Lake Travis is open for business and boaters, which makes for sensational summer days and breezy evenings enjoying the sunset in your favorite Texas sky. Yes, it’s good to be a Lake Travis-ite this summer.
Don’t let the summer of 2016 pass you by without enjoying outdoor activities, tasty eats, locally-crafted cocktails and family-friendly entertainment for the whole family.
Once again, we’ve got your annual Summer Fun Roundup. Here are 30 fun things to do this summer in Lake Travis.
There’s so much to do and see right in your own backyard — how many things on our list have you done?
#30 – Wake up early and grab breakfast at Cafe Lago in Lakeway. This quaint Lake Travis coffee shop has been serving smiles and tasty eats to the LT community for 24 years.
#28 – Create your own masterpiece at Painting with a Twist Lakeway. Embrace your inner artist with fun classes like Paint Your Own Pet and Sunset Over Texas. BYOB!
#27 – Pick a Sunday to visit the Lone Star Farmers Market and enjoy local produce and locally inspired artisan foods. Music, crafts, fun for the kiddos & more! Every Sunday from 10am until 2pm.
#26 – Enjoy a brew with a view. Try a London Homesick Ale from Oasis Texas Brewing Company, the GABF (Great American Beer Festival) 2014 Gold Medal Winner.
#25 – Catch a movie and splash with your kiddos at Dive-In Movies presented by the Lakeway Swim Center every Friday night starting at dusk. ($3 per person)
#24 – Book a date with Texas Winos and your best buddies for a guided tour of vineyards in the Texas Hill Country from Lake Travis to Dripping Springs to Fredericksburg.
#23 – Treat yourself to weekend brunch at Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar in the Trails at 620. Enjoy their craft bar with wine on tap, craft beer and homemade bitters for craft cocktails and a delicious locally-sourced seasonal menu. Y-U-M.
#22 – Savor a little slice of heaven at Pieous pizza featuring fresh ingredients made in-house daily! You won’t soon forget it.
#21 – Take your DIY skills to new levels at Home Depot’s free workshops for guys, gals and kids. Learn how to build a grilling cart, an outdoor serving station and install a faucet.
#20 – Find out why Lake Travis residents are buzzing about Apis Resturant & Apiary in Spicewood, voted one of Austin’s best restaurants by Austin Monthly and the Austin American-Statesman. Make a reservation or hit the bar for The Apiary, a craft cocktail with honey made from their own hives.
#19 – Take a Hill Country day trip to Enchanted Rock for picnics and camping under the Texas sky.
#18 – Make an impromptu playdate for your puppy by visiting one of the local dog parks in the Lake Travis area like Bark Park or Bee Cave Dog Park at Central Park.
#17 – Enjoy a sunset at The Oasis and soak in the view of a VERY full Lake Travis.
#16 – Take a tour & tasting of locally distilled moonshine at Crystal Creek Moonshine in Spicewood.
#15 – Let your kiddos work off some energy at the splash area at the Hill Country Galleria. Plus, check out HCG calendar for lots of summer events like wine walks, story times and their big Independence Day Celebration on July 4th!
#14 – If you’re spending time outdoors, don’t forget the bug spray! The moisture on the ground is a breeding hot spot for mosquitoes, but you can outsmart those little vampires!
#13 – Lake Travis is home to awesome libraries with plenty of reading groups and activities for all ages. Check out Bee Cave Public Library and Lake Travis Community Library.
#12 – Summer Kid’s Camp starts on June 9 at Moviehouse & Eatery, which means every Tuesday morning is a free family flick. They start handing out tickets at 9am on first-come, first-serve basis.
#11 – Bring your appetite to Noble Sandwich Co. for proper summer pigging out. This eatery has been featured on various shows on Food Network and mentioned in every foodie magazine. And when you bite into one of their mouth-watering sandwiches, you’ll understand why.
#10 – If you don’t own a boat, renting one is easy on Lake Travis. Places like Lakeway Marina rent out pontoon boats for $75 per hour. You can also rent paddleboards, party boats, jet skis, yachts and more.
#9 – Catch A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Tony-Award winning production presented by TexARTS Musical Theatre Academy students.
#8 – Don’t forget dad! Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19.
#7 – Catch fireflies! Did you know each lightning bug species flashes a specific pattern of light? Places like Learning Express Toys carry critter cases, so your youngster can safely catch and keep these cool beetles. At least for a while…
#6 – Make an appointment to visit LT’s newest spa, Austin Salt Cave and experience soothing homeopathic healing with salt.
#5 – If you’ve got a hankerin’ for live music, check out Poodies Roadhouse for live music every day of the week.
#4 – Take a little staycation at the brand new Sonesta Hotel Bee Cave at the Hill Country Galleria. Check out special summer offers like their Splash ‘N Shop Package and Rise and Dine getaway.
#3 – Looking for a picture-perfect view of your beloved Lake Travis? Check out 10 spots where your camera will thank you. Hint: St. Luke’s on the Lake has an awesome vantage point!
#2 – Help your kiddos host a lemonade stand one afternoon. This recipe calls for 2 cups sugar, 1 cup hot water, 2 cups fresh lemon juice, 1 gallon of cold water and one sliced lemon. Place the sugar in the hot water and stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and cold water. Stir. Pour lemonade over ice, add slice of squeezed lemon and garnish with a sprig of mint if you’re feeling fancy.
#1 – Relax with your friends, family and loved ones. And don’t forget the sunscreen!