The Best Spots to Explore the Outdoors in Austin


Austin is known for its music, nightlife and sporting events, but have you ever wanted to take in the great outdoors? From swimming, hiking and rafting, there’s something riveting or relaxing for everyone in Austin. Take a peek at our top picks!

Barton Springs Pool

Looking for the perfect way to cool down? Check out one of the coolest places in Austin – Barton Springs Pool. Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres lies this huge, spring-fed swimming hole surrounded by acres of gardens and pecan trees. The best part is that that the pool is fed by spring water that maintains a year-round temperature of about 68 degrees and bubbles up at the rate of 27 million gallons a day. Seasonality and schedules vary, but there are lifeguards on duty between 9am-6pm.

Nightly Bat Viewing on South Congress

Bat Bridge

South Congress Bridge

People are wild for Austin’s world-renowned bats and their night flight from the South Congress Bridge. Every evening between 7 and 8 p.m., thousands of bats put on a show of dynamic aerial flights, typically lasting 45 to 60 minutes long. Spectators can bring blankets, grab snacks from neighboring food trucks or kayak along Lake Lady Bird to watch this tremendous feat.

Rollin’ on the River

Whether you want a relaxing float down the Comal River or a party float down the Guadalupe River, floating is a must in the Austin summer. Rent tubes, grab a cooler of your favorite beverage and float for hours down the river. Drive an hour south of Austin to the old-world German town of New Braunfels to access both rivers. The Guadalupe is definitely the river party, so if you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, try out the Comal River just a few miles away.

"This is the gorgeous view from Mount Bonnell in Austin, Texas. The view faces west and you can see the Loop 360 Bridge in the background. Some of Austin's most sought after homes line Lake Austin below."See a Sunset at Mount Bonnell

It’s easy to get lost in the outdoors without leaving Austin’s city limits, but it’s worth taking a quick drive west to get an amazing view. Mount Bonnell is the perfect place for a family picnic, scenic photo op or a romantic sunset date. Easy street parking allows quick access to trails, and the mountain’s 236 meter limestone summit.

Whether you’re splashing around, taking in the views or watching wildlife, there’s always something to explore in Austin. Book your trip today at


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