Camp, hike, barbecue, tube and chill – whatever you do, get out and make the most of this long holiday weekend in Austin.
Just outside the city lies acre upon acre of untamed wilderness perfect for setting up camp with your favorite people.
Head north to Colorado Bend State Park for stellar mountain biking terrain, explorable caves, waterfalls and Class I-II rapids on the Colorado River. Set up camp at Colorado Bend State Park and spend the night looking for shooting stars.
You might recognize 5,200-acre Pedernales State Park from the 2015 Oscar-nominated film "Boyhood." Cool off in the swimming hole and snap some Instagram-worthy waterfalls before tubing down the Pedernales River and heading back to homebase at Pedernales Falls Campground.
Just an hour from Austin, Pace Bend Park provides a relaxing backdrop among limestone cliffs and reflective Lake Travis. Spend the day on the water and then grill out at Pace Bend Campground.
Understated and rugged, McKinney Falls State Park is an excellent destination to hike, bike, fish and swim. Fireflies, campfires and scenic Onion Creek round out the destination.
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Run or stroll along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. The heart-of-the-city gem is green, gorgeous and flanked by Austin’s flourishing skyline. Test your balance with stand-up paddleboard yoga from SUP ATX. Or rent a paddleboard, canoe, kayak or sailboat and cruise around the lake, catching some rays while getting a workout.
Sit back and let the captain do the driving on a Lady Bird Lake boat cruise, complete with drinks and Austin landmark sightseeing.
Explore downtown with a Walking Tour from the Austin Visitor Center. Pick your own starting time and place - your guide will tailor a tour to suit your interests or join a guided tour.
Attend an Event
A Memorial Day tradition, the Life Time Tri CapTex triathlon draws athletes of all levels to Lady Bird Lake on May 30.
Join the Downtown Austin Alliance Fridays through June 3 for a Downtown Street Fair lined with food and retail vendors, entertainers, local artists and more.
Post up on a Pretty Patio
Perla's patio. Courtesy of Casey Dunn.
Enjoy great happy hour deals in the downstairs garage at famed Red's Porch, or dine on quality bar eats on the spacious upstairs porch. At School House Pub, you'll find locals casually sipping Texas-brewed beer on the sandbox-inspired patio.
Shady Grove's sprawling, pecan tree-shaded patio is the perfect place to enjoy a laid-back bite in the sun with a cocktail in hand. In South Austin, sip on sangria on the patio at Habana, an Austin staple serving handmade empanadas and authentic seafood paella.
Go ranch-style at Contigo, where delicious cocktails and creative bar food run deep. The high-end beachy patio vibe at Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar is a beautiful setting to indulge in oysters, champagne cocktails and fresh seafood.
Tube the Rivers
Head to the Hill Country and get on the river with some friends, a cooler and a tube. Float the day away on the super clean, spring-fed San Marcos River. Swish down the Comal River near New Braunfels and enjoy shuttle service to and from the river. In Gruene, it’s all about the Guadalupe River. Rent a tube, raft or canoe or take a guided trip down the river.