Outdoors & Recreation
1995 Readers Poll
1995 Critics Picks
Best Basketball Court/Game

There would be no basketball without the center and this court's location makes it accessible to the hottest-shot players from all over the city.

West Enfield Neighborhood Park
2008 Enfield
www.cityofaustin.org/parks

Best Bicycle Repair

The readers have spoke-en and decided that last year's winner should be this year's, too. With employees that know their helmets from their fanny packs.

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 Bicycle Shop

The readers have spoke-en and decided that last year's winner should be this year's, too. With employees that know their helmets from their fanny packs.

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

Because you can get there in minutes and feel a million miles away from billboards, traffic, cell-phones, beepers, and cranky co-workers. Lush and lovely.

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

Shopping for camping equipment make you tents and nervous? Salesfolks here can help. They know the gear.

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

Because you can get there in minutes and feel a million miles away from billboards, traffic, cell-phones, beepers, and cranky co-workers. Lush and lovely.

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

Windy and wondrous and trippy recreation, even for drug-free Americans.

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

Best Golf Course

Situated among the glorious hills west of Austin, this lush and luxurious course mixes spectacular scenery with challenging holes.

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

Best Native Plant Nursery

One happy shopper says, "The most knowledgable plant babe in town works here." Two green thumbs up to a perennial winner.

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

Endless entertainment value, from Barton Springs to the fire truck on the new playscape to the soccer fields to the choo-choo to the Nature Center to the broad kite-flying spaces.

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

Best Overall Nursery

This place is fertile ground for those who want to rake in the rewards of a lovely landscape.

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

Best Participatory Sport

We ask a loaded question and this is the best you can give us?

Best Place To Get Married

A bloomin' brilliant idea. No wonder this locale keeps winning.

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

Best Place To Skate

This Northcross Mall rink is our very own version of Rockefeller Plaza.

Chaparral Ice
2525 W. Anderson
www.chaparralice.com

Best Scenic Drive (in-town)

Sooner or later you will succumb to bluebonnet portraits. Even if you're sans Nikon, there is no denying that a leisurely cruise de loop, when the wildflowers are out in full force, will soothe the stressed-out mind.

Loop 360
www.txdot.gov

Best Scenic Drive (out-of-town)

Over hill and over dale - a chance to put your utility vehicle to some real use and another chance to see billions of wildflowers in the spring, as color bursts all around you.

Best Softball Field

Not what your mama meant when she discussed good grooming, but well-kempt nonetheless. With fields dubbed Fenway, Wrigley, and Comiskey, you can feign you're batting in the big leagues here.

Best Sporting Goods Store

Last year's winner and still cham-peen. Test your skills and their products at the big store before you roll or dribble out the door.

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

David Brendan Hall

Best Swimming Hole

A hole with room enough for the toddler, the paddler, the Olympic stroke-meister, the exuberant diver, the sub-mariner, and the drifter, floating along on his back under the shade. Plenty of room, too, to stretch out in the sun after the water and warm up again.

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

Best Tennis Courts

Austin's center court, and returning champ from last year. Lob-lorn readers claim it's aces.

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

Best Use Of Natural/Native Landscaping

Last year's winner too. Well, naturally.

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

Best Volleyball Court

We asked sports expert Andy "Coach" Cotton to explain why this mound of sand and tangle of string beats out the competition every year. After deep thought and inner contemplation he proclaimed, "Well, they have a bar!"

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

 
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