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Beat the summertime heat in Austin Stay cool with these fun things to do in Austin

Updated April 2022

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

A Lone Star-adorned splash pool, fabric-laden cabanas and a 14-foot TV — all are complemented by Second Bar + Kitchen’s gourmet poolside eats and drinks, all at Archer’s luxe hotel.

Austin Museums

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

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:

Kung Fu Saloon

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

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


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

Beachside Billy's

Looking for a great family activity near you? Let the kids splash and run wild at this beloved water park at Lake Travis.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

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


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

Lady Bird Lake

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

Viva Day Spa

A relaxing hideaway just steps from our luxe hotel — try one of its famous spa packages.

Barton Creek Farmers Market

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

Second Bar + Kitchen

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

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

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