The thermometer is registering 90 degrees and the weatherman says there’s more to come. Quick! Where do you go to cool off? Try one of these Waynesboro cool-down spots to reset your internal thermometer.
- Willy’s Ice Cream-2800 West Main St.
Open seasonally, Willy’s has remained a Waynesboro favorite for 20 years. While the flavors rotate weekly, you can always count on delicious soft-serve. Enjoy a gooey Turtle Sundae at one of the shady picnic tables.
- Kline’s Dairy Bar-1235 West Main St.
Kline’s has been a fixture of the Shenandoah Valley since 1943. Drawing crowds for its homemade ice cream (each location makes its own fresh ice cream every morning), it showcases one or two new flavors a week. You won’t be hot for long when you’re sipping a Brownie Batter Milkshake!
- SweetFrog-125 Lucy Ln.
Think of SweetFrog as a buffet of frozen yogurt and every imaginable topping. Not surprisingly, this do-it-yourself dessert bar is especially popular with kids.
August is Virginia Craft Beer Month, so why not chill down with a cold brew! Waynesboro features two craft breweries on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail (a third will open in August).
- Seven Arrows Brewing-2508 Jefferson Hwy.
Seven Arrows’ name was inspired by a Native American blessing. It references the creator, the earth, the four directions, and the creator again. Owners Aaron and Melissa are devoted to developing the very finest of beers. Their Skyline Lager won a 2015 gold medal from Virginia’s Craft Breweries Fest.
- Stable Craft Brewing-375 Madrid Road
Situated on a working farm, Stable Craft aims to provide customers with delicious beers and a memorable farm experience. Visit with the horses or relax on the patio and enjoy the views. The 16 craft brews pair perfectly with their Southern-inspired cuisine.
Waynesboro’s water features provide a great way to beat the heat. Choose from one of these wet activities.
Waynesboro offers something truly unique—a picturesque river that runs through the city. The Waynesboro Water Trail celebrates the beauty of the South River by mapping out a four-mile paddle from Ridgeview Park to Basic Park. Shady trees and gentle breezes are sure to restore your good humor during the dog days of summer.
- Ridgeview Park/ South River Wading-700 South Magnolia St.
Not only is Ridgeview Park the beginning of the Water Trail, it’s also a great place to dip your feet in the river. Join the throngs who love to wade in the specially graded section of the river that flows under the iron bridge.
- War Memorial Pool-700 South Magnolia St.
Ridgeview Park offers yet another place to splash—War Memorial Pool. The 50-meter pool, kiddie pool, and bathhouse offer the perfect place for all members of your family to cool off from Memorial Day to Early-August. Prices are reasonable—just $4 for adults and $2 for youth.
Perhaps all you want is a cool place to sit and be entertained . . .
- Zeus Digital Theaters-120 Osage Ln.
Forget about the blistering heat for a couple hours while you relax in air-conditioned luxury in front of the big screen. Kids can enjoy a $5 snack box that includes popcorn, drink, and candy. An arcade and sofas in the lobby can extend your visit even longer.
- Wayne Theatre-521 West Main St.
Originally built as a vaudeville theater, the Wayne underwent a massive renovation to transform it into a top-of-the-line performance venue. Catch nationally acclaimed music acts, drama, and educational lectures. Throughout the summer, various favorite movies are being shown with the affordable price tag of “pay what you will.” Classic Movies are shown on Mondays; Family Movies on Wednesdays; Cult Movies on Fridays. See the website for the full schedule.