Summertime is finally upon us, meaning hotter, longer days and a place to beat the heat and your boredom. Here, we bring you the best things to do this summer in Austin, TX. Whether you want to spend your time boating, hiking, swimming, or kayaking, we have you covered. Here are some great places to go to beat your summer boredom.
Lady Bird Lake
1820 S Lakeshore Blvd.
Austin, TX 78741
One of Austin’s significant points of interest is Lady Bird Lake, especially during summer. During the summer, you will see many kayaks, paddle-boards, and canoes coasting across Lady Bird Lake. With glittering waters, Lady Bird Lake is among the most beautiful destinations in Austin, and it can provide hours of enjoyment for outdoor lovers. Bring your buddies for a fun activity or perhaps go by yourself for a relaxing break. There are a few rental shops along the lake if you don’t happen to own a paddle-board, kayak, etc. austintexas.gov/page/lady-bird-lake
Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
Take a dip in the famous Barton Springs this summer. Whether you decide to hang on the natural part or the municipal pool, Barton Springs is the ideal spot to cool off throughout the day, and the water is constantly at a perfect temperature. Given that it is situated in downtown Austin, Barton Springs Pool is available for guests and locals without leaving town. Now, this pool does get busy during the summer months, particularly on the weekends. However, because the pool is three acres big, it can surely accommodate all visitors. austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool
Barton Creek Greenbelt
3755 S Capital of Texas Hwy B
Austin, TX 78704
The Green Belt has long been a favorite summer destination in Austin. There are lots of things to do here. You can enjoy hiking, rock-climbing, biking, bouldering, swimming, or sunbathing on a boulder along Barton Creek. It is lovely, peaceful, and great for children and adults who enjoy a bit of nature. austinparks.org/park/barton-creek-greenbelt
Deep Eddy Pool
401 Heavy Eddy Ave.
Austin, TX 78705
Deep Eddy Pool is a traditional concrete swimming pool, the oldest pool in Texas. In summer, Deep Eddy offers regular family movie nights so that you can float while you watch the screen. So if you’re bored this summer, and want to cool off, take a dip and enjoy its rejuvenating cold spring-fed waters.. austintexas.gov/department/deep-eddy-pool
ATX Boat Rentals
Whether you are seeking to hang on a pontoon boat or thinking about learning how to wake surf, ATX Boat Rentals got you covered. If you are considering learning to surf this summer, the captain will work with you, provide guidelines, and assist when needed. Pack your snacks, drinks, and towels, and apply a lot of sunscreens because you’re sure to have an incredible day of fun under the sun! boatrentalsatx.com
Walnut Creek Park
12138 N. Lamar Blvd.
Walnut Creek Park is an excellent location for Austinites to take their dogs this summer. This 293-acre park features walking trails, a nature play area and traditional playground, an off-leash dog area, a swimming pool, and other recreational facilities. austinparks.org/park/walnut-creek-metro-park
Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge Bats
100 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704
This is a classic Austin activity and a beautiful experience during the summer season and up until late Fall. If you’re bored, watch the bats emerge under Congress Bridge. The bats usually emerge from the bridge around 20 minutes before sundown. batcon.org
McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744
McKinney Falls State Park is known as a small but beautiful state park situated just 15 minutes from downtown Austin. Around this park, you will come across waterfalls carved through limestone ledges, the remains of a historic Texas homestead, a popular Cypress Tree, and miles of hiking trails. tpwd. texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls