The first day of summer is officially here, which means that road trip season is in full swing. The days are flying by, and before you know it, you'll be back stuck in the classroom, or working 9-5 every day.\nIf you're like us, and are feeling eager to take advantage of this sweet Texas sunshine, we've got a treat for you. While Austin is an amazing city with plenty to offer, sometimes you've got to get outside your comfort zone and try something new.\nThe following is a list of amazing places that are just a short drive from Austin. Next time you've got a day, or even a weekend to spare, plan to check a few of them out with your friends, family, or loved ones:\nChow down on some BBQ in Lockhart\n@vincentcrossembedded via\nTime from Austin: 45 minutes\nThe city of Lockhart is known for their insane BBQ, so we highly recommend you make a stop there. Local favorites include Smitty's Market, Kreuz Market, and Black's Barbecue, so there's no shortage of options for you to pig out on.\nWebsite\nSpend the day on the water at Canyon Lake\n@shannon_remyembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour and 40 minutes\nThe weather outside is hotter than Channing Tatum's smile, so you'll definitely need to take some time to cool down. The best way to do that? Spend a day at Canyon Lake. Try boating, paddle boarding, or simply floating down the water for a super relaxing day.\nWebsite\nVisit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center\n@melodychebrellanembedded via\nTime from Austin: 20 minutes\nThe Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center looks like a scene out of your favorite romance movie. There are over 7,000 unique flowers to be admired and the center is known for hosting unique events worth checking out.\nWebsite\nGo for a hike through Pedernales Falls State Park\n@go4giftembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour\nEven if you're the kind of person who feels out of breath after a short climb up the stairs, we still recommend you head out to Pedernales Falls State Park to take a hike. There are trails for all levels of expertise, as well as swimming holes where you can take a soak and cool down.\nWebsite\nHangout in the giant trees at Rio Frio\n@julianna_rodriguezembedded via\nTime from Austin: 3 hours\nThose childhood days of playing in treehouses may feel like old news but a quick trip out to Rio Frio can help you relive them. Apart from the giant trees, there's also an incredibly picturesque body of water nearby where you can splash around.\nWebsite\nGo floating down the creek in Krause Springs\email@example.com via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour\nKrause Springs is just a short drive away from Austin and it's a great place to spend a hot summer day. You'll find 34 springs, a waterfall, and a natural pool at the springs—perfect for floating, swimming or sunbathing.\nWebsite\nGo wine-tasting at Duchman Family Winery\n@ivoriesembedded via\nTime from Austin: 45 minutes\nLet's be real, sometimes a glass of wine after a long, stressful day is the best way to relax. If you're looking for new wineries to visit, we recommend Duchman Family Winery in Fredericksburg.\nCheck out the San Antonio River Walk\n@sophers_smoresembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour and 45 minutes\nSan Antonio is another great Texas city that has plenty of offer and is just a short drive from Austin. If you want to make the most of your trip, we recommend checking out the San Antonio River Walk. Here you can walk or float past all the unique restaurants, shops, and people.\nWebsite\nGo rock climbing in Enchanted Rock State Park\n@enitzyembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour and 45 minutes\nIf you're into rocks Enchanted Rock State Park just so happens to be home to one of the largest natural rock formations found anywhere in the U.S. Here you can challenge yourself to climb the massive rocks, watch some wildlife, or even camp out overnight.\nWebsite\nGo dancing at Gruene Hall\n@rhondaloembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour\nGruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in Texas, so it's definitely worth putting on your dancing shoes and heading there at least once! Even if you don't know how to two-step, Gruene Hall may just be the best place for you to learn.\nWebsite\nSpend the day in your swimsuit at Lake Travis\n@natalieemariee__embedded via\nTime from Austin: 45 minutes\nYou know how the saying goes: suns out, buns out! While the bright summer sunshine is here, take advantage of it and be sure to plan at least a few trips to the lake. Lake Travis is a great spot for diving, boating, water skiing, sun tanning, and more.\nWebsite\nExplore the caves of Longhorn Cavern State Park\n@alisonmarlboroughembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour and 30 minutes\nThe caves at Longhorn Cavern State Park will definitely bring out your inner Indiana Jones. Not only are they fun and interesting to explore, they're also super picturesque.\nWebsite\nSoak up the sun on the infamous Guadalupe River\n@taylordvasekembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour\nIf you head to the city of New Braunfels you'll find amazing access to the Guadalupe River. New Braunfels is also the spot where "floating the Guad" was invented, so we're willing to be it's also the best spot to get your float on.\nWebsite\nExplore the small town of San Marcos\n@bailey_oconnembedded via\nTime from Austin: 45 minutes\nWhen you live in the big city sometimes you've just got to get away from it all! The small town of San Marcos is one of the most popular in Texas, especially for tourists, but if you don't mind being in the back of the occasional photograph, it's a totally awesome place to kick back and relax.\nWebsite\nGo cliff jumping at Jacob's Well\n@therealshantelembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour\nReady to get your adrenaline pumping? Jumping from the top of Jacob's Well is easily one of the scariest feelings in the world, but also one of the most exhilarating. Apart from jumping, there are also other gorgeous natural areas to explore, and plenty of natural pools to cool off in.\n@jennm84_embedded via\nWebsite\nTake a guided safari tour of the Exotic Resort Zoo\firstname.lastname@example.org via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour and 15 minutes\nIt's not quite an African Safari but it's probably the closest thing you'll find in Texas. Get up close with your favorite animals with the guided safari tour offered by the Exotic Resort Zoo. You can kiss a camel, pet a baby giraffe, and take a selfie with a goat, all in the same day.\nWebsite\nWander through the flowers at Wildseed Farms\n@melodievuongembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour and 30 minutes\nWildseed Farms is an incredibly beautiful spot. If you want to be let in on a little secret, we've heard that bright flowers and refreshing smells make for a particularly great hangover cure. Make the trip out on a Sunday afternoon after a Saturday night out and get ready to feel like a brand new person.\nWebsite\nLearn something new at the Waco Mammoth National Monument\n@jonathanhawkinsestatesembedded via\nTime from Austin: 2 hours\nIf you've ever wanted to learn more about mammoths than what you saw in Ice Age now you can! The Waco Mammoth National Monument is home to the nation's only recorded discovery of Columbian Mammoths. Check out the bones, learn some fun facts, and explore the nearby area.\nWebsite\nTake your dog for a walk, or float, in Blanco State Park\n@emilyblincoeembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour and 15 minutes\nEven if you don't love the great outdoors, your dog does, and you should probably take him outside to enjoy them! Take that pupper to Blanco State Park to go for a walk or a float if your pup doesn't mind relaxing on the water.\nWebsite\nCatch a movie at the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre\n@catcherintheryeneembedded via\nTime from Austin: 45 minutes\nDinner and a movie is never a bad date idea, but why not spice it up a little and visit a drive-in movie? Load up the back of your truck with blankets, pillows, and snacks, and get ready to enjoy a film with your s/o or best friend.\nWebsite\nPick up some fresh fruit at Sweet Berry Farm\n@anjalignembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour and 15 minutes\nThere's no better feeling than eating some fresh fruit on a hot summer day, but there's something even more satisfying about enjoying said fruit when you've picked it yourself! If you make the trip to Sweet Berry Farm you can hang out amongst the flowers and pick your own sweet, fresh berries.\nWebsite\nTake a stroll around the beautiful Hamilton Pool Preserve\n@ashsalihhembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour\nIf you want to be around the water, but don't want to deal with the hassle of getting wet, why not head to the Hamilton Pool Preserve and take a walk around? There are plenty of amazing photo ops and sights to see!\nWebsite\nWatch the bats take off from Old Tunnel State Park\n@instagramtexasembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour and 45 minutes\nIf you find yourself longing for Halloween we recommend heading to Old Tunnel State Park where you can watch three million bats take flight at dusk during the summer months.\nWebsite\nCool off with a hard lemonade from Deep Eddy Vodka in Dripping Springs\n@marcelo05sembedded via\nTime from Austin: 30 minutes\nSometimes you just need a shot of vodka. Or three. Deep Eddy's Vodka Distillery, located in Dripping Springs, has an abundance of drinks that should be on your radar. Sample unique vodka flavors, find a new favorite vodka, or order a flight.\nWebsite\nHang out in Colorado Bend State Park\n@jarrod209embedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour and 45 minutes\nNext time you and all your friends have a weekend off (if you're ever lucky enough for that to happen), plan a day trip out to Colorado Bend State Park. Get ready to pitch a tent, roast some marshmallows, and swat away mosquitos in the Texas sunshine all day long.\nWebsite\nDo some exploring around the city of Georgetown\n@gtxphotofestembedded via\nTime from Austin: 40 minutes\nIf you want to get away from Austin why not make a trip over to Georgetown? Georgetown is home to one of the most beautiful town squares in Texas, as well as some unique shopping and dining experiences for you to enjoy.\nWebsite\nDo some shopping at the Magnolia Market\n@rufusw126embedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour and 45 minutes\nThere's no better feeling than lazily strolling through a market on a Sunday afternoon. If you agree with me then you should definitely plan a trip out to Magnolia Market. Whether you plan on spending money or not, it's still a great opportunity to mingle with other Texans, sample local goodies, and get out of the city for awhile.\nWebsite\nVisit the Hill Country Science Mill\n@freshhfrankembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour\nRemeber that feeling of excitement you would get while doing an experiment in science class as a kid? A trip to the Science Mill in Johnson City will make you feel that all over again. It's a great spot for people of all ages and always gives you the opportunity to learn something new.\nWebsite\nCheck out the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco\n@sammithacherembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour and 45 minutes\nAs the inventors of Dr. Pepper called the Lone Star State home, it would only make sense that there be a museum dedicated to it in Texas. If you find yourself in Waco, be sure to stop by the museum and learn a bit about the history of your favorite (or least favorite) drink.\nWebsite\nSnap some photos of the Waterfalls in McKinney Falls State Park\n@oklasoonersfanembedded via\nTime from Austin: 20 minutes\nIf you don't have time to get too far from Austin McKinney Falls is a great option. It's just a brief 20-minute drive outside of the city and offers a beautiful body of water, some waterfalls, and hiking trails for you to check out.\nWebsite\nDiscover everything that truly is Texas in Luckenbach\n@thetrendytomboyembedded via\nTime from Austin: 1 hour and 30 minutes\nIt's been said that Luckenbach is the heart and soul of Texas. So, if you want to see if that's true, hit the road and find out. The tiny town has a crazy history and was made famous by none other than Willie Nelson.