40+ Surprisingly Fun Things To Do This Summer In Austin

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Summertime is the best time! Lucky for you, we are here to bring you the best things to do this summer in Austin! It’ll get you out of the house, it’ll get you moving, and it’ll get you having loads of fun! Whether you are looking to spend your time on the water or on a patio somewhere, we have you covered with ways to beat the heat in Austin this summer!

Water Activities

Things To Do This Summer In Austin
Things To Do This Summer In Austin

APK (Austin Pedal Kayaks)

Austin Pedal Kayaks has quickly become a favorite spot of ours!

Unlike a lot of kayak and SUP rental locations, APK is located on Lake Travis, not Lady Bird Lake. You can choose between a kayak, pedal kayak, and a SUP board for your time on the water. We would highly recommend trying out the pedal kayak if you’ve never been on one, they’re super fun in our opinion! Enjoying the water, drinking some hard seltzers, and soaking up the sun at APK this summer. You won’t regret it!

🗓 Mon & Tues | Closed
🗓 Wed & Thurs | 11AM-7PM
🗓 Fri & Sat | 10AM-8PM
🗓 Sun | 11AM-7PM

Things To Do This Summer In Austin

ATX Boat Rentals

Who doesn’t love a good boat day? Whether you are looking to hang on a pontoon boat or interested in learning how to wake surf, ATX Boat Rentals has you covered!

They offer wake surfing and pontoon boats with different hourly rates depending on what day you go out. If you are interested in learning to surf the captain will work with you and give you tips and assist when needed.

Pack drinks, snacks, towels, and plenty of sunscreen. You’re sure to have an amazing day of fun!

They go out on both Lake Austin and Lake Travis.

🗓 Everyday | 10AM–7PM

📍 Lake Austin & Lake Travis 

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Waterloo Adventures

This unique water park is located on Lake Travis and boasts of over two football fields worth of floating obstacles. Enjoy lakefront umbrellas, hammocks, floating picnic tables, beach games, and so much more!

You can enjoy an afternoon of running through the obstacle course and jumping on the water trampolines. Sip on some ice-cold brews, play some corn hole, and finished your day drinking and floating in the water. It’s the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon!

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Sweet Treats

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Indulge with some Ice Cream

Here in Austin, we have so many delicious ice cream shops to choose from. Let’s spend this summer trying them ALL! You in? Check out the round-up of shops below.

Stay Cool with Some More Sweet Treats!

Museum of Ice Cream

Things To Do This Summer In Austin

Too hot outside? We’ve got just the cure! Stay nice and cool inside of the decorative walls at the Museum of Ice Cream. Experience and take advantage of some yummy treats and loads of sweet surprises! It’s the perfect bestie photo opportunity!

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The Best Places to Enjoy A Picnic in Austin

We can all appreciate an evening in Zilker Park watching the sunset and taking in the beauty of the Austin skyline. Pack some snacks like hummus and cheese cubes and don’t forget that bottle of wine! You’ll be set with the perfect date night, picnic with a good friend, or an evening of peace with yourself!

Looking for more places to picnic than Zilker Park? We have created a guide, the best spots to picnic in Austin so all you need to do is gather your muchies, pick your company, and enjoy the fresh air.

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Whether you’re looking to stay active this summer or you’re ready to sip on some refreshing drinks, you do you! In  case you were wanting to get your steps in for “Hot Girl Summer” then you’ve got to take a walk or job at these breathtaking Austin spots. Need a cocktail instead? Sip on some of THE BEST Frozen drinks around town!

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Hotel Fun!

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Splish Splash! Spend the Day at a Hotel Pool

Looking for a day in the sun or a fun staycation? Check out some of the best Austin hotel pool spots that offer day passes for guests. That means you can hang by the pool without paying for a room. Talk about a win-win!

Please visit their websites for more information regarding the COVID-19 precautions they are taking during this time. Many are only accepting reservations due to the limited capacity requirements. Check frequently as updates are made!

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Enjoy a Day Trip, You Deserve It

In case you’re planning a getaway trip this Summer, you might want to visit Fredericksburg. Enjoy the Hill Country scenery, amazing wine, and tasty food the city has to offer. We’ve got you covered with the best places to stay too! All you’ve got to do is just plan when you’ll be visiting.

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Skate at Chaparral Ice

Texas Summers can be extremely hot, it’s no surprise. Beat the heat at the Chaparral Ice rink and if you really need to cool down just lay down on the ice. Don’t actually do that but go enjoy and skate around in the cool arena! By the end of the summer, you’ll be a pro ready for the winter Olympics!

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Swim at Barton Springs

Barton Springs is an Austin classic and you can’t go through summer without stopping by! Swim in the natural spring, tan or picnic in the grass, or even hike the trails. You can also check out their educational exhibit, Splash!, to learn about the biology and history of our beloved Barton Springs. 

We love taking a dip and in case you do too, this is our Guide to Swimming Holes in Austin!

🗓 Mon, Wed, Thurs,  | 5AM-9AM* | 9PM-10PM
🗓 TUES, FRI-SUN | 5AM-8AM* | 8AM-10PM

*swim at your own risk

Things To Do This Summer In Austin

Relax at an Austin Patio

We already know there won’t be many events happening over the summer so how are we going to spend our weekends in the hot Texas summer heat? The coolest summertime patios in Austin, that’s how. 

These are the patios you need to add to your summer 2022 bucket list!

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12 Most Iconic Music Venues in Austin

For many of us, Summer means we have a bit more extra room to enjoy the things we love. Like concerts, comedy skits, and everything else in between. Here’s where you can watch some of your faves, these are the ICONIC Music Venues in ATX.

Best Weekly Live Music Spots in Austin

You’ll never run out of things to do this Summer in Austin, especially with loads of weekly live music spots! Most of the spots offer free live music and gives you the opportunity to grab some grub and a cold beer.

Things To Do This Summer In Austin

Visit Treaty Oak

This summer enjoy and take full advantage of the 28-acre property, it’s the is the perfect opportunity to get out and get some fresh air. Spend time with friends, sip some delicious cocktails, and grab some BBQ from Alice’s Restaurant! Treaty Oak has and will continue to be a popular spot throughout the summer. 

🗓 WED-SAT | 12PM–9PM
🗓 SUN | 12PM-7PM

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Family Friendly Fun

Summer school? We don’t know them! Most kids will be home for the summer, which means you’ll need EXTRA activities to keep them entertained. Check out our super helpful guides that the whole family is sure to love. Enjoy a picnic, visit a kid-friendly museum, or get refreshed at a splash pad!

Before You Go!

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If you’re looking for more events and things to do in Austin check out the UNATION website. There’s something there for everyone!  If you want to follow the Stuff to Do in Austin adventures, be sure to follow us on InstagramTwitterTikTok, and Facebook!
Samantha Sanchez

Samantha Sanchez

Samantha is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe for updates and follow be sure to follow us on social!