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Spring has sprung. Oh, yeah! Now it’s early summer in Austin, and you’re looking for something to do. Summer is a time for family vacations, outdoor activities, and much-needed downtime. If you’re looking to visit Austin soon, here are some of the best things to do during early Austin summer!

Go Dancing This Austin Summer

There are two favorites in Austin that you shouldn’t miss: The Broken Spoke and White Horse. The White Horse is part of the east side music explosion and features some of the best country bands out there today. They also have dance lessons for newbies. If you’re a little further south, go to The Broken Spoke, which had a book written about it by Donna Marie Miller and, like the White Horse, is a favorite of Austin locals.

Miniature Golf

For those who think miniature golf is just “so 80s,” we have a surprise for you! Peter Pan Min-Golf has a BYOB policy but is still fun for the whole family. There are two 18-hole courses with lots of fun characters and hilarious obstacles.

Rooftop Bars and Restaurants

Austin has become known as a foodie destination for a reason–all the high-quality eateries and bars. See the city at night from one of the rooftop venues while you eat and drink the best Austin has to offer. The views are excellent at the P6, the 77 Degree Rooftop Bar, the Hotel Van Zandt rooftop, and Terrace 59.

The Thinkery

If you need something to do indoors with the kids, try the Thinkery. With hands-on STEAM exhibits, arts, crafts, and a performance stage, even the adults will want to get involved.

Nature Tours

Get out of the city for a tour of nature! From caverns to kayaking, you can tour land and water for some great family activities. And don’t miss Bats & Segways, where you will get training on a Segway scooter, then traverse the area with a final stop the view the sunset flight of Mexican free-tail bats.

While you’re checking out nature, make sure you get to the Texas Hill Country. This beautiful land will make you want to come back for more with miles and miles to explore. Investigate on your own or take a tour. If you want a tasting tour, try Texas Tipsy Tours, one of the local favorites.

If you still need more to do this Austin summer, just turn around and point your finger. You’ll find something that looks like you need to yell, “Let’s go there!”

Whether you’re coming for the sights and scenery, the rich and eclectic local cultures, or the offbeat vibes, you’re going to have an awesome summer in Austin. There are endless ways to spend your time here, so let us help you out with this handy list of must-see summer in Austin attractions.

Barton Springs Pool for a Fun Summer in Austin

In the beautiful Zilker Park, you’ll find Barton Springs Pool, where you can while away the summer afternoon in natural spring waters. The waters are comfortable and temperate (an average of 68-70°F), making them the perfect place to splash in on your summer vacation, whether you’re here with your significant other, a group of friends, or the whole family.

Barton Creek Greenbelt

In south-central Austin, you’ll find the Barton Creek Greenbelt. There are many in Austin, but this is without a doubt the favorite among locals. If you love the outdoors, make sure to spend a day at the greenbelt. Here you’ll find trails for mountain biking enthusiasts and limestone bluffs for rock climbing enthusiasts. The Violet Crown Trail is the perfect way to explore the area since it runs through much of the greenbelt.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

If you want to your fill of natural wonders, look no farther than the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the end of the Violet Crown Trail. This center focuses on native plants of North America; discover and admire over 10,000 different species here. Every night in June you can enjoy Nature Nights, a free family event. Or take a guided garden tour, offered daily, starting at 10:00 am! This is one of the best attractions during the summer in Austin.

Broken Spoke Dance Hall

For over half a century this old-school country dive bar has given the community live music, classic country food, and a place to shake it. If you want to let loose and do the two-step in one of the best dance venues in Austin, head over to Broken Spoke for live music, dancing, and even dance lessons.

Moonlight Towers

One of the defining characteristics of Austin is its moonlight towers, built in the 1890s and so named for the artificial moonlight they give off, meant to illuminate several blocks at once at night. Austin is home to 17 of the only remaining moonlight towers in the world, and they’ve become local landmarks of quirky, artful significance. The tower in Zilker Park was notably featured in the hit film Dazed and Confused.

The Perfect Place to Stay

When you’re heading anywhere for the summer, it’s endlessly exciting to plan for everything you’ll do there once you arrive! But undoubtedly, the most important thing will always be finding the best place to stay. That’s where Austin Vacation Rentals can help. Get in touch with us today at (833) 241-7651 for more information from our friendly team.

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