Austin Outdoor Staples: Six Places You Need on Your Summer Bucket List

by Madison Hager

This city has so much nature to offer its residents — if only they take the time to walk out their front doors. In every crevice of Austin and the surrounding areas, hidden gems await where people can entertain their adventurous side. With places to swim, cliff jump, kayak, and so much more, Austin truly has it all. And as the temperature continues to soar and classes finally come to an end, these are the local hot spots you’ll want on your summer bucket list. 

Barton Springs Pool
Austin Outdoor Staples: Six Places You Need on Your Summer Bucket List
The city that never stops adventuring | Photo Credit: AustinTexas.gov

One of Austin’s coolest outdoor gems in Barton Springs Pool. The pool stays between 68 and 74 degrees year-round, so it’s always a nice place to cool off from the scorching southern sun. At this hot spot, you can tan on the grassy hill, take a dip in the water and show off your tricks on the diving board. This place is always poppin’ with locals and tourists alike and can be a great spot to make friends.

Madison Hager shares six hot spots in Austin to soak up the sun and get outside and go on adventures with these local summer bucket list places   
Barton Springs | Photo Credits: The Austinot

Cost: $3 Austin resident, $8 nonresident

Open: 5AM-10PM Daily

Lake Travis
Austin Outdoor Staples: Six Places You Need on Your Summer Bucket List
Lake Travis, the Great | Photo Credit: Marc McKinney Photography

Lake Travis is a peaceful haven. The sightseeing around here is incredible with all of the ultra-glamorous houses perched hillside. Likewise, Lake Travis itself is so breathtaking and beautiful, that whilst looking around at the surroundings can make you feel very small.  From cliff jumping to swimming to boating, the activities awaiting you at Lake Travis are endless.

Cost: free

Open: daily

Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnell is a hike up to beauty! It only takes about five to ten minutes, and it’s so worth it. Mount Bonnell is the perfect place to host a picnic, watch the sunrise or even do some yoga. This lookout point screams serenity.

Madison Hager shares six hot spots in Austin to soak up the sun and get outside and go on adventures with these local summer bucket list places   
Twistin’ and groovin’ on the peak

Cost: free

Open: daily

Jacob’s Well
Austin Outdoor Staples: Six Places You Need on Your Summer Bucket List
A wondrous Texas cave | Photo Credit: Connecttoseeus.com

Jacob’s Well in Wimberly is a straight G-E-M. This place is unique in the Lone Star State. There is a rock formation that you can climb up, take a deep breath and jump into a 120-foot cave! People often take Gopros and wear goggles in order to capture the beauty of this submerged creation.

Cost: $5 for Hays County residents, $9 for adults

Open: 8AM-6PM

Lady Bird Lake

At Lady Bird Lake you can channel your adventurous side and get a lil sporty. The move here is kayaking and paddleboarding. So take to the water, and get a major workout while you’re at it with these water activities.

Madison Hager shares six hot spots in Austin to soak up the sun and get outside and go on adventures with these local summer bucket list places   
Just boardin’

Cost (to paddleboard or kayak): $15-20

Open: M-F 9AM-7PM, SAT. 10AM-6PM, SUN. 1PM-5PM

Deep Eddy Pool

Deep Eddy Pool is a historic, man-made pool in Austin. Visitors can take a dip in this pool for only a few bucks. Being the oldest swimming pool in Austin, this place draws in people reminiscing about this relic while also having a fun time. Deep Eddy is fairly close to West Campus and is a great spot to have a study break and soak up the sun.

Austin Outdoor Staples: Six Places You Need on Your Summer Bucket List
Texas’ oldest swimming pool still in action | Photo Credit: AustinTexas.gov

Cost: $3 Austin resident, $8 nonresident

Open: 9AM-7:30PM

As the temperature goes up, these spots become more and more appealing. The outdoor spaces that encompass this city leave me in awe of how cool this place is. So, bring some homework, a book, a friend, maybe some lemonade and bask in the sun and appreciate the beautiful crevasses that make up this beautiful city. •

Madison Hager is a sophomore broadcast journalism and corporate communications major from San Antonio, Texas. This is Madison’s first semester writing with Spark’s blog. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Austin and being outside, attending sporting events, and spotting cute dogs.

 

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