Beat the Heat!

Cape Pond Ice
This outfit has been icing down the Gloucester fishing fleet since 1848, though it’s been a while since the ice house harvested its cool product by carving up Cape Ann ponds in the winter. If you’ve ever wished you could waltz into a meat locker on a hot day, then this tour is right up your alley. Along with historic exhibits (including grainy vintage film of pond harvesting), you’ll see 300-pound blocks of ice being made and perhaps even catch an ice carver chipping away at blocks in the ice house. Dress sensibly. You wouldn’t don sandals or flip-flops to go outside in February, would you?

104 Commercial St., Fort Point Wharf, 978-283-0174, Adults $10, seniors and under 12 $6.

Summer Tour Schedule: Monday-Saturday at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sunday 9:30 and 11; 9:30 a.m.

Tours available after Labor Day on a limited basis. Call for schedule.