In case you haven’t noticed, Pensacola summers get pretty heated.

During peak daylight hours, it’s not just hot, it’s three-fire-emojis hot. It’s stick-to-leather-seats hot. It’s take-a-water-bottle-everywhere-you-go hot.

Fortunately, we have the Gulf of Mexico and an abundance of water activities in our backyard. Taking a dip in the ocean or pool is a fantastic way to cool off, but sometimes you need a break from the sun. The good news is we have a variety of climate-controlled options that are also fun and relaxing.

portofino pool

The latest summer blockbusters are showing in movie theaters throughout the Greater Pensacola area. “Wonder Woman,” anyone? Enjoy a matinee showing, and then head outside to swim or play during the cooler evening hours.

If you like classic movies, go downtown to the Pensacola Saenger Theater box office, located just off Palafox Street, to purchase your tickets to the Saenger Classic Movie Series. Favorites like “Viva Las Vegas,” “The Princess Bride,” and “Dial M for Murder” are showing Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. through early September in this majestic, historic theater. Disney’s animated “Dumbo” and “Snow White,” as well as “Happy Feet,” are part of a family movie series presented each Saturday at 10 a.m. At only $5 per ticket, this may be one of the most affordable entertainment options in town.

saenger theater

Another Downtown Pensacola attraction, the Pensacola Museum of Art invites guests in for two exhibitions this month. In “Piece by Piece: Art with LEGO® Bricks,” artist Sean Kenney has made childhood toys like rubber ducks and tricycles larger than life using tiny LEGO bricks. An area is also designated for museum visitors wanting to create their own LEGO® masterpieces. This exhibition runs through September 3.

Through August 27, “Metaphor as Manifestation,” features works by Jasper Johns and Robert Motherwell, artists of the post-World War II and contemporary periods. Their prints, produced in collaboration with 20th Century literary artists, showcase the relationship between images and text.

Adult admission is $7 with discounts available for various qualifying criteria. Children ages 3-14 get in for $4 each, and those under age three are admitted free. The museum is closed on Mondays.

If you are in Perdido Key and want to try your hand at art, schedule a class at Art Works Studio & Gallery, located in the Villagio shops. Art Works displays and sells the work of local artists, too. It’s a good place to get inspired, browse paintings and handmade jewelry, or pick up an original watercolor greeting card to send someone at home.

Artworks studio and gallery

For a fun indoor outing with a group, try one of the local escape rooms. If you aren’t familiar, these interactive game parlors have been gaining in popularity internationally and in larger U.S. cities for a while. Escape Zone 60 near Cordova Mall in Pensacola has two escape rooms to challenge your puzzle solving abilities – The Asylum and The Bank. You and your fellow players are locked in a themed-room for one hour and given clues and puzzles to help you escape or solve a mystery. It costs $28 per person.

Escapes of a different variety are offered at local spas. Why not indulge your senses with a refreshing massage or facial? At Pensacola Beach, try Spa Portofino or Fusion Spa Salon.

Plus, there’s always shopping at local boutiques or Cordova Mall, and restaurants of every flavor to help you beat the heat, too.

Schedule some indoor activities into your vacation plans to keep your cool in Pensacola this summer.