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GOT AUSTIN: Ways to Beat the Heat

It’s summertime in Austin, so only thinking about swimming holes, cool treats, and air conditioning hopping is totally normal, right? From pool passes to boozy ice cream milkshakes, we’ve got your list of Austin ways to stay cool (and safe) this summer.

Make A Splash

Take a dip in one of Austin’s best swimming holes.

Austin Flyboard

Fly over Lake Travis like Iron Man with this aquatic extreme sport! Just bring along your sense of adventure and you’ll be hovering in the air and challenging gravity in no time.

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Contains 12.68 miles of gorgeous trails, with the main trail spanning about 7 miles. This particular greenbelt is considered one of the top hiking trails in Texas.

Blue Hole

Drive 45 minutes south of Austin to reach the glorious Blue Hole. The crystal-clear waters stay an ideal 75 degrees all year round and are shaded by towering cypress trees. Reservations are required.

Float On Boat Rentals

Make some lake memories and cool off with Float On boat rentals. Great rates, new boats, and friendly staff make this local company the highest rated boat rental company in Austin.

Jacob’s Well Natural Area

Swim in an artesian spring of Jacob’s Well Natural Area. The cool, clear water is surrounded by rocky ledges and shady trees, creating a picture-perfect swimming hole. Reservations are required.

Krause Springs 

Spend a day or weekend camping and swimming in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

McKinney Falls State Park

Offering endless fun with lots of trails, wide-open spaces, and water that you can swim and jump in. Reservations are required.

Pool Passes

From boutique hotels in eclectic neighborhoods to swanky downtown properties, beat the heat in one of Austin’s many hotel pools with a pool day pass. The Austin Motel, The Fairmont, Hyatt Lost Pines, and W Austin.

SUP ATX – Paddleboarding

Rent a SUP board on Lady Bird Lake with the largest paddleboard company in the world. No reservations necessary, just show up!

Cool Treats

There is no better way to cool off than with a cold, sweet treat.

Cow Tipping Creamery

Stop in at this stylish local ice-cream shop where they feature creative soft-serve sundaes, shakes,  floats, plus pints to go.

Holla Mode

This friendly food trailer brings the flavors of Thailand to Austin. This Thai-style rolled ice cream is made to order from fresh, natural, and nostalgic ingredients.

Lick Honest Ice Creams

Visit hip ice creamery, Lick, who churns out offbeat flavors made from local, natural, and sustainable ingredients.

Loro | Frozen Cocktails

A twist on a classic, Loro is serving up frozen Gin and Tonics that are refreshing and pair perfectly with their Asian smokehouse inspired menu and large patio.


Why choose a dessert or a cocktail when you can have both? This cocktail bar serves up three boozy milkshakes, all made with house-made vanilla ice cream.

Prohibition Creamery

Visit this cool spot for both boozy and alcohol-free ice cream and milkshakes. Available via dining in, delivery or curbside pickup.

Sno-Beach Sno-Cones

This local favorite has been keeping Austin cool with sno-cones since 1993. Now to just decided on a flavor!

Sugar Pine

This charming Asian eatery offers ice cream in unexpected flavors like black sesame, taro root, and watermelon Thai basil.

The Yard Milkshake Bar

Known for their indulgent ice cream creations, The Yard offers customizable milkshakes in a wide range of ice cream flavors and toppings.

Indoor Fun

Need a break from the heat? Here are a few fun and safe ways to enjoy Austin indoors.

ACL Live at the  Moody Theater

Enjoy a concert while staying at home with At Home with ACL Live, a streaming series bringing live music from artists you love directly to your living room!

Austin Bouldering Project

Take rock climbing but lose the ropes and harnesses, and you have bouldering. The world’s largest bouldering gym is located in Austin with this 50,000 square foot facility. Currently, only open to members.

Blanton Museum of Art

UT’s Blanton Museum of Art has gotten creative in the age of COVID-19. If you’re sick of Netflix, consider adding a virtual art tour to your queue!

iFly Austin

Make the dream of flight a reality with iFly Austin, offering indoor skydiving in a safe and fun environment. Fun for all ages and no special skills needed – they’ll teach you!

Inner Space Cavern

One of the best-preserved caves in Texas offering tours, a playground, a mining area, several fossil displays, and more. The cavern temperature stays a cool 72 degrees with 98% humidity year-round.

K1 Speed – Indoor Kart Racing

Feel the need for speed? K1 Speed is an indoor racing center featuring electric go-karting for all ages and skill levels.

Pinballz Arcade

A family-friendly arcade experience with an assortment of classic and new arcade gameplay. Don’t forget it’s also BYOB!

Playland Skate Center

Roller skating rink offering the finest in skating entertainment with an impressive light show, fog machine, and state of the art sound system playing a wide variety of music.

WonderSpaces Austin

Visit WonderSpaces new Austin exhibit that features twelve extraordinary works of art, spread across their 28,000 square foot space. Grab your tickets online now!