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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

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


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

Cool treats

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:

  • 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, grab a Vietnamese iced coffee and discover your next favorite book.

Beachside Billy's

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:

  • 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 — 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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