Summers are for living it up! Dare yourself to an epic outdoor adventure, dance the night away to live music or indulge in mouthwatering meals. Here are just a few ideas to spend your summer right in Bastrop: 

Go Camping

Thanks to our warm climate and the perfect location on the banks of the Colorado River, Bastrop makes an ideal destination for an outdoor getaway

People sitting on patio under a tree overlooking a forest

Bring your tent, RV or rent a cabin and sleep under the stars surrounded by the famous loblolly pine trees at Bastrop State Park. During the day, hike 7+ miles of trails, cool down with a swim at the pool that’s open to the public May through September or borrow free fishing gear from the office and see what you can catch at Lake Mina. 

Man fishing on wooded lake as flock of birds fly byIf you’re traveling with kids, they’ll have a blast with a free Junior Ranger Explorer backpack filled with binoculars, a magnifying glass, an animal tracking key, plus bird, butterfly, snake and wildflower guides and so much more. 

Get on the Water

Catch some R&R on the river as you glide with the flow of the slow-moving El Camino Real Paddling Trail. Or rent some water sports gear from Bastrop River Company or Rising Phoenix and challenge your travel group to a kayak or canoe race on the Colorado River.

Man and woman on paddle board on wooded lake

Explore from Above

If you prefer to explore the outdoors from above, try Zip Lost Pines. Your guide will lead you on a tour of McKinney Roughs Nature Park above the forest canopy to different platforms, suspension bridges and zip lines. Zip Lost Pines also has a dual-lined system, so you can experience the joy of flying side-by-side with your loved one. 

Man and woman zip lining in Lost Pines

Outdoor Concerts

Take advantage of our warm summer evenings by dining in the great outdoors. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere of Gracie’s restaurant with country fare and live tunes every Friday and Saturday night, as well as lunchtime performances all weekend. Or dine with a river view on the historic deck at Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard during one of their summer concerts.

Three people sitting at table on patio

If you’re both an avid golfer and music lover, summer is the best time to visit Back 9 Bar. Work on your swing while listening to local acts playing a variety of music styles. Food trucks and drink specials keep the atmosphere here light and fun.

The living is easy during summertime in Bastrop. Plan your stay today and you’ll be Welcomed To It All!