Don't let the heat get you down.

Austinites are experts at turning their warm weather into an opportunity for fun and festivities. Read on for our list of the best ways to beat the heat in Austin.

Archer Hotel Austin's Pool Patio

Archer Hotel Austin Pool Patio with TV on

Lone Star-adorned splash pool, fabric-laden cabanas and a 14-foot TV — all supported by Second Bar + Kitchen’s gourmet poolside eats and drinks.

Blanton Museum of Art

Blanton Museum of Art

Peruse beautiful works of art in the air conditioning for free on Thursdays.

Grab a scoop

Cow Tipping Creamery
Blackberry sorbet at Frost Gelato
Amy's Ice Cream

The sweetest way to beat the heat is with a cold treat. Luckily, Austin has options. Clockwise, some of our favorites:

Kung Fu Saloon

Kung Fu Saloon giant jenga

Bunker in with some cool games and fruity cocktails at this adults-only bar and arcade just steps from Archer.

Jester King Brewery

Jester King Brewery

Try a seasonally fresh style, like its Kölsch, pilsner or lager — or sample all three via a flight.

Craft Pride

Craft Pride

A massive patio, 54 beers on tap, yard games: Welcome to summer.


Book People Store

Step off North Lamar, grab a Vietnamese iced coffee and discover your next favorite book.

Beachside Billy's

Beachside Billys water slide

Let the kids splash and run wild at this beloved water park.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar

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

Sip away the sun

St. Genevieve beer pouring into glass
Gloria's Drinks

A refreshing cocktail can quench your thirst and quell the heat like nothing else. A couple options in walking distance from the hotel:

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

Lady Bird Lake

Ladybird Lake

Paddleboard, kayak, canoe — just get out and hit the lake to beat the heat.

Viva Day Spa

Viva Day Spa

A relaxing hideaway — try one of its famous spa packages.

Barton Creek Farmers Market

Barton Creek Farmer's Market

Get here early before the temps rise and then retreat inside to cook something fresh and seasonal.

Second Bar + Kitchen

Second Bar + Kitchen aerial shot

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, chef David Bull has you covered with refreshing drinks and in-room dining to keep you cool on those long summer days.

LBJ Presidential Library

LBJ Presidential Library

Rediscover what you missed in history class with great exhibits and compelling relics.


Joie store front

Retail therapy is always a good idea. We’ve an entire list of the best shopping spots by ages and stages in our Girlfriend Getaway Itineraries.

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