Top Austin Recommendations in the Summer Time

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Createscape has just changed our regular staff hours (for tours and member assistance) to 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday as part of our new summer hours. For members, you still have full extended use of the office. And for day pass users, you will still be able to work the regular time frame until 6pm if you need to. But the new office hours are a great opportunity for us to share some of our best recommendations for things to do around Austin the summer months! Check it out below.


Swimming Pools

Barton Springs Pool

Texas can get pretty dang hot, as you might be aware. Barton Springs Pool and Deep Eddy Pool are two great options for beating the heat and going for a dip. Filled entirely with water from nearby natural springs, Barton Springs is located on the grounds of Zilker Park and costs $8 cash for admission. Barton Springs is known for being quite chilly, so you have been warned! If you want a dog and alcohol friendly area, you can skip the official Barton Springs pool and check out the downstream area, which is free. Deep Eddy Pool is a historic, man-made swimming pool and having opened in 1936, is the oldest swimming pool in Texas and features a bathhouse built during the Depression era by the Works Progress Administration. The entry fee is $3 for residents of the area.

Free Outdoor Shows

Zilker Summer Musical

Blues on the Green is a free concert series by KGSR 93.3 and goes on during four selected Wednesday nights throughout the summer months at Zilker Park. While they’re halfway done now, there’s some great upcoming performances still and picnicking is an awesome part of the experience. Speaking of Zilker, the Zilker Theatre Productions group puts on an incredible free musical every summer and this year’s show is the Elvis-inspired All Shook Up. The show will run from July 6 – August 18, 2018, Thursday through Sunday at 8:15 PM. And this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Zilker Summer Musical. Sound and Cinema is another great option for catching an outdoor movie at the Long Center front lawn and hearing live music. It runs from July 11-August 15 and is put on by the Alamo Drafthouse and Do512. This year’s lineup includes Wayne’s World, Grease, Mean Girls, and O Brother Where Art Thou?. These are all great options for experiencing the beauty of the city combined with some great shows!

Around Town

There are so many incredible things to do around town, and the beautiful summer months are a great chance when things slow down a bit and you can knock some Austin-inspired activities off your list. Here are some of our other best recommendations:

Have a beer at some local Austin breweries

Hi Sign Brewing

Hi Sign Brewing: 1201 Bastrop Hwy, Austin, TX 78742

Friends & Allies Brewing Company: 979 Springdale Rd #124, Austin, TX 78702

Southern Heights Brewing Company: 6014 Techni Center Dr Ste 2-101, Austin, TX 78721

Watch the sunrise or sunset at Mount Bonnell

Covert Park at Mount Bonnell, 3800 Mt Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX, USA


Kayak or Stand-Up Paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake)

Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX, USA


Spending Time at Lake Travis

Lake Travis, TX, USA


Check out Krause Springs

Krause Springs, 404 Krause Spring Rd, Spicewood, TX, USA


Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605 Azie Morton Road, Austin, TX, USA