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Keep Your Wallet Happy With These Free Outdoor Activities In Austin

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We are so fortunate to live in a city full of amazing restaurants, live music, and great shopping but doing all of those things requires money and it can add up quickly when you’re out for the day! We’re lucky there are endless amounts of free things to do in Austin as well, and many of them we can enjoy outdoors in our awesome weather!

From great parks to window shopping on South Congress, Austin is home to many free experiences. Bookmark this guide of free things to do in Austin for the next time you are looking for a good time that’s completely free!

Also known as “dog heaven,” grab your charcuterie board and furry friend to enjoy the spacious greenery that is home to the popular music festival, Austin City Limits. There’s plenty to do at Zilker – picnic, hang out with pups, strum your guitar, practice yoga, play spike ball, and of course, people watch!Β 

πŸ“ 2207 Lou Neff Rd, Austin, TX 78746

There’s absolutely nothing like plunging into the cool water of Barton Springs Pool on a summer day; every Austinite knows that. Enjoy the sunny hill, refreshing spring, and friendly environment year-round.Β 

Have you ever participated in the polar plunge? It is definitely on our bucket list!

πŸ—“ MON | 5AM–8AM
πŸ—“ TUE | 5AM–10PM
πŸ—“ WED & THUR | 5AM–8AM
πŸ—“ FRI–SUN | 5AM–10PM

πŸ“ 2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746

You will find one of the best views the city has to offer by walking the steps to the top ofΒ Mount Bonnell. See some of the most extravagant homes of Austin and the beautiful water of Lake Austin all while taking in the fresh Austin air!Β 

πŸ“ 3800 Mount Bonnell Rd, Austin, Texas 78731

There are many trails within the Greenbelt: each one different yet beautiful. The Barton Creek Greenbelt contains almost 13 miles of trails and beautiful scenery.Β 

πŸ“ 3755 S Capital of Texas Hwy B, Austin, TX 78704Β 

Checking out the bats on the South Congress bridge is definitely a bucket list for those visiting Austin. Whether you live in Austin or are visiting, watch the bats fly out from under the South Congress Bridge to experience true magic.Β 

πŸ—“ Arrive Before Sunset

πŸ“ South Congress Bridge

South Congress is an eccentric neighborhood in South Austin and is home to great shops, amazing food, and even cooler people. Although shopping requires money, window shopping doesn’t! We must warn you though, you will definitely be tempted to buy something.Β 

If you are looking for a more in-depth guide to South Congress read more below!

πŸ“ South Congress St, Austin, Texas, 78704

Need to up your Instagram game? Lucky for you, Austin has plenty of murals for you to take photos in front of. Read our blog linked below to check out our favorites in Austin. And here’s our currentΒ favorite mural!

πŸ“ Austin, Texas

8. Play Giant Chess in Wooldridge Square Park

If you’re looking to change up your afternoon or evening? Turn it into a giant game night! Wooldridge Square Park’s Giant Chess is the perfect place to start.Β 

πŸ—“ 24/7

πŸ“ 900 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701

You don’t have to own a boat to experience the lakes of Austin. The Boardwalk Trail on Lady Bird Lake is a great way to get your lake time while also moving your body!Β 

Going all the way from East Austin to Downtown, and even with views of South Congress, you can see a good chunk of Austin done by following this path.

πŸ—“ Every Day | 5AM–12AM

πŸ“ 1820 S Lakeshore Blvd, Austin, TX 78741

πŸ“· Evelyn Garcia

Walking around UT gives you that true Austin feeling, while taking in sights that have been around for decades!

And if you’re a fan of the arts, every Thursday, Blanton Museum of Art offers FREE tours! Due to COVID-19, you need to reserve your ticket online in advance, but it is still free on Thursdays!

πŸ—“ THUR | 10AM–1PM & 2PM–5PM

πŸ“Β 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712

If you are looking for more free things to do in Austin be sure to follow us on TikTok to see a new video every week on fun and free things to do in the city!

Looking for more stuff to do in Austin? Check out our Austin City Guide page and start exploring everything ATX has to offer today! To stay on top of the latest updates on new restaurants and events follow us on Instagram and Facebook @StufftoDoinAustin!

Mason Yarbrough

Mason Yarbrough

Mason is a blogger and author for the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Austin area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinAustin on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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