• Austin Sunset by Randall Chancellor

Recreation

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Barton Springs Pool by Randall Chancellor

If you're looking for something to do in Austin, we have plenty of things to keep you busy! Here's just a little bit of what the city has to offer.

Dancing

The Austin Swing Syndicate is dedicated to "the care and growth of the Austin swing and lindy hop dance community." Don't worry if you don't have the moves yet. The Austin Swing Syndicate offers a free class before their every-Thursday night open dance at the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs.

Several studios around town offer lessons in any dance style imaginable. With so much live music available every night of the week in the Live Music Capital of the World, you can find a place to trip the light fantastic whenever it strikes your fancy.

Pole Dancing

Pole dancing is not just for exotic dancers anymore, and Austin has several facilities specializing in the art of pole dancing as a strenuous physical conditioning regimen. While it's been something of a fad across the country, in Austin it just seems to fit in with the general weird vibe.

Skate Boarding

The City of Austin opened a new 30,000 square feet skate park on July 16th 2011. While it is not listed in the directory yet, you can find more information (including some photos) on Austin's website.

Tennis

Well maintained courts are provided by the city of Austin at no charge and open from dawn to dusk. If you are looking for a tennis club, check out the Capital Area Tennis Association.

Golf

There are six municipal golf courses in the city of Austin: all the information you could possibly want about golfing in Austin is available from the city. Make sure you bring cash: most, but not all, of the city golf courses accept credit cards. If you're in the mood for something fun and silly, Peter Pan Mini Golf is fun for adults and children, and definitely something everybody has to check out just once.

Parks

The City of Austin maintains many parks - 251 to be exact, not including the nature preserves or green belts. Lady Bird Lake is maintained by a joint effort between the City of Austin and the Lower Colorado River Authority. Lady Bird Lake is stormed by the Lady Longhorn Rowing Team on a regular basis.

Austin is a very nature friendly city, which is surprising for a city of that size. A popular activity is the swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

The city has been kind enough to provide a comprehensive directory of the parks. A visual representation of the concentration of parks is available as well.

The Trail at Lady Bird Lake is maintained by the city, and this popular hiking and biking trail is used by thousands. A PDF map of the trail with trail etiquette is available from the city.

Ice Skating

Perhaps it is not surprising that ice skating is not terribly popular in the middle of a hot state like Texas, but Austin does have Chaparral Ice which is the meeting place for the Lone Star Curling Club and community hockey games.

Roller Skating Rinks

Roller skating is coming back along with acid wash jeans. We fear big hair is right behind it! To peer into the future you can check out the two roller skating rinks in Austin:

The Millennium and Playland Skate Center.

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