10 Ways Smart Austinites Take Advantage Of All Things Summer

If ever there was a day to spend basking in the rays of the sun and then absorbing the light of the moon, it’s during an Austin summer.

If you’re not outside during at least some point, you’re definitely doing summer wrong. Get outside, get a little sweaty, howl at the moon, skinny dip, commune with fairies, whatever. Be as weird as Austin wants you to be, even if just for one day.

That modest goal in mind, here are a few of our favorite Austin.com lists that will help you get the most out of this Central Texas season…

Go Stargazing

There are plenty of cloudless evenings ahead that may make things unbearably hot and make our favorite swimming holes dry up, but it does good make for good weather to check out the constellations. Here is our Austin Stargazing Guide to help you tell the difference between Orion’s Belt and Aries.

Say Farewell to the Wildflowers

Though the beautiful bluebonnets, lantanas, and other wildflowers usually only last through spring, sometimes mild conditions allow them to creep their way into the summer. They won’t be around for long, so if you see a pitch of flowers, be sure to enjoy them while you can. Here’s our Austin Wildflower Guide so that you can identify them if you do see them.

Take a Road Trip

Heading out on the highway is an essential part of summer, but sometimes a long trip isn’t an option. Instead, try hanging around Austin by checking out some of the Cannot-Miss Restaurants Just Outside of Austin. And yes, there’s pie.

While you’re at it, here are 10 Perfect Places for Great Dates: Day Trip Edition. Grab that special someone, fill up the tank, queue up a great Spotify playlist of Austin artists, and get out on the open road.

Learn Some Local History

The Texas State Capitol is a pretty fascinating place, and unless you work there, it’s probably a place you haven’t visited in a while. A summer field trip could be a lot of fun, plus they have tax-dollar funded air conditioning, so you might as well. We’ve got a list of Crazy Facts About the Texas State Capitol for you to brush up on before your visit.

Take Lots of Photos

Because you’ll definitely miss summer once it’s not around anymore. Here’s a list of 10 Photos That Will Make You Miss Summer in Austin to give you some inspiration. There are also some great places for couples to take photos that make for some truly Instagram-worthy shots.

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