Anyone who has lived or visited Texas knows that it can get hot, with temperatures soaring to triple-digit numbers for days during summer. These high temperatures make any outdoor activity miserable and sweaty unless you’re swimming or paddleboarding. Thankfully, we searched for some of the most fun indoor activities to participate in Austin and created an essential list of ways to beat the heat!
Best Things to do Indoors in Austin:
- A Little Bit Of Everything
- Become A Master Bowler
- Bounce In An Indoor Arena
- Cool Off With A Cold Beer
- Discover New Restaurants
- Enjoy A Staycation
- Grab Your Skates
- Jump on a Trampoline
- Play at Pinballz
- Race, Dive and Solve Mysteries
- Relax At The Spa
- Sing It Out
- Spend A Day At The Museum
- Stop By The Library
- Tag Some Friends
- Watch A Summer Flick
A Little Bit Of Everything
If you can’t decide what you want to do or want to do everything, Austin has all the places for you. The Punch Bowl Social, a lofty and warehouse-chic space, has a full menu and bar with bowling lanes, skeeball, darts, arcade games, and more! 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. Mt. Playmore is truly “Texas Sized” with a jungle gym, obstacle course, arcade, a cafe with full meal service, BYOB adult night and weekly specials! If you’re looking for an adult only night, check out The Highball. They have plenty of tables, drinks and delicious snacks for you and your friends to play Geeks Who Drink trivia, Cards Against Humanity, sing live and more!
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 perfect for a night out with friends or date night. For a more family-friendly and traditional experience, visit Highland Lanes, also known as Dart Bowl. Highland Lanes also offers glow in the dark bowling and got voted top burger by The Austin Chronicle! They also have plenty of bumper bowling lanes just for kids, which are great to keep the bowling balls out of the gutters and smiles on the faces of your small children!
Bounce In An Indoor Arena
Hoppin’ House, Hop N Happy, Loco-Motion, Inflatable Wonderland and Pump It Up are no strangers to the joys and challenges that come with keeping little ones happy, busy and entertained. You can count on them to ensure your event or day of play is a great experience! Each inflatable bounce homes offer a unique mix of fun, physical exercise on inflatables and creative and social play, all while being inside. It’s the perfect thing to do with your family on an extremely hot day, or for birthday parties!
Cool Off With A Cold Beer
There are so many local breweries in Austin that’ll keep you entertained and drinking without having to go outside in the summer heat! Some local breweries include (512) Brewery, Bluebonnet Beer Company, Pinthouse Pizza, Real Ale Brewing Company, Thirsty Planet and more! If there’s too many for you to check out in one day and you don’t want to drive around Austin all day, then check out ATXcursions! They offer public brewery tours, which are great for smaller groups, pairs or single riders and they have custom brewery tours that are perfect for bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthday parties, business events and other private events!
Discover New Restaurants
Rain or shine in Austin, the local cuisine is always fantastic since there are so many options to choose from. If you are looking for a great spot to enjoy brunch, check out Blue Dahlia Bistro or these other local brunch spots. Austin also has a lot of farm to table restaurants including Barley Swine, Casa de Luz and more! If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, don’t feel left out, there are amazing vegetarian and vegan restaurants all over Austin! If you want to head to flavor town, then check out all these fantastic burger joints and BBQ joints in Austin! Lastly, whether it is the Super Bowl or just game day, sports bars are worth stopping by to watch an entertaining game!
Enjoy A Staycation
It is not uncommon to wish you were on vacation during the hot summer months of Texas. However, some people don’t have the time or energy to plan an extensive trip. Luckily, you can find the perfect staycation right here in Austin and its surrounding areas. The W Austin attracts both international visitors and Austinites with their AWAY Spa, WET pool deck, and local fare at TRACE restaurant. And Hotel Van Zandt offers a front-row seat to all the action of Austin’s world-famous music and bar scene with a rooftop deck pool, cabanas and coveted views of Downtown Austin.
Grab Your Skates
Playland Skate Center offers the finest in skating entertainment with an impressive light show, fog machine and state of the art sound system playing a wide variety of music. Austin Roller Rink caters to all ages and provides arcade games and private party rooms for spending quality time with your kids! And if you’re more into the cold weather, check out Chaparral Ice; a fast-paced, high-flying action hockey rink. Their ice skating is fun, safe, and for skaters of all levels. You can also enjoy a beverage and a snack while watching your kids skate or during one of their action-packed youth or adult hockey games!
Jump on a Trampoline
The best place to get active without sweating from the scorching heat outside is an indoor trampoline park! JumpStreet Indoor Trampoline Park, Urban Air Trampoline Park, and Altitude Trampoline Park all provide a safe, fun environment for kids and adults to come and have a great time without having to be outside. These indoor trampoline parks all have a variety of different trampoline areas, obstacle courses, slides, bounce houses and more! And if your kids love jumping so much, you can even plan a birthday party at all three of these locations!
Play at Pinballz
Combining Texas’s largest selection of classic pinball and video games with the best modern games and attractions, Pinballz Arcade is the perfect family entertainment destination! Test your skills in a vast outdoor arena with Inner Soldier Laser Tag at the Pinballz Kingdom. Engage in sci-fi inspired team-vs-team action with Galaxy Wars Laser Tag at Pinballz Lake Creek. Or battle robots, zombies, werewolves and more in Pinballz Lake Creek’s multi-sensory thrill ride, the 7D Dark Ride Theater! Pinballz also has a full bar and restaurant service in case you get hungry or thirsty while playing!
Race, Dive and Solve Mysteries
There are plenty of action-packed adventures for the adrenaline junkie in Austin! iFLY is where the dream of flight becomes a reality and a part of something bigger than yourself. K1 Speed offers highly-advanced and environmentally-friendly electric go-karts as well as authentic racing memorabilia, pit cafes, meeting rooms and pool tables, perfect for a place to visit with family and friends or place to host a corporate event or party! Or you and a group of friends or coworkers can solve a series of puzzles using deduction skills and clues all while locked in a room and only having 60 minutes to escape at The Escape Game and Austin Panic Room!
Relax At The Spa
Need a break from work, traffic, and the summer heat? Then take a day off from work and stress and visit a spa! At Zen Blend Mind + Body Spa, they have unique and custom designed rooms that keep you in mind and give you the option to relax, heal, detox, work out knots or a relaxing massage. If you want something a little more different, check out Zero Gravity Institute Float Spa! They are Austin’s most unique spa and offer floatation, massage therapy, and consultation. The floatation tank experience is truly “like nothing on earth,” letting you access the deepest states of consciousness. You can also check out Hiatus Spa + Retreat, Viva Day Spa, and Massage Sway!
Sing It Out
Sing along to 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 provides private karaoke rooms for you and your friends, family, or co-workers to sing, dance and have lots of fun and DK Sushi mixes yummy food with their Thursday Karaoke Night and catchy music. So grab a group of friends and sing your heart out!
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 The 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. Learn about Mexican and Latino art and culture at the Mexic-Arte Museum and check out their ever-changing street art on the side of the museum! Looking for something more science oriented? Check out Thinkery, a children’s museum where science and families play side by side!
Stop By The Library
Libraries are known as places to rent books, but they have plenty more to offer! Libraries provide knowledge, technology, inspiration and are a meeting place of minds and an incubator of ideas to the Austin community. The new and renovated Austin Public Library downtown has a gallery space dedicated to temporary art exhibits featuring art by Christian Moeller, an events center, space rentals, a cookbook bar and cafe, a gift shop and reading porches overlooking Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake! If Austin Public Library is too far away, check out Westbank Library and Lake Travis Community Library.
Tag Some Friends
Blazer Tag Adventure Center is the only place in Austin that can boast a 3-story game room with towers and ramps that create the most awesome playing field for Blazer Tag. Try a fast-paced challenge, create laughter and memories, and test your abilities at laser tag or go above our arcade to incredible heights on the Austin Sky Trail! 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. You can even have birthday parties and corporate events at Blazer Tag!
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 the Violet Crown Cinema. Sing-along movies are always a fun and great for spending time with family; which are offered at The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. 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, then the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre is a perfect choice!
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