Swimming at PollockSummer in Wisconsin can be beautiful. But, every once in a while, the mercury really soars. What’s a visitor to do? Here are some ways to cool off in Oshkosh.

The most popular place to beat the heat in Oshkosh is the Pollock Community Water Park. In addition to an excellent swimming pool, you’ll find waterslides and fun water features. It’s an outstanding facility. Daily admission is $3 for kids, $4 for adults and $3 for seniors. Children under 3 are free. After 5pm, those rates go down by $1. Water park hours are noon to 8pm through August 21.

Pollock Community Water Park hosts some fun summer events. A Teen Night Luau and Karaoke will be held July 10. The 1st Annual Ducky Days will take place on July 26 and will feature a full day of duck-themed games, with prizes and live entertainment. On August 6, don’t miss Aqua Fiesta Days, an afternoon event featuring live music, games and more.

The biggest aquatic playground in Oshkosh is Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin’s largest inland lake. The possibilities are endless for watersports enthusiasts. Powerboaters can cruise across 138,000 acres of open water, or head up the winding Wolf River. Canoeists and kayakers can poke around the edges of the big lake or explore the Fox and Wolf Rivers. Water skiers can glide over the waves for hours.

It’s easy to get onto Lake Winnebago. The best launches on the lake are located in Oshkosh and include Asylum Point County Park, Menominee Park on Millers Bay, William Steiger Park, Rainbow Park, the Mill Street Boat Launch, Fugleberg Park and the 24th Street Boat Launch.

Another great way of staying cool in Oshkosh is finding some shade. Two nearby nature areas provide Oshkosh visitors with plenty of shady forest glades on a hot summer day. Waukau Creek Nature Preserve, located at 2987 Delhi Road in Waukee (about 20 minutes west of Oshkosh), has beautiful woodland trails. The Lasley Point Archeological Site, located at 5900 Lasley Point Road in Winneconne, offers miles of shady trails.

So, when it’s hot this summer, jump in the pool, hit the lake or take a stroll. It’s easy staying cool in Oshkosh.