Things to do in the summer in Austin

Make the most of the (very) sweaty season with our guide to the best things to do in the summer in Austin

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We know it's tempting to hibernate in our air-conditioned homes when the temps start to rise, but there are still plenty of things to do in the summer in Austin. And we're not just talking about hitting up one of Austin's best restaurants or only coming out at night to see a show at the best venues for live music in the city. Slather on some sunscreen, drink plenty of water and fill up your calendar with our guide to the best activities, ice cream shops, outdoor movies and more this summer. Then check out our list of the best things to do in Austin year-round—because no matter the season, there's always something exciting happening here.

Things to do in the summer in Austin

1
Cool off at a nearby water park
Things to do

Cool off at a nearby water park

Curb that heat wave with a lazy river float.

2
Watch a movie outdoors
Movies

Watch a movie outdoors

Pack a picnic and catch a flick under the stars.

3
Sip on tropical cocktails
Bars

Sip on tropical cocktails

These tiki bars are staycation goals.

4
Catch a summer music festival
Music

Catch a summer music festival

We've rounded up the best summer music festivals in Texas.

5
Try scoops of the city's best ice cream
Restaurants

Try scoops of the city's best ice cream

There's always room for dessert.  

6
Hide out in a movie theater
Movies

Hide out in a movie theater

AC has never felt so good.

7
Lounge by a swanky pool
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Lounge by a swanky pool

Score day passes to fancy hotel pools.

8
Drink on a rooftop bar
Bars

Drink on a rooftop bar

As long as there are fans, it's all good.

9
Take a nearby day trip
Things to do

Take a nearby day trip

Summer vacation is meant for exploring.

10
Send your kids to summer camp
Things to do

Send your kids to summer camp

Because you need a break, too.