Staying active comes easy in Austin. Whether you’re training for a marathon or want a low-key volleyball game that gives you and your coworkers an excuse to drink beer, you can keep moving seven days a week.
Looking for a fun run with the kids? Austin is home to a growing number of well-organized races throughout the year, some of which draw participants from around the world. The Cap 10K, Turkey Trot, and Schlotzsky’s Bun Run are just a few of Austin’s favorites.
The City of Austin is designated a Bicycle Friendly Community, and while you’ll find many who bike to work, for most of us biking is for fun or competition. Ride for the Roses Weekend is a long-standing tradition, as are other bicycle races and events coordinated by LIVESTRONG.
The Austin Sports and Social Club organizes fun and competitive team sports, with a happy hour following every game. Locals and newcomers alike enjoy a fun combination of sports and socializing. Aussie’s Grill and Beach Bar hosts coed volleyball leagues Sunday through Friday nine months of the year.
With nearly 50 area golf courses and amiable weather most any day of the year, Austin is any golfer’s fantasy. If miniature golf is more your style, head over to Peter Pan, just south of downtown.
And for an entirely different experience, try your hand at disk golf at either Zilker or Pease Park.
Austin’s yoga community continues to grow, with studios featuring many different yoga practices, so you’re sure to find the right place with a little searching. Lululemon and some others offer free classes on Saturday mornings.
Rent a canoe or kayak, head to the ice rink, or strap on your rollerblades and hit the Veloway on the south side of town. We have bowling alleys scattered around the city, too, so find your pleasure and get your move on.
AUSTIN PERFORMING ARTS
Come in, sit down, and be swept away by the performance.
Spend one evening enjoying world-class entertainment in any of Austin’s outstanding performance venues, and you’ll be hooked.
The Long Center for the Performing Arts is the permanent home for the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, and Ballet Austin. Built on the site of the old Palmer Auditorium, it features two acoustically superior theaters under one roof and a stunning outdoor terrace with towering pillars and arches overlooking the lake and the downtown skyline. The Paramount Theatre, located in the heart of downtown, is one of Austin’s most cherished possessions. It has been a beacon of performing arts in the city for nearly 100 years.
Bass Concert Hall, located on the University of Texas campus, hosts the Broadway Across America series and among other shows, the annual Nutcracker ballet, which traditionally features local celebrities in the role of Mother Ginger. Ranking among the finest performance spaces in the country in both size and accoutrements, Bass Concert Hall attracts the world’s greatest performers and full-scale productions.
Specially designed for excellent acoustics, UT’s Bates Recital Hall is a 700-seat venue that is capable of hosting everything from symphony orchestras, major choral presentations, and concert bands to ensembles and solo recitals. The hall also houses the country’s largest tracker organ. Based on an 18th-century Dutch design, the visser-Rowland organ is three stories tall, weighs 24 tons, and has 5,315 pipes.
The Paramount Theatre, Congress Avenue’s crown jewel, opened in 1915 as the Majestic Theatre. Originally a home for vaudeville performances, the stage has been graced by many of today’s stars—and yesterday’s as well.
Zach Theatre is a producing theater with a lot of shows involving kids and teens, as well as theater camps. Dougherty Arts Center and Mary Moody Northern Theatre at St. Edward’s University offer additional variety, and for outrageous comedy, the eccentric Esther’s Follies can’t be beat.
Here’s a complete list of Austin Attractions