Best Day Trips From Austin, TX

Looking for fun day trips from Austin? Check out this list of 21 day trip ideas in Central Texas! The list is broken down by distance from Austin:

  • Less than 30 minutes away
  • 30 – 45 minutes away
  • 1 hour away
  • Under 2 hours away

Happy day trip planning! Don’t forget to make sure your car is road trip ready and check out these super helpful apps to download before your next driving adventure!

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Day Trips From Austin That Are Less Than 30 Minutes Away

Driftwood Wineries + The Salt Lick

Looking for a fun day trip from Austin with friends? Head to Driftwood and enjoy some amazing wine, brewery, and distillery tours! Stopping for BBQ at The Salt Lick is a MUST.

Distance from Austin: About 30 minutes southwest

McKinney Falls State Park

McKinney Falls State Park is filled with winding trails and beautiful waterfalls. You can do it all here: hike, bike, fish and swim! Check out their interactive trail maps and plan your next Austin day trip.

Distance from Austin: About 15 minutes southeast

Dripping Springs Wine Tour

Dripping Springs is a great day trip destination! You can check out the area’s wineries, or do something a little different… tour the Texas Olive Industry Orchard! 

Distance from Austin: About 30 minutes southwest

Bastrop, TX

Bastrop is said to be “the most historic small town in Texas.” There are tons of things to do, like exploring their historic downtown, zip line at Lost Pines, hike in Bastrop State Park and more! Visit their website for more ideas.

Distance from Austin: About 30 minutes east

Lockhart, TX

Lockhart is another great day trip from Austin for anyone who loves BBQ! The must do things in Lockhart, TX are:

Day Trip from Austin lockheart

Distance from Austin: About 30 minutes southeast

Day Trips From Austin That Are 30 - 45 Minutes Away

Lake Travis, TX

I absolutely love spending the day out at Lake Travis. Rent a boat and spend the day at the lake or check out The Oasis on Lake Travis – an iconic restaurant with an amazing view! 

Day Trip from Austin - Lake Travis

Distance from Austin: About 40 minutes away

Blue Hole in Wimberly

A hidden gem near Wimberly, Blue Hole Regional Park is just a short drive South of Austin and a great place to spend the day!

Distance from Austin: About 45 minutes

Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool is a beautiful natural pool located just outside of Austin. As they are trying to preserve it, you now have to reserve a spot ahead of time. Reservations are $11 online ahead of time, and then $15 per vehicle when your arrive — CASH ONLY. To learn more or schedule a reservation, visit their website

Distance: About 45 minutes west of Austin

Float the River

If you haven’t floated the river, you can’t really call yourself a true Texan 😉 There are three rivers in the area you can float…

San Marcos River

The San Marcos river is popular with Austinites since it’s the closest, only about 40 minutes away. There are several tube rental companies:

Distance from Austin: About 40 minutes south

Comal River

The Comal River is a very popular float because it’s only 3 miles long and usually has a lot of shade. There are several tube rental companies:

Distance from Austin: About 50 minutes south

Guadalupe River

The Guadaupe River is arguably the most popular river tubing spot in Texas! With two-hour, three-hour, or six-hour float options, this river will take you all through Central Texas! These are just a few of the companies that offer tube rentals:

Distance from Austin: About 55 minutes south

Krause Springs

Krause Springs is a camping and swimming hole about 30 miles northwest of Austin. It’s a perfect day trip for a hot summer day! Below photo by Brian P. Barnes.

Day Trip from Austin - krause springs

Distance from Austin: about 50 minutes west

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours offers awesome zip lining tours that includes 5 ziplines, 2 sky bridges, and a rappel and lasts from 90 minutes to two hours. (photo below from their Facebook)

Distance from Austin: about 40 minutes northwest

Day Trips From Austin That Are 1-Hour Away

New Braunfels

Located about an hour South of Austin, New Braunfels is a great day trip for families and friends alike! There are tons of things to do, here are just a few favorites:

Day Trip from Austin - New Baunfels Schlitterbahn

Distance from Austin: About 50 minutes

Gruene, TX

A historic district in New Braunfels, Gruene, has lots of great things to do on a day trip:

Distance from Austin: About 50 minutes south

Jacob’s Well near Seguin, TX

Jacob’s Well Natural Area is a great swimming hole in the Hill Country that’s worth the drive from Austin. This artesian spring releases thousands of gallons of water a day!

Distance from Austin: about 55 minutes southeast

Marble Falls

Marble Falls is a cute small town located about an hour outside of Austin. Situated on Lake Marble Falls, there are plenty of outdoor activities to partake in:

Day Trip from Austin - marble falls

Distance from Austin: about 1-hour northwest

Day Trips From Austin That Are Less Than 2 Hours Away

Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock is a great choice for anyone looking for an outdoorsy day trip from Austin — there are over 11 miles of trails! You do have to pay an entrance fee and can make a reservation online beforehand. 

Day Trip from Austin - Enchanted Rock

Distance from Austin: 1 hour and 45 minutes west

Round Top, TX

If you’re into shopping, Round Top, TX is the day trip for you! From antiques, to handcrafted good, there are tons of shopping options to choose from. Photo below from their Facebook page.

Day Trip from Austin - Round Top

Distance from Austin: 1 hour and 20 minutes west

Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake is another great day trip destination from Austin! Rent a boat and spend the day relaxing on the water.

Distance from Austin: 1 hour and 20 minutes southwest

Magnolia Market in Waco, TX

Made famous by the HGTC show “Fixer Upper,” Magnolia Market in Waco, TX makes for a great girls day trip idea from Austin! Photo below is from their Facebook page.

Day Trip from Austin - Magnolia Markets Waco

Distance from Austin: 1 hour and 40 minutes

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg is a super popular day trip destination! There is so much history in this small town, and tons of things to do:

Distance from Austin:  1 hour and 30 minutes

Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas

If you’re a fan of Shiner Beer, take a day trip down to Shiner, Texas and tour the Spoetzl Brewery! For more information on tours, visit their website

Day Trip from Austin - Shiner Brewery

Distance from Austin: 1 hour and 30 minutes southeast

Luckenbach

Made famous by Willie Nelson, some say Luckenbach is the heart and soul of Texas. Located right outside of Fredericksburg, the Luckenbach Texas General Store, Bar and Dancehall is a must visit! Photo below by Gino on flickr

Distance from Austin: about an hour and a half southwest of Austin

Happy day tripping! What are your favorite day trips from Austin? Let me know in the comments or send me a DM on Instagram!

xx Chels

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