The  patio at HG Sply Co. lets you watch all the action at neighboring establishments from on high.

The  patio at HG Sply Co. lets you watch all the action at neighboring establishments from on high.

/Andy Jacobsohn/Staff photographer

Editor's note: We're bringing this back just in case the temp drops below triple digits. 

It's a very rare occasion that you're outside in Dallas in August, minus the sweat. We've rounded up five ways to celebrate the current oh-so-brief respite from the heat.

Best patios in Dallas to sip drinks, soak up sun

Find a great patio 

As's Sarah Blaskovich and Tiney Ricciardi noted in our patio roundup, "What good is a patio if you don't want to sit, sip, snack and stay awhile?" It's just that, for much of the summer, it's not always all that fun a proposition. Seize the not-hot-as-hell day, party people.

Fortunately, they found some of the best for you, including third-story rooftop at HG Sply. Co. in Lower Greenville, the Woolworth in downtown Dallas and the laid-back "kid zoo" the Lot in East Dallas. 

August Dollar Days

August Dollar Days

Through Aug. 31, you can get into the Dallas Arboretum for $2 and visit its Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden for $2. Parking is reduced to $5. While you're there, be sure to visit the Lay Family Garden to see the renovated Lay Family Garden with a new grotto, limestone water wall and koi pond

Of course, there are plenty of other gardens to see on the arboretum's 66 acres (and there's the toad fountain, a personal favorite of mine). If all that walking works up your appetite, you're in luck. There are also several food and drink specials for $1 to $2.

$1 Admission July through August

 $1 Trinity River Audubon Center admission

Feeling burnt out on city or suburban life? 

Add a little nature to your day in a wallet-friendly way with the TRAC's $1 admission deal. 

The center's about a 10-minute drive from downtown Dallas, but it feels worlds away. 

TRAC is home to hiking trails, lots and lots of birds and indoor exhibit hall attractions. 

Pack a picnic and check it out at a discount through the end of August.

Hit Klyde Warren Park

5 fun things to do any day at Klyde Warren Park

Yes, Klyde Warren Park has fun things going on every single day. It's just not always all that pleasant to actually go there if it's sizzling. 

Head for the 5.2 acre park any time to hit the reading area, visit the dog park and splash in the fountains. 

But there are also food trucks, fitness classes and children's activities scattered throughout the week's schedule for extra fun. 

Want to know what's happening every single day? Here's the  complete schedule

Head for the amusement park

Where to find the best water parks and free splash pads in Dallas-Fort Worth

Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor are both offering discounts online,  or at the gate with Coca-Cola cans. It'll save you $20 at Six Flags Over Texas and $5-$6 at Hurricane Harbor.

Or, if Arlington's too far to drive and you're looking to head to another water park or free splash pad without sizzling feet, we've got a roundup of places to splash that you can check out. Seriously, no lines on the slides at the water park? Priceless. 

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