Temperatures will soar past 100 degrees this weekend in Carlsbad.
Carlsbadians looking for a way to stay cool should try the these tips for staying cool in the heat
1. Carlsbad Waterpark
The Carlsbad Waterpark is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
It is located at 708 Park Drive.
Admission is $5 for those 4 to 61 years of age. Those under 4 or over 62 get in free.
The park features five water slides, a lazy river and pool area.
For more information call 575-887-0349.
If you’ve got time, take a lawn chair over to the gazebo near the water park for the Summer Concert Series which begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free and JJ Aguilar will kick off the season June 12.
2. Carlsbad Beach and the Pecos River
Please remember boating and swimming safety when visiting the Carlsbad Beach and Pecos River.
The sandy beach may get crowded but the area features a bandshell, covered picnic tables and a water feature for children.
The park is open and free to the public.
If it gets too crowded consider the short trip to the regional state parks including Sitting Bull Falls and Brantley Lake.
3. Take the fun inside at the Carlsbad and Carlsbad Art Museum
The Carlsbad Public Library is open to the public and features not only books but a strong wifi connection, too.
The summer reading program is now open for registration at the library.
The Library, 101 S. Halagueño, opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday and closes at noon. The Library is closed on Sunday. Entry is free.
For more information visit https://www.cityofcarlsbadnm.com/departments/carlsbad-public-library/.
The Carlsbad Art Museum, just a stroll around the corner from the Library, is open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The museum is closed on Sunday.
The museum features a number of local exhibits, including the Carlsbad Hall of Fame. The “Icon and Symbols of the Borderland: Art from the U.S./Mexico Border” is currently available to view.
For more information visit https://www.cityofcarlsbadnm.com/departments/carlsbad-museum-and-art-center/. Entry is free.
4. Carlsbad High School Natatorium
Just in time for the summer, the Carlsbad High School Natatorium opens June 12 with the facility open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Adult lap swim is from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays.
The public is welcome from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The cost is $4 per person for a single session. A monthly pass is $40; a family pass is $60. The facility is free to those 3 years old and younger.
5. The Living Desert Zoo Reptile House
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park opens at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last entrance at 3:30 p.m.
The visitors center provides a gift shop and book store with interpretive and mineral exhibits.
Ask for a guide of the 1.3 miles of trail at the Zoo to see the variety of local species.
Spend some extra time inside the cool reptile house, featuring creepy and crawly species native to New Mexico.
For more information call 575-887-5516.
Jessica Onsurez can be reached at [email protected], @JussGREAT on Twitter at by phone at 575-628-5531.