Summer is coming, which means it's almost time to seek out the water! We’ve compiled the best places in Central Texas to stay cool and active this summer as well as what to wear while doing it. Whether you’re looking for family fun or an adventure with friends, this guide has something for you.
Make waves this summer at NLand, the world’s only inland surf destination and brewery, located in southeast Austin, just five miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport. The 14-acre surf lagoon is the largest in the world, making waves for surfers of all levels, from beginner to pro. A 1,000 foot spectator pier spans the lagoon and provides access to a sand beach. NLand Brewing Company and Blue Prairie Restaurant overlook the lagoon, offering on-site craft brewed beer and a farm-fresh menu featuring locally sourced ingredients. NLand offers surf sessions (surfboard included), lessons, kids camps, group events, a retail shop, and activities such as yoga and live music.
Every Saturday at noon, join NLand for Yoga on the Shore taught by instructors from Black Swan Yoga. The one-hour restorative yoga class is complimentary, plus all yogis get to surf the friendly, whitewater Bay Wave for just $30 during the 2:00 p.m. surf session. Capacity is limited to 40 surfers, so grab a friend and snag your tickets early.
Summer Surf Camp at NLand will provide kids with an epic summer and a life-long skill. The weeklong, full-day camps will be filled with fun, activity, adventure, and a lot of surfing. Open to youth ages 8-14, the intimate camps (max attendance is 18 campers per week) offer lessons from world-class surf coaches who teach fundamentals such as paddling and pop-ups on NLand’s signature Bay Wave. Ideal for juniors and beginners.
Please visit NLandSurfPark.com for pricing, events, and camp information. Make Waves!
Indulge in your summer fun with outfits and accessories from BohoBabe. A vibrant towel, the perfect suit, or a yoga hammock will make your summer splash! BohoBabe is a bohemian lifestyle boutique + monthly subscription box based out of Austin, Texas that focuses on living all aspects of the Bohemian Lifestyle, daily. Their vision is promoting health, happiness, positivity, aligning with inner peace, and focusing on the free-spirited mindset of every BohoBabe. Sarah seeks out only the best artisans for her curated shop so everything is original, quality, and handmade with love and positive energy. A portion of each sale from the BohoBabe Boutique is donated to a worthy cause.
From experienced climbers to Austinites looking for a new workout option, Crux Climbing Center has something for everyone. This 22,000-square-foot-facility is stocked with rope climbing, bouldering, strength training areas, a flex space for fitness and yoga classes, locker rooms, a kids’ area, and a lounge space.
Friendly staff are always on hand to answer questions and help get you started at the gym or buying new gear in the retail store. Tune into Crux’s calendar as they host many events ranging from small, intimate community gatherings to large, blow-your-mind competitions all year long.
The YMCA of Austin is a nonprofit committed to helping everyone thrive at each stage of life. This dynamic association brings together people of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, financial circumstances, genders, races, religions and sexual orientations. At the Y, strengthening community is the mission and programs are always based on the needs and interests of the community. The YMCA of Austin has eight branch locations across Travis, Hays, and Bastrop counties, with indoor and outdoor pools, state-of-the-art equipment, fitness classes, personal training options, child watch programs, and much more. Stop by your local Y this summer to find tons of fun for the entire household!
Next Level Ride is a family oriented all-levels cable wakeboarding park. Our six tower cable system pulls up to eight riders around a 20 acre private lake giving them the option to ride features similar to a skate park on water. Our two tower system, otherwise known as The Little Bro, is suitable for children and beginners to learn the basics and can also be rented out for private events and birthday parties. We are conveniently located eight miles east of Austin Bergstrom International Airport on Highway 71. We are passionate about taking wakeboarders athleticism to the “next level.”
Your adventure awaits! Soar side by side over shady pine forests and across steep canyons while catching a glimpse of the mighty “Texas” Colorado river and local wildlife. This Austin-area zip line experience features six dual zip lines, three suspension bridges, and access to McKinney Roughs Nature Park. Zip Lost Pines is located toward Bastrop, just 15 minutes east of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Go experience the longest side-by-side zip line tour in Texas!
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels is America’s Favorite Waterpark (voted by theme park experts for 20 years)! Schlitterbahn is home to great rides for families and friends to enjoy together like the Hillside Tube Chute and the Master Blaster. Our Boogie Bahn was the world’s first inland surfing ride. We have great kid’s water playgrounds in every section and hundreds of picnic tables so you can stay all day.
Pack a snack, grab the sunscreen, and come play! Parking is free, and picnics are welcome. Discount tickets available online.
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Austin Ice Cream Festival
Twelfth Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival will take place on Saturday, June 23 at Fiesta Gardens along Lady Bird Lake. This year’s festival will be better than ever before as the festival serves up two unique events – a daytime, family-friendly celebration of delicious frozen treats from local and national brands, crazy contests, fun activities, live entertainment, local food trucks, and more! When the day ends, another party begins! Fiesta Gardens will transform into After Dark at Austin's Ice Cream Festival, a trendy after party with headlining live music, AICF frozen treat vendors, boozy frozen concoctions, and Austin's favorite food trucks. Various ticket options will be available for purchase on May 16 at www.austinicecreamfestival.com.
Austin was named the number one city to live in 2018, and Austin Duck Adventures is the number one way to tour the city! The Austin Duck Adventures are a land and water tour that transforms into a luxury pontoon boat. The tour takes guests through historic 6th Street, the Capitol, Governor's Mansion, and end with a fun splash into Lake Austin. Whether it be a fun family outing, a bachelorette party, or a private and adventurous work outing, Austin Duck Adventures is a great way to spend your day!
Visit the Austin Aquarium this summer to retreat from the Texas heat! At the Austin Aquarium you will be able to interact with and feed animals from stingrays and sharks to iguanas and exotic birds. Also make sure you schedule an encounter with our Giant Pacific Octopus. The aquarium hosts daily animal shows throughout the summer sure to educate and entertain, and we also offer summer camps for kids ages four to eighteen. Our camps teach the fundamentals of aquatic science through practical arts and activities catered to their age group while building lasting memories and a STEM skillset.