Outstanding Outdoor Activities in Austin During the Pandemic

Spring is here and after over a year of quarantining due to the pandemic, we’re all going a bit stir crazy. Not to worry, as there are plenty of outstanding outdoors activities in Austin that you can enjoy while social distancing.

Go On An Interactive Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are perfect day dates, family activities, or group activities with friends. While the hunt is created by an excursion company, you take the tour solo, using your smartphone and it’s GPS as your interactive guide. You receive digital hints and clues when you make it to each of the destinations along the way. All you need is a smartphone and at least 2 people. This is an outstanding activity even if you have lived in Austin your entire life; you are likely to learn a few fun facts about our city.

Prices for this interactive scavenger hunt begin at $30 for the mini hunt or $45 for the full hunt for up to 5 people. Discounted pricing is available for groups of more than 5 people, military members, schools, and non-profits. Choose from a 3-hour scavenger hunt in Austin Trails or a 2-hour scavenger hunt in Downtown Austin.

Gourmet Picnic

Fresh air and a change of scenery can make a world of difference, so head to your favorite Austin park for a picnic. Instead of just eating a usual lunch or dinner outdoors, pack a gourmet picnic. You can pick up or order-in gourmet meats and cheeses from your favorite deli, make a few elevated food items, or order takeout from your favorite restaurant. Don’t forget wine or your Lucky Stash hemp-infused tequila!

Make a day of it, by bringing something to read, a portable speaker to play music, a game, or physical activity such as flying a kite, frisbee, or other sports gear. If you enjoy nature, check out what else the park has to offer such as hiking or cycling trails or water excursions which we cover below.

Water Excursions

Now that the weather is warming up a bit, consider a water excursion. Not to worry if you don’t have your own boat or equipment as there are countless rental options. While communal, rental companies are disinfecting their equipment between guests. Consider:

Renting a canoe, stand-up paddleboard, rowboat, donut boat, kayak, and more from any of these water excursion companies. Prices vary.

If you like to fish, head to any of these locations. Remember, if you are 17 years or older, you’ll need to get a fishing license first. It’s $30 to $40 depending on whether you are salt or freshwater fishing, and $12 for seniors.

Rent a boat or jet ski on lakes in and around Austin from any of these rental locations. The cost averages around $90 per hour.

Go swimming at any of these natural waterways, either just to go swimming or for a full day outside in nature.


Tired of binge-watching TV in the evenings? Stars shine bright in the Texas sky, so head to one of these locations in and around Austin when the sun goes down to stargaze. Consider borrowing or buying a beginner telescope to improve the view, which can be found for as low as $70 online. Be sure to wear layers and bring a blanket as the night air is chilly.

Here’s to getting back out there and enjoying our magnificent city!

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