With more than 300 sunny days each year, Austin locals and visitors alike spend plenty of time outdoors. As for the other 65 days, Austin has plenty of ways to make even the dreariest of days memorable, all while staying dry. Don’t let the rain keep you inside all day, grab your umbrella and head to these Austin favorites for an exciting day inside.
Break a Sweat
City Surf Austin. Credit Andrew Heller.
Austin prides itself on being an active city, and there’s no shortage of state-of-the-art facilities to help us get our hearts racing. Its 50,000 square foot facility makes Austin Bouldering Project the world’s largest bouldering gym. Complete with climbing classes, a yoga studio, a gym and an upstairs lounge area, it’s easy to spend an entire day working out some of the trickier paths laid out at the facility. If you’re looking for a unique way to get in shape, City Surf offers indoor yoga, pilates and strength training classes on top of surfboards. Classes focus on stability and stamina while incorporating a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere. While you may be staying out of the rain, you’ll definitely need a towel after these classes.
Austin is a yogi destination with visitor-friendly studios for all levels sprinkled throughout the city. A favorite among locals and visitors is Black Swan Yoga, with three locations throughout Austin; the donation-based studio bases their classes around a high-energy flow and an music-fueled atmosphere. For a more spiritual, introspective practice, head over to Treehouse Yoga where the green, natural setting and centering classes will leave you feeling at ease, even when the weather isn’t exactly ideal.
Relax the Day Away
Courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort.
Rainy days call for relaxation, and what better way to spend the day than to treat yourself at one of the best spas Texas has to offer? For a full-on spa experience, Lake Austin Spa Resort provides a blend of natural luxury in their serene resort hideaway on Lake Austin, listed as one of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Lakeside Hotels in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and one of the Top 5 US Destination Spas by Travel + Leisure. Spa treatments range from massages and facials, to nail care specials and body treatments of all sorts.
Located in downtown Austin is Milk + Honey Spa, where you can unwind in the design-forward lounge while enjoying any of their specially designed services which use all natural and organic ingredients. You’ll be greeted by a warm and serene atmosphere before you head off into one of their secluded rooms for a day of bliss!
What better way to spend a rainy day than by enjoying a movie or two, especially when the movie theater has full food and drink service and plush chairs which make for a great movie-going experience. Alamo Drafthouse is the go-to movie theater for many locals as they pride themselves on maintaining the sacred art of movie watching. Enjoy any of their events, like quote-alongs, classic screenings, or a Master Pancake comedy show to mix up your movie experience.
If you’re more into the indie-film scene, locally owned and operated Violet Crown Cinema screens some of the best independent, documentary and international films available in their four intimate auditoriums. Stop by before the show to grab a cocktail and some dinner in the modernly-styled restaurant, attached to the lobby.
A Day at the Museum
Blanton Museum, European Galleries. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum.
Take advantage of the rainy day and get out to one of the many museums Austin has to offer. Delve into some culture at the Blanton Museum of Art located on the University of Texas campus. Noted as the largest public collection in Central Texas, the Blanton holds nearly 18,000 works from some of art's greatest names. With collections ranging from Italian Renaissance to Modern American, from Goya to Warhol, it’s easy to spend an entire day taking in the works on display.
Want to get the kids involved? Take them to Thinkery, the children’s museum which focuses on delivering education on science, technology, engineering, art and math in fun and engaging ways. Complete with two floors and 40,000 square feet full of hands-on learning opportunities, activities, exhibits and a futuristic playground, the Thinkery will alleviate some of those rainy-day blues for the kids.
Contributed by Maggie Rosenbohm, ACVB Marketing Intern.