Recreation & Fitness
is Austin's premier table tennis facility featuring 16 tables, wi-fi, a weight room, a lounge, and much more. Austin Table Tennis Club, 8956 Research Blvd.
Friday, Oct. 7, marked the opening of North America's first surf park and it's right here in Austin (well, Del Valle). Whether you're a beginner, seasoned vet, or a young one, they have waves appropriately sized for your skill level. They'll also offer food (tacos!), coaches on hand, and a surf shop and non-surfers can watch from the shore for $5. Open Tuesdays through Sundays 11am-7pm and Mondays 2-6pm.. $60-90 (surf passes), $65-190 (coaching sessions and clinics).
NLand Surf Park, 4836 E. Hwy. 71, Del Valle, 512/806-1900
meets weekly and also features a backgammon chouette table for those interested in that style of play. $10.
All leagues are coed with happy-hour fun following all games.
Members and day-pass holders receive free rock-climbing instruction and get to meet other female climbers. For directions, see their website. Mondays, 7:30pm. Austin Rock Gym, both locations, 416-9299. Free.
has been running for years! This is a five-round swiss-system tourney with cash prizes for first and second place adults and minors as well as for the first place female participant. Mondays, 7pm. Dobie Mall, Guadalupe and 21st Street, second floor food court.
Runs, Walks, & Rides
Check website for fun biking adventures.
For those looking to learn more about Austin and get some exercise at the same time, this might do the trick. Choose the type of run, the mileage, and when you'd like to do it, and they'll handle the rest. Advance purchase required.
has a plethora of available walks, hikes, and more.