While the temperatures might be soaring during the summer season, the fun is just beginning with a summer journey to Austin, Texas. The city will feature a variety of exciting events to check out and local attractions that must be experienced. Here is how to enjoy your summer trip to Austin Texas:
Day 1: Barton Springs – Trips To Austin Texas
Keep cool during the summer months with an exciting day spent at Barton Springs. You and your kids will love splashing around in the water. Outdoor trails can also be found for those who would rather spend some time hiking. The Splash! Exhibit found at the entrance to Barton Springs is an educational yet exciting experience for all ages and is absolutely free.
Day 2: Umlauf Sculpture Garden
There is plenty of shade found in the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, a unique garden featuring over 168 different sculptures. You will also find yoga, art shows, and live music shows throughout the month during featured events. Stop by the second Sunday of each month for free admission!
Day 3: Austin Ice Cream Festival
When the temperatures get close to triple digits, you do not need any other excuse to enjoy some delicious ice cream. The Austin Ice Cream Festival is held each August at the Fiesta Gardens for a day full of fun and excitement. Other activities include children’s games, contests, live entertainment including music, and of course, ice cream.
Day 4: Shopping Along SoCo
You will find some of the most unique boutiques and shops along South Congress Ave, also known to locals as SoCo. Stop at Uncommon Objects for antique treasures that make for the perfect gifts or check out Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds for incredible costumes and out-of-this-world clothing. When you are done with your shopping, make sure to stop at one of the many delicious restaurants, too!
Day 5: Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk
End your summer getaway to Austin with a scenic day by Lade Bird Lake. This lake featured right in the middle of Austin includes a 10-mile loop that is perfect for hiking and biking. This attraction continues to be extremely popular and is free for admission.
Day 6: Blue Starlite Mini-Urban Drive-In
Step back in time to the classic days when drive-in movie theaters were all the rage. Blue Starlite Mini-Urban Drive-In brings the quintessential drive-in movie experience right into the heart of Austin. Enjoy a movie from the comfort of the car on a beautiful Austin summer night. With admission provided for only 15-40 cars per night, you’re guaranteed a great view. Blue Starlite offers films that cater to a variety of viewers, including childhood favorites, drive-in classics, indie films, art house, Cult, and Gen X/Y pop culture favorites. Movie viewers are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks along or order from the onsite concession stand. Concession options range from hot dogs and pretzels to snow cones and ice cream. Their s’mores are also a unique movie theater option! Purchase a s’mores kit and roast your marshmallows on a fire near the concession stand before enjoying the nostalgic gooey treats during the movie.
Day 7: Sunset at Mount Bonnell
With the sun setting later during summer months, catching a magical sunset is the perfect way to end a summer day. On average, the sun sets between 8pm-8:30pm during Austin summers, leaving plenty of time to grab dinner at one of the best Austin restaurants before watching the last rays of light fade from the sky. While you’ll find many options for sunset viewing throughout Austin, the top of Mount Bonnell is a favorite. Situated in Covert Park, this is the highest peak in Austin at 775 feet. After climbing 102 stairs to the top, you’ll enjoy panoramic views over downtown and the riverfront. Find a seat among the rocks at the peak and take in the views as the sky and reflections on the river change from golden to pastels.
Day 8: Boat on Lake Travis
Cool off on a summer day with the breeze in your hair as you cruise along the waters of Lake Travis. Float On offers rentals for Lake Travis, and their Tritoon boats can accommodate up to 12 guests, making this a great outing for families, friends, or small events. Let the captain do all the navigating while you and your friends focus on the fun! A cooler is provided so you can bring your own snacks and beverages, enjoying a day of fun in the sun on a warm Austin day. Once you’ve soaked up enough rays, cool off in the waters of Lake Travis!
Summer Getaway to Austin
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