Austin has some of the most beautiful outdoor views and activities you can find, combined with eclectic indoor activities, inventive workout classes, local winery and brewery options, and a booming music scene. Below we highlight some of our favorites.

Also, check out more of our favorite summer activities here!


Austin is known as the “live music Capital of the World,” so there is no better place to catch a show. Here are some of our favorite spots to see a show – Stubbs, Moody Theater, Mohawk

Stubbs Ampitheater


In Austin we see over 228 sunny days a year! Naturally, Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities. Due to the heat, many of our outdoor activities involve enjoying one of the many bodies of water around the city.

Rent a Boat – Lake Travis, Lake Austin (Float On Boat Rentals)

Make the treck out to beautiful Lake LBJ or Lake McQueeny.

Go for a Run on one of our top running trails.

Boat Cruise – Capital Cruises

Capital Cruises

Float the River – San Marcos River (Don’s Fish Camp), Guadalupe River (River Sport Tubes), Frio River (Josh’s)

Peddle around a Bar Crawl on PubCrawler. 

Check out our 25 Best Things to do in Austin.

Stand Up Paddleboard & Kayak on Town Lake (Congress Avenue Kayak, Texas Rowing Center, Rowing Dock)

Swim – Deep Eddy Pool, Barton Springs, W Wet Deck ($10, M-F), Nude Beach – Hippie Hollow

Check out our Top 10 Swimming Holes.

Barton Springs Pool

Hike – Mount Bonnell, Enchanted Rock, McKinney Falls; Check out our Top Hiking Trails Post.

Go to the Greenbelt – Campbell’s Hole, Red Bud Isle, Lost Creek

Austin Duck Tours

Try one of our Favorite Summer Activities.

Watch the Bats on the South Congress Bridge at sunset.

South Congress Bats – Photo by Austin Monthly


The heat certainly is a double edged sword. While it is a great for enjoying the outdoors, there are times that a nice air conditioned building is just what is needed. There are plenty of activities to keep you happy and entertained indoors.

The heat is a double edged sword.

Do a DIY Crafting Project at Upstairs Circus.

Take a Pole Dancing Class at Brass Ovaries or Sky Candy.

Brass Ovaries – Photo by Celesta Danger

Yoga with a Twist – Vino Vinyasa (Wine + Yoga), Lovejay Beauty (Face Mask + Yoga)

Bowling – Punchbowl Social, Dart Bowl

Karaoke – Ego’s, DK Sushi North on Thursday nights, Highball

Egos – Photo by Tribeza

Mini Bar Crawl on St. Elmo – Hop between St. Elmo Brewery, Austin Urban Winery, Still Austin Whiskey Distillery

Wine Tasting at Infinite Monkey Theorum

Check out our full Brewery Guide.

Axe Throwing – Urban Axes

Try one or three of our favorite margaritas.

Go to a spa.

Check out one of our favorite Happy Hour Spots.

Test your collective genius with Escape Game.

Go to one of our favorite restaurants when visiting Austin.

Beauty – Dry Bar and Blo, Coated (Mani/Pedi)

Drybar in 2ND Street Distrcit

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Erin is our resident food and happy hour aficionado. Born and raised in Texas, and spending the last 12 years in Austin, she is constantly trying out new places and giving us her foodie opinion. Erin also is very active in the workout class and wellness scene, providing insight into living a healthy, active and fun lifestyle in our beautiful city of Austin, TX.