S P O R T S A N D L E I S U R E
Whether you are looking for world class golf courses, a quiet bike or hiking trail, a rock to climb, Austin has it all. There is a great variety of outdoor activities to choose from which makes Austin a perfect place for Austin's active lifestyle.
Here we have information on cycling, hiking, climbing, races, marathons, golf, disc golf, sports clubs, tennis, bowling, putt-putt golf, rock climbing, Parks and Recreation Centers, and swimming.
CYCLING, HIKING, AND CLIMBING
For people who like to hike, bike and climb, Austin is a year-round playground! With soaring cliffs, trails with turns and twists, and designated road ways for cyclists, you’re sure to find the terrain for your extreme inner child.
Parks and Recreation Department
Barton Creek Greenbelt
(Bull Creek is located here)
Barton Springs Rd.
Emma Long Motocross Park (City Park)
1600 City Park Rd.
Slaughter Lane Metropolitan Park Veloway ("The Veloway" at Circle C)
Skaters and cyclists only—no pedestrians or vehicles 4103 Slaughter Ln.
Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail Mopac to Congress Ave./Congress Ave. to Pleasant Valley Rd. It is 10.1 miles long and one of the oldest urban Texas hike and bike paths, stretching the entire length of Lady Bird itself. The hike and bike trail is a real jewel and is used by Austinites all times of the day. There is plenty enough room for cyclists, moms with baby strollers, joggers, walkers, and walkers with pets! The trail provides great views of the city and lake. There is a spot to feed the ducks and turtles.
Austin Bicycle Cabs -- Urban Transportation Services Call for a Ride - 203.3369
Austin Bike Routes-- Find your way around town. Maps of trails and routes throughout the Austin area.
Austin Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
The purpose of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is to integrate bicycles and walking into the transportation system of the City of Austin.
Texas Bicycling Organization
Texas Bicycle Coalition
Involved in advocacy and education on a statewide level. Chapters in major Texas cities.
Established rides in the Austin Area.
Austin's Guide to Central Texas Mountain Biking
Austin Bicycle Route Map PDF
Top Ten Private Golf Courses:
Austin Country Club
4408 Long Champ Dr.
Onion Creek Club
2510 Onion Creek Pkwy.
3. Berry Creek Country Club
30500 Berry Creek Dr., Georgetown
4. Lost Creek Country Club
2612 Lost Creek Blvd.
5. Barton Creek - Fazio Foothills Course
8212 Barton Club Dr.
6. Balcones Country Club
8600 Balcones Club Dr.
Barton Creek - Crenshaw Cliffside Course
8212 Barton Club Dr.
Barton Creek - Fazio Canyons Course
8212 Barton Club Dr.
9. The Hills Country Club - Flintrock Falls Course
401 Jack Nicklaus Dr..
Tie: The Hills Country Club - Signature Course
26 Club Estates Pkwy.
See our special GOLF
page for more details.
Many of the Austin's neighborhood parks feature 9 and 18 hole folf (disc golf) courses. So, come pitch a Frisbee!
Austin Recreation Center
1301 Shoal Creek Boulevard
5201 Berkman Drive
Mary Moore Searight Park
Old Settlers Park
3300 Palm Valley Road
1100 Kingsbury Street
Slaughter Creek Metropolitan Park
5507 Slaughter Lane
Wells Branch Greenbelt
Wells Branch Parkway at Wells Port Drive
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin Ice Bats-HOCKEY
14200 IH-35 North
Austin Wranglers-ARENA FOOTBALL
2209 W. Braker Lane
Round Rock Express-BASEBALL
Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, TX
The Austin Huns Rugby Football Club
The Austin Rugby Football Club-RUGBY
The Austin Women's Rugby Football Club-RUGBY
7800 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite #115W
Austin, TX 78757
Throughout the city, you can find many public and private tennis courts. In addition to the abundant courts, there are a vast array of tennis related services, from lessons, to leagues, to tournaments. Click here for an interactive map of tennis courts in Austin.
Local Tennis Organizations
Capital Area Tennis Assoc.
Austin Tennis League
Austin Parks and Rec. Tennis
Caswell Tennis Center
South Austin Tennis Center
Anderson Mill Tennis Assoc.
Round Rock Tennis Assoc.
Austin Women's Tennis Assoc.
Women's Team Tennis Assoc.
Austin Tennis Club (Gay/Lesbian)
Austin Tennis Players (Korean)
UT Tennis Club
CAPTA (Tennis Pros)
Newk's Tennis Ranch
All USPTA Pros in Austin
Lesson Lounge at T4Y
Score a strike at any one of Austin’s area bowling alleys. With friendly crowds, stocked snack bars and plenty of pins to knock down, you’re sure to find fun the whole family can enjoy.
5700 Grover Ave.
8909 Burnet Rd.
13301 N. US Hwy 183
Texas Union Underground
24th St. & Guadalupe St. (2247 Guadalupe)
3101 N I H 35 Round Rock, TX 78664
Saengerrunde Bowling Alley
1607 San Jacinto Blvd. (Members Only)
2701 W. William Cannon
AMF Showplace Lanes "Vegas lounge" style
9504 N. I-35
Have fun while working on your putting skills at one of Austin’s fine miniature golf courses. These beautifully landscaped courses offer clean greens and obstacles to challenge even the most seasoned golfers.
Austin’s Park ‘n Pizza
16231 North IH-35
Peter Pan Mini-Golf
1207 Barton Springs Rd.
Butler Park Pitch & Putt
W. Riverside and 201 Lee Barton Dr.
13301 N. US Hwy 183
Putt Putt Golf & Games
301 Chisolm Trl., Round Rock
Parks: Bull Creek, Barton Creek Greenbelt, McKinney Falls State Park, Pace Bend Park
South Austin Rock Gym
4401 Freidrich Ln. Ste. 300
North Austin Rock Gym
300 N. Lamar, Ste. 102B
Gregory Gym Climbing Wall
Speedway and 21st St., U.T. Campus
Central Texas Mountaineers
PARKS AND RECREATION CENTERS
The Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of programs at the following centers. Programs are for children, adults, and seniors and include dance, fitness, table games, gymnastics, tiny tots, boxing, karate, team sport leagues, and more. For more information visit Parks & Recreation Department Recreation Centers.
Alamo Recreation Center
2100 Alamo St.
Austin Recreation Center
1301 Shoal Creek
Camacho Activity Center
34 Robert T. Martinez Jr. St.
Cantu/Pan Am Recreation Center
2100 E. 3rd St.
Dittmar Recreation Center
Doris Miller Auditorium
2300 Rosewood Ave.
Dottie Jordan Recreation Center
2803 Loyola Ln.
Dove Springs Recreation Center
5801 Ainez Dr.
Givens Recreation Center
3811 E. 12th
Hancock Recreation Center
811 E. 41st St.
McBeth Recreation Center
2401-A Columbus Dr
Metz Recreation Center
Montopolis Recreation Center
Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center
2608 Gonzales St.
Pickfair Communtiy Center
1182 10904 Pickfair Drive
Rosewood Recreation Center
1182 Pleasant Valley Rd.
South Austin Recreation Center
Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center
7500 Blessing Avenue
The Aquatic Division operates 48 public pool facilities, which includes: 27 neighborhood pools, 12 wading pools, 2 water playscapes, 6 municipal pools, the Emma Long waterfront, and Barton Springs Pool.
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BEST OUTDOOR SWIMMING SPOTS
BARTON SPRINGS POOL
2101 Barton Springs Road (In Zilker Park) Map
Many people think Barton Springs is not only the best swimming spot in
Austin, but also the best swimming spot on earth. The 1,100 ft. long, 3
acre, spring-fed pool is one of the largest non-chlorinated swimming
pools in the country. It averages 68 degrees year round. You can find
ducks, bass, crawfish, and double-crested cormorants splashing
alongside the swimmers. Barton Springs was created millions of years
ago as a result of a landshift that created the Balcones Fault. Native
Americans called the springs Sacred Springs and came to the springs to
heal their wounds. Over the years, it has become a very popular spot
for Austinites and their visitors. There is a shallow end for children,
a deep area for floating, a diving board, and room for lap swimmers.
It is open year round and closed on Thursdays for cleaning. There is a
DEEP EDDY POOL
401 Deep Eddy Drive at Lake Austin Boulevard Map
Deep Eddy Pool Schedule
Lap swimmers have their own pool, kids can frolic to their heart's
content, and sunbathers can enjoy the cool water and massive cottonwood
trees of Deep Eddy Pool. It is the state's oldest swimming pool. It
originated as a natural swimming hole on the Colorado River before Lady
Bird Lake existed. The concrete pool was constructed in 1915 and was
the first outdoor pool in Texas. At that time, there were cabins,
camping areas, and even a ferris wheel. A variety of performances
including a diving horse were popular attractions. Today, the
spring-fed pool is popular for lap swimming and wading. During summer,
a large movie screen is set up for pool-side Splash Party Movie Nights.
Float in the pool while enjoying family films! There is a small charge.
800 E. Live Oak Map
Stacy Pool is the place to swim during cold weather because it is
heated by a natural warm spring. (The water is a mixture of city water
and 100 degree well pumped water, resulting in a pool temperature
average of 80 degrees.) It is not a large pool but it is popular with
swimmers, especially lap swimmers. It is run by the city's aquatics
department. Admission is free.
HAMILTON POOL PRESERVE
Hamilton Pool Preserve has a sandy beach, a 75-ft
waterfall, and a huge rock formation that can be explored from a path
that circles the pool. Cliff Swallows live above the pool in tiny nests
and are seen constantly coming and going. The park also has good hiking
trails. Hamilton Pool is located approximately 30 miles southwest of
Take Highway 71 west of Austin and turn left onto FM 3828 (Hamilton
Pool Road). Travel 13 miles to the Preserve entrance, which is on your
right. Call 512.264.2740 for swimming conditions before you come.
SAN MARCOS RIVER
The San Marcos River is about a 30-minute drive from Austin. Fed by San
Marcos Springs, there are several spots that are popular along the
river. Tube it, snorkel it, or swim it! The falls below Peppers
Restaurant have long been a favorite of the locals. Along the river,
you can spot rare plants, turtles, and fish.
SCULPTURE FALLS ON BARTON CREEK
This is a beautiful spot when the creek is flowing. Located about 1.3
miles upstream of the MoPac bridge and is accessible by walking or
cycling. City curfew on trails is from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. To view
a photo, click here.
KRAUSE SPRINGS IN SPICEWOOD
Krause Springs is one of the best yet least-known swimming spots in
Central Texas. It is privately owned, and it has a regular cement
swimming pool as well as a rustic swimming spot on Little Cypress
Creek. Overnight camping is available. Take Highway 71 west to
Spicewood. Look for the signs on the right. Call 210.693.4181 for more
Hippie Hollow is one of the few public swimming spots in
Texas where clothing is optional. It is also one of the best places to
see the rare black-capped vireo, an endangered bird. The Park features
a steep, rocky shoreline and provides spectacular views of Lake Travis.
No one under 18 is admitted. From FM 620, go west 1.5 miles on Comanche
Trail just past the Oasis Restaurant. Call Travis County Parks at
BLUE HOLE IN GEORGETOWN
Located on the San Gabriel River, the Blue Hole is a small but
well-worth visiting swimming spot. Nearby there is a grassy area on the
riverbank for picnics. From the Williamson County Courthouse in
Georgetown, go north on U.S. 81 (also called Austin Avenue), turn left
on 2nd Street, then right on Rock Street to the river. Admission is
free. (The Blue Hole has been closed temporarily due to damages
received from spring '08 flooding.)
BLUE HOLE IN WIMBERLEY
333 Blue Hole Lane
Located on Cypress Creek, one quarter mile east of the
town square, is the Blue Hole in Wimberley. Rope swings hang from huge
cypress trees that line the spring-fed creek. For a beautiful picture,
please visit Friends of Blue Hole
. 512.847.9127 or 512.847.0025 Map.
For more information, please visit: Swimming/Swimming Pools and Other Places to Swim.
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