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Your Austin summer bucket list

Remember making these when you were a kid? Here’s an adult version — now all you need to do is cross off your list.


You can swim at Austin Motel with a $25 day pass or for free at a summertime event.

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The summer solstice, aka the longest day of the year and the official start of astronomical summer, is Thursday, June 20.

Let’s celebrate with an old-school summer bucket list. Here’s what we think you should do in Austin before summer’s end:

  • Jump off the diving board at Barton Springs Pool — just don’t take it personally if you get a low score from these guys.
  • Take a day trip to a nearby Texas town — think Fredericksburg, Wimberley, Gruene, Georgetown, or San Marcos.

What’s better than a burger after a long day at the pool?

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Add standing on the pitch at Q2 Stadium to your personal bucket list.

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  • Attend an Austin FC game — the energy in Q2 Stadium is electric.
  • Listen to live music and take in Downtown views at The Drop-In — don’t forget water, picnic blankets, and lawn chairs.
  • Ride the revamped Zilker Eagle — you’re never too old to enjoy a mini-train.
a green fence with the phrase "a tradition on lake austin since 1954" painted on it

Ski Shores Cafe is a lakeside lounge and restaurant that you can get to by boat or car.

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multicolored donut floats piled high in san marcos

What color float are you picking?

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  • Float the San Marcos River — and let your cooler full of refreshments float alongside you.
  • Grab your friends and go to happy hour at a local restaurant — use our guide to find your new favorite deal.
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