Before school starts on August 16, 2017 in Serene Hills and Lakeway, Texas, residents should take advantage of all the summer activities that remain on the local calendars. Some activities satisfy the adventurer while others cater to the foodie or lover of live music. Still other activities promise to work up a sweat or offer a brief respite from the heat.
Check out 18 activities below to craft your perfect summer checklist. Most of the following events occur in Lakeway and Serene Hills, although one or two require a short drive within Austin city limits or to Springwood Vineyards.
- Austin Ice Cream Festival. The Austin Ice Cream Festival occurs at the Fiesta Gardens (Town Lake). Now in its eleventh year, this festival features delectable treats from local favorites and up-and-coming vendors. This year’s Ice Cream Festival occurs on August 12, 2017, from 11am to 10pm.
- Austin Salt Cave. Austin Salt Cave rewards guests with relaxation and wellbeing. The spa center uses salt therapy, anti-gravity chairs and soothing music to restore the mind and body.
- BBQ and Wine Fest. Serene Hills residents only need to make a short drive to Spicewood Vineyards on July 22, 2017 for this event, but it’s a worthy trip. Live music, wine and the best BBQ in the state of Texas will cause your mouth to water and boots to stomp.
- Hamilton Pool Preserve. Lakeway and Serene Hills boast lovely hiking trails, but some trails claim an added feature: swimming holes. Hamilton Pool Preserve and Krause Springs are just two of the many swimming holes to be found in the area. Just a short drive away, you’ll need to get there early to beat the heat and the crowds.
- Hill Country Galleria. The Galleria showcases all sorts of activities like its drop-in Paiyh Summer Camp, monthly Wine Walks and a Saturday Night Concert Series. The Galleria’s Central Plaza provides a spectacular view of Lake Travis, too, so definitely plan a day or night out to explore all that the Hill Country Galleria has to offer.
- Lake Travis Cycling Club. If you love to cycle, check out the Lake Travis Cycling Club. The club gets together almost every week to bicycle, and its organizers maintain a vibrant Facebook page containing treasures like “Five Things I Almost Like as Much as Riding My Bike.”
- Lake Travis Powerboat Association Thunder Run. For the runners, Lake Travis Powerboat Association (LTPA) offers a summer Thunder Run. The run benefits the Make a Wish Foundation. If interested, register in the next week or so—the run happens mid-July.
- Lake Travis Tour. Serene Hills residents could tour Lake Travis via boat, but consider this alternative: HELO Austin. The company takes visitors up on helicopter tours of different areas of Austin, including a tour of the lakes and the rolling Hill Country.
- Lake Travis Zipline. For the adventurer, no summer activity serves better than the Lake Travis Zipline. The course features five ziplines, each of varying length, one of them even claiming the title of “Longest Zipline in Texas.”
- Lakeway City Park. Lakeway City Parks provide all sorts of activities, from jogging or swimming in Lake Travis to walking dogs at the Bark Park or sauntering through the Butterfly Garden. All summer long, residents can come for family-friendly Movies in the Park on Friday evenings.
- Lakeway Hike and Bike Trails. These trails may not be the most difficult, but they are dog friendly. Depending on your route, you might even stumble upon the sculpture garden near Rogue’s Roost. For other hiking and bicycling options, visit our Outdoors page.
- Lakeway Marina. The Lakeway Marina has been serving the Lakeway and Serene Hills communities since the 1960s. The marina offers boat slips, as well as rentals for party barges, kayaks and jet skis.
- Lakeway Swim Center and Skate Park. The Lakeway Swim Center and Skate Park hosts almost as many activities as the Lakeway City Park. It also features a summer movies series called “Dive-In Movies.” Moviegoers can watch a movie and swim for $3.
- Lone Star Farmers Market. Located at the Hill Country Galleria and open on Sundays from 10am to 2pm, Lone Star Farmers Market’s vendors sell local produce, beef, poultry, olive oil and baked goods. Prepare to spend some time here; besides selling amazing food, the market offers live music and interactive activities for kids and adults.
- Revival Shopping District. If you desire a different sort of shopping experience, visit Revival. Revival is open on Saturdays and Sundays and sells quality home goods and fair trade products. In addition to offering unique items for purchase, Revival features the Succulent Mansion, a playscape for kids and adults and a pig named Hamlet.
- Serene Hills and Lakeway Golf Courses. Serene Hills and Lakeway claim several world-class golf clubs and courses, such as The Hills of Lakeway Country Club, Falconhead Golf Club and more. Hit the courses early, then cool off at a nearby resort. For a full listing of golf courses in Lakeway, check out our golf page.
- Sonesta Bee Cave. To get away for a while, book a room at Sonesta Bee Cave, the newest resort in Lakeway and Serene Hills. This get-away is currently offering many summer deals, packages for a couples, and fun for the whole family.
- The Oasis. For live music and a view, you can never go wrong with The Oasis. The restaurant on the lake is a multi-storied building, offering different vantage points from which to watch the sunset.
We’re a little more than halfway through the summer, so there’s no time like the present to pencil in a bit of fun. Whether you like adventure, relaxation or shopping in the Serene Hills and Lakeway, there’s a little something for everyone in Serene Hills.