Summer days in SoIN are great for cooling in the pools and water slides! With everyone’s safety in mind, many pools will remain closed in response to the pandemic in 2020.

Want ideas on how to stay cool this summer without the pool? We’ve come up with a few ideas.

New (and cool) this Summer in NoCo

Brighten your day and have an afternoon of fun in NoCo at the colorful and interactive play area behind the Vintage Fire Museum. Here you can play a game of oversized chess or Twister, have lunch on a 20-foot picnic table, or simply enjoy the whimsical public art.


Cool off at these new SoIN sweet shops

Ice cream is great all year-round, but even better on hot summer days!

Several new sweet shops have popped up recently in SoIN or you can stop by one of the classic local spots!

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A Refreshing Stop on the Ohio River Greenway: Widow’s Walk Ice Creamery
This charming Victorian-replica home along the Ohio River offers ice cream treats and the best views of the Louisville Skyline. Enjoy one of their 22 flavors of hand dipped ice creams, specialty shakes or sundaes in our tranquil gardens. Two local favorites are the Proud Mary’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae and the Bananaberry Shake.

Berry Twist

Best Sherbet: Berry Twist
A Floyds Knobs tradition since 1978, the Berry Twist serves your favorite ice cream treats! Follow State Street in New Albany, known as “Paoli Pike” by locals, for a scenic drive with vistas overlooking New Albany and Downtown Louisville. ​Berry Twist has a reputation for having the best sherbet around, with over 24 flavors, three offered daily. Follow its Twitter account (@ILoveBerryTwist) to find out which flavor is available when you visit.

Uncommon Cups and Cones

Hidden Gem Worth the Search: Uncommon Cups and Cones
This next sweet stop in SoIN can be easy to miss because of its location, but as they say, good things are worth searching for. Tucked between two houses sits a little sky-blue building with 30+ ice cream flavors. Uncommon Cups and Cones offers fun flavor names like Exhausted Parent, a bourbon-spiked espresso ice cream with bittersweet chocolate chunks and Halley’s Comet, a rich milk chocolate and vanilla ice cream with caramel ribbons and caramel truffles. 


Retro Style: Polly’s Freeze
This Southern Indiana hotspot in Georgetown has been dishing out burgers, fries, and milkshakes since it opened in 1952. Polly’s Freeze continues to offer great service and good food in an authentic 1950’s atmosphere. Just look for the bright neon parrot on a hot summer evening, and you know you have found the right place.

For Fun When the Sun Goes Down

Drive In Georgetown Drive-In

Georgetown Drive-In
In the 50’s, drive-in theaters were the place to be. Only 19 drive-in theaters are left in Indiana, so enjoy a classic retro experience at SoIN’s Georgetown Drive-in Theater.

Family-owned and operated since 1951, this summer treat is a two-screen drive-in theater that kicks it old school! Flash back to the old days with a vintage concessions cartoon enjoy new releases and special features with the family or someone special. You’re welcome to dress up in poodle skirts and biker jackets, too.

Find Some Shade

Charlestown State Park Deam Lake Beach

Cool down by exploring southern Indiana's parks and trails. Sit under a tree for a picnic or read a book or set out on a trail and enjoy the serenity of nature. Some of our parks even have places where you can take a dip in a lake or river!

No Sun Protection Needed

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Soak up some knowledge at a museum! Southern Indiana and Louisville, KY offer one-of-a-kind museums that are a can't miss when visiting the region. There are museums for just about every interest from art to history to sports like the Carnegie Center for Art & History, Howard Steamboat Museum, Vintage Fire Museum, Clark County Museum and more!

Check our events listings for more summer fun!