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Summer in Austin: Top activities to beat the heat and have fun

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For many, the summer heat in Austin can be relentless. Whether you’re sticking around town the entire break or only for a moment, this list has something for everyone. If you’re looking to make the most of your summer in Austin—whether it’s finding the coolest spots to hang out, discovering the best eats in town or even figuring out where to volunteer, this guide covers it all to ensure your Austin summer is unforgettable.


Outdoor Activities:

– Hiking: Enjoy the scenic trails around Austin.

– Zilker Park: Explore Austin’s iconic park for picnics, frisbee and more.

– Paddle Boarding Downtown: Experience the city from the water.

– The Domain: Shop, dine and enjoy entertainment at this outdoor mall.

– Volente Beach: Splash around and enjoy water activities.

– Mozart’s Coffee: Relax by the lake with a cup of coffee.

– Barton Springs: Take a refreshing dip in this natural spring pool.

– Drive-in Movie: Catch a film under the stars.

– Deep Eddy Pool: Another great spot for swimming and lounging.

– Paddle Boarding: Try paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake.

– Rent Bikes Downtown: Explore the city on two wheels.

– Blues on the Green: Enjoy free live music in Zilker Park. June 11-12.

– Austin FC Game: Cheer for Austin’s soccer team at their home games.

– Laguna Gloria: Visit this art museum and beautiful grounds.

– Tennis/Pickleball: Play a match at local courts.

– Go-Karting at COTA: Get your adrenaline pumping on the track.

– Mini Golfing at Dreamland Dripping Springs: Fun for all ages.

– Pickleball at Other Racquet Social Club: Join a game or two.

– Pottery at Pot Daddy Club: Get creative with pottery classes.

– Live Music at C-Boys: Experience Austin’s vibrant music scene.


Study Spots:

– Cosmic Coffee: A cozy spot with great coffee and outdoor seating.

– Freddo ATX: Enjoy gelato while studying.

– Simon’s at Colton House Hotel: Quiet and elegant setting.

– Houndstooth Coffee: A popular coffee shop with a relaxed vibe.

– Opa Coffee & Wine Bar: A unique spot with indoor and outdoor seating.

– San Ginés Austin: Opening in spring 2024, the Madrid-based chocolate and churro shop will launch its second U.S. location in Austin.


Dining Destinations:

– Luties: Located in Commodore Perry Estate, an intimate and elegant dining experience.

– El Cockfight: An eclectic mezcal & tequila cocktail bar in the heart of downtown Austin.

– North Italia: Italian cuisine in a modern setting.

– Taverna: Enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner with a European flair.

– Eberly: Fine dining in a historic setting.

– ABA: Mediterranean-inspired dishes and cocktails.

– Loudmouth Pizza: A neighborhood pizza, cocktail and beer joint from Paperboy. Coming fall 2024.

– June’s All Day: Classic American dishes and great wine selection.

– Two Hands: Australian-style cafe with delicious brunch options.

– Swedish Hill Bakery: Freshly baked bread and pastries.

– 24 Diner: Open 24/7 with a diverse menu.

– Josephine House: Elegant dining in a beautiful setting.

– 1886 Cafe at The Driskill: Classic American dishes in a historic hotel.

– Elizabeth Street Cafe: French-Vietnamese fusion in a charming cafe.

– Pool Burger: Retro-style burger joint with a poolside vibe.

– Kirby Lane Cafe: Austin’s iconic diner with all-day breakfast.

– Guerro’s Taco Bar: Classic Tex-Mex and margaritas.

– Fresas: Fresh and flavorful Mexican dishes.

– Summer House: Casual dining with a focus on seasonal ingredients.

– ATX Cocina: Modern Mexican cuisine in downtown Austin.

– Fonda San Miguel: Upscale Mexican dining with a colorful interior.

– The Well: Healthy and delicious food options.

– Estelle’s Social Lounge: Cocktails and small bites in a stylish setting.

– Yamas Greek Restaurant: Authentic Greek cuisine.

– Soho House: Exclusive members-only club with dining options.

– Hillside Farmacy: Farm-to-table dining in a historic pharmacy building.

– 1417 French Bistro: French-inspired dishes in a cozy setting.

– Poeta: Italian-inspired dishes with a modern twist.

– Dish Society: Seasonal and locally-sourced dishes.

– Bar Toti: A hidden gem with craft cocktails.

– Paperboy: Breakfast and lunch spot with creative dishes.

– Sammie’s Italian Restaurant: Classic Italian dishes in a family-friendly setting.


Job Opportunities:

– Lifeguarding: Spend your summer by the pool or lake.

– Ice Cream Scooper at Amy’s: Sweeten someone’s day with ice cream.

– Longhorn Village: Various positions in senior living community.

– Oz. Tap House: Join the team at this local tap house.

– Nordstrom: Retail and customer service positions available.

– DoorDash: Earn money delivering food around Austin.

– Chick-fil-A: Join the team at this popular fast-food chain.

– Moviehouse & Eatery: Work at the local movie theater.

– Ski Shores: Restaurant and marina with seasonal job openings.


Volunteer Opportunities:

– Central Texas Food Bank: Help fight hunger in the community.

– Meals on Wheels: Deliver meals to seniors in need.

– Austin Pets Alive: Volunteer with animals at the shelter.

– Austin Parks Foundation: Help maintain and beautify local parks.

– Zilker Botanical Garden: Assist with gardening and events.

– St. David’s Healthcare: Volunteer at the hospital or clinics.


Whether you’re studying, working, dining or volunteering, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this vibrant city. Remember to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen as you venture out to soak up the sun and experience all that Austin has to offer. From live music to outdoor adventures, this city has a way of captivating visitors and locals alike. So, embrace the warmth, embrace the culture and make the most of your first, last or yet another summer in Austin!

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Marley Page
Marley Page, Staff Reporter
Marley Page is a senior and is thrilled to serve her first year on staff. Apart fr0m newspaper, she is involved with Operation Smile, NHS, and Yearbook at Vandegrift. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, spending time with her friends, and volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin.

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