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17 July . 2019

Things To Do In Austin, Texas Hill Country: Your Ultimate Summer Guide

At Sweetwater, we love how our location is convenient to many of the most popular family-friendly attractions and activities throughout Austin and the Texas Hill Country.

family having picnic Sweetwater

To create our ultimate guide to summer fun in Austin, Texas and the Hill Country, we’ve rounded up some of our best blogs on parks, museums, swimming holes and other things to enjoy ‘til school starts back. Most are for the whole family, but we’ve also included a few with special appeal for the adults – and the four-legged kiddos.

If you have favorite Austin and Hill Country activities that we haven’t mentioned and you’d love to share, please tell us about them in the comments!

family posing on lawn Sweetwater

Top 10 things to do in Austin

From quintessentially Austin activities like taking a dip in Barton Springs Pool to lesser-known adventures such as visiting the Bullock Museum, our list of the Top 10 things to do in Austin will make you feel like you’re a native Austinite right quick. If you already know Austin very well, our blog offers a quick refresher course!

Texas state capitol

Top 10 Things to do in Lakeway

Sweetwater is also close to Lakeway in the Texas Hill Country, where our Top 10 things to do list includes chilling out in a salt cave, pampering yourself with a day visit or longer stay at a luxurious spa, and enjoying family movies in the park or the pool. And those are just for starters.

Salt caves in Lakeway

Hill Country Day Trip Ideas

Make an easy left turn out of Sweetwater, and you’re on your way to the beautiful Texas Hill Country, home to incredible natural parks, crystal-clear swimming holes and attractions like wineries and art galleries. Check out our ideas for Hill Country day trips that’ll please your kids, friends, spouse or significant other, and even your dog.

Hamilton Pool in Texas Hill Country

Hill Country Camping

If you love to camp, head over to our blog about six of the most popular Hill Country camping destinations. While this blog is about fall camping, summer is another great season to enjoy the region’s fresh air and natural beauty.

Couples camping in Texas Hill Country

A World’s Greatest Place in Austin

Austin Central Library is included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 World’s Greatest Places, alongside natural and cultural wonders throughout the planet. Read our blog to see why a “technology petting zoo,” a rooftop butterfly garden and other features make this a trip to the library the kids will love. For summer, the library offers an expanded calendar of activities for tweens, teens and other age groups.

Man reading book at library

Tasting and Sipping the Hill Country

The Hill Country grows some tasty crops, including peaches and grapes. The peach season lasts until mid-August, and many of the Hill Country’s peach orchards are full-fledged family attractions, letting you pick your own peaches and cool off with tasty treats like peach ice cream. The area is also home to more than 50 wineries.  Most have tasting rooms and wine gardens, and many offer small plates such as cheese boards. A number of specialty shops have also opened along the Texas Wine Trail, making it a fun all-around day trip.

Couples wine tasting in Texas  

Where Kids Eat Free in the Hill Country

“Kids eat free” is a popular offer all year long, and perhaps more so during the summer, when extra activity may work up some hearty appetites, and extra family and friends might be visiting. Read our Kids Eat Free guide for some ideas near Sweetwater. It would be a good idea to confirm these offers before heading out, as details may have changed.

Little girl eating at a restaurant

Cool Outdoor Fun in the Hill Country

From caves to swimming holes, the Texas Hill Country has many kid-friendly attractions where the temperatures stay within a cool range all year long. For five fun ideas, check out our guide to cool summer attractions in the Hill Country.

People jumping into Texas lake

Cool Indoor Fun in the Hill Country

Located just a few miles from Sweetwater, Hill Country Indoor is an awesome fitness center, and there’s plenty for the kids, including a climbing and playscape area, kids’ night out, field trips, summer camps, and birthday parties.

Little girl at playscape

“Exploring Austin with Kids"

Austin mom Annette Lucksinger is the author "Exploring Austin With Kids," which details more than 100 family-friendly adventures and 25 annual events in the Austin area. See our blog for some of Annette’s Austin summer favorites.

Kids smiling next to golf bag

Texas Hill Country Guide

For more insider tips on shopping, dining, and entertainment near Sweetwater, learn more at our Area Guide and our guide to Hill Country Recreation.

Women looking in bag after shopping in Texas

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