Are you looking for somewhere to cool off this summer or just looking for something to do with the kids? Break out your swimsuits and sunscreen, the dog days are finally here and Central Texas is the best place to enjoy the summer sun!

Krause Springs

Take a dip in the blue waters of Krause Springs in Spicewood, a small town only 30 miles from Austin. Visitors can swim under waterfalls, explore coves, and swing into the water on a rope swing. Krause Springs is on private property but tickets are available for a fee of $5 for kids 4-11 or $8 for adults. This summer paradise is the perfect way to beat the heat!

Hamilton Pool

Central Texas has no shortage of pristine natural water holes, as Hamilton Pool Preserve shows. This natural pool was formed thousands of years ago by the collapse of the grotto. The pool is partially hidden deep in the canyon and a waterfall cascades down, showing that it is still being shaped by water erosion. This local hotspot is only a short drive from Austin in Dripping Springs. Remember that reservations are required to swim at the preserve during busy summer months, so head to their website before making the drive.

Deep Eddy Pool

If just splashing around doesn’t have enough appeal, guests can watch outdoor movies while swimming at historic Deep Eddy Pool. This man-made pool has been around for over a century and is the oldest in Texas. During the summer months, they host Splash Nights in which guests can do laps while watching newly released flicks.

Austin Zoo

Swimming isn’t the only way to enjoy the sunshine. At the Austin Zoo, visitors can observe exotic animals like intimidating bengal tigers, majestic African lions, and more familiar species like longhorns and pot-bellied pigs. The zoo has over 300 animals from 100 species all on 15 acres of land. The whole family will love walking around the zoo to observe the unique animals.

Zilker Park

Enjoy central Texas’s unbeatable scenery and environment without even leaving the city at Austin’s 350 acre Zilker Park. This metropolitan park is the ideal place for a carefree afternoon of biking with the family. Zilker Park is also an access point for the Ann and Roy Butler Trail, which loops around Lady Bird Lake. If biking and hiking isn’t enough, the park also has five volleyball courts, a disc golf course, picnic sites, and a theater for hosting concerts.

Blues on the Green

Austin is known as the “live music capital of the world” and the summer seasons are no exception. Experience Austin’s vibrant music scene at the free Blues on the Green concert series. Four shows are held, once a month from May through August. Music lovers can bring a blanket and spread out on the lawn of Zilker Park to listen to local musicians show off their talent.

While summer in Central Texas is a scorcher, families can cool off by hopping in one of the area’s many pools and natural swimming holes or just enjoying the sun while taking part in the area’s fun activities. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

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