Summer in Austin is all about having adventures and beating the heat. From water play to movie nights to day trips, there are endless ways to find fun under the (really hot) sun. If you need some inspiration, here’s our Ultimate Austin Summer Bucket List 2024 that can keep you busy all summer long.

  1. See Legally Blonde, the Musical at Zilker Hillside Theatre
  2. Nature Nights at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  3. Pease Park: visit the treehouse or new Troll installation
  4. Visit a water park—you’ve got lots of choices!
  5. Visit local splash pads
  6. Head to an Austin FC game
  7. BookKids Storytimes
  8. Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park – Austin Symphony Orchestra
  9. The Thinkery Community Hours – every Thursday and Sunday
  10. Second Sundays at Texas Farmers Market Mueller
  11. Live Music on the Patio at Central Market
  12. Soar to new heightswith Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
  13. UMLAUF Sculpture Garden Family Days
  14. Home Depot: Free in-store kids workshops
  15. Austin Nature and Science Center
  16. Austin Public Library Storytime
  17. Picnic at Zilker Park
  18. See bats at South Congress bridge
  19. Go old-school and catch a flick at the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In
  20. Self guided tours of Texas State Capitol
  21. Bullock Museum: free first Sunday of each month
  22. Cheer on the home team at a Round Rock Express baseball game
  23. Blanton Museum of Art: free every Tuesday or as a member
  24. Tween Code Club: Austin Public Library
  25. Family Clean Creek Camp
  26. Hike the Greenbelt
  27. Take a dip in Barton Springs Pool. When it’s 100 degrees out, the 68-degree water feels heavenly.
  28. Visit local playgrounds
  29. Bring your dino lovers to the Dinosaur Park in Cedar Creek.
  30. Go underground and discover the Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown or the Natural Bridge Caverns near San Antonio.
  31. Bring your favorite adult beverage and test your putting skills at Peter Pan Mini Golf.
  32. Take a road trip to one of these Texas beaches
  33. See a show at The Moody Center
  34. Pick nectarines and peaches, feed the animals, and bounce on the jump pad at Sweet Eats Fruit Farm in Georgetown.
  35. Walk the trail around Lady Bird Lake
  36. Visit the Woodland Faerie Trail at the Zilker Botanical Gardens
  37. Austin Mom Walks
  38. Soul Food Festival: free for kids 14 and under
  39. Bring your little ones to Splash Shack, the indoor splash pad in Cedar Park
  40. Toddler Yoga at Pease Park
  41. Undersea Discovery at Lakeshore Learning
  42. The next FREE DAY at Zilker Botanical Garden is 7/14 
  43. Visit the Heath Eiland and Morgan Moss BMX Skate Park: watch skaters or view artwork
  44. June Fun Friday Programming at YWCA for 3rd-6th graders
  45. YWCA No-Cost Summer Programs
  46. Try out wakeboarding or wake surfing at Texas Ski Ranch.
  47. Check out all these places where kids eat free!
  48. Blues on the Green
  49. The Drop-In: Free music every Thursday at The Long Center
  50. Free walking tour of Austin
  51. Tejano Walking Trail
  52. Self guided tour of Austin murals
  53. Visit The Contemporary Austin: free daily for kids under 18 and every Tuesday
  54. Hike Mount Bonnell
  55. Visit St. Edward’s Greenbelt
  56. Treat yourself to a cold treat, like a sno-cone at Sno Beach, gourmet ice cream at Lick, or Thai-style rolled ice cream at Holla Mode. Or NadaMoo! for a vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free option.
  57. See the peacocks at Mayfield Park
  58. Fly a kite or picnic at Auditorium Shores
  59. Free live music at ABGB
  60. Visit Fredericksburg
  61. Live music at Guero’s – Oak Garden Stage
  62. Free membership to Round Rock Express Kids Club
  63. For the Love of Parks: Richard Moya Park
  64. Mexic-Arte Museum: free on Sundays
  65. Explore the 227-acre Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve.
  66. Stay cool in the pool while watching a movie at one of Deep Eddy Pool’s Splash Party Movie Nights.
  67. Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry
  68. Kayak or paddle board on Lady Bird Lake
  69. Hill Country Galleria: Live music on the lawn
  70. Hike to the top of the 360 Pennybacker Bridge Overlook
  71. Visit the Museum of Ice Cream
  72. Do an Austin Mural Tour
  73. Visit EVERY Amy’s Ice Cream location
  74. Enjoy the AC and buttered popcorn at an Alamo for All movie screening(perfect for young families and guests with special needs).
  75. All aboard! Hop on the Cedar Rock Railroad in Round Rock.

Anything we missed that is on your summer bucket list?

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