Outdoor Activities in Austin, TX

Looking for some awesome Austin outdoor activities to get you outside during COVID? Check out these 13 ideas for Outdoor Activities in Austin:

Austin Outdoor Activities To Do During COVID

Note: Some of these are closed based on Austin orders. I will do my best to update when things change, but when in doubt, always check the official website first!

Austin Hiking + Walking Trails

One of the things I love most about Austin is how many walking/hiking trails there are around the city! Walking around Lady Bird Lake is my personal fave. The Green Belt is also another great choice!

For some of the best hiking trails in Austin, check out this article.

Austin hiking and walking trails during covid

Swimming Holes - Outdoor Activities in Austin

Austin summers are HOT. Fortunately, we have quite a few amazing swimming holes in the area! These are some of my faves in Austin:

These swimming holes are located a little outside of Austin, but all less than an hour drive — makes for a great Austin day trip:

NOTE: Most are requiring reservations in advance. Some are even temporarily closed, so always be sure to check their website before planning a visit.

Go Camping in the great Austin Outdoors!

Camping is the ultimate outdoor activity! Austin has lots of great camping sites nearby, so pack your bags and check some out. 

Not into camping? Check out these awesome Glamping spots near Austin instead!

camping in austin

Bike Riding

Biking in Austin is super popular! Whether you bike through the city or on a trail, it’s a great way to get some exercise outside. 

If you don’t have a bike, you can always join a  tour or rent one:

Paddleboarding + Kayaking on Lady Bird Lake - one of my favorite Outdoor Activities in Austin!

Paddleboarding on the lake is a great way to get outdoors while keeping a safe distance from others! There are several rental companies to choose from on Lady Bird Lake…

You also have the option to bring your own! This is a great inflatable SUP by ROC on Amazon with awesome reviews.

Rent a boat on the Lake Austin or Lake Travis

We are fortunate to have so many lakes nearby, rent a boat, and get out and enjoy them! Lake Austin has many boat rental companies with several different kinds of boats to rent (party barge, ski boat, pontoon, etc):

Lake Travis is just a short drive from downtown Austin and is another great option to enjoy a day out on the lake! Check out their rental companies here.

Check out a Drive-in Theater

This is the Drive-in Theater’s big comeback! Here are Austin area drive-in theaters:

PS – Going to a drive-in theater is also a great date night idea during COVID! 

Take a Scenic Drive through Austin

If you’re like me, you enjoy the scenic drives in and around Austin. Central Texas is so beautiful, a drive is a great way to get out and explore with little effort! 

Fishing

With so many lakes and rivers, there are tons of spots to fish at! Check out this article in Austin Monthly for the best fishing spots

Visit an Austin "Pick Your Own Produce" Farm

Get outdoors and pick your own produce at a farm! The best time to pick is during the spring and fall, be sure to check the websites for the most up to date info:

berry picking farm

Picnic in the Park

Even though most restaurants are closed right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t eat out… eat outdoors, that is 😉 Pack yourself a picnic and head to a park — plus it makes a great date night idea.

Golfing/Putt-Putt

Golfing and Putt-Putting are good outdoorsy activities with plenty of room for social distancing! There are lots of golf courses in the Austin area. For the less serious golfers, try these places:

Drive-Thru Safari

Get wild at a drive-thru safari and zoo — its a great family friendly activity! Here are the ones in the Austin area:

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