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Three Cheap Ways to Cool off in Charlottesville

So you’re staying in Charlottesville over the summer but don’t know anyone with a swimming pool? Never fear—here are three local, affordable pool hacks that beat the heat just as well:

1. Jump into Blue HoleSwim Team First Year Ritual

As one of the deepest swimming holes around Charlottesville, Blue Hole defies even the hottest and most humid of Virginia summers. You’ll need your hiking boots to get to the hole, located near Crozet in the Sugar Hollow Reservoir, but remember to take them off before you jump in!

2. Tube down the James River

The ultimate low-key way to combat high temperatures is a leisurely day of tubing down the James River. Refreshing as it is relaxing, a floating trip with one of Scottsville’s two tubing companies will only set you back a few bucks, and true tubing pros know to bring a stuffed cooler to tote along for the ride.

3. Lay out at Chris Greene Lake

It only costs $3 spend a day sunbathing and splashing around Chris Greene Lake, located a quick 20-minute drive north of Charlottesville, and for another $5 you can rent a canoe! The park also features a 1-acre fenced-in dog park with water access to help canine companions can cool off as well.

Charlottesville’s natural beauty and recreational resources are just a couple of the many reasons why U.Va. alumni give back. Discover what inspires other alumni to donate at Why I Give.

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