Summer’s quickly coming to an end, but there’s still time to maximize the joy of the season in Austin. If you want to end your summer with a BANG, here’s several ideas for packing in some good times with the kids.

Visit a local water park for ultimate splashing, water-sliding, lazy river raft-riding and more! We’ve got plenty of details to share about some of our favorite local parks. Read our reviews and tips for going to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Typhoon Texas in Pflugerville, the Rock’N River in Round Rock and Volente Beach on Lake Travis.

So much fun at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels

— Dive into the cold waters of our area’s coolest pools. A dip in Barton Springs Pool is tops on the list of popular things to do in Austin, of course, but you can also squeeze in a few more swims at one of the city pools & splash pads before they close for the season. Check out the schedule here. And check out our list of especially Awesome Pools & Splash Pads Around Austin.

jumping into the cold waters of Barton Springs is a summer classic

Head downtown at dusk to watch the bats. You can view them at the Congress Ave. Bridge, but we recommend making a reservation to see them on board the Lone Star Riverboat Bat Cruise. And mark your calendar for the annual Bat Fest on Saturday, August 18.

Seeing the bats from the Lone Star Riverboat Cruise

— Root for the home team at a Round Rock Express Baseball game. Remaining home games take place through September 3 with H-E-B Kids Day events on August 12 and 26. Click here for ticket info.


Dell Diamond – Round Rock Express Game

— Jump, bounce & climb on trampolines and inflatables in one of Austin’s indoor play places. Or pack your pockets full of quarters to one of the many local arcades to play some games.


Climbing around at Mt. Playmore

— Head out of the city for a little day trip, check out a children’s museum near Austin that’s worth the trip, visit one of our area swimming holes, take a “daycation” at Son’s Island, or try a weekend vacay at one of the family-friendly resorts around Austin.

Hamilton Pool Preserve – a favorite local swimming hole

— Check out a free concert! You can also check out free Unplugged at the Grove concerts on Thursday nights through September 6. And you can attend one of Austin Symphony’s  “Concerts in the Park” at the Long Center on Sunday nights through August 26. Be sure to join us on August 15 for the last Sound & Cinema of the season to hear Rattlesnake Milk live in concert before a screening of Oh Brother Where Art Thou? (free!).

Hear some live music for free at the Long Center!

— Go see a show! You can see Beauty and the Beast at ZACH Theatre through September 2. Or check out All Shook Up, the Zilker Summer Musical through Honk! is this year’s Austin Summer Musical for Children, a free show on Saturdays & Sundays through August 26.

Elvis-inspired All Shook Up plays through August 18

— Indulge in some frozen treats (because ice cream tastes even better when it’s 100 degrees outside, right?). Here’s our favorite places for cold treats Austin.

Cool down with some ice cream

Obviously, these are just a handful of ideas. For more info about events and activities in Austin, be sure to check out our daily calendar and sign up for our weekly top picks email to stay in-the-know.

And keep in mind that even though school is starting back soon, the fun never ends in Austin!