9 Places With Free AC That'll Keep You Cool In A Heat Wave

Every single summer feels as if it's the hottest one yet, but this one may have all other bear,. As of lately, the high temperatures would make any sun-loving person beg for winter to come back around (OK, maybe it's not that bad. I mean, heat over hair right?) As the heat intensifies over the next few weeks, finding places with free AC that'll keep you cool is one of the most important things you can do.

Though the summer will make any person turn their air conditioner on full force, I have to admit that I'm not one of those people. Aside from the fact that I get cold very easily, I'm actually very frugal and don't want to see my electric bill skyrocket at any time of the year. Knowing where to go when I'm out at the hottest points of the day to get some good air is some crucial knowledge. Yes, I will turn my air condition on during the hottest of days. But being able to chill out on someone else's dime is always cool with me.

Not sure where you can get some free AC this summer? Try hanging out at these nine spots to start with.


The Library

Reading a good book won't be the only reason the library will become your favorite place to be this summer. Head there for a little free air conditioning and, in most places, free wifi.


Community Centers

When I was younger, heading to the local community center to beat the heat was a great place to start. Not only will you be able to hit the game room and the indoor basketball court, you even get the chance to hang out with a few friends if they're on the same wave as you.


The Mall

Who actually shops in the summer, anyway? Hit the mall to take in all the free air you can get.


The Gym

Dress up in your workout attire, throw a little water on your face and pretend like you just finished a thorough workout. It's all worth it for some free AC.



Stores like Ikea, Target, Marshalls, and Wal-Mart are all fair game when it comes to staying cool this summer. My favorite pick of the lot will always be Ikea though because you can find a comfy couch or bed to hang out on, get something to eat, and be cool all at the same time.


Coffee Shops

Free wi-fi, free AC, and all the caffeine you can afford.


Local Museum

Get your education (and free AC) on by perusing through your local museum this summer.


Hotel Lobbys

Need to get a quick breeze of air while walking the streets? Duck into the nearest hotel and hang out in the lobby for a while. If you're lucky, you'll find one that actually has an event going on too.



If you haven't been to church in a while, knowing that they offer free AC might be a reason to get you there. Plus, you'll be able to hear a good word if you go.