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7 Ways to Beat Boredom in Austin This Summer

posted July 9, 2018 | in Ask Latinitas by Christine Sanchez

Find yourself in Austin this summer? Feeling like taking advantage of the countless activities the city has to offer, but not sure where to begin? Start here.





Bowling on UT Campus

Featuring glow-in-the-dark bowling, billiards, air hockey, and foosball, The Union Underground is a perfect place to take a group of friends to eat, play, and just have fun.

Photo by Christine Sanchez

Austin Public Library

The newly renovated Austin Public Library is located on 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. It includes a summer reading program for kids of all ages, a teen section, tons of places to lounge and read, and, of course, a seemingly endless assortment of books. Going to APL is a great way to keep minds active during the summer.

Photo by Christine Sanchez

Barton Springs Municipal Pool

An Austin staple, Barton Springs Pool is a great place to cool off during the summer. Featuring deep and shallow ends, as well as a diving board, Barton Springs is also home to the endangered Barton Springs Salamander.

Photo by Liliana Valenzuela

Peter Pan Mini Golf

Up and running since 1948, this mini golf course has giant sculptures like a Texas totem pole (complete with cowboy boots, the Texas star, and an armadillo), a blue Converse sneaker, and, of course, Peter Pan himself. The course is open late — until midnight or 1:00 am, depending on the day.

Photo by Christine Sanchez

Austin Creative Reuse

Looking for a break from the Texas heat? Take a trip to Austin Creative Reuse. Located on Middle Fiskville Road, ACR is a nonprofit creative supply store that receives their inventory solely through donations. ACR houses endless supplies of crafts — like old records, yarn, iron-on patches, fabric, and tons more — perfect for your next art project.

Photo by Christine Sanchez

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake

Looking for a more adventurous outing? Spend some time on Lady Bird Lake, where stand up paddleboarding — SUP for short — is a must. Paddleboarding not your thing? Rent a canoe or kayak from Rowing Dock, a rental company located right on the lake.

Photo by Christine Sanchez

South Congress Avenue

South Congress Avenue, or SoCo, is an Austin staple, and with good reason. With tons of quirky shops and restaurants, SoCo is definitely a great place to spend an afternoon. Make sure to stop at Amy’s Ice Cream and Hey Cupcake for a sweet treat.

Photo by Christine Sanchez


Christine is a sophomore studying writing at St. Edward’s University. She enjoys spending time with her Chihuahua mix, Frida. Follow her on Twitter @christineliza3.

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