Waco summers can be wicked hot. And when we say hot we mean haaaawt. Make sure you keep your cool on through this local guide to beating the season's heat. Ready? Go! 

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Treat Yourself, Don't Heat Yourself

Walk out of Desert Tan and Gifts with a gorgeous, golden tan without the mega-scorch of the Texas sun. Packages begin at $30 + all spray tans are done by hand. Spray or UV gold awaits you.

Waco Eyebrow Threading, y'all. It's no sweat (but you might sneeze!) Give a perfect shape to your brows through the ancient method of eyebrow hair removal (using a cross-thread technique). Located opposite of Midway High School. 

La Bella Salon and Beauty Lounge offers a full range of services that'll have you smokin' hot in no time. We're talkin' mani-pedis, haircuts + color, massage, body wrap, facials, lashes, spray tan, wax/sugar, + make-up. 

Relaaaaax at Posh Spa & Lounge where your satisfaction and wellness are priority. Yeah! You! Throw another log on that fire + stay a while... (The Poshlets Room is there if you're toting your kids, too!) 

You won't find a more fiery, passionate barber on the block. Roc My Style works to create a positive impact to your look and in the community. You know, if you wanna work on that smolder?

Ultimate Escape Spa is a conglomeration of day spa best practices rem-ember-ed from the best spas all over the world. The highly-trained staff utilizes the safest and most effective therapies, providing the ULTIMATE therapeutic escape. Special features: services just for men + wedding packages for brides + wedding parties. 

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Something's Cooking – Don't Let It Be You

Christi's Hamburgers is that old school, well-priced greasy spoon you love to love. A best-known secret of a burger joint! Fresh ones served H.O.T. with fries or tots. (Rumor has it they have Big Red on tap). Doesn't get more local than that, sizzle nizzle.

Buzzard Billy’s blazed a Cajun-Creole American food-trail straight through this town! They've got wings, fried dinners, something for everyone. And then, options like "Gator Fingers" for the adventurebuds among us. If the temps are right, enjoy the many views from the porch: the Brazos River, Baylor's McLane Stadium, and the LED-lit bridges. If the heat doesn't kill you, the crawfish'll make you stronger.

Haliburton's Soul Food serves up family-oriented comfort food that'll give you the warm fuzzies: oxtails, chitterlings, chicken & dressing, beef tips over rice, and meatloaf, to name a few. To say this place "has been seasoned well" is an understatement. Each plate comes with two sides. Hot diggity dog.

Dubl R Old-Fashioned Burgers has a drive-thru available so if you need your grill-top Dubl-Dubl burger on the go, come and take it. (This place has a reputation as a go-to hot spot in town but don't worry if there's a bustle – service is quick. And tasty.) Dine in, take-out, or call in. (How cute is that?!) Just get there! 

If the name Captain Billy Whizzbang's causes you to burger-burn with curiosity, head that way + try his signature, the Whizz-Pigg burger. Got the meat sweats? Maybe not. They've got sides like onion rings, fried pickles, sweet potato fries, Cajun chips, and, yes, fried jalapeños. Hoo boy!  You're gonna leave this counter-serve locale with your own testimonial: their delicious, quality-fresh, never frozen, hand-pressed burger patties are made exactly how you want em and their dessert choices aren't too shabby either. (Picture a hand-spun Blue Bell milkshake, fried apple pie, or strawberry cream cheese pie after a just-enough meal.) You can thank us later.

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Fun vs. Furnace?

If you want to get away, if you want to fly away – Jump-N-Place is your jam. Burn some calories, relieve some stress...summer'll make you – Jump! Jump! 

Nexus E-Sports, where A/C is the mascot (and no one is complaining!). Huuuuge amount of space to play the best games (+ customize your gear just the way you like it). These guys think of everything. Including memberships + bundles that save you golden coins. Whether you're a casual or competitive player, there's room for you here.

Ride that heat wave on over to Practically Pikasso, but don't put this shop in a box! Yes, they offer pottery painting, but did you know, at Practically Pikasso, you can transform an old wine bottle into a beautiful cheese platter?! Yes. This and many other house-warming miracles. Have a party, make art; there's so much to do here! You'll never run out of fun!

When there isn't a breeze to shoot, swing by Shooter's Billiards, Waco's only complete billiard parlor! Offering a full-service bar with a daily Happy Hour til 6PM + open nightly til 2AM, they didn't stop there. Shooter's can recover your pool table, supply you with pool-related gear (like cases, cues, darts, and flights), and they'll feed you, too. Seventeen tables for you to blow off steam. 

Get out of your house + into Waco Escape Rooms for a unique experience of puzzling together clues + FUN! Check their "Quick Tips" to choose the best room for you + yours. Is it getting hot in here?

Chillax at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre, one of the city's treasures! Watch a movie, go to a concert, AND enjoy the venue's full service, in-theatre dining. Entering its second century in the business, visiting the Hippodrome is a sure way to keep it cool this summer.

If the ability to play music warms your heart, then Waco Music Studio it is! Learn to play the piano or guitar, to see if it's something you want to pursue. Or, if you're three or four years old, join the Rhythm N' Keys class if you just can't wait to play piano! Instructor Jamie Walker encourages you not to wait, but to go after your dream today

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PS. We covered all these great things to do with kids but here’s what YOU can do, adult person, you! Get a free library card here + use it to get into all these museums for FREE this summer

See? Even when it's hot as blazes, you don't have to let your local love grow cold. We've got a whole slew of perks on the Towny app for you, so download it rn (right now)! Don't wait because the dollars you spend? They'll benefit your city, your roads, your first responders...and ultimately you + the ones you love. Get Towny – to make home better for everyone.