Five things to do in Austin this summer

Emma-Rose Floyd, News Editor

Summer is almost here, and with it comes the freedom to do whatever you want. Although some people go to the beach or exotic places during this time of year, there are things to right here in Austin that are just as interesting and exciting as a trip to Hawaii. Here are some of them!

Zilker Park

Every good Austinite has been to this park at least once, and should keep going back frequently over the summer, as there are so many cool things going on in and around the park all summer long. From the Botanical Gardens and Blues on the Green, and Lady Bird lake, there are so many natural places to have fun, and it’s free!

Barton Springs

Although this natural swimming hole always freezing (68 degrees year round!), Barton Springs pool is a must-see for anyone wanting to make the most of their summer in Austin.

South Congress and Murals

To really see Austin, a day-trip to South Congress is a must. To check out all of the cool   murals, like the “I Love You So Much” wall on the side of Jo’s Coffee shop. The “Greetings From Austin” mural on 1720 S. First Street,  “You’re My Butter Half”on 2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.  and the iconic “Hi, How are you” frog mural on the corner of 21st and Guadalupe are definitely worth planning a photo-op for.


Although it is a drive, the Veloway in Southwest Austin is a great way to exercise while appreciating the Texas Hill Country. The trail, that is fully 3.1 miles, is a hard workout, but is definitely worth it in the end.

The Capitol

Although cliche, the last but definitely not least activity that is available this summer is  the state capitol. If you are wanting to get educational over break, this is a great way to learn more about Texas History.