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Beat the summertime heat Great Ways to Stay Cool in Austin

Don't let the heat get you down

Austinites are experts at turning their warm weather into opportunities for fun and festivities. Read on for our list of the best ways to beat the heat in Austin and find fun adult and family activities near you.


Archer Hotel Austin's pool patio

Archer's welcoming patio with a Lone Star-adorned splash pool, fabric-laden cabanas and a 14-foot TV — all are complemented by AKB's gourmet poolside eats and drinks, all at Archer's luxe hotel.

3121 Palm Way, Austin, TX 78758



Breakfast, lunch or dinner, AKB (Archer's buzzy hotel bar) has you covered with of-the-house cocktails, Texas-progressive cuisine and in-room dining to keep you cool on those long summer days.

3121 Palm Way, Austin, TX 78758

Barton Creek Farmers Market

Get to Barton Creek Farmers Market early before the temps rise and then retreat inside to cook something fresh and seasonal.

2901 S. Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78746

Viva Day Spa

Viva Day Spa is a relaxing hideaway just steps from our luxe hotel — try one of its famous spa packages.

11601 Rock Rose, Austin, TX 78758

Lady Bird Lake

Paddleboard, kayak, canoe — get out and hit Lady Bird Lake to beat the heat.

2 Robert Martinez Jr. Street, Austin, TX 78702


A refreshing cocktail can quench your thirst and quell the heat like nothing else. Check out a couple of options in walking distance from Archer Hotel Austin:

  • Wonder Bar — an interactive, vibrant, Insta-worthy bar
  • Gloria’s — ultrasmooth frozen margaritas in a variety of flavors

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Cool, dark and afternoon matinee prices make the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema the best place to stash away for a few hours on those scorching afternoons.

1120 S. Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704

Beachside Billy's

Looking for a great family activity near you? Let the kids splash and run wild at Beachside Billy's— a beloved water park at Lake Travis.

16107 FM 2769, Leander, TX 78641


Step off North Lamar in downtown Austin, grab a Vietnamese iced coffee and discover your next favorite book at BookPeople.

603 N. Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78703

Austin Breweries

Experience camaraderie and hospitality while enjoying a frosty cold one:

  • Jester King Brewery — seasonally fresh styles (e.g., Kölsch, pilsner, lager), kitchen and farm in Texas Hill Country
  • Craft Pride — 50+ on-tap beers, ciders and Texas wines, plus Live Music Mondays

Kung Fu Saloon

When you're looking for fun things to do in Austin to bring out your inner kid, Kung Fu Saloon is it. Bunker in with some cool games and fruity cocktails at this adults-only bar and arcade just steps from Archer.

11501 Rock Rose, Austin, TX 78758

Cool treats

After exploring all the fun things to do in Austin, the sweetest way to beat the heat is with a cold treat. Luckily, this town has options. Some of our favorites:


Austin Museums

Peruse beautiful works of art and Texas treasures — in air conditioning, no less:


LBJ Presidential Library

Rediscover what you missed in history class with great exhibits and compelling relics at the LBJ Presidential Library.

 2313 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78705

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