Sober, Socially Distanced Activities in Austin

Sober, Socially Distanced Activities in Austin

sober socially distanced activities in Austin

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be wondering if you can still enjoy everything that Austin has to offer, especially when you are also in recovery. Austin, the Texas state capital, is full of fascinating sites and points of interest you can experience safely. So, there are plenty of sober, socially distanced activities in Austin this summer and throughout the year.

Get Some Fresh Air

Lady Bird Lake offers all kinds of options for safe, socially distant, and sober fun. The trail around the lake is one-way, clockwise, so you don’t have to worry about meeting oncoming walkers or runners. During the summer months, you can enjoy cool mornings and beautiful evenings in the fresh air and get some exercise as well! The Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail is perfect for a slow stroll, a quick run, or an invigorating bike ride.

Go Boating

Of course, there is also a lake! You can paddle board and kayak on Lady Bird Lake as well. You will have an amazing view of the Austin skyline while remaining socially distant. If you’re feeling the need for some interaction, you can always give out friendly waves to the other boaters who will undoubtedly return your greeting pleasantly. If you don’t have your own kayak or paddle board, you can rent one from a vendor who is working hard to keep their equipment sanitized and safe.

You can also rent a sanitized power boat or pontoon boat to enjoy a day at Lake Austin or Lake Travis. There’s no better way to be socially distant than in your boat on an amazing lake, enjoying the spectacular views! Take along lots of water to keep hydrated in a healthy way during the hot Austin summer days.

Hit Some Golf Balls

One of Austin’s most fun and iconic attractions is Peter Pan Mini Golf, whose “beloved T-Rex has been overlooking Lamar and Barton Springs in downtown Austin” since 1948. The family-owned business is focused on helping you enjoy your summer while staying safe and healthy. They are maximizing contactless transactions and sanitizing their equipment regularly. The owners are “humbled to be a part of what makes Austin ‘weird,’ quirky, and special!”

See the Sights

There are so many opportunities for sober, socially distanced activities in Austin that sometimes it’s hard to choose, especially when you can see bats at sunset! Plan to head out to the South Congress Avenue bridge at the end of the day. About 1.5 million bats live underneath the bridge in what is the world’s largest bat colony. You can pick a spot either on top of the bridge, or below on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail. Officials will help you keep a distance of six feet from other groups as you want until dusk for the bats to emerge.

Not into bats? You might prefer some incredibly artistic murals. Stroll down South First Street and South Congress Avenue and take in these popular works of art. Mornings and evenings are the best time to get photos here as the bright sun is less likely to wash out the picture.

Stay Home

One of the most sober, socially distanced activities in Austin is staying home and enjoying the attractions virtually. The Blanton Museum of Art is offering free virtual tours so you can explore the history and art that is stored inside this incredible museum while staying inside and safe. There are also many online tours with several other museums throughout Austin that are free to attend and all provide a unique virtual experience.

Speaking of history, check out the digital Artifact Gallery at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. You can actually search the database for Texas-related items and read in-depth Artifact Spotlight stories on historical clothing and dress, artworks and maps, sporting equipment, journals and more. Enjoy interactive campfire stories to immerse yourself in the lives of the people who defined Texas.


These are certainly challenging times, but you can find many ways to enjoy sober, socially distanced activities in Austin that will fill your time in amazing ways. At Sober Austin, we’re dedicated to providing you the resources you need to enjoy a fulfilling life while you move forward with your addiction recovery. Whether you need resources for treatment, sober living, or having fun at sober celebrations, we are here for you. Please feel free to contact us directly by calling (512) 522-7135 or emailing