Best Spring Outdoor Activities Near Austin

Spring shopping at a farmer's market near Austin.

The winter season is coming to a close, and we couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come this spring. Whether you prefer to soak in the warm spring days by hiking, strolling through gardens, or swimming in beautiful Lake Travis, we’ve put together a handful of ideas to get you and your family outdoors this spring. 

Hiking & Biking Trails

Mount Bonnell

A short and sweet hiking trail located right outside of the city of Austin is Mount Bonnell. While the total distance is only a half-mile, the views from the top of the lookout are worth the short venture. Bring a snack and take in the sweeping views of the Colorado River and surrounding riverside neighborhood. 

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Whether you’re looking to hike for a few short miles or tackle the entire 12-mile trail system, Barton Creek Greenbelt offers some of the best spring hiking and biking activities for every adventure level. Starting at Zilker Park, the trail weaves its way through the outskirts of Austin and is a popular hub for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. 

Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

If you’re looking to spend some time close to nature and enjoy the joys of spring, a great spot tucked an hour’s drive outside of Austin is Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. While the trails are not open to biking, the opportunities for hiking and flora and fauna viewing are endless. Choose between favorite trails such as Indiangrass, Rimrock, or Cactus Rock Trail to soak in that fresh spring air.

Lake Travis Recreation

Outdoor Water Activities

There’s no better way to spend a warm spring day than by spending it on the water. At Lake Travis, you can enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, jet-skiing, or boating with the family. This popular outdoor destination offers no shortage of fun outdoor water activities. So make a day of it by renting a pontoon boat or choose to relax at one of the fantastic lakeshore parks to grill and hang out with the family. Either way, you can’t go wrong. 

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

Strap on your harness and helmet and get ready to soar above Lake Travis on one of the longest and fastest ziplines in Texas. The five-line zipline tour will provide you with some of the best views of the Texas Hill Country and the captivating blue water of Lake Travis. So grab your best adrenaline-seeking friend or family member and take to the skies this spring at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures. 

Farmer’s Markets

There’s nothing that says spring like quaint local streets filled with tents and tables offering fresh flowers, vegetables, produce, or handmade goods. The Sustainable Food Center Farmer’s Market is open on Saturdays and conveniently has a Downtown and Sunset Valley location. If you can’t make it on Saturday, don’t worry – the Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller is open on Sundays and is located just Northeast of Austin. 

Outdoor Arts & Entertainment

Zilker Park

This 350-acre park lies in the heart of Austin and is a popular spot for residents and visitors looking to partake in the city’s lively and entertaining outdoor festivities. The park hosts large events throughout the Spring and Summer months and is also home to famed attractions such as Zilker Botanical Gardens, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, and Barton Springs Pool. 

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Leap into the spring season and sharpen up your plant knowledge and gardening skills at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. With daily guided garden tours, you can learn about the history of the center and the diverse flowers and plants that bring the center to life. Check out their events calendar to see what fun spring activities the whole family might enjoy, and if you’re lucky, you might catch one of their Spring Native Plant Sales. 

Rainey Street Historic District

After the long winter months indoors, plan a fun night on the town with a close friend or loved one. The Rainey Street Historic District is a vibrant neighborhood filled with eccentric and flavorful dining, nightlife, music, and art culture. Casually stroll the streets and take in the live music, local breweries, and dynamic food trucks. Finish your spring evening stroll with a drink and a toast to enjoying warmer weather on Lucille’s patio. 

After an enjoyable spring hike or day spent at Lake Travis, you can look forward to relaxing with the family in one of our beautiful custom homes at Lakeside at Tessera. Contact our office to book a tour and find comfort in the knowledge that all of these fun spring outdoor activities will soon be at your fingertips.

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