It’s time to beat the Texas heat with a dose of indoor fun! We all know that our state is famous for scorching summers, but that doesn’t mean you have to be cooped up inside all day. There’s a world of indoor activities waiting to keep you cool and entertained. We’ve gathered a list of exciting options for everyone to enjoy. So, let’s check out these indoor attractions and stay cool, make this summer one to remember!
Alamo Drafthouse at Lakeline
14028 US-183 Hwy Building F in Austin
Enjoy a cool retro theater experience with food service. The classic movie posters in the lobby add to the ambiance and they have the best pre-show entertainment. The best part about Alamo is that talking is strictly prohibited, they will remove you! The chairs are comfortable too with tabletops for eating while watching the movie. They have on-demand waiter service throughout the movie by writing down your order on a piece of paper. Food service is nice, but it can be a bit distracting although they do a good job trying to be invisible. It’s worth it for the no-talking rule. The menu selection offers burgers and fries, salads, wings, hummus plates, pizza, and desserts. They also serve beer, cocktails, and milkshakes.
200 Buttercup Creek Blvd #107a in Cedar Park
An American Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course with fun and challenging obstacles for kids and adults. The gym is bright, clean, and well-maintained. The obstacles range from beginner to pro level, and the coaches are always friendly and happy to offer advice. Check the website for open gym hours before going.
Bent Oak Winery
2000 Windy Terrace Suite 2B in Cedar Park
You will love this cozy hidden gem in Cedar Park. Walking into the tasting room and being greeted by their friendly Wine Ambassadors, it’s like walking into their home. It’s located in a light industrial park, but once you step inside, you won’t believe you are in a commercial area. It’s so warm and inviting. It’s also the perfect place to pick up wine-themed gifts. Reservations required.
Cinemark Cedar Park Movie Theatre
1335 E Whitestone Blvd in Cedar Park
Make it a night out with dinner and a movie. Try one of the many excellent dining options in the area. Some of Cedar Park’s best restaurants are located nearby such as Takara Sushi, Eurasia Ramen, Takara Indian, Amy’s China Cuisine, Thanh Nhi Vietnamese, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Grove Wine Bar, Hopdoddy and Dos Salsas.
Cedar Park Recreation Center
1435 Main St in Cedar Park
As a Cedar Park resident, you can join the Recreation Center for a nominal fee. The recreation center has a nice indoor elevated walking track, workout facilities, meeting rooms, and sports courts. Check their schedule for activities for kids and adults year-round.
11066 Lakeline Mall Dr. Unit 9L in Cedar Park
Feeling nostalgic on a rainy day? Head over to Collectors Crossroads and spend time perusing an array of memorabilia and collectibles from all eras. They specialize in seriously fun collectibles and memorabilia: sports memorabilia, music, comics, pop culture, trading cards, gaming, antiquities, and personal collectibles. Huge selection of autographed jerseys, helmets, balls, trading cards, and pop culture artwork. Personal collectibles include oriental rugs, furniture, artwork, designer handbags, and jewelry. Something for the casual collector, enthusiast, and investor.
Crossover Ice Skating
1717 Scottsdale Dr. in Leander
Ice skating at Crossover is a great way to spend a nice cool day with your family. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll have a blast. It’s also a fun way to get some exercise! If you’ve never tried ice skating before, don’t worry—they have instructors on hand who can help you get started and make sure that you don’t fall! If you’re already an experienced skater, they offer classes for kids as well as adults. Also at the Crossover is an indoor sports bar, an arcade, food trucks, and The ESports Cave.
13776 US-183 Hwy Ste. #104 in Austin
Dart’em Up is an hour-long Nerf dart tag game offering organized chaos with trained referees, music, and a full arsenal of Nerf blasters. It’s very spacious, clean, and organized. They have a Nerf Gun room with an insane amount of Nerf Guns and an arcade. Kids and adults are welcome to play. Excellent place for an amazing birthday party!
12332 N FM 620 Austin
Amazing place to hang out, learn, and practice. You can hit balls and grab some food while getting some emails and phone calls done. Plus, they have all the amenities, like practice bays, conference rooms, space for social gatherings and parties, and a full restaurant and bar. The coaches are fantastic, and they will help you improve whether you are just beginning or advanced and just need some tips for improvement. It truly is a state-of-the-art golf facility! You can practice any time, no matter what the weather is!
1231 Leander Rd in Georgetown
This spot is perfect for families with young kids! It is an indoor play area that is welcoming to families and offers a variety of activities, such as a soft play area, a toddler zone, inflatable bounce houses, slides, a ball pit, and more. They also offer private party event packages, which include access to the play area, a private party room, and various add-ons like face painting and balloon animals.
The ESports Cave
1717 Scottsdale Drive #100B in Leander
Located in The Crossover complex. Play with the best state-of-the-art, high-speed gaming PCs around! Go alone or with friends; play for an hour or play all day! Compete at one of their tournaments too. Their rigs have the latest graphics cards (3070s & 3080s) with the clarity, color, and definition you want (and need!) for a premier gaming experience like no other. With over 48 PCs and lots of Switches and PS4s, they offer an exciting experience for all ages and skill levels.
Hmart Foodcourt and Shopping
11301 Lakeline Blvd in Austin
Hmart is a delicious way to spend a rainy day. Warm yourself up with a nice hot bowl of spicy Korean soup in the food court and then stroll all of the isles in the grocery store to find unique ingredients and snacks to take home. My boys love trying new things. We have fun picking up – new to us – snacks and drinks to try at home. Finish off with a rolled ice cream, boba, or some sweets from the French-inspired on-site bakery.
11200 Lakeline Mall Drive in Cedar Park
Located inside the Lakeline Mall. This is a good place for little kids to burn some energy and have fun! Also, a fantastic birthday party spot. Adults get in free as long as you pay the entry fee for the kids, so that’s a big plus. They have inflatable slides and bounce castles, a jungle gym, and arcade-style games. They also have a very spacious party area that can accommodate at least 100 guests.
Kalahari Indoor Waterpark
3001 Kalahari Blvd in Round Rock
The entire Kalahari Resort is amazing! The waterpark features beautiful indoor and outdoor pools with a huge screen, so you can enjoy splashing in the waves while listening to your favorite tunes. They also have slides, obstacles, and splash pads. It’s very clean, plus there are lifeguards everywhere. Those looking to relax will love the swim-up hot tub bar in the adults-only area. Kids of all ages have their own areas, and everyone from teenagers to toddlers will have a great time! You can also stay at the resort, so make it a whole weekend staycation. Also at the resort is a huge Arcade, Escape Room, Bowling Bars, and Restaurants.
2500 Mc Hale Ct in Austin
Test your driving skills with indoor electric go-carting. Walk-ins are welcome. For larger groups, you may want to call ahead.
11200 Lakeline Mall Dr in Cedar Park
Going to the mall seems so 1990, but it is a good way to spend a rainy afternoon to get some energy out with the little ones or cure teen boredom (if that’s possible). There are quite a few activities geared for small children in the mall now like an indoor bounce house, train ride, playground, bungee jump, and a couple of toy stores. Even tweens and teens can find things to interest them like FYE, and Game Stop. There is also a decent food court and a nice movie theater. Give Rumaan Cuisine a try too. It’s a fresh and delicious Mediterranean food sit-down restaurant and it is family-owned, not a chain. A real hidden gem.
Little Land of Cedar Park
2423 S. Bell Blvd. in Cedar Park
Great for little ones. It isn’t too crowded, the equipment is well-spaced, and everything is relatively safe. They will surely love the giant light show and the ball suction maze. They also have an indoor slide, sandboxes, swings, ball pits, a pretend room, a sensory room, and a reading room. There is an outside playground too. There is also a separate small area for children under 18 months. Open play, parents’ night out, and memberships are available. Check the website or call before going for availability.
Main Event Austin
13301 US-183 Hwy in Austin
This is the perfect place to go with a group of people when you don’t know what you want to do. There is something for everyone. From video games to bowling and billiards to rock climbing you won’t get bored. They also have mini golf, laser tag, a full bar, and a small restaurant. Bowling lanes are very nice with food service. Plenty of TV’s around in the bar and bowling areas, giving it a nice “sports bar” kind of feel.
Michaels and Hobby Lobby
Search Pinterest for a fun craft project and then grab some supplies. Bring them home and spend a nice rainy day getting your creative juices flowing. Or if you want to make it a little hald day outing, visit the Austin Creative Reuse Center where you can browse a full shop of donated crafting materials that you can but for a fraction of the cost of retail. Think of a Savers, but just for crafts. They also have fun and affordable classes. I made this cat wall hanging at one of their classes using scraps of fabric. A fun way to spend a few hours indoors.
Moviehouse & Eatery
8300 N FM 620 Bldg B in Austin
It’s kind of like Alamo Draft House but slightly more upscale and has a nice bar in the lobby. With large, fully cushy electric recliner leather seats that can comfortably fit a person, it’s hard not to fall asleep. There are tray tables for getting food and drink delivered right to your recliner. The movie screen and sound are great. It feels like being in your living room at home, just bigger and better!
Museum of Ice Cream at The Domain
11506 Century Oaks Terrace #128 in Austin
Don’t miss out on an opportunity to let your inner kid out and live it up at the Museum of Ice Cream. It is such a fun place to visit. You first get to create your own ice cream name and write it on a name tag. You then go through the grand doors, giving it a Willy Wonka feel, and are immediately offered ice cream. They also give out candy and popcorn. Don’t worry, you can eat as much as you want. They also have dairy-free ice cream. There are several rooms with different activities and beautiful designs, making it an enjoyable experience for any age. Kids will love the sprinkler ball pit play area. There’s also a pool of sprinkles for the kids and adults to enjoy.
Pinballz Arcade Lakecreek
13729 Research Blvd in Austin
This is a fun indoor gaming center for kids and adults. It’s been expanding and has gotten bigger and better if you haven’t been in a while. They have an array of activities to do, from indoor go-cart racing to axe throwing, laser tag, and bumper cars. Their arcade section is massive with vintage and high-tech games. There are also video and ticket-prize games so you can redeem prizes at the prize booth.
Shooters Billiard Hall
601 E Whitestone Blvd in Cedar Park
Adult amusement is provided by Shooters Cedar Park, which is both a billiards hall and sports bar. The venue features big-screen plasma televisions, live music from local bands, karaoke, and poker tournaments.
1400 Discovery Boulevard in Cedar Park
Spare Birdie Public House is a great place to beat the summer heat. It is conveniently located right off 183 behind Costco and offers a full-service restaurant and bar, bowling, virtual golf, and live music. The atmosphere is casual but classy. They have an extensive menu with lots of options for everyone, including kids. And if you’re looking for something more low-key?
Splash Shack Indoor Water Park
1801 Clover Ln in Cedar Park
This cute little indoor splash play area is awesome for small children. It’s clean, well maintained and there are plenty of bathrooms and changing rooms and showers. It’s well-watched too with lifeguards stationed everywhere during busy times. There are slides for all ages and lots of activities to keep them busy for hours. A small snack bar is available.
Thrifting and Vintage Shopping
This is one of my favorite past times. And better yet, it’s indoors! There are so many fun vintage and thrift stores around Austin that you could visit a new one every day. And the best part is that they are always changing with new (old) stuff. Goodwill and Savers are great, but if you want the best pics, visit some local antique malls like Austin Antique Mall off Burnet Rd in Austin, Oddinary Objects in Jonestown or the Antique Gallery of Round Rock, off I35.
Titan Moon Comics
1540 Cypress Creek Road #108 in Cedar Park
What better way to spend a hot afternoon than perusing comics for hours? Titan Moon is a cool, locally owned comic book and tabletop game enthusiast’s hidden gem since 2014. Support local. They offer new and vintage comics, action figures, collectibles and novelties, games and gaming supplies. There are also gaming tables for Events. Join a D&D session or any other group game. Cool way to make some friends if you are new to town.
Twin Lakes YMCA
204 E Little Elm Trail in Cedar Park
Located along the scenic Brushy Creek Trail System, on a nicer day, you can enjoy the lake and trails. But they also offer indoor activities for members. The gyms and equipment are well maintained. They offer a wide variety of classes for all ages and there is onsite childcare. There is also a huge indoor pool. Memberships are affordable.
Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park
13201 Ranch Rd 620 in Austin
Large-scale indoor trampoline center hosting open jump, fitness classes, dodgeball & parties. A perfect place to spend a hot day.
Of course, eating out and shopping is always good option to kill some time on summer days. Support local and check out these locally owned Shops.
While it might appear that all summer activities in Cedar Park come with a hefty price tag, with a little ingenuity, you can discover some affordable fun. Here are a few wallet-friendly activities I enjoyed with my kids on summer days when we needed a break from being cooped up.
Read a good book at the Cedar Park Library.
Stroll around PetsMart to see cute critters.
Hang out at Barnes n Noble reading books while mom gets a much-needed coffee.
Cruise Best Buy with the teens to see all the latest electronics.
Have fun at Party City looking at silly costumes.
Hang out at Lakeline Mall.
Look up a fun recipe and go to HEB for ingredients to make at home.
Visit a city splash pad at Brushy Creek Lake Park or Champions Park.
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