When it comes to summertime in Texas, anything is possible. That's particularly true here in Cedar Park, where you can uncover an array of summer adventures with a local twist. From soaking up the sun on a kayak or sampling a locally made craft beer, you'll find there's plenty to see and do here in the summer. Located just north of Austin, Cedar Park is easy to reach and wonderful to visit. Discover some of the best ways you can enjoy summer here below.
Make a Splash
Splash Shack is Cedar Park’s newest indoor water park. It has everything you need to make your summer splish-splashy fun. Kids and adults will love riding down the various slides, splashing around under water wheels, and getting soaked by a huge water bucket! The best part about Splash Shack is that it’s indoors, so you don’t have to worry about the Texas heat. No sunscreen required; just bring your family for summer fun out of the sun.
Need some more time in the water? Head 20 minutes outside of Cedar Park to Lake Travis and check out Waterloo Adventures. Take part in a revolutionary floating water park, obstacle course, and private Island getaway. The challenge course consists of nearly two football fields of floating obstacles surrounded by gorgeous Lake Travis and Austin Hill Country views. There are a series of floating obstacles including climbing walls, monkey bars, slides, hurdles, balance beams, bridges, and more. More than 21 different elements are sure to test your agility and skills while bonding with family and friends!
Kayak on Brushy Creek Lake
Texas summers can be hot, but paddling on Cedar Park’s Brushy Creek Lake can be a relaxing way to cool off. Rent a kayak or a stand-up paddle board and explore the pristine 38-acre lake surrounded by verdant hills, lush trees, and fields of wildflowers. Paddle out to the middle of the lake and take in the stellar 360-degree view, then venture into the narrow channel on the southwestern side of the lake and you’ll pass cypress trees and limestone outcroppings. Once your shoulders get tired, hike the nature trails, play a friendly game on the sand volleyball courts, or cast a line from the fishing pier. There’s even a water playscape perfect for when you have kids in tow.
Cool Off with Locally Made Craft Beer
When the heat is on, there's no better way to quench your thirst than at one of Cedar Park's two craft breweries. Take your pick from an impressive range of brews, including everything from the delightfully hoppy Lovely Day IPA and refreshing Cedrela Hefeweizen to one of the experimental seasonal beers on tap at Whitestone Brewery. Then let your taste buds lead you to Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co., where you can sip on brews like the crisp and refreshing Trail Runner Golden Ale or the citrusy HapSlappy IPA. Both breweries serve up a kaleidoscope of beers light and dark, so you're sure to find your favorite styles or something new to try.
Adventures on the Ice
Beat the Texas heat by cooling down on the ice. Chaparral Ice, located at the newly developed Crossover Sports Complex in Cedar Park, has two full-size NHL regulation-sized rinks available to the public for ice skating, youth and adult hockey, and figure skating classes. Chaparral aims to provide something for everyone. In addition to classic, unstructured skating, Chaparral Ice offers broomball, dodgeball, curling, birthday parties and summer camps.
This indoor ice skating facility is a refreshing way to cool off in the summer while having a fun and memorable time on the ice. After your icy adventure, you can chill out with fun entertainment and dining options within the Crossover sports complex.
Admire the Art at the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden
Uncover some truly spectacular works of art when you explore the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden. Home to 12 sculptures made of aluminum, bronze, concrete, and glass, the garden is a showcase of the impressive talents of Texas artists. Marvel at them as you explore the garden's hiking trail and take in a view of the nearby lake. This summer is your last chance to see the current sculptures before they're rotated for another set that will stand for one year, so don't miss out.
There are many more adventures that await in Cedar Park at any time of the year. Visit Cedar Park's website and plan your next Hill Country getaway here.