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Soon enough, spring blooms will begin to wilt in summer’s heat. In fact, you might, too. But never fear. You can keep your cool amid simple leisure and down time.

People such as Mike McCory at the Sno Biz stand on Columbus’ 25th Street make sure of that. Even when the temperatures hover in the 60s and 70s, he sells plenty of shaved-ice treats, along with ice cream and milk shakes.

“And, actually, when it gets above 90, we see fewer people getting out,” he said.

Not so at Columbus’ Donner Aquatic Center, where numbers generally rise with the temps. Last summer, during a string of 90-plus-degree days, average attendance of 500 people per day leapt like a flame some days to nearly 900, according to Jim Lemke, aquatics manager.

The pool, which saw summer attendance reach nearly 30,000 last year, opens for weekend business Saturday. It opens for weekdays June 9.

The Columbus parks’ breezy shade also can offer a respite from heat, while providing natural ambiance for lunches and picnics. And if you have to duck indoors, two local cinemas can be the ticket to summer’s blockbusters.


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