25 cool things to do in and around San Antonio when it's hot AF outside

San Antonio has plenty of fun to offer, but it can be hard to leave the house on hot days. You know, when weather forecast seems to be a hearty "fuck you" from the sun.

Still, as nice as the AC at home can be, it's even nicer to get out for some summer fun, and there's lots to do in and around town where you won't break (too much of) a sweat.

Whether you want to stay in town or are willing to venture outside of Loop 1604, we rounded up 25 ways to beat the heat.
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Kayak the San Antonio River
Looking for some water-centric entertainment? Mission Kayak (mat-tx.com) provides guided and unguided kayak rentals, and now you can paddle down scenic stretches of the river downtown — both through the River Walk and the King William District.  
Photo via Instagram / missionadventuretours
Kayak the San Antonio River
Looking for some water-centric entertainment? Mission Kayak (mat-tx.com) provides guided and unguided kayak rentals, and now you can paddle down scenic stretches of the river downtown — both through the River Walk and the King William District.
Photo via Instagram / missionadventuretours
Treat yourself to a raspa or ice cream
What better cure for a hot day than a brain freeze? San Antonio has plenty of delicious cold treats to enjoy, from gourmet ice cream at Chocollazo to raspas and mangonadas at Las Nieves.
Photo via Instagram / anniespetitetreats
Treat yourself to a raspa or ice cream
What better cure for a hot day than a brain freeze? San Antonio has plenty of delicious cold treats to enjoy, from gourmet ice cream at Chocollazo to raspas and mangonadas at Las Nieves.
Photo via Instagram / anniespetitetreats
Take a scenic swim at San Pedro Springs
Sure, there’s always the neighborhood pool, but there’s no better way to beat the heat than a soak in San Antonio’s historic — and beautiful — San Pedro Springs.
Photo via Instagram / caroleckelkamp
Take a scenic swim at San Pedro Springs
Sure, there’s always the neighborhood pool, but there’s no better way to beat the heat than a soak in San Antonio’s historic — and beautiful — San Pedro Springs.
Photo via Instagram / caroleckelkamp
See a movie at the drive-in
Drive-in movies got a big boost during the pandemic, and they seem to be here to stay. You can head to the Stars & Stripes Drive-In in New Braunfels or check out the newly reopened Drive-In at La Cantera (formerly known as Rooftop Cinema Club) to enjoy a movie on the big screen from inside your air-conditioned vehicle.
Photo via Instagram / rooftopcinemaclub
See a movie at the drive-in
Drive-in movies got a big boost during the pandemic, and they seem to be here to stay. You can head to the Stars & Stripes Drive-In in New Braunfels or check out the newly reopened Drive-In at La Cantera (formerly known as Rooftop Cinema Club) to enjoy a movie on the big screen from inside your air-conditioned vehicle.
Photo via Instagram / rooftopcinemaclub
Visit the sea creatures at SEA LIFE San Antonio
SEA LIFE San Antonio (849 E. Commerce St Suite 600, visitsealife.com), a new aquarium that opened at the Rivercenter in May, features 10 interactive zones including a stingray bay and a seahorse mangrove exhibit. It’s a perfect outing for kids — and those of us who are kids at heart.
Photo via Instagram / sealifesatx
Visit the sea creatures at SEA LIFE San Antonio
SEA LIFE San Antonio (849 E. Commerce St Suite 600, visitsealife.com), a new aquarium that opened at the Rivercenter in May, features 10 interactive zones including a stingray bay and a seahorse mangrove exhibit. It’s a perfect outing for kids — and those of us who are kids at heart.
Photo via Instagram / sealifesatx
Go underground at Natural Bridge Caverns
Here's a good way to escape the punishing heat — leave the sun behind by going underground at Natural Bridge Caverns (26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd., naturalbridgecaverns.com). Plus, while you’re there you can enjoy the gorgeous cave formations.
Photo via Instagram / naturalbridgecaverns
Go underground at Natural Bridge Caverns
Here's a good way to escape the punishing heat — leave the sun behind by going underground at Natural Bridge Caverns (26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd., naturalbridgecaverns.com). Plus, while you’re there you can enjoy the gorgeous cave formations.
Photo via Instagram / naturalbridgecaverns
Try a locally brewed seasonal beer
Whether you reach for a classic like Shiner’s Ruby Redbird or try out a new brew like Freetail’s Citrus Trip, there’s few things better than a cool, seasonal beer on a hot summer’s day. 
Photo courtesy of Craft Beer Marketing Awards
Try a locally brewed seasonal beer
Whether you reach for a classic like Shiner’s Ruby Redbird or try out a new brew like Freetail’s Citrus Trip, there’s few things better than a cool, seasonal beer on a hot summer’s day.
Photo courtesy of Craft Beer Marketing Awards
Tube the Comal River
There’s a reason tubing down the Comal is considered a Texan rite of passage. The cool waters of this river in New Braunfels are perfect for a leisurely float while you sip a refreshing beverage. Just make sure to double check the rules before you go.
Photo via Instagram / andrewfisher7
Tube the Comal River
There’s a reason tubing down the Comal is considered a Texan rite of passage. The cool waters of this river in New Braunfels are perfect for a leisurely float while you sip a refreshing beverage. Just make sure to double check the rules before you go.
Photo via Instagram / andrewfisher7
Try out a newly opened restaurant
Refresh your palate at one of SA’s hip new eateries, like Best Quality Daughter. Not sure what’s new on the scene? Check out our list of recently opened establishments in town.
Photo by Ron Bechtol
Try out a newly opened restaurant
Refresh your palate at one of SA’s hip new eateries, like Best Quality Daughter. Not sure what’s new on the scene? Check out our list of recently opened establishments in town.
Photo by Ron Bechtol
Browse a local art museum
Cool down and get cultured at one of San Antonio’s art museums. You can roam SAMA’s expansive riverside campus, check out the McNay’s newly updated grounds, or enjoy the latest exhibition at Blue Star Contemporary.
Photo via Instagram / sama_art
Browse a local art museum
Cool down and get cultured at one of San Antonio’s art museums. You can roam SAMA’s expansive riverside campus, check out the McNay’s newly updated grounds, or enjoy the latest exhibition at Blue Star Contemporary.
Photo via Instagram / sama_art