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Best Austin Activities to Keep Cool

During the summer months, Austin can get hot, but the city offers plenty of fun to beat the heat. From natural springs to movie theaters and arcades, there are plenty Austin activities to keep cool when the mercury starts rising.

Barton Springs

Barton Springs is a 3-acre pool located in downtown Austin’s Zilker Park. The pool is fed from an underground spring with an average temperature of 70 degrees, making it the perfect place to stay cool during the summer. The pool is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. – 10 p.m., with limited hours on Thursdays for cleaning. The area surrounding the pool is grassy, with plenty of trees for shade; however, food and alcohol are not allowed. There is an admission fee to swim during the hours of 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. when a lifeguard is on duty.

Quest ATX

If you want a more extreme way to stay cool, check out Quest ATX, Austin’s only cable wakeboard park. Located in southeast Austin, the cable wakeboard park offers rentals and lessons for both beginner and advanced wakeboarders. Quest ATX also has a brand new water obstacle course complete with a climbing wall, monkey bars, and rope swings. The park is family and dog-friendly and has a restaurant with some of Austin’s best craft beer.

Alamo Drafthouse

If you are looking for a way to stay cool indoors, catch a movie at one of the Alamo Drafthouse theaters. With six locations in town, the Alamo is perfect for escaping the summer heat. The theaters show both new movies and cult classics and serves award-winning food, craft beer, and cocktails directly to your seats.

Pinballz Arcade

No summer is complete without a day at the arcade. With two locations in Austin, Pinballz has the largest collection of classic pinball and arcade games in Texas.

The original location opened in 2010 and was created after the owner’s personal pinball collection got too large. This location also has a restaurant and is BYOB (all adults over 21 years of age are allowed to bring one alcoholic drink in at a time). The newer and larger Lake Creek location has a mini-bowling alley, laser tag, a 7D Dark Ride Theater, and a laser maze. It also has a restaurant which serves beer, wine, and cocktails.

No matter what time of year you choose to visit, you are guaranteed to have a good time in Austin. If you are planning a vacation to Austin, check out our vacation rentals. All of our rentals have air conditioning and are centrally located, making it easy to get to some of city’s best restaurants, bars, and activities for keeping cool. If you would like to book a rental or have questions about our rentals, please contact us today!