Come summertime, Colorado lives up to its reputation as a sunny state. And in July and August, that ever-present sunshine can create some sweltering days that sometimes reach the triple digits!
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to beat the heat in Northern Colorado. To help you stay cool, we’re highlighting a few things to do on a hot day in Loveland, which includes a mix of outdoor heat-approved activities (mostly involving water) and indoor attractions (always involving air conditioning). Whether you’d rather retreat to the shade with an ice-cold frozen cocktail or spend the day swimming at the lake, bookmark this list for a sunny day in Loveland!
On an extremely hot day, sometimes the best thing to do is avoid being outside altogether. It’s an excellent time to explore our city through art and history at the air-conditioned Loveland Museum. Founded in 1937, Loveland Museum is an accredited art and history museum that has grown to offer various history exhibits dating back to 1919, world-class art exhibitions, family events, adult and youth classes, readings, lectures and more. Click here to explore their upcoming exhibits and programs!
This climbing gym is operated by a passionate team that believes climbing can change the world. The boutique facility offers more than 70–85 carefully curated bouldering problems that are reset on a 5-week cycle and include fun courses for all ages. Wooden Mountain has experiences for climbers of all ability levels, from joyful challenges for small children and crimpy compression sequences for calloused fingers. For more information about your visit (including details about their free intro to bouldering clinic for new members), click here!
At the end of a summer day, there’s nothing like a refreshing cocktail made with sweet, summery ingredients. As Loveland’s first exclusive tequila bar, Wicked Tequila Room has more than 30 tequilas, plus a substantial list of signature crafted cocktails made with mezcal or tequila. A few favorites include the Smokey Pineapple, made with Wahaka Mezcal, pineapple juice, St. Elderflower Liqueur and lime juice, and the Black Widow, made with Exotico Silver, fresh blackberries, basil syrup, triple sec, and a splash of sweet and sour. And of course, don’t miss the Tequila Snow Cone, which is made with shaved ice, tequila, and your choice of blue raspberry, cherry, grape or piña colada!
Maintained by Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Boyd Lake State Park is one of Loveland’s best outdoor recreation destinations—especially during the summer months when you can jet ski, spend the day on the pontoon, or splash in the water at the swim beach. The lake itself offers more than 1,700 acres of water with areas designated for open swimming and wake and no-wake boating. Both on and off the water, other activities include fishing, seasonal hunting, biking, hiking and camping, too! In short, it’s the perfect place to spend a hot summer day in Northern Colorado. To get the details on all you can do in the park, where you can rent boats, and more, check out our guide, Everything You Can Do at Boyd Lake State Park in Loveland, Colorado.
Sip on an ice-cold brew at Rock Coast Brewery, which recently teamed up with its neighbor, AKA Kitchen, to provide an elevated food and craft beer experience in the heart of downtown Loveland. From the juicy IPAs to their Belgian blondes, their beers are approachable and flavorful — and they pair quite nicely with the dishes from AKA. Plus, don’t miss their line of refreshing hard seltzers made with seasonal fruits! The best part? Rock Coast and AKA have an exceptional outdoor patio space, perfect for summertime sipping and snacking.
What is your favorite way to stay cool on a hot day in Loveland? Let us know in the comments below!