Summer Polar Vortex Hits St. Louis: 10 Outdoor Activities To Do Before It's Hot Again

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6. Salvage the city.
Corey Woodruff
Did you know that the Purple Martin's bar is made from Refab materials?
Join Refab's demolition crew and get first pick of the reusable materials they salvage from buildings that would otherwise have been indiscriminately demolished. Some thief recently robbed the nonprofit of the tools needed to turn vacant buildings into reusable materials, so Refab can use all the help it can get. Spend a cool summer polar vortex day swinging a sledgehammer and wearing a hard hat.

See also: Refab, "Sustainable Deconstruction" Nonprofit, Robbed of $10,000 Worth of Tools

7. See The Addams Family at the Muny.
As magical as St. Louis' outdoor musical theater venue is, it can also be sticky sweaty sitting in those seats as the summer sun sets. It gets so hot, in fact, that the amphitheater recently built fans to cool the air.

But the summer polar vortex arrives just in time to bring near-fall temps for this week's production of The Addams Family, a musical remake of everyone's favorite spooky-yet-relatable family. Don't have a ticket? Pack a picnic and get in line early to nab one of the theater's free seats in the back.

8. Get high.

Laura Miller
Elevate your view of St. Louis by spending a cool summer afternoon on one of the city's best rooftop patios. Snack on something delicious while laughing at the summer suckers sweating their tuckuses off.

See also: The Best Rooftop Patios in St. Louis

9. Take your dog out.

Jennifer Silverberg
When it gets crazy hot in the STL, it gets dangerous to leave Fido outside for too long. But with this unexpectedly lovely weather, maybe this is the perfect time for a special lunch -- just for the two of you.

See also: The Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant Patios in St. Louis

Bogart's Smokehouse welcomes dogs on the patio. Not only is the Ninth Street location a perfect people-watching spot, your dog will re-fall in love with you if you give it some table scraps.

10. Play soccer.
Or go for a run. Or do yoga. Or Rollerblade. Whatever physical activity you've been putting off this summer because of the heat, you officially have no excuse this week. Besides, without any World Cup games in your life, maybe it's time to re-create some of your favorite moments from the cup? We'd avoid biting your opponents, though.

See also: How to Feed Your Soccer Addiction in St. Louis When the World Cup is Over

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