Austin is the place to be in the summer for outdoor fun, music, and huge events. If you’re spending summer in the Texan city, these are the places you should check out.
Explore The Greenbelt
The Barton Creek Greenbelt is an Austin gem that is popular for swimming, hiking, biking, and rock climbing. There are several access points to the Greenbelt and each is best suited to different activities. If you want easy access to a great swimming hole, try the Gus Fruh trail.
Gus Fruh Trail Access, 2642 Barton Hills Dr Austin, TX, USA
Discover Secret Beach
Kayak on Lady Bird Lake
Kayaking on Lady Bird Lake is a rite of passage in Austin. Several places at Zilker Park and along Lady Bird Lake rent out kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards by the hour or for the day. Be prepared to get a little wet when you’re out on the water, and remember to look down and see the fish swimming below you.
Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX, USA
Spend A Weekend At Lake Travis
Lake Travis is a great weekend destination just outside of Austin. Take in scenic lake views, sample the local cuisine, go for a swim, or even scuba dive around the lake. There are several boutique hotels, cabins, and campsites in the area so you can set the tone for your weekend getaway.
Lake Travis, TX, USA
Visit Krause Springs
Take a short trip out of Austin to find this underrated paradise. The grounds feature a beautiful, natural swimming hole with a waterfall, a pool, a garden, campsites, and showers. Krause Springs is privately owned, but visitors can swim and camp for a fee.
Krause Springs, 404 Krause Spring Rd, Spicewood, TX, USA
Swim At Hamilton Pool
Attend A Music Festival
Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, so there’s always some great musical acts to catch. Austin hosts several outdoor concerts throughout the summer, and some are even free. Be sure to check out Blues on the Green, 2ND Street Soundcheck, and Bat Fest.
Zip Line Over Austin
Take a tour of Austin’s natural beauty from way up high. Thrill seekers can zip line over treetops and lake shores at several locations around Austin, including Spicewood and Lake Travis. Zip line prices usually include a couple of hours of zip lining, light hiking, and recreation in some of Austin’s most beautiful outdoor settings.
Take A Flyboard Lesson
If you’re looking for a summer adventure, try flyboarding. A flyboard is like a jetpack for your feet. Water jets strapped to the rider’s feet send the rider flying up into the air. Experienced riders can dive underwater and flip in the air. There are a few businesses in Austin that offer lessons and fly time over Lake Austin and Lake Travis.
Ice Skate At Chaparral Ice
If you’re considering hopping on a plane to Antarctica to escape the triple digit temperatures, Chaparral Ice is for you and will save you the hassle. The skate center has public ice skating hours every day. Admission and skate rental is inexpensive so you can put that passport away.
Chaparral Ice, 2525 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX, USA
Visit The Congress Bridge Bats
Visit The Congress Bridge Bats
The bats of Congress Bridge are beloved residents of Austin. Every evening around sundown, hundreds of bats stream out from under the bridge to welcome in the night. Thousands of Austinites and visitors head out to the bridge to watch the colony take flight every year. You can view the bats from the top of the bridge or down below in the observation area.
Congress Bridge, Congress Ave, Austin, TX, USA
Watch Movies at Deep Eddy Pool