1.Go to the movies

Movie theaters are notorious for being bone chilling any time of year. This usually causes folks some annoyance, but when it is over triple digits in Chico, the movies can easily become your best friend. Not only that, but this year has had the highest box office numbers in years! 2018 has been a great year for movies, and this summer won’t disappoint.  If that hasn’t convinced you enough, then this will, every Tuesday, tickets are only $5 all day. This means you can spend hours in some aggressive AC without having to break the bank.

2. Hit up a Happy Hour

Wanting to hang out with friends, but don’t want to instantly melt? Then going to one of Chico’s many happy hours could be your solution. Whether you’re inside or on the patio, having an ice cold drink in your hand will make you forget it’s so hot you can fry an egg on the sidewalk. If you’re up to the challenge, go to multiple happy hours, by the end of your trip, you might not even know what season it is.  

3. Visit one of the many watering holes

Yahi Trail
Yahi Trail

Although the weather might not be your friend this time of year, Big Chico Creek will always be there for you. Spots like One Mile Recreational Pool, Alligator Hole and Bear Hole are truly gifts from the land. The refreshing water will cool you down instantly, while also giving you the chance to soak in some of Chico’s natural beauty. I’m not sure what the best part is, the fact that they’re free to visit, or that you don’t have to walk to get there.

4. Go floating in the Sacramento River

On a similar note, the Sac River is a great place to cool down this summer. Just like the watering holes, the river is free for the public and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery. You can float for as long as your heart desires. Drop one car off where you want to end your trip, and another car at the beginning, that’s all the work you have to do. Just make sure you stay safe; while floating is a fun adventure that will keep you cool, the river current can get strong at some points.

5. Take a day trip to the Bay Area

Who said you had to stay here all day every day? If someone did, then I’m sorry, try the other four options listed above. If not, then feel free to take a trip to the Bay Area, or simply to the coast. The weather will be significantly cooler and will give you a chance to go full tourist mode for a day. Why not treat yourself to a trip to San Francisco? You’ve worked hard, you deserve it. Just make sure you listen to our station when you’re taking your mini road trip.


What are some of your favorite things to do when the weather is unbearable? Let us know in the comments!