Realty Austin's Guide to Summer Events and Outdoor Activities



Rediscover your love of Austin this summer with Realty Austin's guides to summer events and outdoor activities. Check out the guides below to start planning your summer fun and enjoy the things that make Austin the best place to live.


Things To Do On The Water This Summer

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Do you love spending time on the water and being outside, but you’re getting bored of doing the same old things? From Barton Springs Pool to float fests, paddle boarding, kayak rentals, water parks and more, this guide has you covered! Beat the summer heat and check out this list of awesome water activities and events going on this summer.


Free Concerts In Austin This Summer 

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They don’t call Austin “The Live Music Capital of the World” for nothing. As the temperatures get hotter and the days get longer, Austinites flock to favorite live music destinations to enjoy some summer jams. The best part is that there’s no shortage of free shows to take in. If you’re looking for an Austin live music schedule, scroll through our free summer concerts guide.


 37 Of The Best Swimming Holes In Austin

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Here in Central Texas, we’re lucky – we’ve got one of the largest networks of rivers and lakes in the state. These vast networks also happen to make for some pretty amazing swimming holes. It would be a shame not to take advantage of them during the dog days of summer. However, when looking for a swimming hole guide around Austin, we noticed that they either lacked information, were inefficient, or didn’t have that personal touch that Austinites crave. That’s why we’ve decided to put together this comprehensive guide to the best swimming holes in Austin, all within an hour of downtown!


Where To Get The Best BBQ In Austin

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Austin is home to some of the best barbecue restaurants in the state, the country, and the world! Over the past few years, Austin has experienced growth and a revolution in barbecue with new restaurants and food trailers popping up every day, giving Austinites and visitors a fresh new look and taste on barbecue! Check out our guide to Austin’s best barbecue restaurants for your next barbecue pit stop!


Best Day Trips And Weekend Getaways From Austin

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We can all agree that Austin is the best city in the world, offering many different activities and events for the perfect day trip, including a visit to a museum and cooling off in its natural swimming holes. Even though Austin is the best city to live in, sometimes we need to go on an adventure not too far away and discover new activities. There are so many places to experience and travel to outside of Austin, so let us make your decision easier and check out our list of day trips and weekend getaways!


Texas State Parks Near Austin 

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Down in Central Texas, we have an extensive network of parks to explore the broad range of wildlife and enjoy the state’s natural beauty. Many of these parks are located less than 70 miles from Austin, making them great for a weekend camping trip or a day away. All of the state parks have unique qualities and histories, whether it’s stargazing parties on beautiful Enchanted Rock, winding hiking trails in the Lost Pines, visiting the home of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, or hiking around or swimming in one of the numerous lakes and rivers we boast here in Central Texas. Order a state park pass and discover all the natural and historical wonders Central Texas has to offer!


Austin Stand Up Paddle Board & Kayak Rentals

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If you are interested in paddle boarding in Austin, there are many wonderful places conveniently located to rent stand-up paddle boards so you can get out and enjoy the water! If you’re not a big fan of paddle boarding, but enjoy being on the water, these rental stores have plenty of other options including kayaks and canoes. It’s the perfect way to enjoy Austin’s amazing skyline and weather. Check out our list of places that offer stand up paddle board rentals on Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis and find the place that’s right for you!


Check out our calendar for things to do each month in Austin.


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