It’s May and we’re already pushing 100 degrees.
The temperature will skyrocket this weekend into the mid 90’s. Unfortunately most of the pools are not open yet as it is not Memorial Day yet. So how do you cool off while enjoying the good weather?
Here are some ideas – from renting a boat to ice cream to mixing your own frozen margarita – to stay cool.
Rent a boat
Lifeguards may not yet be on duty at Lake Hopatcong, which means swimming is not permitted. But that doesn’t mean you can’t rent a boat and go out on the water. Here are some boat rental shops on Lake Hopatcong.
- Water skiing, jet ski rental, wakeboarding: Lakeview Marina, 2 Beach Rd, Lake Hopatcong; 973-663-2935, lakeviewmarina.com.
- Boat rental, picnic area: Bridge Marina, 89 Brady Road, Lake Hopatcong; 973-663-1976, bridgemarina.com.
- Fishing equipment and rental: Dow’s Boat Rentals and Live Bait, 145 Nolan’s Point Road, Lake Hopatcong; 973-663-3826, facebook.com/Dows-Boat-Rental-and-Bait-Shop.
- Rental of small boats: Lake’s End Marina, 91 Mount Arlington Blvd., Landing; 973-398-5707, lakesendmarina.net.
- Sailboat rental: Sunset Sailboat Co., 335 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong; 973-663-1242, sunsetsailboats.com.
Take a bath
One of the only pools open this weekend is the James W. Roe Memorial Pool in Wayne. The huge pool features a slide, slide, diving board, and over 15,000 square feet of swimming area. There’s also a kids’ pool, two playgrounds, basketball, bocce, sand volleyball, and tetherball courts, plus ping-pong, shuffleboard, and a softball court . On May 22 only, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the pool will be open to non-members.
To go: 133 Garside Ave, Wayne; 973-694-1800, waynetownship.com/parks-swimming-facilities.
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Dine at a cool, dark restaurant
Sometimes the best way to beat the heat is to find a dimly lit bar or restaurant, turn on the air conditioning, and forget how hot it is outside. Here are a few places to do just that.
Shark wings and raw bar: The brightest thing burning at this popular spot is the Sharky neon sign behind the bar. The rest is adorned with simple tables and cool walls that alternate between brick and tile. Day or night, the lights are dimmed to keep things cool for patrons who stop in for a frozen pint of beer and an order of Sharky’s famous wings. The flavors of the wings range from honey mustard butter lemon pepper to hot barbecue – the only thing that will warm you up here. 545 Highland Ave, Clifton; 973-473-0713. 431 3rd Ave, Alpha 908-777-3610. 108 Boonton Avenue, Boonton; 973-917-4466, sharkyswingsnj.com.
Morton’s The Steakhouse, Hackensack: For a chic and cool night out, head to Morton’s The Steakhouse. Dark brown wood accents, sleek leather chairs, and crystal light fixtures that are never too bright are the perfect escape from the blazing sun outside. Morton’s Bar 12-21 offers a selection of ice cold bottled beers and cocktails. Of course, this steakhouse is best known for its meats, like rib eye and filet mignon. 1 Riverside Square, Hackensack; 201-487-1303 mortons.com/hackensack.
The Quiet Man, Dover: Things may heat up in an Irish pub, but not at The Quiet Man in Dover, where brown paisley booths, a smooth tiled ceiling, stained glass light fixtures and dark wood accents create a relaxing atmosphere. The Quiet Man specializes in classic pub fare. Plus, the cold beer is always on tap. 64 E. McFarlan St., Dover; 973-366-6333, quietmanpub.com.
Salt Brewery: Half hipster hangout/half tiki bar, Salt Gastropub seems to be sitting in the middle of nowhere. But his burger is definitely worth the detour. The half-pound burger cradled in a gently toasted bun is a total win: a tender, good-sized patty, sweetened with sautéed onions, smoked with gouda and spiced with sriracha aioli. Also, there is usually live music and always dim lighting. 109 Rte 206, Stanhope; 973-347-7258, saltgastropub.com.
Take a shaded walk
When direct sunlight isn’t your friend, you need a shady spot to take your 10,000 steps. Try these trails.
Ramapo Reserve, Mahwah: Forests, a lake, streams, waterfalls, hills – the Ramapo reserve has a bit of everything. Five loop trails have been cut through the rocky forest of northern New Jersey on the reservation. We recommend doing the Vista Trail Loop, which includes views of a pond, reservoir, and waterfall. 608 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah; 201-327-3500, nynjtc.org/park/ramapo-valley-co-reservation.
Palisades Interstate Park, Alpine: Palisades Interstate Park offers some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline from its trails. The 2,500-acre park is located on the west bank of the Hudson River. Stroll along its 30 miles of trails, discover a lookout point, or pack a lunch to take to the riverside picnic area. Multiple locations in Alpine; 201-768-1360, njpalisades.org.
Lorrimer Nature Sanctuary, Franklin Lakes: The New Jersey Audubon Society operates the Lorrimer Nature Sanctuary, which offers hikers 14 acres of land to explore. The trails meander through oak, maple, ash, beech, and evergreens and can be visited Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 790 Ewing Avenue, Franklin Lakes; 201-891-2185, njaudubon.org/centers/lorrimer-sanctuary.
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Take some ice or popsicle
A cold treat is always a good idea on a hot day.
Apem Creamery, Bloomfield: This minimalist ice cream parlor offers flavors such as cherry custard, amaretti, and Maracaibo chocolate. Flavors change regularly, including vegan options. 870 Broad Street, Bloomfield; 973-666-0438, apemcreamery.com.
Conrad’s, Westwood: An old-fashioned confectionery open since 1928, Conrad’s also sells ice cream in the spring and summer. Expect cups and cones, as well as ice cream sandwiches and popsicles. 107 Westwood Ave, Westwood; 201-664-2895, conrads1928.com.
Kreme & Krumbs, Montclair: Kreme & Krumbs offers ice cream sandwiches made with homemade cakes instead of cookies. Everything is made from scratch, including the lemon curd and blueberry, and the flavors change weekly. 491 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair; 973-860-7184, kremeandkrumbs.com.
Water, Hillsdale: Head to Sprinklez for handmade cones, customizable ice cream sandwiches and massive milkshakes. Vegan ice creams are also available. 30 Broadway, Hillsdale; 201-497-5515, sprinklezhillsdale.com.
Ice Cream on Grand, Englewood: This local-favorite ice cream parlor offers over 30 flavors of ice cream, as well as ice cream cakes, sorbets and ice creams. 523 Grand Avenue, Englewood; 201-569-5346, icecreamongrand.com.
Van Dyk’s Homemade Ice Cream, Ridgewood: A no-frills, cash-only store that’s been around for a century. Stop by for flavors such as peach and lemon-vanilla, as well as vegan flavors. 145 Ackerman Ave, Ridgewood; 201-444-1429, vandyksicecream.com.
Dover Dairy Made, Dover: With its red and white canopy, Dover Dairy Made looks like an old-fashioned ice cream parlour. It is a family business that offers candies, sundaes, cakes, cones and cups. 240 Route 46, Dover; 973-366-1650, doverdairymaid.com.
Falls Creamery, Little Falls: Old fashioned ice cream parlor with hard and soft ice cream, ice cream cakes and sandwiches. 11 Paterson Ave, Little Falls; 973-837-6118, fallscreamery.com.
Bischoff’s, Teaneck: Open since 1934, Bischoff’s is as old school as it gets with an ice cream counter, soda fountain, egg custards, and waiters who wear paper hats. All sauces are homemade by hand. More than 40 flavors of ice cream and sorbets are available. 468 Cedar Lane, Teaneck; 201-836-0333, bischoffsicecream.com.
Cranberry Junction, Hackensack: Handmade hard and soft ice creams from a darling boutique. 19 Temple Ave, Hackensack; 201-546-8966, cranberryjunctionicecream.com.
Guernsey Crest Ice Cream Co., Paterson: Old fashioned ice cream parlor. 134 19th Avenue, Paterson; 973-742-4620, facebook.com/Guernsey-Crest-Ice-Cream-Co-120531971292496.
Nasto’s Ice Cream Co., Newark: A family store since 1936, Nasto’s offers homemade ice cream, Italian ice cream and pastries. 236-40 Jefferson St. Newark; 973-589-3333, nastosicecream.com.
Denville Dairy, Denville: Top quality artisanal ice creams made for more than half a century. 34 At Broadway, Denville; 973-627-4214, denvilledairy.com.
South Street Creamery, Morristown: Casual lounge serving gelato and gelato as well as pancakes, sandwiches and paninis. 146 South Street, Morristown; 973-267-8887, southstreetcreamery.com.
Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream, Ledgewood: Old fashioned ice cream stand offering over 60 flavors. 1475 Route 46, Ledgewood; 973-584-9721, www.cliffsicecream.com.
Dairy Swirl, Vernon: Homemade ice cream parlor. 71 Rte 94, Vernon; 973-827-8114, facebook.com/DairySwirl.
Francy’s Artisanal Ice Cream: 461 S. Washington Ave., Bergenfield; 201-942-6282, francysicecream.com.
Gelato Bianco Nero: 18 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood; 201-731-3088, no website.
Daniela’s ice cream: 234 Closter Dock Road, Closter; 201-428-9600, danielasicecream.com.
Love of milk sugar: 19 McWilliams Pl., Jersey City; 551-277-8252, milksugarlove.com.
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Don’t heat the kitchen
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Rebecca King is a food writer for NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, please register today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.
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