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The Cool-List
Hot enough for you? When temperatures hit triple digits, these DARTable cool spots help take the heat off.

Cold beers and cool cocktails

Summer makes you thirsty. Baylor University Medical Center Station serving Deep Ellum, puts you in walking distance of lots of refreshing options. You can't go wrong at a place called the Cold Beer Company, where the beer is ice-cold, the atmosphere is chill, and a great patio beckons.

Bankhead Brewing, a charming spot near Downtown Rowlett Station was made for beer aficionados. Along with numerous selections made on the premises, the brewpub serves food from wood-burning ovens, and outdoor seating is plentiful.

Addison Circle is a good bet for craft cocktails. Union Park offers creations like the "Crown Berry Crisp" and "Croc Berry Cosmo" that'll cool you down in a jiffy. Numerous bus routes to Addison Transit Center serve the area.

Cream of the crop

Nothing says summer like ice cream. Get some unique local flavor along with your sugar fix at Pokey O's, where sandwiches made with freshly baked cookies and Blue Bell ice cream are their stock-in-trade. It's a short walk from Mockingbird Station.

Pokey O's image courtesy of @pokeyostarrantco on Instagram

At Henry's Homemade Ice Cream in Plano, they make it fresh daily - which is why their scoops and sundaes claim a devoted following. Dig into a rotation of creative concoctions, such as ginger ice cream or a dirt sundae (made with ground-up Oreos). It's right on Route 452, departing from Parker Road Station. Get off at Independence Parkway.

Cool shopping

Browsing boutiques and bistros in an old-school, walkable neighborhood is a nostalgic experience in Dallas' Bishop Arts District. You can get there on the Dallas Streetcar. This 1920s neighborhood is packed with one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, restaurants and nightlife.

If 2.3 million square feet of top-notch shopping in air-conditioned comfort is more your pace, take the NorthPark Center Shuttle (Route 702) - departing regularly from Park Lane Station - to the venerable bastion of first-rate retail and cool, modern architecture. There are some great restaurants and a movie theater, too.

Soak up some cinema

There's no better retreat from the heat than a darkened movie theater. The region's latest Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Las Colinas is near Irving Convention Center Station, on the Orange Line. Located in the Toyota Music Factory, the theater features great sightlines, state-of-the-art sound and even a second-story lounge with a patio.

For a movie experience that's a blast from the past, visit the Plaza Theatre near Downtown Garland Station. It's a multi-use space, but the historic art deco gem periodically screens free films with concessions at a cool price. Check listings for the next freebie - typically they're classics.

Dive into summer

Some days, nothing less than a refreshing swim will do. West Irving Aquatic Center is a cool water park with plenty of slides, a water playground and a rock climbing wall. Take Bus Route 501 from North Lake College Station on the Orange Line, or Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).

If a 1,000-gallon dump bucket doesn't cool you down, nothing will. Hawaiian Falls Garland has got one, plus a lot more: a lazy river, a fortress with rope ladders, and a giant water slide. Get to 12 acres of summertime fun by taking Bus Route 566 from Downtown Garland Station.

Heights Family Aquatic Center in Richardson also is DARTable. Slides, splash features and a tot pool are all a short ride on Bus Route 361 from Arapaho Center Station.

Treat yourself like a queen (or king)

Sometimes a little indulgence hits the spot. For some proper pampering, check out Spa Habitat, just blocks from Downtown Plano Station. This "organic spa and apothecary" specializes in natural products and offers a full range of spa services in a quaint historic house.

More relaxation awaits near Downtown Carrollton Station. Whether you go for a new summer 'do, facial or massage, Carrollton Square Salon & Spa provides a calming oasis. Get a sassy cut, pamper your skin and rejuvenate your body and mind.

Take DART to the airports

We just had to plug it. Our region's big-league airport is matched by the quintessential big-city way to get there: a direct rail connection. If you haven't tried it, this year's summer vacation is the perfect time to take the Orange Line to DFW Airport Station at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Terminal A, Gate 10. Say bon voyage to parking priced for jet-setters and hello to convenience. Find out why the cool kids DART to DFW!

If your travel plans involve Dallas Love Field, we've got you covered there, too. Both the Green and Orange lines, combined with the Love Link (Bus Route 524), get you there from Inwood/Love Field Station.


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