The Austin Take: 3 Things to Do in Austin This Summer


Summertime is easily the most fun time of the year in Austin, Texas. Even when temperatures can dance around 100 degrees, the city is built for fighting that heat and having fun in the process. A couple of the great perks of working at LPP include Summer Fridays (early office release at 2:00pm each Friday of the summer) and Beach Days (take a day off for the beach or lake). And as the weather begins heating up here in Texas, the LPP Austin team pulled together 3 of their favorite things to do in Austin in the summer. Check them out below!

Cool off in one of Austin’s many watering holes


As summer rolls around you would be remiss to find an Austinite without a plan for some water recreation. Lady Bird Lake, or Town Lake as the locals call it, is located in downtown Austin and a great spot to spend a day on a kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle-board. A few blocks away, just south of Zilker Park, Austinites take a dip in Barton Springs, the famous, and freezing, natural spring in Austin. If you’re up for a drive, the Texas hill country is full of great places to visit like Krause Spring, Jacob’s Well, and Hamilton Pool. If theme parks are more your speed, however, then head over to New Braunfels and visit the greatest water park in the region, Schlitterbahn.

Take a drive around the hill country


Austin is located in central Texas, otherwise known as the hill country. A short drive outside of the Austin city limits you can find winding roads showing off some of the most beautiful parts of the state. Going hand-in-hand with sightseeing, the Texas hill country is covered in wineries and a few of the best BBQ stops in the state. If wine or BBQ aren’t your things, take a trip to old town Fredericksburg for some fudge and southern cooking.

Go to a festival or see a show!

A Chvrches fan shows her appreciation during the band's set at the Austin City Limits music festival in Zilker Park.

Austin isn’t called the “live music capital” for nothing, whether they’re local or national, Austin has a band playing every night. Austin is home to world famous music festivals like Austin City Limits and SXSW as well as local favorites like Fun Fun Fun Fest and Levitation Fest. If festivals don’t interest you then you can catch a show in the historic Red River District, or spend a wild night on the famous 6th St. In the summertime, Austin is full of free concerts and events including Blues on the Green, Movies on the lawn, and more.

These are just a few of the great things to do in Austin this summer and I think I can speak for the LPP Austin team in saying that you’ll likely see us out there! What are your favorite spots and activities in Austin during the Summertime? Let us know in the comments section.