Fun Ways to Beat the Heat in Austin
Updated May 2021
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.
Archer Hotel Austin's pool patio
Peruse beautiful works of art and Texas treasures — in air conditioning, no less:
The sweetest way to beat the heat is with a cold treat. Luckily, Austin has options. Some of our favorites:
Kung Fu Saloon
Bunker in with some cool games and fruity cocktails at this adults-only bar and arcade just steps from Archer.
Experience camaraderie and hospitality while enjoying a frosty cold one:
Step off North Lamar, grab a Vietnamese iced coffee and discover your next favorite book.
Let the kids splash and run wild at this beloved water park.
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. A couple of options in walking distance from the hotel:
Lady Bird Lake
Paddleboard, kayak, canoe — get out and hit the lake to beat the heat.
Viva Day Spa
A relaxing hideaway — 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.