The temperature is rising here in the Southwest so you know that summer will be here before you know it. Get ready for an exciting summer getaway to nowhere else but Austin. Our Texas capital has everything you could want for an exciting getaway for the family. You will find exciting attractions in the area and events that take place in the summer. Take a look at how you can plan for the best vacation this summer in Austin:

Kayak Lady Bird Lake

When you visit Austin you may be surprised that the city has small lakes right within the city limits. Cooling off over at Lady Bird Lake is a popular pastime for locals in the area. Join everyone else out on the water by grabbing the nearest kayak or standup paddle board to explore the lake. Visitors will find plenty of rental shops right by the water including Greenbelt Outdoors and Rowing Dock. If you want to take a guided tour Austin Kayak Tours has you covered. Lady Bird Lake is also big enough to enjoy a sightseeing cruise where you can relax from the comfort of a huge boat with either Capital Cruises or Lone Star Riverboat. Visitors will also find a hiking and biking trail that surrounds the lake and offers great views. Stop by Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop or Barton Springs Bike Rental to grab a rental bike for the day to explore on. The trail is found at Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and is approximately 10 miles in length. Plenty of fun right here on Lady Bird Lake!

Find the Austin Murals

Austin is a city full of vibrant art all around you. Head out and find the iconic Austin murals during your summer stay. There is nothing more Instagram worthy than taking a pic with your friends or family in front of the ‘I love you so much’ mural found by Jo’s Coffee off South Congress Avenue. Another popular mural is the ‘Hi, How Are You’ mural that is close by the University of Texas Austin campus. Don’t forget about the ‘Greetings from Austin’ postcard mural that is another local favorite and perfect for a fun family picture to send to your extended family in South Austin.

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Grab Some Craft Ice Cream

The heat can be real in Austin but you can always cool off a bit by grabbing a post-meal treat with ice cream. Austin is home to a variety of craft ice creamers who offer delicious treats made fresh in-house. Lick Honest Ice Creams features artisanal flavors with seasonal options too that can served by the bowl or in a waffle cone. Amy’s Ice Creams lets you top off your ice cream with creative options like ginger snaps and more. The kids are sure to love a little ice cream on a warm summer day!

Enjoy the Local Craft Breweries

Austin is home to a variety of craft breweries that offer a great way for the adults to unwind during their vacation. If you want to make the short drive to South Austin visitors can enjoy a pint over at Jester King Brewery. This is no small brewery though and is instead a massive 165-acre farm and brewery that produces farmhouse ales and unique beers to try out. The property features a huge outdoor patio area with several bars to order from. For those who prefer to stay close to Downtown Austin you can always hit up Austin Beerworks and Live Oak Brewing Company. Each brewery produces handcrafted beers and in your favorite styles too.

Head Over to Lake Travis

Lady Bird Lake is not the only lake found right here in Austin. Visitors will also find Lake Travis a short drive away where different activities are available and is the largest lake in the city. This includes Lake Travis Zip Line Adventures that features the longest zip line in the entire state of Texas. Head over to Pace Bend Park nearby where you will find limestone cliffs to explore. Visiting Lake Travis is perfect for those thrill seekers here in the summer.

Events This Summer in Austin

There are also plenty of events taking place this summer here in Austin. The Sips and Sounds Summer Festival put on by Coca-Cola takes place June 29-30 with a lineup of country all stars. Austin is the music capital of the country and various concerts of big-name artists are always taking place at local venues. There are always fireworks for the Fourth of July here in the city at Zilker Park and Deep Eddy Park to celebrate with. Don’t miss out on these incredible events!

More Summer Fun

You can have all the summer fun when you book a stay here with our Austin vacation rentals for summer.