Free summer fun

Austin is a city chock-full of activities and culture. If you’re looking for ways to spend your days during the summer but don’t have a ton of cash there are plenty of free activities in town or just a short car ride away.

Zilker Park
Considered “Austin’s most-loved park,” Zilker has plenty of free fun to offer. From hiking and biking to picnics and playgrounds, you’re sure to find a way to enjoy the summer days here. Be sure to check out KGSR’s free Blues on the Green concert series every other Wednesday during the summer!

Barton Creek Greenbelt
Somewhere in the 7.9 miles of the Barton Creek Greenbelt you’ll be able to find an activity that strikes your fancy. For those who want a workout there are hiking and biking trails but there are also easy spots to access the water for those who want to cool off from the summer heat. The possibilities are endless in this popular local hangout.

Comal River Tube Chute (New Braunfels)
A water slide carved into the side of the dam gives tubers an exciting alternative to simply floating. Although a $5 wristband is required between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., hitting up this spot after hours (for free!) is still totally worth it.

Campus Museums
As a UT student, staff member or faculty member you get free admission into many of the wonderful museums on campus with your UT ID. If it’s just way too hot to even think about spending the day outdoors, check out popular venues like the Blanton Museum of Art, Texas Memorial Museum or the Visual Arts Center. For a full list visit www.utexas.edu/about-ut/arts-attractions and be sure to double-check the free admission status before you go!