Fun Outdoor Activities in Austin
In Austin, Texas it is hard to be bored when you’re surrounded by so many things to do, places to explore and food to eat. Whether you’re new to Austin or were born and raised here, there is never a shortage of hiking, eating or live music, according to The Guardian. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with this insight on what to best spend your time on.
Austin has two seasons: “so hot you stay indoors to escape the blistering heat” and “the perfect weather to guilt you into venturing outside.” With so many options, it’s hard to stay inside. To escape the heat while pursuing outdoor activities in Austin, there are several famous swimming holes including Barton Springs, Deep Eddy Pool and Hamilton Pool. On top of that there is Lake Travis just north of the city or Town Lake that runs through downtown.
With so many options for cooling off there is also many different water activities that Austinites enjoy. Some popular ones include zip lining on Lake Travis and paddle boarding or kayaking on Town Lake. Many people also like to cool off in the rivers that run through the hiking trails around Austin. Common hikes include any part of The Greenbelt, Pedernales Falls, Enchanted Rock and McKinney Falls.
If you’re looking for an easier hike, hike to one of the scenic overlooks to catch a great view of the city. Popular ones include hiking up Mt. Bonnell, which is like a 5 min. walk up some stairs, or walking up to the overlook by the 360 Bridge, also known as the Pennybacker Bridge.
There are also lots of options for one of the best outdoor activities in Austin – camping. Whether you want a campsite right next to a restroom or something a bit more intense there are options for you. Great places to camp around Austin include Enchanted Rock, Pedernales Falls or McKinney Falls State Park.
On cooler days, many people like to explore the many painted murals around the city. Some famous ones include the “Greetings from Austin” mural, the “I love you wall” and the “Hi, How Are You” frog mural and many more. To continue the outdoor art exploring people can head to the Hope Outdoor Gallery. This gallery is an ever-changing art display for graffiti artists.
The cooler months are also great for spending time checking out the parks around town and eating at food trucks. Zilker Park is the famous park that hosts ACL every year in addition to other festivals. Bring your dog, a picnic or a good book.
One popular way to spend an evening in Austin is checking out the bats that fly out from underneath Congress Ave. bridge. 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats come out at dusk in synchronized formation to catch mosquitoes for dinner. Well worth a visit and it’s free if you can find parking.
Austin is known for its great weather most of the year, perfect for spending time outside an office or home. There are never ending options for outdoor activities in Austin such as swimming, biking, running, hiking and soaking up the big Texas sun.
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