In the sweltering humidity of summer, finding the motivation to leave the reassuring comfort of air conditioning can be hard. Except of course, if you are in Austin, Texas where the exciting events taking place this summer will inspire you to venture outside. This article contains a few things you could do to ensure you have the best summer in Austin.
1. Watch the sunset at the Oasis
The OASIS has grown to be one of the largest restaurants in the world and the biggest in Texas. It has both indoor and outdoor seating. Each room is designed with different ambiance and theme to satisfy various tastes. The OASIS has an indoor entertainment area with roof panels on the third floor that are retractable. For private events, several banquet rooms with different themes are available to select from. The OASIS is open from 11:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. on weekends.
2. Relax at Juiceland
Juiceland provides you with fresh and quality juices and smoothies. The service is authentic, fresh and friendly. It has seven locations in town. Head over to any Juiceland and enjoy summer in Austin with a smoothie or juice. Juiceland is open from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
3. Swimming and Cliff Jumping at Pace Bend Park
Pace Bend Park is located in central Texas in the basin area of Lake Travis, roughly a 30 minutes drive from downtown Austin. It boasts of a shoreline that is steep and rocky and also offers some breathtaking views of the Hill Country and Lake Travis. The Park is restricted for people above 18 years as it is the only park in Texas, where people have an option of wearing clothes.
4. Take your dog to the dog dark
Barton Springs Road is a popular spot for walking and swimming for people as well as dogs. The park has 10 miles of hiking, walking and biking trails. All dogs must be on a leash not less than 6 feet. The lake has many beaches alongside it for swimming. Enjoy watching bats fly out from the Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk. Picnic tables, playgrounds, and restrooms are available at this park.
5. Visit the LBJ library
The LBJ Presidential Library exhibit includes access to the President’s private phone conversations, an interactive Vietnam War exhibit where you experience the President’s process of making decisions and the chance to participate in the conversation through social media sites. The Library is open every day except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
6. Swim in Barton Springs
Barton Springs Pool draws in many people and has in recent years seen multitudes of visitors. The Springs is listed as a federally protected habitat and is residence to the Barton Springs Salamander, which is considered an endangered species. An educational exhibit Splash is located next to the pool where visitors can find out about Barton Springs history. Barton Springs is open every day from 5:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. except on Thursdays when it is closed for cleaning from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Summer in Austin has never been this fun!