Southwest Austin offers myriad options for individuals looking to escape the high temperatures of summer. Whether it’s painting a piece of pottery with a friend, taking children to swim in a community pool, catching a movie with a significant other or indulging one’s inner child with a round of laser tag, there are plenty of activities to help beat the Texas heat.
Pools & swimming holes
Dick Nichols Neighborhood Pool
8011 Beckett Road, Austin
Hours: Tue.-Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.,
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Dittmar neighborhood pool
1009 W. Dittmar Drive, Austin
Hours: Mon. 11a.m.-8 p.m., Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; closed Tue.
Garrison Municipal Pool
6001 Manchaca Road, Austin
Hours: Thu.-Tue. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., closed Wed.
24300 Hamilton Pool Road,
Hours: reservations required May 1-Sept. 30; daily 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-6 p.m., weather permitting.
Fees: $5 (per vehicle if citizen age 62 or older or disabled vet is among party), $15 (per vehicle)
Twin Falls/Sculpture Falls
3900 W. MoPac, Austin
Arts & Entertainment
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Features: Special film screenings with different themes include Terror Tuesday, Girlie Night and Weird Wednesday. Food and drink menu prices vary.
5701 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin
Hours: box office opens 45 minutes before first scheduled showtime
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The Art Garage
Features: Amenities include walk-in projects; art classes using different mediums such as pottery and glass fusion; art camps; family workshops; and Storytime Art.
11190 Circle Drive, Ste. 202, Austin
Hours: Sun.-Mon. noon-6 p.m., Tue.-Wed. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thu.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Features: Monthly events include do-it-yourself classes, including “Plant Therapy: Make a Modern Succulent Arrangement” and “DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern Class.” Included in the price are materials, beer and wine.
6405 Manchaca Road, Austin
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.
Features: Open studio painting and paint-your-own pottery and mosaic events occur each month, including a Kid’s Night Out and adult workshop series “Monet Makers” on Sundays. A football-themed “memory plate” will be offered in September in which families can have a custom-designed dish made with their handprints included.
4477 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin
Hours: Sun.-Mon. noon-6 p.m., Tue.-Thu. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Food & Drink
(512) Brewing Co.
Features: Guided tours are offered with a sample glass keepsake and six 8-ounce samples. Outdoor games also available.
407 Radam Lane, Ste. F200, Austin
Hours: Sat. noon-4 p.m., closed Sun.-Fri.
The Austin Winery
Features: Amenities include tours; tasting lounge; bread, cheese and meat pairings; wine club; and private events
440 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. A1, Austin
Hours: Tue.-Fri. 4-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sun. noon-7 p.m. Closed Mon.
Deep Eddy Distillery
Features: Amenities include a tasting room; tours; and Red’s Porch food truck
2250 E. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs
Hours: Thu.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m., closed Mon.-Wed.
Fees: $15-$25, drink prices vary
Features: Hands-on cooking classes and private parties are offered at kitchens across Austin, including at TippingT Tejas Pavilion, 13127 Fitzhugh Road. Groups of eight to 10 participants cook with an international chef teaching his or her native cuisine.
Hours: check website for schedules
Fees: $48-$80 depending on chef and ingredients
Jester King Brewery
Features: Brewery tours and tastings offered.
13005 Fitzhugh Road, Bldg. B, Austin
Hours: Fri. 4-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m., Sun. noon-9 p.m. Closed Mon.-Thu.
Fees: Tours are free.
North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery
Features: Beer School lets guests sample beer styles from around the world, learn how beer is brewed and partake in beer trivia. Tours are available by appointment.
5701 W. Slaughter Lane,. Ste. D, Austin
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fees: Beer School $35 per class, brewery tour $75-$100
Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling
Features: Guided tours and tastings offered. The Ghost Hill Restaurant serves drinks and gourmet bar bites.
16604 Fitzhugh Road, Austin
Hours: Fri. 3-9 p.m., Sat. noon-9 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m. Closed Mon.-Thu.
Fees: $10-$25 per tour
Sports & Activity Centers
Blazer Tag Adventure Center
Features: Amenities include laser tag, an arcade and a ropes course.
1701 W. Ben White Blvd., Austin
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-midnight, Sat. 10 a.m.-midnight,
Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fees: $8.99 for laser tag and ropes course
Features: Amenities include a 15,000-square-foot indoor inflated playland, Parents’ Night Out and more.
8816 Cullen Lane, Austin
Hours: Mon. noon-6 p.m.; Tue.-Thu., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Fees: $4.50-$8.50, free under age 1
Loco-Motion Inflatable Play
Features: The 14,000-square-foot “kids’ playtown” offers interactive inflatables.
9811 Vikki Terrace, Austin
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fees $7.39-$8.31 per day, adults and children under age 1 are free
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center
Features: Indoor playground includes mats, slides, a ball pit and more.
5307 W. Hwy. 290, Austin
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Fees: $7-$10, free under 9 months
The Range at Austin
Features: Firearms for rent and assistance from a range safety officer included.
58301 S. I-35, Austin
Hours: Tue.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Mon.
Fees: hourly lane rentals $25-$30, firearm rentals $15-$75 per hour
Red’s Indoor Range
Features: The indoor shooting facility has 10 lanes for both pistol and rifle use.
6200 Hwy. 290, Austin
Hours: daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fees: $12-$23.50 per hour, $10 per gun.
SoccerZone South Austin
Features: Drop-in/pickup games are available for indoor soccer and basketball.
9501 Manchaca Road, Austin
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m-12:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-midnight
Features: Rock-n’-Bowl and bumper bowling available.
2701 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin
Hours: Sun.-Thu. 9 a.m.-midnight,
Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
Bowling fees: $3.50-$4.10 per game or
$21-$27 per lane per hour, shoe rental $3