Outdoors & Recreation
1997 Readers Poll
1997 Critics Picks
Best Austin Athlete

For inspiration and perspiration, it's hard to top our resident beatin' cancer Tour-de-Francer.

Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong Foundation
2201 E. Sixth
www.lancearmstrong.com

Best Austin Team

High sticks go to the Ice Bats as this year's team. In second place, the Lady Longhorns basketball and a surprising third for the UT Longhorn football team.

Ice Bats
Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Ln.
512/927-7825
www.icebats.com

Best Basketball Court/Game

Enfield is still the best place for a quick pick-up. Who got next?

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

Best Bicycle Repair

When you're down to seeds and sprouts again, Gardenville is your favorite place for replenishment.

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

When you're down to seeds and sprouts again, Gardenville is your favorite place for replenishment.

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 (challenging)

One of the things that makes Austin so special is the Greenbelt. Five minutes from downtown, it is once again your favorite place for a quick get-away.

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

photograph by John Carrico   John Carrico

Best Bike Ride (scenic)

One of the things that makes Austin so special is the Greenbelt. Five minutes from downtown, it is once again your favorite place for a quick get-away.

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

The national co-op of outdoor enthusiasts once again leads the pack for the choice place to gear up.

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 Community Garden

The beauteous blooms of Zilker Botanical Gardens win out. Newcomer El Jardin Allegre takes a not-too-shabby second.

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

Best Day Hike

One of the things that makes Austin so special is the Greenbelt. Five minutes from downtown, it is once again your favorite place for a quick get-away.

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

Your favorite places to go when you need a change of scenery haven't changed in the last few years — they are still Enchanted Rock and Fredricksburg. A tie for third goes to San Antonio and Pedernales Falls.

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

Best Dog Walk

When Rover needs to go, Fido's caretakers head for Town Lake, the leash-free zone of Pease Park and the Greenbelt.

Town Lake Park
920 W. Riverside
512/974-6700
www.cityofaustin.org/parks

Best Fishing Hole

Of those actually willing to give up the location of their favorite hole, Lake Travis came out the favorite with a tie in second place to Red Bud Isle and Pedernales Falls.

Best Golf Course

In the fore-front of this category, the Lions is the place to get teed-off.

Lions Municipal Golf Course
2901 Enfield
512/477-6963
www.austintexas.gov

Best Neighborhood Park

A jewel in the crown for outdoorsy Austinites, the spaciousness of Zilker Park keeps winning year after year.

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

Best Overall Nursery

When you're down to seeds and sprouts again, Gardenville is your favorite place for replenishment.

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 Participatory Sport

It is only appropriate that the city that institutionalized slack hails Frisbee Golf as its favorite group activity.

Best Place To Skate

Should thee have a penchant for skating, hie thee to thy Veloway.

Veloway
4900 La Crosse
512/974-6700
www.cityofaustin.org/bicycle

Best Public Sports Facility

For the availability of rolling fields, Austinites return to the traditional favorite, Zilker Park.

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

Best Rock Climbing

Not always rappelling, places to go up, up, and away are Enchanted Rock, the Greenbelt, and Pseudo Rock.

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

Best Scenic Drive (in-town)

Loop 360 is still the favorite with 2222 and Mt. Bonnell picking up the slack in second and third.

Loop 360
www.txdot.gov

Best Spectator Sport

Austin's favorite team is also our favorite thing to drink beer to.

Ice Bats
Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Ln.
512/927-7825
www.icebats.com

Best Sporting Goods Store

Year after year, Oshman's is your favorite for sporting needs.

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

Best Swimming Hole

This refreshing combination of natural beauty and human sculpting is simply divine.

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

David Brendan Hall

 
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