Outdoor activities in Austin, Texas are found everywhere. We are a very active city and love running, boating on our lakes and biking!

The fastest-growing 5k obstacle series is coming to Austin’s COTA Salt on Saturday, September 27,2014. ROC Race is a one of a kind event where participants experience 12 larger-than-life epic obstacles strategically placed along a 5k course. Dodge wrecking balls above a pool of water, take on the game show inspired Jump Balls, try your luck at the brand new Sweeper, and slide down the World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide to cross the ultimate finish line!

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ROC Race is proud to continue its partnership with Challenged Athletes Foundation, a charitable organization with the mission of providing opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence, and enhances quality of life. A portion of each ROC Race registration will be donated to CAF, as well as a percentage of merchandise sales.

Austin is ROC Race’s second to last stop on its 16-city 2014 Epic Tour. Over 100,000 ROC Stars have already signed up to take on the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge this year nationwide, which kicked off in Houston earlier this year.

ROC Race Austin price is at $64 and will increase as the event date approaches. For more information and to register for ROC Race, please visit rocrace.com/austin. Check out the official video here and see what all the hype is about!

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This splash mob is definitely the coolest thing happening today! It’s like a flash mob, only wetter. This is the best way to beat the heat all while having fun right in downtown Austin.

The idea is to take 6th Street by storm and have a huge water fight! Grab your squirt guns, super soaker, water balloons, a swim suit, water balloon launcher and anything else that will make this the most epic water fight/flash mob you have ever seen!

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The splash mob will last about 30 minutes, so get in, get wet, and enjoy the rest of your day.

Ready, Set, Soak!

Admission: free

When: Today, July 13th

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location:
6th & Trinity
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/events/781733888552248/

Photo Credit: Splash Mob Facebook Page

The only thing cooler than a movie in the park is a movie in the pool. It’s that time of year again when Deep Eddy brings you Splash Movie Nights.

Tonight’s showing, Monsters University.  Plus, a movie on the big screen while submerged in a pool is one of the best ways to stay “cool.”

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Deep Eddy is the oldest swimming pool in Texas and the spring fed water makes it a very refreshing little treasure right in Central Austin.

2014 Splash Movie Night Schedule:
July 12 – Monsters University
July 19 – The Lego Movie
August 2 – Despicable Me 2

Admission fees cover both the movie and pool entry for the day:

FREE Infant (under 12 months)
$1.00 Child 1 to 11 years
$2.00 Junior 12 to 17 years
$3.00 Adult 18 to 61 years
$1.00 Senior 62 years +

If you are looking for more fun to do this weekend here are our Weekend Top Picks and here’s a list of 101 Things To Do When It’s 100 Degrees.

Location:
Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Avenue
Austin, Texas78703

http://www.deepeddy.org

Now in its 56th year, Zilker Theatre Productions is proud to bring you Oklahoma the musical. This is one of the most anticipated events in Austin every summer.

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The outdoor venue at Zilker is perfect for an evening under the stars, and once the sun goes down, the weather is much more bearable.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket, a loaded picnic basket, a cooler (no glass), bug spray, and anything else you need for a wonderful evening under the Austin sky. Unfortunately, no pets are allowed.

If you’re worried about rain, call the hotline at (512) 479-9491 and get the updates on the status of the show.

Admission: Free

Parking: $5.00 per car

When: Thursday-Sunday now – August 16th

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location:
Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.zilker.org

Photo: Zilker Hillside Theatre Facebook page

Summertime has officially arrived in Austin, Texas, and for locals, this news means spending every weekend splashing around in the top swimming holes in the state! So grab your swimsuit, a little sunscreen, and a cooler full of your favorite local beer, and check out our favorite swimming spots:

1. Barton Springs

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Barton Springs is an Austinite favorite. Measuring at 1,100 feet in length, this spring-fed pool is one of the only non-chlorinated swimming pools of its size in the country. It is literally one of the coolest swimming holes in Texas with an average year-round temperature of 68-degrees, so no matter how hot it gets outside this summer, you can rest easy knowing there will always be one place in the city you can go to cool off.

Entrance Fees:
Adult (18+): $3
Junior (12-17): $2
Child (1-11): $1
Under 12 months: Free

Parking: $5

2. Deep Eddy Pool

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Photo by Wikipedia Commons

 

Deep Eddy Pool is one of Austin’s local gems because the water is filtered in from the Colorado River – making the water’s temperature about 70-degrees all summer long. So if you’re looking for a place to take a refreshing dip, relax by the water, and catch a few rays, you’re going to love this man-made pool.

Entrance Fees
Adult (18+): $3
Junior (12-17): $2
Child (1-11): $1
Under 12 months: Free

3. Hamilton Pool

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Photo by amazingplacesonearth.com

Hamilton Pool is truly a work of art, and an incredible sight to see with Hamilton Creek spilling over the steep box canyon’s edge – creating a 50-foot waterfall that feeds into its own natural pool. You and your family will be glad you visited this historic site.

Entrance Fees
$10 per Vehicle

4. McKinney Falls

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Photo by mo.austin360.com

This family-friendly place is much more remote than our other swimming hole favorites, but it’s a great location for those seeking retreat from city life. When you check out McKinney Falls, you’ll not only be able to swim at your leisure, but you can hike and set up your own campsite as well.

Entrance Fees
Adults: $6
Under 12 years: Free

5. Krause Springs

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Photo by generalchemistrylaboratory

Our last swimming hole selection goes to Krause Springs – one of Texas’ best-kept secrets. Located only 30-miles outside of the city lies a collection of 32 natural springs, which stay at the perfect swimming temperature all year round. Once you’ve visited Krause Springs you’ll wonder why you hadn’t visited it before.

Entrance Fees
Adult: $6
Child: $3
Under 4 years: Free

With these incredibly fun swimming holes you’re guaranteed to have the best summer yet – have fun!

To read the complete list, visit Realty Austin’s full list of Austin swimming holes.

One of the best Austin summer film series is back for its 2014 season. Cinema East showcases independent films each week in a comfortable and very Austin environment! Cinema East will host several of the best independent films.

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At each Cinema East they will have food vendors, giveaways, a fun outdoor environment and more. They screenings are BYOB (always fun), and open to all ages.  Dogs are also welcome on the lawn for the French Legation Museum.

Admission: $2 – $5 (pay what you can)

When: Sundays – August 31st

Time: Doors 7 pm , Movie 9 pm

Location:
French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos Street
Austin, Texas 78702

http://cinemaeastaustin.com/about/

Photo Credit: Cinema East Facebook Page, Ben Sklar

We’ve partnered with the folks at Float Fest to give away the ultimate experience for you and a friend at this year’s festival!

What you get:

VIP tickets for two -think premium viewing areas with plenty of shade, free food, and complimentary drinks

Floating for two

Camping for two on site

Survival swag from 365 Things Austin and other Float Fest sponsors

This one of a kind festival combines a trifecta of summer activities- live music, floating the river and camping. This prize package will allow you to enjoy all three VIP style!

To enter to win, simply caption the photo below of Grouplove’s lead singer (they’ll be at the fest!) on the Facebook Post or in the comments section below. The best comment will be chosen by us and the Float Fest team on Thursday, June 26th at 2pm.

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For more info on the lineup or to buy tickets (before they sellout), visit the Float Fest Website.

 

Time on Lake Austin is about the only thing that makes the triple-digit summer heat in Central Texas bearable. And while simply lounging on the back of a boat with a few cold ones is a perfectly acceptable way to spend an afternoon, being able to participate on the wake behind the boat will make any summer outing a million times better.

We went out with the boys from Shred Stixx last summer and had an absolute blast! You can read more about that experience here: http://365thingsaustin.com/?s=shred+stixx

This summer, the wakesurfing experts from Shred Stixx have partnered with Billy Garcia’s Freeride Wakeboard School to offer riders the best of both worlds. Billy brings 20 years of experience and two Van’s Triple Crown victories to the wake-school arsenal.

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Maybe you’ve tried wakeboarding/surfing before and just couldn’t get up, or maybe you’re just looking to get better at a sport that you already love. Either way, these two teams are your best bet at improving, regardless of your skill level.

For more info on private or group lessons and/or camps for the kids, email:

info@shredstixx.com

or call: 512-669-1124

www.wakesurfschool.com

This festival just keeps getting better. Last month we released the lineup for Float Fest, which is taking place just outside of San Marcos this Labor Day Weekend. You can read more about our elation on the combination of an amazing music lineup paired with floating the river (one of our favorite summer activities) here:

http://365thingsaustin.com/2014/05/09/introducing-float-fest/

Today they announced camping options and ticket plans at the beautiful Cool River Ranch, within stumbling distance of the live music stages. Floating the river can be an exhausting and booze filled adventure all by itself, please do the smart thing and don’t make the drive back home!

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They have several ticket packages to choose from, and camping with your fellow festival-goers will only add to the experience:

View tickets and camping/floating packages 

Join us and lock up tickets while you still can, this event will definitely sell-out.

 

By now it should be obvious that I can’t resist a Movie In The Park. They’re one of those summer activities that are just relaxing, free and normally pretty easy to round up some friends to join!

Tonight the South Shore District is showing a classic, Dirty Dancing.

Local food trucks will be on hand for you to grab snacks and refreshments.

When: Today, May 30th

Time: 8pm

Admission: Free

Location:
South Shore District
1333 Shore District Drive
Austin, Texas 78741

https://www.facebook.com/events/281662498669035/