No one does summer better than Austin! Barton Springs, cold beverages, misters! We know how to beat the heat and have a good time. Whether you’ve been here forever, or just a short while, don’t forget these essential, uniquely Austin experiences:
Barton Springs Pool
Soak your sweaty self in 68-degree clear water. This 200-yard swimming paradise with space for deep diving, shallow areas for the kids and grassy hills for sunbathing. Closed Thursdays, entry fees apply.
The County Line
Boasting two Austin locations – This Texas institution is dedicated to high-quality smoked ribs, brisket, sausage and chicken served with traditional sides of coleslaw, potato salad and beans.
2 locations – 6500 Bee Caves / 5204 Ranch to Market 2222
Go Local Reward: 10% OFF (excl alcohol)
This family barbecue business has been smokin’ up lean brisket, tender, juicy chicken and turkey and of course hot delicious sausage. Add to that some mouth-waterin’ hot buttered potatoes, creamed corn, refreshing coleslaw and corn on the cob.
Only at their 6001 Parmer Lane location
Go Local Reward: 10% OFF all purchases except catering and group packs
Check out a Craft Brewery or Distillery
These micro facilities seem to keep popping up around Austin these days, and who’s complaining?
Crystal Creek Moonshine: 804 Bee Cave Rd., Spicewood
Go Local Reward: Free Pair of Crystal Creek Sunglasses with any Purchase
Apanas: 1007 S. Congress / 11501 Rock Rose
Go Local Reward: 10% OFF, excl alcohol
ABGB: 1305 W. Oltorf St
Go Local Reward: 5% of your purchase donated to Hell Yes Projects! when you use the Card.
Kayak, Canoe or Paddle Board on Lady Bird Lake
This body of water runs directly through the middle of the city, offering views of downtown and relaxation at it’s best. You can rent these watercrafts. Rates vary, about $15/hour.
Austin Canoe and Kayak: 9705 Burnet Rd.
Go Local Reward: 10% OFF Rentals & Accessories
Capital Cruises: 208 Barton Springs Rd.
Go Local Reward: Free additional hour with Hourly Rentals (paddle boat, kayaks); 20% OFF Hourly Rate Electric Boats; 10% OFF Private Charter event.
Park it on a Patio
Doc’s Backyard: 5207 Brodie Ln #100
Go Local Reward: 10% OFF Food
Takoba: 1411 East 7th Street
Go Local Reward: 10% OFF
Red’s Porch: 3508 S. Lamar Blvd.
Go Local Reward: 10% OFF Food, excluding Happy Hour
Blues on the Green
Listen to local Austin artists at this much-revered summer music series. Bring a blanket, a cooler and a few good friends, then pick a spot and enjoy live music while the sun sets over the Austin skyline. Admission is free and food is available for purchase. June 22, July 13 and August 3.
Experience Jaws from the Water
We cringe at the thought, but it’s an exciting event to say the least. Take Steven Spielberg’s classic “Jaws” projected on a giant screen and you dangling in the water on an inner-tube – do you dare? Grab your tickets quick! Shows will take place at the new Next Level Ride Austin and food and drinks will be on-site for purchase at this Amity Island-style cinema event.
Cool Off at Hamilton Pool Preserve
One of the most inviting geological phenomena of the Texas Hill Country, Hamilton Pool provides excellent hiking and trail running trails, as well as a stunning swimming hole with a 50-foot waterfall. Hop on in – the water is nice and cool. Reservations required between May 15 and September 30.