Summer vacation is always a challenge trying to find fun things to do and keep the kids off the X-Box all day. I like to plan small outings in the morning to avoid the sweltering summer temperatures of the afternoon hours. Then I don’t feel guilty about afternoon screen time.
Summer Camps are the best way to provide a fun and safe place for kids of all ages to enjoy summer fun. Whether they like sports, arts, technology, swimming or even cooking, there is something for everyone in the Austin metro area. Take a look at this list of Summer Camps in the Cedar Park and Austin area. Some local favorites are Camp Timberwolf, YMCA and AcroTex.
But, camps can get expensive for the whole summer, especially if you have more than one kid. If you are able to take some time off or trade time with friends, there are plenty of fun local things to do and many are free. Here are some ideas to get your list started.
Swimming & Splash Pads – In Cedar Park and surrounding areas there are many places to swim and splash. Here is a complete List of Cedar Park Pools and Splash Pads. Also, nearby on the border of Cedar Park and Round Rock is the Quarry Splash Pad.
Day Trips – There are no shortage of day trips around the Austin Metro. Here are some Day Trip ideas I have posted before. One of our plans for this summer is to utilize the MetroRail more and explore downtown. Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Park is also a nice place to spend a morning exploring the gardens. Another fun Austin thing to do in the summer is to go see the Congress Bridge Bats fly out for their evening feast.
Parks and Playgrounds – There are so many nice playgrounds and parks in Cedar Park. You could visit several every week over the summer and not even get to all of them. Here is a list of Parks in Cedar Park to get you started. Cedar Park also offers some special interest venues like the Skate Park and Disc Golf Course at Brushy Creek Lake Park, the BMX track and Sand Volleyball court at Milburn Park or the Dog Park at Veterans Memorial. The Brushy Creek Regional Bike Trail is a place you can visit many times at many different points along the 7 mile trail and do something different each time.
Hiking & Outdoors – The best time to get outdoors in the TX summer is first thing in the morning. Plan all of your hiking, biking and strolling in the morning hours and then go enjoy air conditioned activities in the afternoon. Here’s a list of local hikes. If you plan on going to Hamilton Pool or other swimming holes, make sure you get a reservation before going.
Air Conditioned Things to Do – When it’s just too hot to enjoy the outdoors, luckily there are plenty of indoor things to do around Cedar Park. Here are some fun spots: Urban Air Adventure Park, Dart Em’ Up, Jump Street, iFly Indoor Skydiving, Main Event, Lakeline Mall and AMC Lakeline Theater, and the Cedar Park Public Library Feeling artsy? Head over to Board and Brush and get creative. Or head to Austin to the new downtown Central Public Library, visit a museum like The Bullock Texas State History Museum or the Blanton Museum of Art. Mount Playmore is also a nice indoor place to go or you can venture up to Round Rock to try Monster Mini Golf and Bass Pro Shop & Bowling
Here are more Things to Do this summer. Also, check out my Austin Summer Bucket List! Let me know how many you can check off this year.
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