Outdoors & Recreation
1994 Readers Poll
1994 Critics Picks
Best Bicycle Repair Shop

Featuring Trek, Specialized, a nice guy who answers the phone, and plentiful hours.

Bicycle Sport Shop
517 S. Lamar, 512/477-3472
10947 Research, 512/345-7460
9900 W. Parmer, 512/637-6890
12005 Bee Caves Rd., 512/634-8844
3202-C Guadalupe, 512/267-3495
www.bicyclesportshop.com

Best Bike Ride

One breathless rider asserts, "It's a total adventure to me, and there's a real sense of community - people always stop to help each other out." Whether on two feet or two wheels, this slice of nature is an inner-city Eden.

Barton Creek Greenbelt
Zilker Park to Lost Creek, 512/974-6700
Twin Falls, and off MoPac, south of Loop 360, north of U.S. 290, 512/974-6700
www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/greenbelts.htm

Best Camping & Outdoor Gear
REI

Camping is no longer a bed-roll and a tarp. Here's a place to see how far into the future going back to the woods has come.

REI
9901 Capital of TX Hwy. N., 512/343-5550
601 N. Lamar, 512/482-3357
201 University Oaks, Round Rock, 512/255-1938
www.rei.com

Best Day Hike

One breathless rider asserts, "It's a total adventure to me, and there's a real sense of community - people always stop to help each other out." Whether on two feet or two wheels, this slice of nature is an inner-city Eden.

Barton Creek Greenbelt
Zilker Park to Lost Creek, 512/974-6700
Twin Falls, and off MoPac, south of Loop 360, north of U.S. 290, 512/974-6700
www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/greenbelts.htm

Best Day Trip

Good morning, Austin, are you ready to roooock? Tune in, turn on, rock out. But get there early if it's solace you seek.

Enchanted Rock
16710 RR 965
Fredericksburg
830/685-3636
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/enchanted-rock

Best Disc Golf Course

Particularly pleasing for the exhibitionist tosser of the non-compact disc - passing cars provide plenty of audience.

Course starts at 24th & Lamar

Best Fishing Hole

Say, fella, that's a mighty big hole yer fishin' in.

Best Golf Course

Politically incorrect, but there's no denying that it's a course on par with the best, even if the Legends went west.

Barton Creek Country Club
8212 Barton Club Dr.
800/336-6158

Best Inexpensive Date

Both are cooler, cheaper, and much more entertaining than watching your window unit attempt to heat up a creaky old uninsulated house.

Barton Springs Pool
2201 Barton Springs Rd.
512/867-3080
www.austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool

Best Miniature Golf

If you collapse in sweat and frustration as one little fella did recently, it's a much quicker hike to the 19th hole than your average full-sized green.

Peter Pan Mini-Golf
1207 Barton Springs Rd.
512/472-1033
www.peterpanminigolf.com

Best Native Plant Nursery

Big, beautiful, bountiful, with a real native accent. And where else can your green thumb learn to go organic?

Garden-Ville
4001 Ranch Rd. 620 S, Bee Cave, 512/219-5311
10624 North FM 620, 512/219-5311
250 WL Walden Rd., Georgetown, 512/930-1715
2212 Ranch Rd. 12, San Marcos, 512/754-0060
www.gardenville.com/

Best Neighborhood Park

Could it be because this neighborhood park could easily house a couple of neighborhoods? Or is it that on weekends it sometimes seems like everyone in town is there, with room to spare.

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd.
512/974-6700
www.austintexas.gov

Best Overall Nursery

The first thing you'll need to plant in your garden is your foot; outside of that, this place has just about anything else you need.

Wolfe's Gardenland
8711 Research, 4434 Frontier Dr
512/832-9551

Best Participatory Sport

A good and healthy alternative to the one-night stand - you can grunt, sweat, and writhe with strangers or old partners.

Best Place To Get Married

Love in bloom: this lovely locale won last year, too.

Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd.
512/477-8672
www.zilkergarden.org

Best Place To Skate

Where else can you skate and shop, all under one roof?

Chaparral Ice
2525 W. Anderson
www.chaparralice.com

Best Scenic Drive (In Town)

It might take a few degrees of thinking, but soon you'll come full circle, and figure out how they named this fab overlook.

Loop 360
www.txdot.gov

Best Scenic Drive (Out of Town)

Someone suggested it's as close to California as Texas gets; we like the way you can divide the number by two.

Best Softball Field

Perennial winner and home to 12 fields, Krieg's diamonds are our reader's best friends.

Monroe E. "Lefty" Krieg Softball and Athletic Complex
515 S. Pleasant Valley
512/445-6003
www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/athletics.htm

Best Sporting Goods Store

Wanna try before you buy? The Super store has rollerblade and basketball test areas, a batting cage, and (seasonally) a ski hill.

Oshman's Super Sport
Northcross Mall; 2525 W. Anderson
512/459-6541

David Brendan Hall

Best Swimming Hole

Turk Pipkin says Barton Springs eternal, and he's never wrong. For long laps, short wading, or just a cooling splash, the Springs are Austin's wettest treasure.

Barton Springs Pool
2201 Barton Springs Rd.
512/867-3080
www.austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool

Best Tennis Courts

Central location, good pro-shop, and you can bonk passing frat-daddies in the head with a well-pla... er... misplaced lob.

Caswell Tennis Center
2312 Shoal Creek Blvd.
512/478-6268
www.lovetennis4caswell.com

Best Use Of Natural/Native Landscaping

Just remember - they like the plants natural and exposed and the kids discreetly attired (adults too, but we didn't test them...).

Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd.
512/477-8672
www.zilkergarden.org

Best Volleyball Court

Voters refuse to rotate this decision - Aussie's served up the winning court last year, too.

Aussie's Grill & Beachbar
306 Barton Springs Rd.
512/480-0952
www.aussiesbar.com

 
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