My new favorite summer activity: paddle boarding on Town Lake. There is no better way to relax on a beautiful Sunday in Austin then slowly paddling around on a large surfboard. Everyone on the lake was very friendly and overall we all had a great time. We rented our boards from Austin Paddle Sports, which is located right off of Barton Springs Road next to the Hyatt Hotel. It costs $15 an hour for each person and the wait was not longer than 30 minutes. We each hopped on our boards and took off, lazily floating down the river with no particular path to follow. We ended up paddling all the way to Barton Springs Pool! We took many breaks to jump in and swim to cool ourselves off, but quickly jumped back on our boards to enjoy the ride.
We definitely recommend this to everyone who loves outdoor adventures with beautiful scenery. Paddling can be pretty tiring on your arms, but all it takes is a quick jump in the lake to forget all your worries. We hope to see you all out there soon! XO PG
Austin’s very own nature preserve is a great place to explore nature and join in on
numerous outdoor activities that Austonites enjoy. The greenbelt is miles and miles long stretching over 800 acres. We enjoy hiking along the running streams (when it’s not too hot out!). There are numerous swimming holes to check out with friends or your dog. The lush vegetation is truly beautiful to see and people come from all over Austin to walk through the terrain. We love snapping photos on top of the many cliffs; the views are breathtaking.
Hiking, biking, climbing and swimming are just a few of the options you have if you
need some outdoor exercise. But, there are also plenty of areas to relax as well. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day in the Greenbelt with your family!
We recommend entering from Loop 360, since the Zilker Park entrance can sometimes be crowded. There is a great parking lot that is rarely filled up off of 360. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes if you are hiking to the nearest swimming hole. They are farther than you think! Maybe you will run into us at the Greenbelt, it’s one of our favorite places to go in the summer. XO PG
We all know how hot the summers can get here in Austin (but at least its not like LAST summer!!) and there is no better way to cool off than jumping in the chilly waters of Barton Springs Pool. The water stays around 68 degrees year round making this swimming pool very popular any time of the year. Barton Springs is located in Zilker Park in South Austin and gets its water from the channel of Barton Creek. The pool is over 900 feet long and has a natural rock and gravel !bottom. There are bathrooms, changing rooms with showers, and great lemonade and burgers at the snack bar.
After a busy day at the studio, we can easily slip in the “no-fuss” back entrance (It’s basically in our backyard!) which keeps the feel of it being Austin’s BEST swimming hole. (There’s rumor the city council is planning to put pillars and concrete…and who knows what else….but we won’t go into that here…)
Framed by grassy hillsides and shady trees – the moss covered rocks are perfect for sunbathing…and people watching too! Enjoy the 100 percent natural crystal clear water with no chlorine. Don’t forget to show off your diving skills on the diving board there! We also LOVE the back entrance because we can wrap up a glorious day in the sun with mango (or strawberry lemonade) shaved ice made from Jim Jim’s ….our absolute fave in town!
Come join us for fun in the sun this summer at Barton Springs Pool. After packing up all those boxes today for The Weekender Dallas show, we NEED a dip for sure!! Don’t forget our studio’s just a short walk away from this famous Austin hot spot! XO PG
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