With the recent Austin monsoon season, it is sometimes hard to believe, but soon it will be hot and sunny here. Really hot actually. Keeping cool can become a full-time job if you aren’t prepared with ideas. To make it a little easier, here are 50 ideas for staying cool this summer. Most are here in Austin, a few scatter Central Texas and some can go with you anywhere.


Have fun and stay cool my friends!

1-10: Eats & Drinks

  • Amy’s Ice Cream
  • Dairy Queen
  • Jamba Juice
  • Starbucks, especially Frappacino Happy Hour
  • Lick Honest Ice Creams
  • Austin Scoops
  • TCBY
  • Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs
  • Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery (Round Rock)
  • Sno-Cones from any stand you can find

11-18: (Semi)Homemade Fun

  • Homemade popsicles
  • Sprinklers
  • Slip-n-Slides
  • Kiddie pools
  • Water balloons
  • Bobbing for apples
  • Water tables
  • Ice Bucket Challenge, round 2!

19-24: Domestic Bliss

  • Cotton sheets (they breathe better)
  • Add ceiling and floor fans
  • Close the curtains when you’re away
  • More cold meals (salads), less hot meals
  • Misting fans on the porch
  • Keep aloe and moisturizer in the fridge

25-37: Kid Adventures

  • Camp Mabry Museum
  • Thinkery
  • Jumpoline
  • Safari Champ (Round Rock)
  • Mt. Playmore
  • Barnes & Noble Stores
  • Kaleidoscope Toys (Round Rock)
  • Libraries
  • Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels)
  • Hawaiian Falls (Pflugerville)
  • Volente Beach Water Park
  • SeaWorld (San Antonio)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp

38-45: Staycations

  • Hyatt Regency Lost Pines (Bastrop)
  • Travaasa (Lakeway)
  • JW Marriott Downtown Austin
  • JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa (San Antonio-ish)
  • Lake Austin Spa
  • Lakeway Resort & Spa
  • Horseshoe Bay Resort (Marble Falls)
  • Omni Barton Creek Spa & Resort

46-50: Water, Water Everywhere

We could come up with 50 just based on these four categories! But that would have been plagiarism since fellow AMB blogger Donna already did that here. So instead, consider 46-50 the summary.

  • Pools
  • Splash Pads
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Springs

There ya have it! What will you be doing this summer to stay “cool”?


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