Six Winter Activities in Austin

Posted December 30, 2021 in City Guide

Friends laughing while eating dinner on a patio in Austin.

Whether it’s your first winter in Austin or you’re traveling to escape the winter chill, you might be wondering what this brilliant, booming city has to offer when winter rolls around. As far south as it is, there usually isn’t much snow (if any), and no mountains, so downhill skiing is out of the picture.

But ask any of the local residents, and you’ll find yourself with dozens of the best things to do in Austin, even during the months with less sunlight. At Premium Spaces, we took it upon ourselves to compile some of the best winter activities in Austin Texas, so you can get a few ideas at a glance.

Let’s get started!

Food and Drink

Austin is teeming with self-described “foodies,” who possess an extravagant love for all things food and drink. Naturally, there would be some high-quality recommendations in this department.

1. Local Distilleries, Wineries, and Breweries

Group of friends toasting at a wine tasting.

If you have any fondness for alcohol, you’ll never be short on options. It sometimes feels like there’s a new craft beer joint cropping up every week. The more the better! Here are some of our favorites:

The Brewtorium is locally famous for its award-winning, handcrafted beer, good food, and ambient light, creating a fun night out. If you’re more of a whiskey drinker, Still Austin Whiskey Co. does all the work in-house, so you know you’re getting the best, local spirits available. Wine time? The Austin Winery is ready to pour you a glass of your choice red or white, sparkling or still.

2. Dine Outside

As long as it’s not actively storming or isn’t a rare day where the temperatures dip below freezing, it’s pretty common for many tourists and Austinites to have a bite on the patio. Even if it’s a little cooler than 70 degrees, most restaurants are equipped with outdoor heating, so you can enjoy a crisp night out even in December.

If you enjoy eating out on the patio for an intimate date or with a group of your closest friends, we have a few recommendations that are sure to please the adventurous eater in you:

  • Ramen Tatsu-ya is a prime choice for satisfying your Japanese cravings.
  • Arbor Food Park is a perfect spot for the group that has different tastes. It’s also a great place to bring your pet and your own libations.
  • Grizzelda’s indulges in a tropical winter with delicious Mexican food and mezcal cocktails.

And, of course, if outdoor dining isn’t for you, Austin is still brimming with indoor opportunities to satisfy whatever cuisine or delicacy strikes your fancy.

Embrace Nature

Of course, just because skiing isn’t on the agenda means there are no winter activities in Austin at all. For example:

3. Go Ice Skating

The Whole Foods Market in Downtown Austin hosts ‘Ice Skating on the Plaza’ whenever possible, though the exact time of year this is available is subject to change, so you’ll need to keep your eyes on the announcement.

4. Get Your Hike On

Man on Mount Bonnell overlooking downtown Austin.

One of the most common things to do in Austin involves hiking around its many trails. Perhaps the most famous (and certainly the highest-rated) hiking spots in all of Texas is the Barton Creek Greenbelt—an immaculate 13 miles of winding scenery and whimsical exploration. St. Edward’s Park provides a departure to nature within the confines of the city, and if biking is your preference, you can also take a shot at the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake.

Or Keep Warm Indoors

Even if Austin winters are usually on the warm side, maybe your interests still swing toward indoor activities. No need to fret, we’ve got you covered.

5. Check out a Comedy Act

Indulge in a few (dozen, hopefully) laughs at one of Austin’s many comedy venues. From sketch and stand-up comedy to improv shows, you’ll find whatever you’re looking for at either the Fallout Theater, Paramount Theater, or Esther’s Follies.

6. Boulder and Climb

A good workout can also be good fun. Take a pick of one of Austin’s indoor climbing gyms, such as the Austin Bouldering Project, or Crux Climbing Center, and test yourself to go just a little bit further with each attempt.

For the record, you can also do this outdoors, with some noteworthy locations including the Barton Creek Greenbelt and Reimers Ranch Park.

Whether inside or out, make sure you’re keeping safe and using the right equipment.

Store Your Recreational Gear with Premium Spaces

Though we’ve only covered a few here, there are far more things to do in Austin. If you intend to stay a while or are a long-time Austin resident who has collected a collection of recreational gear, consider a self-storage unit from Premium Spaces. Featuring flexible month-to-month rentals equipped with convenient features, for your home or business, getting the space you need has never been closer.

Premium Spaces is here for you on your winter journey. From holiday decorations to seasonal clothes to winter equipment you might not need anymore, we have a variety of storage sizes to fit any need. Take a look at our frequently asked questions, and if you have any more inquiries, feel free to reach out to our representative at a facility near you!