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

It is officially Barton Spring Fest Day in Austin. One of the city’s favorite pools gets a day celebrating just how awesome it is! Considering we are in the middle of an Austin heat wave, cooling off in the cool Barton Springs water sounds just about perfect right now.

They have a full day of fun planned including  live music, a lecture series and much more. For those who have not been to Barton Springs this would be an excellent excuse to come see what all the fun is about.

For other fun around Austin check out our weekend Top Picks or try our Rainy Street Checklist.

When: today, August 9th

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location:
Barton Springs Pool
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas

http://www.sosalliance.org/community/barton-springs-fest

It’s August so that means movie in the pool season is slowly going to come to an end.

Tonight El Salado Pool is hosting a classic from my childhood, Free Willy.

Movie starts at 8 but they’ll have food trucks from 6 – 8 pm. Greengos, Uncle Louie G’s will be serving up the good stuff.

Entry to event is free but if you show up before the movie you’ll have to pay the drop in fee (adults $5, 17 & under $3).

When: today, August 8th

Time: 8 – 10:30 pm

Location:
El Salado Pool
11500 El Salido Parkway
Austin, Texas 78750

http://www.amld.org/index.cfm?load=event&event=1171

 

Here in Central Texas, we have an extensive number of parks to explore the broad range of Hill Country wildlife and enjoy the state’s natural beauty. Many of these parks are located less than 70 miles from Austin, making them great for a weekend camping trip or a day of hiking. All of the state parks have unique qualities and histories, whether it’s stargazing parties on the mystical Enchanted Rock, hiking the trails in the Lost Pines, or swimming in one of the numerous lakes and rivers we boast here in Central Texas. Discover our favorite top 5 natural and historical wonders Central Texas has to offer.

1. McKinney Falls State Park

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Photo by Lars Ploughmann

Austin’s very own McKinney Falls State Park is located on the southeastern edge of Austin. The park features bald cypress trees and vibrant wildflowers supported by flowing waters from the two creeks. Open for a variety of activities, you can camp, hike, swim, and everything in between at McKinney Falls.

Entrance Fees

Adults: $6
Under 12 years: Free

Hours: Open daily 8 am – 10 pm

2. Bastrop State Park

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Photo By TrekTexas

Bastrop State Park is found in the beautiful “Lost Pines” of Central Texas. If you prefer to enjoy nature from inside the car, you can take a scenic drive (read: field trip on wheels) between the Bastrop and Buescher State Parks. This national historical landmark has stone cabins for camping, fishing on the lake, and opportunities for canoeing and golfing.

Entrance Fees

Adults: $4
Under 12 years: Free

Hours: Open daily 8 am – 4:30 pm

3. Lockhart State Park

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Photo by Texas Parks and Wildlife

Lockhart State Park, which is tucked away in Caldwell County, has an array of great outdoor activities. Visitors enjoy taking a leisurely hike, fishing in Clear Fork Creek, or picnicking by the creek. Lockhart State Park is home to the only staff-operated, 9-hole golf course in the Texas Park System, so pack your golf clubs!

Entrance Fees

Adults: $3
Under 12 years: Free

Hours: Open daily

4. Inks Lake State Park

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Photo by Anne Womer

Discover the beautiful rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country at Inks Lake State Park. Visitors can explore the park by camping and backpacking, plus you can cool off in the lake with water recreational sports. Inks Lake stays at a constant water level all year, so you’ll be able to swim, boat, or scuba dive all year long!

Entrance Fees

Adults: $6
Under 12 years: Free

Hours: Open daily

5. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

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Photo by Texas Parks and Wildlife

Last but certainly not least, a “must-see” state park is Enchanted Rock. There’s a reason this massive pink granite dome is called magical and mystical. Hiking, rock climbing, and picnicking are favorite activities around the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. You can even join in on a Rock Star Party and learn about constellations at one of the best places for stargazing in Central Texas.

Entrance Fees

Adults: $7
Under 12 years: Free
Hours: Open daily 8 am – 10 pm

With all the awesome parks to enjoy the outdoors in Central Texas, you’re guaranteed to have a great time! To read the complete list, visit Realty Austin’s full list of state parks near Austin.

 

 

There are only a few more Monday’s left for you to enjoy Mooooooovie Monday at Amy’s Ice Cream. Tonight they’re showing Finding Nemo on their projection screen.

Grab a burger from Phil’s Ice House and then finish it off with ice cream. They’ll have themed ice cream flavors to go with the movie!

The mosquitos seem to be in full force lately, so don’t forget your off!

Admission: free

Time: dusk (8:00-ish)

Schedule:

8/4 Finding Nemo
8/11 101 Dalmatians
Season Finale: 8/18 Monsters Inc and Monsters University

Location:
Amy’s Ice Cream –Burnet Road
5624 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78756

http://www.amysicecreams.com/latest-scoop/2014/6/18/moooovie-mondays.html

 

 

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