While Texas is notorious for being warm throughout the year, nothing can compare to the sweltering, humid summers of Austin. Each day is packed full of humidity and sun, and with the temperatures getting warmer each year it's no surprise to see triple digits slowly start to become the norm. As a result, Austinites have long looked for creative ways to stay refreshed and cool.
From visiting the many bodies of water in this amazing city, to spending some time indoors with a frozen treat, there are endless ways to stay in comfort. Some don't even require any money so they're perfect for those who are looking to save some money! Here are some of the best things to do in Austin to cool off and enjoy the summer sun without braving the intense sun rays.
Enjoy a frozen treat at Amy's
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Amy's Ice Creams has long been a staple among Austin residents and visitors thanks in part to its delectable ice cream treats. The menu has a large amount of delicious toppings to add to your flavor of choice, making your creation completely unique and suited for your taste. Best of all, Amy's has 12 locations around Austin which is perfect for those who have an ice cream craving they need to satisfy but don't want to travel far.
For those who are looking for a more vegan friendly option there's Sweet Ritual. Every menu item there is made in batch from scratch and vegan with gluten-free options for those who have unique dietary needs. While the ice cream might not have milk, it's still a flavorful treat that many swear by.
Visit one of Austin's Crown Jewels: Barton Springs Pool
Located within the heart of Zilker Park, the Barton Springs Pool has been refreshing Austinites for many, many summers. Measuring an outstanding three acres, the water is fed through underground springs which ensure that the water quality is top notch.
The average temperature of the water is around 70 degrees, making it one of the best places to swim in around the year. In fact, that refreshing temperature is perfect for those who wish to enjoy the water while not having to worry about chilling temperatures. Get your bathing suit on make your way over to the Barton Springs pool today!
Give Deep Eddy a visit
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Deep Eddy is the oldest man-made swimming pool in all of Texas, refreshing families and keeping them cool for several decades. The water is naturally kept at a cool temperature which makes it a great place to enjoy a day away from the summer heat. While many swimming pools are available around Austin, only Deep Eddy can claim the crown for being one of the city's most historic landmarks.
Alamo Drafthouse is a cool way to spend an afternoon
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Staying indoors tends to be the best option for those who would rather enjoy the cool breeze of the AC. There's no better option than the Alamo Drafthouse, which has long been the place to spend time alongside friends and family to enjoy the latest blockbuster releases. There are six locations throughout Austin (and counting), all of which feature a large variety of treats and food to enjoy. Grab your popcorn and get ready for a refreshing treat!
Enjoy the adventure at Schlitterbahn
Water parks are nothing compared to the watery behemoth that is Schlitterbahn. Located in New Braunfels, TX, this 70 acre park is packed full of family fun and relaxation for your entire family to enjoy. Are you a daredevil? Tackle the Master Blaster uphill water coaster, a six story tall slide with over 1000 feet of fun to enjoy. It's a roller coaster of pure watery thrill that is sure to please those who seek heart pounding excitement.
For those who prefer something a bit more relaxed, take a relaxing float down the endless Kristal River. The current pushes floaters around on their tubes around a section of the park, which helps them enjoy a calm stroll and bask in the sun. Families are in luck too since there are countless attractions made for those with little ones, including the Polywog Pond Kiddie Park, Kiddie Coast, and Kinderhaven.
Schlitterbahn is conveniently located in New Braunfels, TX, and tickets range in price at around $55.99 for a general pass. However, buying tickets online tends to be cheaper and will help ensure that you get the best price. Whether you go for a half day or decide to spend the weekend, float your way over to this amazing and refreshing water park this summer!
Take a ride on Austin Water Bikes
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Maybe getting wet isn't your thing? For those who prefer to stay on the dry side, there's an option to enjoy the scenic waters of Lady Bird Lake without having to reach for a towel: Austin Water Bikes. It's a unique way of enjoying the water at your own pace since the water bikes combine a bicycle with a kayak for the sturdiest ride ever.
Located behind the Hyatt Regency, the water bikes are a fantastic option for those who seek to explore every corner of Lady Bird Lake. There are also special rates for those who wish to see the famous Congress Bridge bats from the comfort of a water bike without having to brave the Texas sun.
Paddle away an afternoon with SUP ATX's Paddle Boards
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Stand up paddle boards have slowly become one of Austin's most unique activities. Those who enjoy this fun pastime are often seen on the waters of Lady Bird Lake where they paddle to their heart's content.
It offers a great workout opportunity as well for those who are looking to enjoy the scenic lake thanks to the paddling that needs to be done. Those who wish to spend a fun afternoon among the calm waters are encouraged to check out SUP ATX where they offer a variety of rentals for thrillseekers.
Stay cool Austin
Keeping cool in the humid heat can be difficult, but Austin residents have a large variety of options available to enjoy indoors and outdoors. Whether it be spending a day in water or simply enjoying the many amazing sights in this great city, there are endless options to take a break from the sun.