Summer Outdoor Activities
The capital of the Lone Star State, Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The moderate climate has made it a great place to live, but there’s also plenty to do outdoors. From hiking in McKinney Falls State Park to biking down Lady Bird Lake, or strolling through Zilker Park, this city offers plenty for those who enjoy getting outside and having fun.
For outdoor entertainment, there are numerous festivals throughout the year, including the Austin City Limits Music Festival (September 30 to October 2) and FunFunFun Fest (November 7 to 9). For the avid explorer, the Barton Creek Greenbelt offers more than 12 miles of hiking and biking trails.
Austin is also home to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, which offers self-guided tours of his boyhood home as well as a walk through the historic Texas Hill Country. A full schedule of interpretive programs includes “Mighty Like a Mountain: The Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson,” offered from February 16 through June 30.
These are just a few of the outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in Austin during summer.
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6 Places to Visit in Austin During the Summer
- Zilker Botanical Garden (Austin, Texas)
The Zilker Botanical Garden also has one of the best views in Austin, Texas. The Bicentennial Trail is mostly level but there are stairs along the way. You will enjoy most of the trail and there’s also a 5-mile forest loop. Having fun in nature is also good for your health.
- Barton Springs Pool (Austin, Texas)
Everyone in Austin, Texas really enjoys this place. It will be crowded during the summer weekend so if you want a little privacy and fewer people I would recommend going on a weekday morning.
- Cedar Park (Austin, Texas)
This is another great place to visit while you’re in Austin, Texas. The city park has a large playground for children and has a pool inside as well. The park is also next to the Cedar Park Center so if you want a place to shop there’s one easily accessible. Climbing the “Seven Sisters” at Cedar Park will take approximately 30 minutes and bring extra water because you will sweat after completing this climb but it will be worth it.
- Austin Nature & Science Center (Austin, Texas)
This is a great place to visit when you’re in Austin, Texas. It may not be expensive but it’s entertaining for children and adults. It also has an observatory, butterfly house, and gift shops.
- Cedar Falls (Cedar Park, Texas)
This is a family-owned water park located in Cedar Park, Texas. It has a nice little playground and things to do for children. There’s also an arcade inside so you can enjoy the fun without having to go outside.
- Longhorn Cavern State Park (Burnet, Texas)
If you’re visiting in summer months this would be another great attraction for families to enjoy while visiting Austin, Texas. It’s a cave with 65 million-year-old formations and it’s about 80 miles south of Austin. It has a great guided tour and there are picnic areas available on the grounds for visitors. You can also rent bikes to bike around while exploring the area when you’re visiting Texas.