- By Katey Psencik American-Statesman Staff
Temperatures in Austin are creeping closer and closer to 100 degrees, and we know what you’re thinking: “How am I going to survive another summer of this?” Well, we’ve got some advice.
Go for a swim
First of all, you’re going to need to submerge yourself in a body of water. We’ve put together a definitive guide to all of Central Texas swimming holes, because Barton Springs and Hamilton Pool get crowded fast. We even made an interactive map, so you can make your plans to visit every last spot. You can also check out the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s handy “park viewer” map, which will help you locate different public pools around the city and see when they’re open.
There are also a number of hotel pools in Austin that offer day passes or free swimming. Just because the hotel seems swanky and you may not have a room reserved doesn’t mean you can’t chill out by the pool.
If you’re more the DIY type, we’ve heard stock tank pools are all the rage this summer. If you grew up in the country or in a poor family, you probably knew this already, but hey — don’t miss out on the fun.
Or if you’d like to take a little trip, check out one of these Texas water parks, from Schlitterbahn to Fiesta Texas and everywhere in between.
Before you hit the pool, though, you should make sure you have the proper supplies — check out this list of local boutiques that sell swimwear and order one of these floaties to lounge in the pool Texas-style.
Cool down from the inside out
If you drink something cold, you’ll feel cooler, right? We’ll choose to believe that.
The Statesman’s Addie Broyles shared a recipe for Z’Tejas’ frozen sangria, which has a hint of grapefruit and lemon juice and is oh-so-perfect for summer.
If you’re a craft beer lover, these 10 Texas beers are perfect for enjoying all summer long, from Live Oak Hefeweizen to a peach wheat beer from Brazos Valley. You don’t have to whet your whistle with booze all the time, though — these 10 bars, shops and breweries offer both coffee and beer.
We’ve also made a list of all of the best places in Austin to get ice cream, frozen custard, gelato, frozen yogurt or soft serve ... yeah, it’s a long list. Luckily, there’s a handy-dandy map for that one, too.
Another key to surviving summer in Austin is the delicious icy goodness of a paleta. You can find these colorful ice pops throughout Austin in specialized shops called paleterias or from sidewalk pushcarts. You can even learn to make your own at home, too.
Cope by eating great food
Sometimes you just have to face the facts: The heat’s not going anywhere. So you may as well just drown your sorrows in the great food Austin has to offer.
Check out Austin360 restaurant critic Matthew Odam’s picks:
Embrace the heat and check out some of Austin’s entertainment scene
The absolute worst thing you can do during the summer is become a shut-in. So in between cooling off during trips to the pool, check out some of the fun (often free) movie and music events in Austin this summer.
Here’s a roundup of the best movies playing in Austin this summer, from the Paramount Summer Film Series to Sound and Cinema to the Austin Public Library.
And here’s a guide to more than 150 concerts happening in Austin between June and September, so we promise, you won’t have a hard time finding something that suits your interests.
We know this post is titled “how to not die” in the Texas heat, but in all seriousness ... this weather is no joke. These tips will help you keep your car cool during hot weather in Texas, and if you’re outside grilling in the heat, these tips from our friends at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution will come in super handy.
If all else fails, head to air conditioning. These Austin spots will help you stay chill (literally and figuratively) to wile away the dog days of summer.
And make sure to keep your pets safe, too — their little paws are often too sensitive for hot cement, and it goes without saying that you should never leave your four-legged friends (or humans, for that matter) inside a hot car.
Happy summer, Austin!