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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
This place has 35 and 50-minute full body, surf-inspired strength and conditioning group classes. Designedto 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.
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.
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.
Garett DiPasquale, a 2014 UT grad in economics, has opened his second i Fratelli Pizza Location on 15th and San Antonio to serve Downtown and the UT campus. His first location is in North Austin (Arboretum). i Fratelli Pizza is baked on a stone deck for a thin and crispy crust.
Their signature pizzas are packed with flavor and topped with provolone and the freshest ingredients. A big best-seller is the del Bianco, with a creamy white sauce, fresh tomatoes, spinach, and breakfast bacon.
And you can elevate your party game with their party-cut finger food. The thin-n-crispy pizza is a crowd-pleaser and it will be the first thing to go from your feast spread. Plus, delivery is free and the perfect go-to for high-volume corporate luncheons.
i Fratelli Pizza is known for exemplary service and a consistent, high-quality product. Dough is handcrafted daily, and fresh vinaigrette and Caesar salad dressings are made in-house. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available.
Stop by for a slice and learn why i Fratelli pizza is uniquely Texan.
i Fratelli Pizza – Downtown
501 W 15th Street Ste C
Austin, Texas 78701
The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is gloriously lazy. For the most part, the entire world has gone on holiday. And after watching everything Netflix has recommended for you back-to-back, in your brand new pajamas and socks, you might actually want to exit your house for a while.
Luckily a company called Gift Pass has given this a lot of thought. And now you can save more than 30 percent while seeing the best Austin has to offer. The 30-day Gift Pass gives you access to 10 tours and activities and allows you to choose any three you want.
We’re talking about bus tours, bike tours, food and beer tours, museum visits, and more. You could even go for a little cruise on Lady Bird Lake. Make the most of your time in this magical city and pay one low price to do it all. So just to recap, this is 10 activities in 30 days for only $35. Y’all, that’s just crazy!
And they don’t call it Gift Pass for nothing—it actually makes the perfect gift. Click right here for all the details and to purchase. Give the gift of getting out!
Wait, seriously, how did this happen? Christmas is days away! Don’t panic, you still have time to conjure up a great gift for the people you care about. We actually have the best, last-minute gift idea in the world. In fact, even if you had all the time in the world this would be what they really want: a Favor Delivery gift card! That’s right y’all, give the gift of having anything delivered.
Favor Delivery gift cards are great for new parents, busy college students, or anyone who wants to save time and get items from local restaurants and stores delivered to their door. It’s so much better than any other gift card because using those often involves braving the elements and wearing something dressier than your coziest pajama pants. Why would they want that?
If you’re on the fence about becoming a true holiday hero and giving the gift of delivery, let’s imagine what your loved one could use it for. Austin will be their oyster! Here are a few thoughts off the top of our head …
JuiceLandBecause Austin is full of healthy people, and also sometimes hungover people who really need super fresh coconut water brought to them.
Fresa’s Because your person wants something hot and local and savory and amazing—like tamales or roast chicken. And they want it now!
HopdoddyBecause cheeseburgers and also because truffle fries. And because there is always a line to get into this place and that sounds like a lot to manage.
Amy’s Ice CreamBecause the only thing better than eating delicious, Mexican Vanilla ice cream is having a nice person knock on your door and hand it you.
H-E-BBecause literally everyone in this city is in need of something from our fav Texas-grown supermarket at all times. Paper towels! That awesome guacamole they make! More ice cream! The possibilities are endless.
Chuy’sBecause their queso is our founder Kristy’s No. 1 Favor order, and because that sounds really good right now.
The GroveBecause your parents would love an excuse to relax and indulge. And because you really want them to feel loved this year. And because you want to teach them about Favor.
CVS Because the convenience of having someone run that late-night pharmacy run for you is priceless.
And BLOOMSflower shop, because flowers make everything better. They can dress up their house for any occasion—even if it’s just a Tuesday.
To purchase a Favor gift card, go tofavordelivery.com/gift-cards. Choose a design, your desired amount, and the gift card will be sent your way via email. Also it easily fits in a stocking, so minimal wrapping is required. We have all the holiday tips!
We’re all looking high and low for the ultimate holiday gift—something they would never expect in a million years. Well, here’s a really hot tip: Garrison Brothers’ Single Barrel Program.
People who really love whiskey know all about Garrison Bros.—because it’s the only brand making a legit, real-deal, puritanical bourbon in Texas. At a distillery in the little town of Hye, a man named Dan Garrison has accomplished what many have tried and failed to do. For people who have long conversations in the corners of dark bars about the art of bourbon appreciation, Dan Garrison is a hero.
If you know one of these people, give them an experience they will truly never forget. The distillery offers a program where individuals or groups can come out to Hye and hang out with Master Distiller, Dennis Todd. On this dreamy day, they will drill holes in barrels that have been aging for years and get a taste of the good stuff! Participants can pick a barrel with a meaningful date or just one they are particularly vibing with.
Once they’ve chosen the barrel they like best, they can choose the proof/alcohol content they desire, help cut the whiskey, and bottle it up themselves. It’s a fully immersive, one-of-a-kind, bucket-list sort of thing—and bottles will be custom labeled with whatever they want it to read
There is seriously nothing quite like this present. And it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Your house will be stocked … like forever. For more info, and to order a single barrel, click right here.
Handy for both the native-born and the wannabe—this manual charts a blueprint for how to live like a true Texan. Learn the lingo and how to take a proper bluebonnet photo, how to get big hair, and the best way to make a Frito Pie. You’ll also have a bucket list of all the places Texans should visit in their lifetimes.
Get glowing with Olive + M! The local skincare line is women-owned, all-natural, cruelty-free, and vegan. Featuring oils, serums, and scrubs that leave your skin nourished and glowing from head to toe.
Give a solid pick-me-up to your favorite espresso expert. The coffee of the month club curates the world’s best single-origin beans from micro-lots around the world. Each 12-oz bag is roasted fresh and delivered to your door monthly, along with flavor notes, brewing tips, and info about the global coffees received.
A mega chill-pill for the stressed out friend. Lake Austin Spa offers luxury spa experiences and a peaceful sanctuary for ultimate rest and renewal in a picturesque Hill Country setting. Their heavenly treatments offer a wide range of massages, facials, body wraps, and more.
For your boo or forever-bachelor friend. Up your dude’s home swagger with a ‘mandle’ from James Thomas Candle Co. Scents like Firewood, Cowboy, Gentlemen, and Hombre are made with 100% premium soy wax for an all natural, eco-friendly, clean burn.
Any home chef will adore the oils from Texas Olive Ranch. The olive oils are pressed with 100% Texas grown olives, along with Texas-sized flavor. The local company offers the freshest olive oils in the state, and fun flavors like Spicy Chipotle Rattlesnake Oil and Hill Country Herb Oil.
In a world full of over stimulation, why not give the gift of nothing! Float effortlessly in 1,200 pounds of dissolved epsom salt while light, sound, and temperature fade away, giving your nervous system a much needed reboot. Take care of your loved one this holiday season by giving them a gift that replenishes the body, mind, and soul.
From art heists to gold rush adventures, this gift is perfect for the person/people you’d just love to spend quality time with. The Escape Game Austin has several puzzle rooms to choose from, and you’re sure to make memories with friends and loved ones with whichever experience you choose. Right now, get 20% off single-game gift cards to The Escape Game with code Austin365on their online store.
The ultimate gift for the fragrance-lover in your life, PHLUR’s sustainable scents and #shelfie-worthy minimalist packaging look as amazing as they smell. The original Hanami fragrance is creamy and floral, subtle and chic. They’ve translated that scent into an equally delectable candle, made with hand-poured vegetable wax in a custom ceramic vessel. Naturally, such a creamy scent is equally satisfying as a body wash or body lotion—or both!
If you didn’t give or get an OV piece this year, are you really even an Austinite? Their locally-loved activewear will get you out of bed and looking good for those post New Year’s resolution early morning workouts (or while drinking mimosas during Sunday brunch) #DoingThings
Noah Marion focuses on untreated, un-dyed, natural vegetable-tanned leather in order to allow the user to personally bring the design to life. Noah Marion makes quality handmade goods in the heart of Austin, TX, out of their shop located at 2053 South Lamar Blvd.
Raven + Lily offers trendy, fair-trade fashion, accessories, and home goods with its core underlying mission to empower women on a global scale. Gift a unique piece and support employing artisan women around the world.
For the person that wants to forget the holidays… Local Liquor
For the booze hound who loves to raise a glass (or four), Treaty Oak Distilling’s liquors are bar cart staples. Pick up a bottle of their Waterloo Gin or Red Handed Whiskey and let the party begin.
We know your loved ones deserve a steak dinner pretty much every night. Keep them well-fed and feeling loved with quality meat delivery from Rosso & Flynn. The local company sources meat from local ranches committed to transparency and sustainability. Add a fine bottle of red wine and you’re on their permanent nice list.
That’s right, the El Arroyo sign has its own book! The Tex-Mex restaurant’s famous marquee sign, whose black letters tell a new joke to passing motorists each day, is featured in El Arroyo’s Big Book of Signs. Share the love and give your friends something to laugh about.
Austin’s famed 2ND Street District is going all out for the holiday season this year. It’s a miracle on second street! Take the whole fam downtown for a bunch of festive activities and, naturally, a ton of great shopping. Austin-owned boutiques, award-winning local fare, and entertainment make walkable 2ND Street District a unique destination. From great food and sidewalk dining to live music, craft bars, and more it’s full of everything locals love.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or others, you’ll find something unforgettable. Peruse items ranging from handmade jewelry and accessories, designer threads, music-inspired apparel to home goods and more.Once you’ve had your dose of retail therapy, refuel with coffee, a snack or enjoy a cocktail at one of the many critically acclaimed culinary options.
And don’t forget to end the day by taking-in the festive window installations at participating businesses in the Holiday Window Walk. St. Edward’s University students will put their design skills to the test for their chance to win $6,500 worth of scholarships on behalf of the 2ND Street District. Participating stores include Hemline, League of Rebels, Austin Rocks, Toy Joy, Authentic Smiles, Austin General Store, and Luxe Apothetique. Cast your vote here through Dec. 7 at midnight for your favorite display. Everyone that votes is entered to win an AWAY Spa by W Austin Massage and a W Austin bottle service package for up to 10 people in The Living Room Bar valued at $500. First place will receive a $3,000 scholarship, $2,000 for second place, $1,000 for first place, and $500 for the public vote. Learn more and RSVP here.
Winners will be announced at the Santa Lounge and Market event on Saturday, Dec. 8 at W Austin. Enjoy photos with Santa and holiday music from KP and The Boom Boom (Trio) and Drew Davis at W Austin while sipping holiday cocktails and browsing the local Holiday Pop-Up Shops. This event will offer guests first-class retail options for all their holiday shopping needs. Participating stores include Sikara & Co., ESPEROS, Austin General Store, Luxe Apothetique, ModCloth, Nina Berenato Jewelry, Sara Reichardt Designs, Upstairs Circus, Toy Joy’s Kid Zone and Tina Reddy Jewelry. The first guests will receive a complimentary holiday cocktail. Learn more and RSVP here.
It’s that time of year again, the holidays are upon us! You’ve been working hard all year, so it’s time to take a break from the office, get your team together, and spread some holiday cheer. We’ve compiled a list of awesome activities around Austin that are sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit.
What could be more fun than sharing a few beers with your coworkers and competing in urban axe throwing competitions? Group events start with safety instructions and one-on-one throwing practice, then get straight into head-to-head and team events. This place is perfect for group events, the experience is designed for groups of 6 to 24 people and lasts about 2.5 hours.
If you’ve ever had dreams of being part of a rough and tough electric minibike biker gang, now is your chance. Your Biker Gang takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime guided tour through some of the city’s most iconic locations in style. No previous experience is needed to ride—they take care of everything make sure you have a safe and memorable experience. They can also organize special requests, food and bar tours. They like to say, “nothing is too weird for Austin, or us.”
Home to one of the fastest and longest ziplines in Texas, this is sure to be a thrilling and memorable experience for the whole team. The excursion also includes access to a private beach where you can relax, eat, swim, or lay out in one of their hammocks. It’s great for smaller events, groups of 50 or more people will require more than three weeks notice.
With speeds up to 45 miles per hour, K1 will test your competitive edge and possibly bring out some road rage along the way—but all in good fun. They provide everything for your group at the facility: safety lessons, helmets, karts, and even trophies so you can take home all the glory. This is a great space for large corporate events!
Whether you are a seasoned golf pro, or have never swung a club in your life, Topgolf is a great place for people of all skill levels to compete in a fun, casual environment.
Players take turns hitting micro-chipped golf balls that track each player’s accuracy and distance and award points for hitting targets in the outfield, all while kicking back and enjoying some incredible cocktails and appetizers. There are several tiered event spaces, from the Rooftop Terrace, to smaller private lounges, so Topgolf can host any any group size.
Looking for the ultimate test of teamwork and critical thinking? Look no further! With five different immersive adventures to choose from—ranging in difficulty—The Escape Game will put your brains to the test and bond the group together. This is perfect for a smaller group outing, around 2-12 people.
Not everyone is going to be the next Picasso, but Painting With a Twist makes lets you take home a one- of-a-kind piece of art. You don’t need any previous experience to create a masterpiece, just a few drinks, and some real artists who will point you in the right direction.
Click here for more info. They have several locations around town.
All those you put in at the office ping pong table are about to pay off. Spin is all about friends, food, drinks, smiles, and good old fashioned competition. Even if you don’t want to play you can still enjoy a cocktail and watch people duke it out on the tables.
Want to take a break from the stressors of the office and show your coworkers how your really feel about those TPS reports? This gladiator style soccer match is fun as heck and the gang will get plenty of laughs while getting in a good work out. Great for parties of any size!
We’re excited to announce this year’s 12 Days of Austin Christmas, launching today. For 12 days we will be giving away prizes from local businesses each day! All of these prizes are a great representation of some awesome things that our city has to offer, and they’re also the gifts we’ll be buying for our own friends and families this year!
Here are the details:
Each day around 11am, we’ll post a new giveaway on the blog and our social channels.
This year, there will be two ways to enter the contest daily. One via our Heyo Contest page, and another via our daily contest Instagram post. Make sure you’re following us on the following channels to be sure you catch the announcements each day:
Each contest will run for 24 hours, and a winner will be chosen at random at the completion of each contest.
YOU MUST CLAIM YOUR PRIZE WITHIN 24 HOURS OR WE WILL PICK A NEW WINNER.
Once we receive confirmation from a winner, we will announce it in the comments of the Instagram post, and we’ll update THIS page with the winner’s names and/or handles below:
Winter Wonderland — Marisol G.
Outdoor Voices — Tiffany F.
One Taco — Alejandro M.
Lake Travis Zipline — Madeline H.
The Escape Game — J Kan
Vintage Market Days — Heidi R.
Springfree Trampoline — Mimi L.
Domain — Madi F.
Zero Gravity Institute — Chelsea T.
Austin Spurs — Ashley B.
Noah Marion — Nettie T.
PHLUR — Jessica G.
Olive + M — Melissa R.
Service Menswear —
Atlas Coffee Club — Tiara B.
Thank you as always for following 365 Things Austin, and GOOD LUCK!
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