If you want to get out of town for a while, the City of Liberty Hill, which is just a short drive from Austin, is offering something really unique. The main street of this charming little place will be completely transformed into a wonderland for your senses!
At Whimsy & Wonder, an interactive art festival taking place May 18, downtown businesses will turn into galleries hosting works from local artists, live art demonstrations, and live music. Even the serving of food and wine will be artistic and unexpected—think aerial bartenders, living tables, and a live champagne dress.
The magic continues outside on Main Street, which will be filled with performers, stilt walkers, and local artisans. World-renowned Magician Cody S. Fisher will wow visitors with street magic, and a strolling caricature artist will draw guests on the spot. A children’s Imagination Garden will house interactive art exhibits, craft booths, and unforgettable circus performances!
Festival goers will be also be able to watch live art demonstrations including a live body painter, sidewalk chalk artists and Austin’s very own Dirty Car Artist, Scott Wade, in action. And it will be super easy to get around—pedicab drivers will be everywhere to transport visitors from downtown street parking and parking lots.
When: Saturday, May 18, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Admission and parking are free! Food and a wide variety of unique art items are available for purchase.
For more information, click here.
Spring in Austin is a glorious little window of mild weather that simply must be taken advantage of. Come out of hibernation, throw on some cut-offs, and maximize every minute. Since we have built our business around giving you things to do, here’s a comprehensive to-do list of springtime activities that will make these next few months unforgettable, and for more options, visit our year-round list of the Best Things To Do In Austin.
Live it up, friends.
There is so much natural beauty in and around Central Texas and if you live in Austin, chances are you don’t hate the idea of a nice long hike. Here are five tucked-away hiking trails in Austin we love.
Enjoy a fun and relaxing evening under the Austin sky. Blankets, lawn chairs, picnics, and dogs on-leash are welcome. There are great flicks this year—from The Little Mermaid to Zoolander; here’s the full schedule for Movies in the Park this season.
There is nowhere else on the planet where you can do this! While most people grab a spot on the bridge, there’s an even better way to watch Austin’s famous bats—from the rooftop deck of a gorgeous boat with pizza in one hand and a drink in the other! Click here to book your sunset bat cruise on Lady Bird Lake.
If you’re going to embark on this age-old journey of aquatic debauchery, you might as well do it right! This year, we’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company to offer public floats with added features that make it a floating party unlike any other. Get your tickets to float the San Marcos river and leave the driving to us.
We’re on a boat—no seriously! This brunch-time party cruise on Lady Bird Lake has great music, food, and beverages for you and your crew. Also, air conditioning, bathrooms, and views you can’t get on land.
Explore the best bites and sips our city has to offer with endless tastings from top Austin restaurants, appearances from big-time chefs, live music, and—because this is Austin—a gourmet taco competition. All this and more at Austin Food + Wine Festival. When: April 26th–28th.
This fest is a giant mishmash of food and music that could only happen in Austin. Created by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland, it is a DIY casserole of the culinary and music world. When: May 23rd–26th. Click here for all the details on The Hot Luck Food and Live Fire Festival.
This event will feature up to 80 visual artists, designers, installation artists, artisans, and makers showcasing and selling their wares. Always fun for friends and family! When: Saturday, April 13th. Learn more about Art City Austin here.
18. Attend A Lavender Festival
Yes, because our part of the world is so extra, there are two options to choose from here:
And the 21st Annual Lavender Fest at Becker Vineyards in Fredericksburg will have cooking demonstrations, lavender presentations, artisan vendors, lavender luncheons, concessions, music, and wine tasting, too. When: May 4th–5th.
The Blanco Lavender Festival. Blanco will be in full bloom, celebrating this free festival’s 15th year. Guests can tour local farms, hear from expert speakers, enjoy live music, and sample speciality foods. When: June 7th–9th.
It wouldn’t be spring in Austin without fields of our state flower putting on a show. And weather conditions have made this year’s wildflower bloom super special. Pull over and take some iconic pictures of your family, friends, and, most importantly, your dog. Here’s a list of the best places to see bluebonnets in Austin.
16. Plant Your Own Garden
The Wildflower Center is hosting a native plant sale. Pick up a few things that will actually survive the Texas heat and beautify your own space. When: Saturday, April 13th. Details on The Wildflower Center’s Native Plant Sale.
Beginning just before sundown at the Zilker Hillside Theater, this Austin tradition will make you swoon and wish spring could stay forever. When: May 31st and June 1st. Learn more about Ballet Under the Stars.
The festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass, and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds. It’s an Austin institution. When: May 4th–5th. More here on the Pecan Street Festival.
Good, clean fun for the whole family. Actually, not really—have you see this show? Come hang at Nickel City, they’ll be hosting Game of Thrones watch parties all season long. When: Sundays, April 14th–May 19th. C
This festival is basically the epicenter of the Keep Austin Weird movement. In fact, weird doesn’t even begin to describe this delightful event. Picture hundreds of people in costume dancing, sitting in drum circles, and running around maypoles to celebrate the fictional birthday of a fictional donkey. When: Saturday, April 27th. Details here for Eeyore’s Birthday Party.
The one, the only Ludacris is headlining ‘Made in Austin’ weekend on the LBJ Library’s lawn. Catch him after the big spring game. When: Saturday, April 13th.
This is the place for dogs in drag. This event is beloved by all who have ever come across it—it’s hard not to love animals in outfits. There’s a costume contest, too! When: Saturday, April 20th. Register your pet here for Jo’s Annual Pet Parade.
This is as heavenly as it sounds, Austin Motel and Joann’s Fine Foods have launched Full Moon Swims. Grab a drink from the pool bar and relax to some tunes from Sundown to pool close. When: The next one is Friday, April 19! Click here for all the dates for Austin Motel’s Full Moon Swims.
8. Booze On A Patio For Happy Hour
The Four Seasons restaurant, Ciclo, just launched a new happy hour worth visiting. Unwind from your work day and get a little fancy.
Looking for more happy hour options? Check out our list of happy hours around Zilker Park.
Feast on fresh crawfish straight from Louisiana, jambalaya, gumbo, étouffée, alligator, and more, plus the best barbecue & Mexican cuisine from Austin. Guests will be able to wash it all down with a variety of cold beers from Austin while they are enjoying the very best bands from New Orleans and Austin on one stage.
In addition to food & music, guests will also be able to purchase arts & crafts from numerous artists in various mediums including art, jewelry, and sculpture.
Garrison Brothers is challenging tastemakers to showcase their love of the Lone Star State by incorporating their bourbon into a unique concoction while competing against other top mixologists. When: Thursday, April 18th. Get tickets for the Garrison Brothers Bourbon Brawl here.
This company allows you to start your own motorcycle gang, but subs in fat-tired electric minibikes for motorcycles, which are completely glee-inducing. Plan an outing with your buds/gals or go on a custom tour (they recently added food truck tours to their arsenal). It’s a great way to explore the city when it’s gorgeous out. More details here on Your Bike Gang.
We’re blessed to have access to so many water activities in the middle of downtown. Rowing Dock will help you get out on the water and see Austin from a whole new vantage point. With kayaks, standup paddle boards, and even fishing kayaks (you read that right), Spring is an excellent time to be out on the lake!
There’s no better time of year to check out this three-hour zipline tour that includes equipment, boat transportation, water, and a light trail snack. You also get access to a private beach where you can picnic, swim in the lake, play games, or just relax in a hammock. If you’ve got the nerve, you’ll have the time of your life.
Life is better on the lake, and Float On Boat Rentals offers ski boats for water-sports, and pontoon boats for chiller (or rowdier) party vibes. Their boats come equipped with yeti coolers, aux cables for your own jams, lily pads (google it), and even a boat captain so you can partake in an adult beverage or two and leave the navigating to the professionals.
Let’s face it, Texas gets hot in the summer, making Spring and Fall the ideal times of the year to enjoy the outdoors in Austin. Whether it’s camping, hiking, fishing, or generally enjoying nature that you’re into, you don’t have to venture far from downtown to disconnect. Here are five of our favorite state parks that are close to Austin.
Have fun out there y’all! If you have a great spring activity that you think we missed, feel free to clue us in at hello@365ThingsAustin.com
Since 2012, when the Circuit of the Americas (aka COTA) opened in Austin, fans have been clamoring for some IndyCar action. If you don’t know what that means—IndyCar is the country’s fastest, biggest, and baddest open-wheel racing series, sort of the All American version of Formula 1.
And now it’s finally here! The inaugural IndyCar Classic will take place at COTA March 22-24.
IndyCar Spring Training at COTA
There will also be three other series racing throughout the weekend. Indy Lights, which is the class just basically the minor league of IndyCar where future stars are developing. There’s also the Mazda MX-5 Cup and the return of an old X Games favorite, Stadium Super Trucks, which go off ramps on track at about 70 mph and get some serious air..
On top of all this, Muse will perform in Austin360 Amphitheater on Saturday night! The last time they played this venue, tickets sold out fast. Both the 3-day and Saturday-only IndyCar tickets will receive access to the 200 level section and the H-E-B Lawn for the show. Optional pit and seating upgrades are available for purchase, but you don’t need them to enjoy the show. Click here for more info.
Lastly, there will be live music on the Lone Star Stage all weekend featuring local Austin legends like Asleep at the Wheel and Dale Watson to exciting up-and-comers like Jonathan Terrell.
So break out of your entertainment rut and get hip to the fun of IndyCar! It’s a crazy fun spectacle that everyone can appreciate.
Since 1938, Rodeo Austin has been the place “Where Weird Meets Western.” From Austin’s largest carnival and funnel cakes, to mutton bustin’ and amazing live music, there is something for everyone. Because the attractions and big-name acts seem to grow exponentially every year, we’ve compiled this rundown of everything you need to know about the rodeo before you go.
Put on your ten-gallon hat, and all the denim and turquoise you own—it’s time for the best time in Texas. Here’s the deal:
New This Year: Kick Open The Chutes – Party On The Dirt!
Rodeo Austin’s brand new event, Kick Open the Chutes, takes place March 15th at 6:30pm and officially kicks off the 2019 Rodeo season! This party on the dirt features live music concerts by Wade Bowen and Sam Riggs, rodeo eats, a cash bar, rodeo-inspired games, and silent auction – all on the arena floor! Your $20 ticket provides a sneak peek into rodeo action with a behind-the-scenes experience for true rodeo fans and there’s FREE parking!
Rodeo Austin Music:
Rodeo Austin has nearly 100 live performances throughout the month of March.
There are performances at the E2open Outdoor Stage, the 100X Dance Hall, and at the ProRodeo & Concert.
2019 ProRodeo Performances include:
- March 16: Aaron Watson
- March 17: Dia Del Vaquero with La Adictiva
- March 18: Flo Rida
- March 19: Midland
- March 20: Chris Janson
- March 21: The Struts
- March 22: Randy Rogers Band
- March 23: Josh Turner
- March 24: Ronnie Milsap
- March 25: Walker Hayes
- March 26: Martina McBride
- March 27: The Jacksons
- March 28: Dustin Lynch
- March 29: Parker McCollum
- March 30: Kevin Fowler
New to the Fairgrounds:
On the Southside of the Fairgrounds, Rodeo Austin is excited to bring more entertainment that can be enjoyed by all! Watch feathered friends race to the finish line at the turkey races, enjoy excitement and laughter at the comedy stunt show, play in the sea of bubbles at the Bubble Bayou or sit back and relax at the Coors Cactus Saloon.
Rodeo Austin Carnival/Attraction Facts:
Rodeo Austin is proud to host Austin’s largest Carnival. Rodeo Austin brings great entertainment to the Fairgrounds each year with over 80 rides, games and other amusements.
In addition to the carnival, the Fairgrounds offer a variety of things to do. From a Beer and Wine Garden, Butterfly and Parakeet Encounter and rotating food trucks to a petting zoo, pony rides, Swifty Swine pig races and more, there is a little bit of something for everyone!
WILD WEST TENT:
Rodeo Austin’s Wild West Tent will feature Tomás Garcilazo – The Charro, a world-renowned, traditional Mexican Charro whose rope artistry and horsemanship skills are among the best in the world. Also appearing in the Wild West tent Every Saturday at 3:00, is Mutton Bustin’ Mania! Sign your children up online or on-site at the Wild West Tent.
The Wild West Tent will also feature Tricked Out. The well-known Kimzey family has teamed up to bring an equestrian act that is so daring and fast-paced, it is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! The tricks will keep you in suspense while they bring the “Wild West” back to life.
Rodeo Austin has over 8,000 entries for this year’s competitive events, which includes the Junior Livestock Shows, Open Livestock Shows, Horse Show, Gold Stirrup Horse Show, Longhorn Open and Youth Show and Ultimate Scramble Championship.
Avenue of Breeds:
The Animal Science Center features the Avenue of Breeds, an educational exhibit showcasing a variety of animals found in Texas that originated from various places across the globe.
Visit the Hank The Cowdog exhibit to learn about ranching and Texas heritage through the eyes of a loveable dog, Hank!
The first week, Row of Champions will be empty however, the second week, Row of Champions will display the Grand Champion Junior Market animals from the 2018 Junior Livestock Show.
100X Dance Hall:
After the ProRodeo and main stage concert, head over to the 100X Dance Hall for even more live music as you dance the night away at Rodeo Austin’s exclusive after-hours honky-tonk. 100X Dance Hall opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays for dancing, drinks and live music! Open at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with live music all day!
A new addition 100X Dance Hall is Jack’s Front Porch, where you can enjoy an evening on the front porch under the stars.
Get half-off ProRodeo & Concert tickets March 25-27.
Carnival Wristband Spring Break Special – March 18-21, 11 a.m. –5 p.m.
$2 Tuesday – $2 Fairgrounds admission and $2 carnival rides
A Texas summer just isn’t complete without floating the river. And if you’re going to embark on this age-old journey of aquatic debauchery, you might as well do it right! This year, we’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company to offer public floats with added features that make it a floating party unlike any other.
We’re offering the ultimate floating experience—we provide transportation along with your tube, ice chests, and more! You can meet new friends and live it up on the river without worrying about getting home safe. We also partner with BBG’s on 6th St. to provide drink specials and great food-for-purchase before your float.
Duration: 6 hours (roughly)
Here’s what you can expect:
The best season of the year is here and that’s FLOATING SEASON! Public Floats will always run Friday, Saturday & Sunday. We will be offering Public Floats seven days a week May 4th – September based on availability. For last minute Monday – Thursday floats please call 512-282-8687 to confirm whether or not a Public Float will be running.
Details for Public Floats are below, click here to arrange a Private Float.
*For day-of ticket purchases, please call 512-ATC-TOUR for availability*
Your ticket includes:
– Round trip transportation from downtown Austin to and from the San Marcos River to float with our partners at Texas State Tubes.
– One tube for you and one for your group to put your cooler in.
– We provide the coolers complimentary for your convenience on the bus.
– After leaving downtown Austin, we will stop on the way to the river for you to pick up alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and ice for you to take on the river. In order to protect the San Marcos River, styrofoam and glass are not allowed.
– Check In for Floats is at BBG’s on 6th St. from 10:30-10:55 AM.
– BBG’s will have drink specials for our guests, and can also make food-to-go for your trip!
- $3 Mimosa
- $5 Bloody Marys
- $3 Domestic Beers
- $2 Off all Appetizers and Salads
– The bus departs at 11:00 AM sharp – Please don’t be late or you’ll have to find your own ride to the river!
-Floats normally last 3.5-4 hours, depending on the speed of the river which is altered by the amount of rain we have in the area annually.
– Will will return to downtown Austin at approximately 5PM – 5:30PM
– The bus and float are BYOB.
Need to know:
– New regulations are being enforced by the city of San Marcos on the river – stopping for long periods of time not will be allowed on the float during prime season dates, July-August.
– Please grab a reusable trash bag from Texas State tubes before hopping on the river to collect your trash for the duration of the float. If you do not grab a trash bag, put empty cans back in your cooler. Please do not throw your trash in the river.
– The bus will leave from Texas State Tubes no later than 4:00PM. You are responsible for arriving by this time in order get a ride with ATC back to Austin. The bus cannot wait longer than this time. If you are later than this time, your valuables will be left on site and you will be responsible for getting your ride back to Austin. There is plenty of time to float and arrive back before this time – just be mindful!
– Full trip details and information will be sent out VIA EMAIL the week of your float. Please check your email for those trip details as they are subject to change.
*Weekday tickets are subject to availability (excluding Friday). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information*
The beauty of living in Austin is that you don’t have to go far to feel worlds away. One of our favorite escapes is Hyatt Regency Lost Pines & Spa, a gorgeous 405-acre property on the banks of the Lower Colorado River between Austin and Bastrop. It’s just a 20-minute drive to paradise!
And now the resort is embracing the “staycation” trend and offering a ton of—and we mean like endless—activities to entice families to bail on city life for a few days give ourselves a much-deserved break. They’ve just announced its lineup that offers everything from outdoor survival skill classes, moonlight stand-up paddle board tours of Lake Bastrop, and special rates for horseback rides!
Younger guests can also take part in the “Pony Trail Ride Adventure,” an abbreviated trail ride experience where children learn about horses while being led side-by-side by an experienced handler. Trail rides are $85 per person, and the “Pony Trail Ride Adventure” costs $45.
Led by a naturalist with the LCRA, the one-hour survival class will teach children the basics of outdoor survival skills including fire building, water filtration, shelter building, edible plants and insects, cordage and knot tying, as well as wilderness first aid. The organization will also feature “Extreme Teen Challenges” where teenage guests and their parents can take part in some of the LCRA’s most daring activities including zip lining at Zip Lost Pines, rock climbing, and gladiator challenges.
A new moonlight stand up paddle board tour of the nearby Lake Bastrop is an amazing experience. As the resort is directly connect to the Colorado River, guests can take the “Kayak the Colorado” excursion in which they are led by a guide who discusses the local scenery, wildlife, and foliage of the area, or enjoy the “Sunset Raft Trip” tour which takes place at dusk when local animals are most likely to be seen in their natural habitat.
Additionally, the resort will provide a jam-packed itinerary of family-friendly spring break activities including tractor-drawn hay rides, family movie nights, magic shows, an inflatable bounce house, glow-in-the-dark putt-putt and glow dance parties, nightly s’mores by the firepit, and scavenger hunts, as well as arts and crafts sessions with everything from slime making to tie-dying shirts. It’s camp for everyone! Families can also take part in friendly competition with lawn bowling tournaments, volleyball and soccer games, as well as several giant yard games including Jenga, Connect 4, chess, and more.
Kids and their parents will also get a chance to meet the resort’s mascots, including two Texas longhorns, an American mustang, miniature horses, and alpacas.
As always, guests can relax at the on-site Crooked River Water Park. The water park features an activity pool with a sandy beach for building sand castles, a 1,000-foot lazy river, and two-story water slide. It also includes a splash pad for children and an adults-only section with a relaxing pool and whirlpool.
The resort also provides Camp Hyatt, a kid-friendly program that introduces young travelers to the Lone Star State. While children are enjoying a fun-filled time with arts and crafts, games, and sports, parents can enjoy a round-of golf at Wolfdancer Golf Club or escape to total relaxation with customized treatments at the on-site Spa Django.
To learn more and reserve your staycation to find your #LostPinesMoment, click here or call or call 512-308-1234.
Because of that Marie Kondo magic, we’ve all spent the last month meticulously folding our underwear and donating our extensive collection of branded swag. And now it’s time for phase two—the deep clean!
Thankfully, a company has expanded into Austin to help us all live our best lives. Modern Maids is exactly what it sounds like, a cleaning service for the 21st century. A green cleaning service! Ban those toxic chemicals from your life. They provide all the supplies and equipment and offer flat-rate pricing that makes booking super convenient. Once you’ve noticed that crazy layer of dust that lives on each of your ceiling fan blades (gah!) you can book with Modern Maids in under a minute.
And what’s really great is that you can leave your home while they clean and rest assured that everything will be fine. They are insured and bonded and do background checks on their employees. For apartments, they even have a key release option where you work with your leasing office to let them in your pad.
Cleanliness leads to happiness, so let Modern Maids take it from here. And guess what! Our readers receive an exclusive 25% discount when they book by using promo code 365thingsaustin. Click here to schedule an appointment.
Get your gals together and join the atxGALS for a pop-up party celebrating some amazing female artists in this city. It’s the third year in a row for this event we truly love! Fair Market will be transformed for the evening into a Queen of Hearts land that will make your inner child jump up and down.
In addition to the art (all available for purchase) the party will have two live DJ sets; an open bar provided by Tito’s Vodka, Dulce Vida tequila, Austin Eastciders, and Caffe del Fuego; and local food trucks!
VIP ticket buyers will get swag bags filled with goodies from local favorites and there will be a raffle benefiting Girls Empowerment Network and Austin Pets Alive! So you can support the art scene, female empowerment, local causes and vendors all in one go.
General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now.
When: Friday, February 8th
Time: 6–11 p.m.
1100 E 5th St.
Austin, Texas 78702
We have so much to celebrate in this glorious town, but let’s take a moment to honor something special—the sausage! It’s time, once again, for our hotly anticipated contest of the greatest links this city has to offer. Join us on February 24th for the 2019 Sausage Kings of Austin throw down.
Meat masters like Styles Switch, Micklethwaite, and Banger’s and will go head-to-head in a smoking hot competition where YOU are the judge. If you have a tastebuds, you are totally qualified. After a few hours of drinking, eating, and voting, the results will be in and the most delicious sausage will be crowned!
Come on by, get yourself fed, and enjoy music from the Urban Achievers Brass Band. This is one of our favorite events of the year.
When: Sunday, February 24th
Time: 2:30–5 p.m.
The Brewer’s Table
4715 E 5th St.
Austin, TX 78702
Photo Credit: Jenna Roth Photography
We are quickly approaching the point of knowing whether or not this year’s resolutions are going to stick. And if you are still determined to be one of those glowing, healthy Austinites who are always on the hike and bike trail, then we salute you!
For those of you, like us, who could use some help, we’ve partnered with Heart Rate Social, (the local app that connects people with active lifestyles for healthy relationships) to compile a list of our favorite workouts, studios, and activities around town. There are so many affordable, fun, and interesting options to choose from—your body will never get bored.
Yoga/ Barre/ Pilates
Barre3 is a full-body workout that involves sustained holds, micro-movements, and cardio bursts that will leave you feeling balanced in body and empowered from within. It’s hard as heck, but totally worth the burn!
Austin owners, Ashley Spence and Krish Patel are bringing the extraordinary aspects of the Wanderlust Festival into the everyday lives of the people who live, work ,and visit ATX. You will love the warm and happy vibe at this studio.
206 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78701
Practice offers “absurdly high-quality” donation yoga (suggested $10-$20 anonymous donation) all day every day, which makes it easy and accessible for all. And there is no need to sign up ahead of time, just drop in!
1103 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
At Black Swan Yoga, instructors are encouraged to freely express their own interpretation of the practice, giving you an authentic connection to their unique journey. Their mission is to gather a community of yogis that is accepting and loving of all.
Yoga Vida opened its doors in 1999 and was the first hot studio in Austin. They now offer classes of all levels seven days a week, including 60-minute and 75-minute heated power vinyasa flow classes led by caring, experienced teachers.
3620 Bee Cave Rd Ste A
Austin, TX 78746
MOD Fitness is another barre-based workout that takes an athletic approach to the principles of ballet, pilates, and They combine innovative strength and resistance training, cardio, and stretching into a full-body workout. Get a long, toned physique, better posture, and increased flexibility in 2019 with their help.
If you hate the impersonal nature and massive size of the big box gyms, this place is for you. It’s a boutique studio that focuses on functional fitness and modern athletic recovery through personal training and small-group classes.
2301-A E Riverside Dr #50
Austin, TX 78741
This place is old Austin at its best. A gym that doesn’t feel like a gym, their mission is to provide a welcoming environment for the Austin community to improve their overall health. The vibe is about community, variety, refueling, recovering, and challenging your mind and body and it’s always a great experience.
1112 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
Tetra is known for intensity. Work hard and listen to great music while you get it all over with. The effort here will really pay off and you might find yourself actually find yourself liking that intensity after a while.
1717 W 6th St #110
Austin, TX 78703
Swimming at Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs Pool is the fourth-largest spring fed pool in Texas with a constant 68 degree water temperature making it one of the best places to swim year-round. Here’s a fun fact: Robert Redford learned to swim here. We say that bodes well for your athletic aspirations. If you want to get in shape and live your best Austin life while you do it—swimming the length of this civic treasure should be a go-to.
2131 William Barton Dr
Austin, TX 78746
Roy and Anne Butler Hike and Bike Trail
The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, a lush, urban path that meanders along the water’s edge and passes by skyscrapers, neighborhoods, ball fields and cultural attractions. It is THE Austin workout and a great way to fall in love with fitness and this fabulous city at the same time. The 10-mile trail is Austin’s most recognized and popular recreational area.
900 W Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78704
Walnut Creek Greenbelt
A popular spot for both hikers and mountain bikers, Walnut Creek is an explorer’s dream. There are tons of unmarked paths, so you may get a little lost; but that’s more fun, right? With multiple winding paths and few obstacles, undertaking part of the trail is perfect for beginners. The hike offers plenty of overlooks, so don’t forget to stop and smell the roses on the way up. And of course, cool down in the beautiful creek on the way down.
2611 Park Bend Dr
Austin, TX 78701
An oldie but a goodie—don’t forget the Y! They have great group classes, a primo location, and all the equipment you need to get fit.
Research continually shows that walking is an amazing workout, and getting outside is obviously great for the soul. We’ve put together a list of our favorite hidden gems in Austin that may not be on your radar. All the trails are free and are within a 30-minute drive from downtown. Check ’em out!
If you want to get in shape, get hooked up with a supportive community. Camp Gladiator is a bootcamp with lots of heart. They offer unlimited workouts at thousands of locations nationwide to fit your lifestyle that are always different and geared toward all fitness levels. The trainers are super passionate and won’t let you slack.
Another great group option is this program that offers comprehensive eight-week cycle focusing on strength, speed and stamina. One Yelp review says, “Stronghorn is more than a workout group. It’s a true community. One of, if not the, most welcoming fitness families in the city.”
1506 Forest Trail
Austin, TX 78703
The 45-minute group kickboxing class combines heavy bag work with body weight exercises around intense training intervals (HIIT) targeting core, legs, butt, and arms. Get in shape and get all that stress and agression out of your system! You’ll feel like a brand new human.
1211 W 6th St Suite 100
Austin, TX 78703
This spin studio delivers big on fitness and spirituality! The 45-minute workout is intense and upbeat, with some instructors utilizing a giant video wall to make the classes so fun and entertaining that they totally fly by. They also get your upper body in gear with a weight-lifting session on the bike.
507 Pressler St #900,
Austin, TX 78703
This place has 35 and 50-minute full body, surf-inspired strength and conditioning group classes. Designed to be the most challenging and rewarding part of your day, because nobody said surfing was easy! Get that California bod in the heart of Texas.
1500 S Lamar Blvd Ste. 130
Austin, TX 78704
This place is on a mission to help people feel good, on and off the bike! Ride like the wind and burn a crazy amount of calories in a short amount of time. If you haven’t ever spun, one of these classes will kick off your year with a bang.
117 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
Their trainers will lead you through a 60-minute group workout that emphasizes proper form and technique while incorporating cardio, strength, and kickboxing elements. Each class is different, and no two instructors have the same routine.
2222 Rio Grande St #170
Austin, TX 78705
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