Looking For Things To Do in The Spring in Austin?

Spring is my favorite time of year and our climate in Austin is some of the best to head outdoors to enjoy all the mild weather and an abundance of beautiful wildflowers.  Here’s just a few things that might keep you busy while getting some fresh air, beautiful scenery and relaxation. 

  The Bat Boat:

While most people just grab a spot on the bridge, there’s an even better way to watch the bats!

The Bat Boat company has partnered with Capital Cruises to bring you Bat Cruise-days, a party cruise on Town Lake (or Lady Bird Lake as it’s now known). Enjoy great music, food, and cocktails aboard a fabulous boat with air conditioning, bathrooms, and a gorgeous roof deck. The boat will pause near the bridge (and turn the music down) at sunset to watch the bats and tell you a little bit about them!

Check-in will be at the The Hyatt Regency Austin (208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704) at the poolside bar, beginning at 5:30PM. Guests must check-in with the ATC guide at the Hyatt Regency Austin poolside bar.

Capital Cruises does offer many other fun cruises on Lady Bird Lake.

Please check their web-site for current days and times:  http://www.capitalcruises.com/about/

 

Your Biker Gang:

This company bills itself as one of the funnest things to do in Austin. They help you create your own motorcycle gang, but subs in fat-tired electric minibikes for the motorcycles, which are so much safer.

After a quick tutorial and training on the bikes in a parking lot, you head out on the open road, with blasting classic biker gang tunes from a giant speaker on the guides bike. It’s a little intimidating at first, but once you learn to trust this speedy little machine and lean into your turns (top speed is 20 mph) you become one with the bike and basically feel like you can do anything…like riding in Downtown Austin traffic.

This is an amazing way to see Austin! As you bike over the pedestrian bridge on Lady Bird Lake, through Zilker Park, and along Waller Creek, you will fall in love with this place all over again.

 

The Ladybird Johnson Wild Flower Center:

The Center’s gardens, natural areas and arboretum display more than 800 species of native plants from many of the major ecoregions of Texas. Their gardens represent the most diverse collection of Texas native plants in North America and demonstrate their use in various designs. The gardens include a butterfly garden, a woodland space, water gardens, homeowner design examples an English-style border garden and others. The 16-acre Texas Arboretum places an emphasis on the more than 50 species of oaks found in the state. The Luci and Ian Family Garden was developed as a model of sustainable design and nature play. It provides opportunity for both structured education and informal play and exploration in nature.

The Center’s website provides a full range of information useful to scientists, students, gardeners, native plant enthusiasts, landscape architects and others. It hosts the Native Plant Information Center, the most comprehensive guide to North American native plants in existence, with a free and searchable database of information about more than 9,000 native plants, 43,000 plant images, answers to plant and natural gardening questions and more. Wildflower magazine is a nationally recognized source of native plant information and inspiration for our members.

 

Zilker Park:

The crown jewel of the Austin parks system. A large expanse area of grass crawling with pick-up soccer games, cute dogs, picnics, and people reading books under trees. Zilker also hosts some of Austin’s most famous festivals throughout the year: Austin City Limits, Kite Festival, Trail of Lights, Zilker Relays, and Blues on the Green. This place truly is an outdoor oasis.

 

Barton Springs:

If escaping the heat is your main goal, Barton Springs Pool is the best place to do it. The water is spring-fed and sustains a chilly 68 degrees year-round. Wade in the deep end, take a jump off the diving board, or spend your afternoon people-watching. Bonus: You don’t need to pay an entrance fee to enjoy the best of Barton Springs. The greenbelt is free, and along the hiking path you can find Gus Fruh and Twin Falls—two great places to take a relaxing dip or throw yourself off a rope swing.

 

Lady Bird Lake Trail:

Austin’s beloved (and convenient) Lady Bird Lake Trail is a 10-mile loop with a number of access points. With entry at Downtown, Zilker, and Butler Park, it feels like a natural refuge right in the heart of the city. Dogs, joggers, walkers, and strollers populate this busy route, enjoying skyline views and access to the river. There are also stops along the way to rent paddleboards and kayaks if you’re looking to cool off from the Texas heat.  Truly a must do on your list!

 

For endless things to do right here in Austin, check out:   http://365thingsaustin.com/

 

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