Best Things to do Indoors in Austin
Anyone who has lived or visited Texas knows that it can get hot, with temperatures soaring to triple-digit numbers during summer. These high temperatures make anything you are doing outside become miserable and sweaty, unless you’re swimming or paddle boarding. Thankfully, we researched fun indoor activities to do in Austin, Texas and created an essential list of ways to beat the heat.
Jump into a Trampoline Park
JumpStreet Indoor Trampoline Park is an urban playground with over 20,000 square feet of trampolines or Urban Air Trampoline Park is an alternative with six trampoline activity areas and an obstacle course. Also, Jumopoline Park strives to accomodate small children, different activites and older kids with their slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and much more!
Bounce into an Indoor Arena
Hoppin’ House, Hop N Happy, and Locomotion are huge indoor inflatable playground with bounce houses, foam pits, party rooms, concessions, and more. Also, Lakeline play has their own Inflatable Wonderland or enjoy a glow-in-the-dark, bounce house experience at Pump It Up.
Spend a Day at the Museum
If learning is your favorite way to pass the time, visit one of the many museums in Austin. The University of Texas campus boasts a plethora of museums, from the LBJ Library to Blanton Museum of Art. Explore the story of Texas at the Bullock Museum or educate yourself on the state’s military history and vehicles at the Texas Military Forces Museum. Or learn about Mexican and Latino art and culture at the Mexic-Arte Museum, who was featured in our Austin Street Art guide. Looking for something more science oriented? Check out Thinkery, a children’s museum where science and families play side by side.
Sing It Out
Belt out your favorite songs at some of the most popular karaoke spots around town. Austin Karaoke is a state-of-the-art, fully computerized and individualized Karaoke system. The Common Interest provides private spaces and their main stage to rock out on. Hi Tunes music selection is one-of-a-kind and DK Sushi mixes yummy food with their Thursday Karaoke Night. Grab a group of friends and sing until you turn blue in the face.
Blazer Tag Adventure Center is the only place in Austin that can boast it has a 3-story game room with towers and ramps that create the most awesome playing field for Blazer Tag. After a couple of games of laser tag, venture out to their expansive entertainment area and play some arcade games or grab a bite to eat.
Pinballz offers free admission to their 13,000 square feet of Classic Arcade games with reasonable prices for favorites like Pin-Bot and Pac-Man. Their café sells hot food, snacks, and drinks to replenish the energy of the gamers.
It is not uncommon to wish you were on a vacation during the hot summer months of Texas. However, some people don’t have the time or energy to plan an extensive trip. Realty Austin fully understands and researched hotels and resorts between 1-30+ miles from Downtown Austin to help you cool off, while not having to travel far.
Become a Master Bowler
Venture down to The University of Texas campus for a hip, glow-in-the-dark bowling experience at The Union Underground. For a family friendly, more tradional experience visit Highland Lanes or Dart Bowl.
Realty Austin compiled a list of over twenty craft breweries in and around Austin to stop by and check out. From Pinthouse Pizza, a British pub with hoppy beers, to the Namaste Brewing – Whip In, a dhaba pub, there is a craft brewery for everyone!
Watch a Summer Flick
An obvious choice to beat the Texas heat is to go to the movie theater. Thankfully, Austin doesn’t disappoint when it comes to their unique selection of movie theaters. If you are feeling an indie, documentary or foreign film, go to Violet Crown Cinema. Sing-along movies are always a fun time at The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema or if you want an upscale, cinema chain with plush seating, look no further than iPic Theaters. If you’re looking for the best 3D film watching experience, the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre is perfect.
The Thrill Seekers
For the adrenaline junkie, there are plenty of things to do in Austin from IFly Indoor Skydiving, an experience that creates true free fall conditions, to k1 Speed, America’s premier indoor karting experience. Or challenge yourself to find your way out of the The Escape Game or Panic Room with only puzzles and clues to help you.
Grab the Skates
Playland Skate Center is the largest skating facility in Austin, with over 27,500 square feet and an impressive light show paired with music. Austin Roller Rink host a popular adult skating night that is BYOB. For an alternative, Chaparral Ice offers figure skating, hockey lessons or just a cool area to ice skate.
Stop by the Library
Libraries are known as places to rent books but they have plenty more to offer! Westbank Library provides storytimes for a variety of ages while Austin Public Library has a Youth Service division with books, media, technology, and programs for all ages. Additionally, Lake Travis Community Library has programs for childrens, teens and adults and Toybrary is a toy library that loans out toys.
Grab a Bite to Eat
Rain or shine in Austin, the local cuisine is always good. If you are looking for a great spot to enjoy breakfast or lunch, look through our brunch guide for ideas or you can check out our list if Austin’s best farm to table restaurants. Lastly, whether it is the Super Bowl or just game day, we compiled a list of sports bars worth stopping by to watch the game.
A Little Bit of Everything
If you can’t decide what you want to do or want a little bit of everything, Austin has the places for you. Punch Bowl Social, a lofty, warehouse-chic space, has a full menu and bar with bowling lanes, skeeball, darts, arcade games, and more. The Goodnight creates a more vintage setting with billiard tables, private lounges, and bowling lanes. Main Event is a perfect spot to take the entire family and enjoy bocce ball, gravity ropes, karaoke, laser tag, mini golf, rock climbing and much more. Lastly, Mt. Playmore is truly “Texas Sized” with jungle gym/obstacle course, arcade, cafe with full meal service, BYOB adult night and weekly specials.
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