Sure, Austin has its fair share of nice public pools, but why pay money to dip in an over-chlorinated concrete tub when there are plenty of prime natural swimming spots available along the expansive Barton Creek Greenbelt that won’t cost you a dime? For chill vibes and some fun cliff-jumping (if the water’s deep enough), we recommend Campbell’s Hole, accessible via Spyglass Drive. For a social soak in some sweet rapids fed by small waterfalls, we suggest Sculpture Falls, accessible via Camp Craft Road.
Glorious sunshine and acres of outdoor space mean that Austin is one of the best places in Texas for fun under the sun. The folks here make the most of warm temperatures with a slew of open-air activities, beginning with dining. You’ll find that rooftop bars, patio brunching, and food trucks are part of daily life here in Austin. And as for the best things to do that don’t involve shoveling slabs of meat or pouring buckets of booze in the face, the list is extensive.
Whether solo, with a partner, or with kids in tow, you can always slip on comfy shoes or some swims and have a blast. Perhaps getting fit is your prerogative? The hiking trails and swimming holes are your cardio studio. In the mood to party? Festivals like ACL bring you music and booze on the green. Or perhaps you’re in town for some good ol’ sightseeing? The boat tours, kayaks, and zip lines will show you the best of Austin’s natural wonders. Whatever you’re after, you can be sure to enjoy it in ATX’s great outdoors.