7 Ways to Beat the Heat in Austin This Summer

Summer is finally here, and the triple digit temperatures are quickly approaching. Whether you’re a local Austinite or planning a visit to the Forty Acres, the sun is sure to be blazing during the next few months. Instead of sitting around pondering ways to stay cool, here is a list of activities in the Austin area to participate in to help beat the heat. 

Paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake 

Paddleboarding is a great way to get out in the sun, check out the city skyline and maybe even get a good arm workout in. The Rowing Dock offers assorted options to get out on the lake such as paddle boards, canoes, kayaks, and peddle kayaks. 

Open Monday–Sunday from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. with prices ranging depending on rentals. Texas Exes members can enjoy 15% off when booking any of the following activities in advance online: guided kayak tours, group reservations, full moon paddles, and regular rentals. 

Barton Springs  

Nothing is better than going for a swim in this heat. Located within Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool is fed from underground springs and always has an average temperature of 68-70 degrees. The spring is surrounded by hills of grass perfect for laying out and getting a sun-kissed tan.  

Open Monday–Sunday from 5 a.m.–10 p.m. and only requires entry passes after 8 a.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 

Moxy Hotel Movie Series 

The Moxy hotel located near campus hosts a Summer Movie Series every Thursday from June to July in their backyard. Some movies in their lineup include Pitch Perfect, The Devil Wears Prada, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. This event is free to everyone! All you have to do is RSVP. To learn more, check out the Moxy’s Instagram. 

Deep Eddy Pool 

If Barton Springs is not your type of environment, check out Deep Eddy. Deep Eddy serves as the oldest swimming pool in Texas and an ideal place to take the kids. The man-made swimming pool offers lap swimming and recreational swimming.  

Open Monday–Thursday from 9 a.m.–7:30 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Entry pass required every day. 

Blanton Museum of Art   

After undergoing some renovations, the Blanton Museum of Art has reopened with many new features, including an expanded patio. The museum offers a wide range of modern and contemporary American and Latin American art.  

Open Tuesday–Sunday from 10a.m.–5 p.m. except Saturday which is open from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Tickets are required. To learn more about pricing check out the Blanton’s website.  

Beyond the art, the museum will be hosting “Second Saturdays.” Every second Saturday of the month there will be live DJ sets, food, and games on the Moody Patio and opportunity explore the open galleries. 

To learn more about this event, check out the Blanton’s website

Summer Concert Series at the Long Center 

The Summer Concert Series is a wonderful way to enjoy some free music. This event takes place every Thursday at the Long Center. Some artists in their summer lineup include Alejandro Escovedo, Shooks, Flora & Fawna, and more. All you have to do is RSVP and bring your blankets and lawn chairs. To learn more, check out their website. 

Paramount Summer Classic Film Series 

Take a trip back in time with the Paramount Summer Classic Film Series at the downtown theater. This series will take place all summer and will feature classic movies such as Casablanca, Jaws, and more. To learn more, check out their website.  


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