It’s a common battle every summer: staying cool when living in North Texas. Summer in North Texas means dry winds from the north and the west that can result in temperatures over 100-degees and a heat-humidity index going as high 117-degrees. Do you want to stay cool? Do you want to do it on your UNT college student budget? These are some clever, low-cost places that will help you keep your cool when the weather is hot.
In addition to being a great place to avoid getting a dad bod, the 138,000 square feet facility hosts a Smoothie King (with a buy a large and get a free medium on Tuesday), an 8 lane lap pool, a leisure pool, and a spa. They even have Dive-In Movies where they show movies in the pool. The Pohl Recreation Center provides you with a great destination to escape the summer heat. Being on the campus bus lines means you can limit being away from air conditioning as much as possible. The center is covered in your student fees, so take advantage of this. The Pohl Recreation Center is located at 1900 Chestnut Drive Denton, Texas 76203.
As the name implies, Zach’s is a local shaved ice stand. (Fun fact: a 2007 UNT graduate, Zachary Rainey, runs the stand.) The difference between snow cones and shaved ice are the size of the granules of ice. Shaved ice granules are smaller and have a smoother texture. What differentiates Zach’s Shaved Ice from other stands is that Zach’s offers 75 flavors. Zach’s is a favorite of both UNT students and Denton locals and is located at 813 Eagle Drive, Denton, TX 76201.
Beth Marie’s is a vintage ice cream parlor and soda fountain. If you have ever fantasized about living like Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and Reggie, then this is the place to do so. Beth Marie’s has over 100 flavors of ice cream and their menu changes seasonally. In addition to ice cream, malts, and milkshakes, Beth Marie’s has a lunch menu served from 11AM – 4PM. The shop is on UNT, TWU, and Denton bucket lists for a reason. Beth Marie’s is located at 117 West Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 and at 2900 Wind River Lane #148, Denton, TX 76210.
It’s just under 30 minutes from the UNT campus, but the entrance fee to the park is a modest $7. The lake is 29,000 acres, so there is plenty of space for you to enjoy yourself. In addition to trails and picnic areas, the park offers the options of swimming in one of beach areas (no lifeguards on duty), paddling a canoe or boat, or fishing. Ray Roberts Lake State Park is located at 100 P W 4137 Pilot Point, TX 76258.
Denton’s local water park is great option for escaping the Texas sun and not traveling too far. The park offers 4 giant slides, a continuously lazy river, party and picnic pavilions and much more. Admission is also affordable at $11 with $3 off admission Monday through Thursday after 4PM and buy one admission and get one of equal or lesser value for free on Fridays after 4PM. Denton Water Works Park is located at 2400 Long Road, Denton, TX 76208.
Let’s face it; UNT classrooms are kept at a brisk temperature somewhere in the rage of 50-degrees to Elsa from Frozen’s Ice Castle. Enrolling in a summer secession class is a great way to further your education, lighten your fall class load, and keep cool during the summer. Check the UNT website for exact class registration dates.