If you live in Austin, it’s easy to take easy access to natural bodies of water, including the downtown-adjacent Lady Bird Lake, for granted. For an on-the-water view like no other, head to Capital Cruises and rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board—if you’re feeling super fancy, opt for a swan paddleboat—and traverse the lake, Colorado River or Barton Creek with the ever-expanding gorgeous city skyline in full view.
Austinites take pride in many aspects of their city: from the best BBQ in Austin to this diverse list of best venues for live music in Austin, the city is clearly a national hub of food and culture. But what many don’t know when researching the best things to do is the vast array of outdoor activities in Austin that both locals and tourists can enjoy, whether solo or with kids in tow. From alfresco concerts and movies to nature walks and boat tours, consult our guide to the best outdoor activities in Austin and fall in love with the city all over again.