Summer in Austin

It’s one hot mother of a summer in Austin with temps reaching above 100 for a week straight. My lawn is scorched and I get sunburned just walking to my car. I’ve been trying to find fun summer activities to do that don’t involve getting sunstroke. Here are some ways I’ve been dealing with the heat.

Chill Out: I’ve discovered a few ways to cool down so far and one of them includes eating snow cones, snow balls, raspas. Whatever you call them, they are the perfect summer indulgence (and I have been indulging regularly).  I’m curious… what do you call them where you’re from? Casey’s New Orleans style snowballs is the best snow cone stand in Austin, they have homemade flavors, perfect ice consistency and are on my way home from work.

Dive In: While others put on winter weight, I put on summer weight; it’s too hot for outdoor exercise but perfect weather for snow cones and ice cream… you do the math. My favorite way to combat summer weight gain is by swimming. Austin’s many neighborhood pools and local swimming holes have been a lifesaver. This pic below is of Allandale pool, it’s surrounded by a pretty park with tennis courts and a little pond.

Catch A Flick: If you absolutely refuse to go outside in the sweltering heat, a movie theater may quite possibly be the coldest, darkest place you can go during the hot day. In Austin, the local fave is Alamo Draft House Cinema, a dine-in indie theatre with great beers on tap and a fun vibe.

2 Comments on Summer in Austin

  1. kelsey
    July 8, 2011 at 9:52 am (9 years ago)

    Snow cones and swimming is the perfect summer staple.

  2. Monica at
    July 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm (9 years ago)

    Snowballs in NOLA. :) The best place I’ve found so far is Jim Jim’s. There’s one near Stubb’s, & I’m pretty sure they have them somewhere in Zilker park, too… avoid the ones sold by the pool front entrance. no bueno.


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