in SoCal this summer

Few places offer as much in the way of outdoor fun in the summer than Southern California—home of abundant beaches, water parks, swimming holes and national parks. But with all of that wonderful sunshine comes the reality of heat and even in a place with as much to do outdoors as SoCal, there will come days where you just want to be somewhere out of the sun and within reach of air conditioning.

Fortunately, because there is so much to do in SoCal, you can try any one of the following activities when the weather outside gets frightfully hot.

Crazee Burger

A great way to stay cool is to fill your appetite at the many eateries scattered throughout SoCal, and San Diego’s Crazee Burger stands out in particular for lovers of everything from traditional cheeseburgers to more exotic fare.

Crazee Burger was once featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” hosted by Internet sensation Guy Fieri, for its unique burger offerings ranging from ostrich and duck meat to wild boar and elk. The Snapping Gator Burger, which features a gator-meat patty and a dried curry fruit tapenade, was listed among Fieri’s 15 favorite burgers from his time doing the show.

During your visit, be sure to snap up delicious sides like sweet potato fries or Crazee Fries. If you are an adult who enjoys a frosty beer, definitely check out one of the many draft beers from local breweries.

Fosselman’s Ice Cream Company

Nothing quite screams cooling off like ice cream, and Fosselman’s Ice Cream Co. in Alhambra is among the most storied and most beloved in the state. With more than 48 different flavors of ice cream and sweet treats including sherbets and sorbets, frozen yogurt, cakes, candies and a full-service soda fountain, there is no one right way to place an order at Fosselman’s.

Fosselman’s Ice Cream Co. touts its milkshakes as being the best in the world, a claim that is backed up by praise from the likes of Los Angeles Magazine and The Guardian. This should in no way undercut the greatness of its brownie sundae, banana split and root beer float, all perfect for cooling off after a hot day.

What’s more, stopping in this summer means you can try one of its seasonal specialties—Birthday Cake and Root Beer ice cream in July and Boysenberry and Kiwi-Strawberry Sorbet in August.

The El Capitan Theatre

The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood originally opened in 1926, and while it has been updated to accommodate the contemporary needs of the 21st century moviegoer, it retains a great deal of the style and charm of years gone by.

The exterior and interior of the El Capitan was restored to its fullest glory by architect G. Albert Lansburgh, making the theatre well worth a visit, if only to observe its East Indian-influenced interior and drink in its history. The El Capitan hosted the premiere of “Citizen Kane” in 1941, a film that would go on to become synonymous with the title of greatest film ever made.

Today, the El Capitan Theatre is an exclusive first-run theatre for Walt Disney Pictures—its current feature, Disney and Pixar’s “Cars 3,” will run through July 30. There are a number of events on tap for August, including “The Lion King Sing-Along,” a special encore presentation of “Newsies: The Broadway Musical” and a one-night-only screening of the original “Tron.”

While these three suggestions are certain to please, there are plenty of other places and ways to cool off in Southern California this summer. Consider all of your options and plan for more than a few days’ worth of cooling off; after all, it gets awfully hot in the dog days of summer.

This article is presented by New Century BMW in Alhambra, California.

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