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Now that it’s officially the warmest season, everyone is heading outdoors, especially in the Berkshires! However, in order to be safe, we also need activities to cool off from the heat. It’s important to remember to drink plenty of water, utilize air-conditioned buildings, wear sunscreen, dress in loose, lightweight clothing, and take advantage of cool bodies of water. Read on to find out some of our favorite ways to stay cool in the summer.
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There’s so much to explore outdoors in the Berkshires, but one of our top activities to do in Great Barrington in the summer is a late afternoon hike. We especially love Laura’s Tower Trail because it’s heavily wooded and shady. It’s moderately difficult and 1.5 miles round trip so make sure to bring lots of water and time your exercise so it falls later in the day when the weather is cooler. But it’s worth the work—the summit provides a panoramic view of the middle of the Berkshires, and on a clear day, you can see 68 miles out to the New York Catskills and 50 miles north to Vermont’s Green Mountains.
With a grassy shaded picnic area, swings, forest trails, and free parking, the Lake Mansfield Recreation Area is a perfect place to spend the day. Lounge out on the beach before taking a dip into the 29-acre pond or gathering the kids to investigate nature science in the area. This park is a protected ecosystem so you won’t find any exotic invasive species on the land or in the water.
This local museum presents special exhibitions throughout the year on topics ranging from nature, the senses, war, writers, and more. Currently, the abstract paintings of Tomm El-Saieh are on display. The Clark also has their permanent collections available for guests to view all year around, featuring European and American paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.
By nature, the Berkshires area is art and culture-focused. Soak in a show and some air conditioning at the Berkshire Theatre during your visit this summer. With numerous shows debuting daily, you’re sure to find something suitable for the whole family. From classic shows to new renditions, it’s easy to see why this theater is such a hit. Check out their schedule to plan your visit and stay up to date on their most recent shows.
This is the ultimate summer activity to stay cool. Crab Apple Whitewater is the perfect way to experience the Berkshires from the water. Ranging from 5 to 8 miles, their trips are always filled with excitement and positive energy. Choose the level (mild, intermediate, or wild) that best suits your group’s needs and get ready to hit the white water.
The list of summer activities in the Berkshires is endless! Beat the heat by booking your stay at the Briarcliff Motel.