Playland Skate Center   Todd V. Wolfson

Best Teen Hangout

TIE: Barton Springs Pool; Playland Skate Center

We met our first crush in the parking lot of Playland in the eighth grade. We were hanging around in front, waiting for all the moms to drive off so that we could commence with smoking cigarettes and wandering around North Austin construction sites. She had long ringlets and too much makeup, and we loved her instantly. Some things never change. Teens are still navigating their exploding hormones in clusters of 10 or fewer at Playland and at Barton Springs, where at least they have a nice 68-degree bath to cool it down. Watching them live the same teenage dance we once performed is uncomfortable and exciting all at once – just like being a teenager.

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

Playland Skate Center
8822 McCann, 512/452-1901
www.playlandskatecenter.net

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