Sports & Recreation
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2023 Critics Picks

Courtesy of Rockin' R River Rides

Place to Tube

“I've been using them for over 20 years. Best place to float by far.” Jennifer Russell

Rockin' R River Rides
1405 Gruene Rd.
New Braunfels

Place to Camp

“Trails and water! Can't get any better.” Mariela Prato-Williams

Inks Lake State Park
3630 Park Road 4 W.

Photo by Carol M. Highsmith via Wikimedia Commons

photo by Jana Birchum

Place to Hang With Your Pet

“ALL the room to run!” Candice Brusuelas

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd.

Swimming Pool

“The most quintessential Austin place – perhaps the only place left that feels truly Austin. All bodies welcome.” Kristine Turner

Barton Springs Pool
2131 William Barton Dr.

photo by John Anderson

Photo by Leon Bovenkerk / CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Swimming Hole/Lake

“So beautiful.” Elizabeth McVeety

Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd.
Dripping Springs

Sports Venue

“If you have to ask, you haven’t been! The best stadium in every way 🙌” Cintia Morales

Q2 Stadium
10414 McKalla Place

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by John Anderson

Bowling Alley

“A fantastic place for a fun, budget-friendly date. Come for the bowling, stay for the food.” Kayla Cobble

Highland Lanes
8909 Burnet Rd.

Golf Course

“A true gem since 1949 in the middle of town for everyone, golfers and non-golfers alike.” Timothy Glassco

Butler Pitch & Putt
201 Lee Barton

photo by Zeke Barbaro

Courtesy of Austin Bouldering Project


“Ever wondered what Spider-Man's secret gym looks like? Well, it's called the Austin Bouldering Project. They've got a super inclusive vibe, and their events are so fun. The best place to go hang out in Austin – literally.” Nebechier Jones

Austin Bouldering Project
979 Springdale #150, 512/645-4633
4477 S. Lamar

Exercise Class

“Because she's an unstoppable positive force!” Alan Lauer

Erica Nix

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by Shelley Hiam

Self-Defense Class

“Great coaches and fun too!” Lorie Martinez

Austin Women's Boxing Club
2919 Menchaca Rd. #210

Personal Trainer

“He pulled me out of one of the worst times in my life. Marlow didn’t just help me transform my body into something that I was confident in, he also helped strengthen my mind in ways I didn’t think were possible.” Morgan Harrison

Marlow's Fitness
7756 Northcross #100

via Facebook

photo by Jana Birchum


“Farted during a class and everyone was cool about it. I even went back after that.” Sarah Statham

Black Swan Yoga
4534 West Gate Blvd., 855/960-4026
1417 W. Anderson, 512/960-4026
403 Orchard, 512/960-4026

Bike Trail/Track

“It’s so Austin.” Nancy George

Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by John Anderson

Place to Walk

“Beautiful view of the city.” Mary Hetmer-Fickett

Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake

Out-of-Town Hike

“It's one of only three parks with granite domes in all of North America. A must see.” Jason Syesta

Enchanted Rock
16710 RR 965

Photo by Daniel Ziegler / CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Courtesy of ThunderCloud Subs

Alternative/Amateur Sports

“Texas Roller Derby is the most Austin sport we have in town. No other sport has as much action, fun, and crowd involvement. Hell yeah, TXRD!” Elena Streuding

Texas Roller Derby

Courtesy of Texas Roller Derby

photo by Jana Birchum

Pro/Semi-Pro Sports Team

“Fútbol is life!” Patrick Klier

Sports & Recreation Wild Card

“Get to drive on a miniature version of the COTA track!” Kyle Walker

Circuit of the Americas
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.


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