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Beat the heat this summer across KC!

From dips in the pool to dips of your favorite ice-cream flavor, KC has you covered with plenty of options to cool down and beat the heat this summer! Check out KC Destinations' take on the best places to invite the chill when the temps keep rising!

LEAVENWORTH Several locations in Leavenworth are serving awesome summer drinks! Check out the Italian sodas from Burr Roasters, so good and so many flavors. If you’re looking for iced coffees, they have those, too. Anything for you to beat the summer heat. Check out Burr Roasters on your next day trip to Leavenworth. For more information visit,

LENEXA Day passes and seasonal memberships to Ad Astra Pool, Flat Rock Creek Pool and Indian Trails Aquatic Center will keep you cool this summer in Lenexa! Find more information at

SHAWNEE Aunt Jean’s in downtown Shawnee is one of the only true-to-form Gelataria in Kansas City! Located right off Johnson Drive (next to Shawnee’s Splash Cove pool for kiddos), it offers a rotating menu of frozen sweet treats that can be scooped into a cone or a cup! Aunt Jean's offer dozens of flavors from Cinnamon Roll to Tangerine Sorbet. Find your favorite at

MERRIAM Cool off at the new Merriam Community Center! Newly opened in 2020, the MCC offers indoor and outdoor pool options so you can catch some rays or lounge in the lazy river. Visitor day passes are just $11 per person and includes access to both pools, the fitness center, and the Tim Murphy Art Gallery. Learn more about Merriam aquatics:

OLATHE Cool down with a shaved ice or ice cream from Hokulia Shaved Ice. This truly Hawaiian treat is island style soft serve and specialty shaved ice. Need a recommendation? We love to order the macadamia nut ice cream (but there are over 10 Hawaiian flavors to choose rom!)11118 S Lone Elm Rd Olathe, KS

GARDNER Nothing beats locally made ice cream, and Gardner is proud to showcase Sylas and Maddy’s in store at Daylight Donuts (828 E. Main St). Enjoy one of 24 rotating flavors from the endless assortment produced by Sylas and Maddy’s, and pair it up with a fresh-baked Blue Chip Cookie. Open daily until 9pm.

KANSAS CITY, KS Cool off with something sweet this summer in Kansas City, Kan. From fresh Michoacan-style ice pops to sundaes and Boba tea, these Kansas City, Kan. delectable treats will help cool you down. Learn more here:

KANSAS CITY, MO With 27 flavors of ice cream from classics to culinary creations, Betty Rae’s is sure to cool you down this summer. Enjoy cones, shakes, sundaes and drinks, or try the ice cream sandwiches with cookies baked in-house! Find Betty Rae’s Ice Cream in the River Market and Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City!

LIBERTY Ice cream is enjoyed in many forms-from traditional scoops or soft serve, to cakes and sandwiches. And, at Uni’s, you'll find ice cream in rolls. Yep, you read that right--ice cream rolls! Mix-ins are cut, chopped, and mashed on a frozen slab. Then, cream is added and spread. Once the creation has reached the proper freezing point, it is sliced off the slab, and rolled into a beautiful treat that’s almost too pretty to eat. The team at Uni’s is always experimenting with new creations, but we recommend the Strawberry Cheesecake fun rolls for your next visit. Check out a full round-up of sweet treats to try this summer in Liberty on the Visit Liberty blog »

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