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Escape Steamy “Hotlanta” at These Cooler Than Cool Indoor Spaces

Chill out with contemporary and classical art at Atlanta’s High Museum. (Photo: Courtesy of High Museum of Art)

When Atlanta’s temperatures climb, visitors soon realize the city’s steamy heat is no joke. Spend a day out of the sweltering weather at the city’s blissfully cool indoor sights and restaurants. Whether you’re trying to keep the kids occupied, are craving an arts and culture fix, or simply want to cool down with a cold one, we’ve got you covered.

Feeling Artsy? Visit the High Museum of Art

Step into the cool air of the High Museum of Art, a renowned art museum featuring an extensive collection of classic and contemporary art, as well as rotating exhibits. Take your time admiring 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; European paintings; African American art; and photography, folk art and African art.

For an adults-only summer evening, the High Museum of Art invites guests to cool down at Wine Down Fridays with 50% off wine bottles at Table 1280. The High Museum of Art is open late on Fridays with half-priced museum admission after 4 p.m.

Interact with Exhibits at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Check out the dinosaurs and watch an IMAX at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. (Photos: (left) Courtesy of Fernbank Museum of Natural History; (right) Joe Boris)

For family-friendly fun, take your family to explore Georgia-centric historical exhibits and catch a flick at an IMAX theater that will leave you breathless, at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Every Friday (excluding holiday weekends) attend Fernbanks’ Martini’s and IMAX, an adults-only event featuring special cocktails, small plates, live entertainment, dancing and the opportunity to see a film on the IMAX screen.

Need a Drink? Cool Down with a Cold One at Red Brick Brewing

After a long hot day, seek refuge at Red Brick Brewing, one of the best breweries in Atlanta, which offers the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing evening. Enjoy live music, embark on an in-depth brewery tour and taste some of Red Brick’s unique brews. Test your knowledge at weekly trivia events, or, if you’re visiting on a weekend, spend the afternoon sipping suds and listening to acoustic tunes.