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
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Day Trips From Austin That Are Less Than 30 Minutes Away
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 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
Day Trips From Austin That Are 30 - 45 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 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 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:
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
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
Day Trips From Austin That Are Less Than 2 Hours Away
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.
Distance from Austin: 1 hour and 45 minutes west
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
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.
Distance from Austin: 1 hour and 30 minutes southeast
Distance from Austin: about an hour and a half southwest of Austin