Top things to do in Austin, TX

Hamilton Pool, Dripping Springs, TX

One would wonder why Austin is the haven for outdoor lovers. Well to start with, It is a very active city. Ranked one of the fittest cities in the country, Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities. It is guaranteed that if you are willing to step out of your house, you will not get bored in this happening city. Here is the list of a few things we have put together to do in Austin.

Hamilton Pool

Of all the other swimming options, the most popular one is Hamilton pool. It was naturally created thousands of years ago when the dome of an underground river collapsed. The sunlight shining through shaded giant trees, crystal clear water where one can see fishes surf by, never stopping waterfalls and native flora and fauna, makes it a refreshing experience. There are other recreation opportunities such as hiking, picnicking and nature study. Also, as it’s a natural pool and no chemicals are added to the water. Authorities check the health of the pool regularly and because of which you may not be able to swim on certain days. It is recommended to call and confirm before you make plans. For reservations check the following link:

Hamilton Pool, Dripping Springs, TX

Address: 24300 Hamilton Road Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Zilker Park

The park comprises about 350 acres of land donated by Andrew Jackson Zilker, a local banker. It hosts lot of activities such as live music concert, picnic areas, cross country tracks, independently maintained gardens, natural hike trails, sculptural works, hot spring, a theatre which hosts performances by local theater companies and 25 minutes train ride around the park. In this park, opportunities of unstructured as well as organized events are endless. Check the link below for events happening over the weekend:

Zilker Park, Austin, TX

Address: 2100 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704

Barton springs Pool

Located at the center of Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool is about 3 acres and is fed by the underground springs. A typical Austinite way of spending a weekend includes diving into the hot spring and chilling at the banks of the barton spring with your family. You would be lucky if you spot the endangered Barton Springs Salamander thanks to which the spring is listed as a federally protected habitat. For information regarding timings and seasonal swim pass visit the link below.

Barton Springs, Austin, TX

Address: 2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746

Lady Bird Lake

The river-like looking lake is the best place during any time of year be it spring, winter or summer. One can’t swim here but tracks along the lake are a bliss to all the joggers and walkers. And afterwards, one can indulge in kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. Once all that is done, there are many restaurants within walking distance.

Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX

Address: Lady Bird Lake First Street Bridge at Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX 78701

Austin Zoo

A visit to the zoo will never be on your list until you have a child to accompany you. Most kids get super excited when it gets to animals, be it the next door pet dog or an animal stuffed toy. We would prefer to see these animals in their natural habitat like a wildlife observatory but that is not always workable. For the other times, we have this rescue zoo which is unlike all the other profit making zoos. Let’s add a social cause to your trip this time.

Austin Zoo

Address: 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736

Inner Space Cavern

If you have explored everything up on the surface of Austin, 70 feet down below the highway I-35 is an adventure trip waiting for you. These caves were discovered in 1963 during the construction of the highway and is believed to be 90-100 million years old. The caves are a reminder of the time of mammoth, armadillo, ground sloths and saber-toothed tigers. The caves are a great place to bring your family and explore with a torch light in hand.

Inner space caverns

Address: 4200 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Georgetown, TX 78626

Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnel is the ideal place to go for a panoramic view of the city. The highest point in Austin. Prettiest site from Mt. Bonnel is the sunset, but it may get crowded at that time. If you need a peaceful view may sunrise be apt for you. The actual hiking path is just about half a kilometer but is nearly 200 feet elevated. So even though it is considered as a low difficulty level hike, parents of toddlers may not find it easy. 

Mt Bonnell

Address: 3800 Mount Bonnell Rd; Austin, Texas 78731

These are only a  few  places in Austin you can begin to explore as a newbie to Austin. There are lot of hidden gems in the city which will be added in our future posts. Stay tuned!   If you find a place  you think is worth including in the list, feel free to write to us @

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  1. I am relatively new to Austin. Couldn’t explore much because of the pandemic. Thanks for the article, as the weekend is here may be we’ll step out to one of these places.