6 ways to have summer fun despite Austin’s heat

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Photo by Ralph Barrera

Don’t get beat by Austin’s heat.

Photo by Ralph Barrera

Photo by Ralph Barrera

All you need is a little creativity, an affinity for frozen goods and a knowledge of where the nearest stand-in fridge is located as a back-up plan.

Here are a few suggestions for how to continue enjoying Austin’s summer despite the recent onslaught of triple-digit days.

Take on Austin’s frozen treat challenge 

It would take a whole summer to go through all of Austin’s frozen treat offerings. To help you get started, we have an interactive guide to Austin’s favorite frozen things, according to readers. Thrifty DIY-ers should also take note of the Austin360 guide to making your own ice pops at home and thirsty adults should check out Austin’s favorite places to grab a cold beer.

Summer is for spelunking? 

Does your need to escape heat exceed your fear of underground caves? Then check out staff writer Dale Roe’s summer guide which includes some information on local spelunking.

Knock things off your bucket list

Your time off might not be as lengthy as your childhood summer vacations, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your summers memorable. Whether it’s learning to cook a few new summer recipes or taking morning hikes in explored areas of the Greenbelt, try to knock some things off your Austin bucket list. If your own bucket list is lacking, you can borrow from Austin360’s extensive summer-focused list.

Float on

If you need help planning your summer floating trip, check out our guide for all you need to know — from eating afterwards to prepping before — on floating the Guadalupe river.

Catch a show

Joe Gross has all you need to know about over 40 summer blockbusters that will be coming to air-conditioned theaters near you. If your home’s air conditioning is especially good, you might also take note of this summer’s new television series, including Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer.”

Don’t forget your back-up plan

There is no shame in spending a few extra minutes in Whole Foods’ beer cooler and Costco’s produce refrigerator

Related summer stories:

• Are these Barton Springs Pool stereotypes true?

• A guide to walking in Austin’s heat

• The Paramount Theatre summer movie schedule is here

• Summer running: Hydrate, dial it back, stay cool


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