Austin Recreation You Can Only Find on Vacation
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some fun, physical activity.
There are Austin sports and recreation activities for everyone, whether you like to compete in Iron Man events or prefer to spectate while others play the sport.
AUSTIN SPORTS AND RECREATION ON THE WATER
Colorado River State Parks
The Lower Colorado River Authority has up-to-date information on visiting and camping out at parks along the water.
Austin recreation doesn’t get better than spending a day out on one of the six Highland Lakes. You can relax and take in the Hill Country views or take part in a variety of water sports, including scuba diving and wakeboarding.
Want to get the inside scoop on all the best fishing spots? This resource provides info on local area fishing guides around the Highland Lakes.
LCRA Colorado River Trail
Paddle down the Colorado River Trail for an adventure you’ll only find in Texas! The river trail spans 11 counties in Central Texas and runs right through Austin.
RUNNING, HIKING AND BIKING IN AUSTIN
Mountain Biking Guide to Austin & Central Texas
Avid mountain bikers will want to use this resource to find suitable trails and places to rent a bike while they’re in Austin.
The RunGuides calendar is a complete schedule of road and trail running races in and around Austin.
Texas Hill Country
Get tons of useful, timely information about activities in the greater Austin area, a.k.a. the Texas Hill Country and Highland Lakes region. Throughout the area there are a number of parks, protected reserves and miles of trails to run, hike or bike.
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Visit the state's official Parks and Wildlife Department website to learn more about nearby facilities, special events and current bans that are in effect.
AUSTIN SOCIAL CLUBS
Get great info on local tournaments, leagues and upcoming games.
Austin Coed Soccer Association
Find out where you can watch local soccer teams battle it out for the top spot in Austin.
Austin Crows Australian Rules Football Club
This amateur Australian Rules Football Club is dedicated to establishing and growing the great sport of ‘Aussie Rules Footy’ in the Austin area and beyond. The club was first started in 2002, and after a few rocky years, has established itself in Austin and the Australian Rules Football community here in the U.S.
Austin Floorball Club
Floorball is a fast paced team sport that is simply described as a very safe version of floor hockey.
Austin Recreation Center Volleyball League
You can find mens, womens and co-ed volleyball leagues to cheer on during your visit.
Austin Sports and Social Club
The Austin Sports and Social Club runs many of the most popular Austin active clubs for men and women. The club offers year-round opportunities for individuals to play a variety of team sports in a social atmosphere.
Austin Yacht Club
Since its founding in 1951, Austin Yacht Club is the place in Central Texas where members and guests can find a fun, uniquely Austin version of what a “Yacht Club” should be. It’s a great community of sailing enthusiasts with excellence in sailing skills, racing and training.
Capital Area Tennis Association
CATA’s membership is composed of tennis enthusiasts who are dedicated to fostering national and international amateur sports competition through junior and adult programs that promote the sport and its benefits.
Capital Area Water Ski Club
The Capital Area Water Ski Club (CAWSC) was established in 1988 to further develop competitive water skiing in the Austin area.
Celtic Cowboys Sport & Social Club
They play the traditional Irish sports of men's and ladies Gaelic football, as well as Hurling & Camogie. The club also organizes more than a dozen soccer teams for both men and women.
City of Austin Adult Kickball League
The City of Austin has it’s own kickball league. You can join the fun at the South Austin Recreation Center.
The First Tee of Greater Austin (TFTGA)
TFTGA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit youth development organization dedicated to providing young people with educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
Hill Country Outdoors
Austin’s most active outdoor, sport and social club! Meet fun people that love to do the same things you love to do. This is a membership-based club that has been organizing outdoor and social events for Austin since 2001.
Waterloo Disc Golf Club
Host of the Annual Waterloo Disc Golf Classic since 1977! Who knew, right?
Pro & Semi-Pro Sports Teams
Austin Aztex Soccer (Football to the rest of the world) Club
Founded in 2011, the team plays in the United Soccer League, the third tier of the United States soccer pyramid.
Austin Vipers Football Team
Founded in 2011, Austin's Premier Minor League Football Attraction.
Austin Ice Bats
Sadly, they're now defunct (1996-2008), but a cool story about their crazy name. The hockey team was named in honor of the Mexican Free-tailed Bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) which nest under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in the city. Somewhere between 750,000 and 1.5 million of the flying rats reside underneath the bridge each summer.
Austin Toros Basketball Team
The Austin Toros team is the NBA affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. Games are hosted at the H.E.B. Center at Cedar Park, just north of Austin.
Round Rock Express
Round Rock Express is the Major League Baseball (MLB) Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers baseball team. The team plays at the Dell Diamond, just north of Austin in the city of Round Rock.
The Rockin’ City Rollergirls
The Rockin’ City Rollergirls is a skater owned and operated, all-female flat track roller derby league based out of Round Rock, TX.
Texas Rollergirls Rock-n-Rollerderby
Austin is so big on roller derby the city has two leagues! The Texas Rollergirls is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity sports organization dedicated to playing and promoting the sport of Women’s Flat Track Derby.
Texas Stars Hockey Team
The Texas Stars is the NHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars. Players take to the ice at the H.E.B. Center at Cedar Park from September to April.
Texas Xtreme Football
This semi-pro football team based out of Austin, TX was founded in 2010.
WHERE TO FIND THINGS TO DO FOR FUN IN AUSTIN
The City of Austin Parks and Recreations Department has a listing of all of their community recreation centers where events are held.
Austin Rock Gym: Indoor Rock Climbing
ARG is Austin’s ONLY dedicated rock climbing company and offers the most comprehensive climbing lessons and services available. They have locations in North and South Austin.
Many of the Austin active clubs meet up and use the facilities at Zilker Park. The park has facilities for beach volleyball, soccer and a number of other field sports.
Round Rock, the Sports Capital of Texas
Just 15 minutes north of Austin lies Round Rock, home of the Round Rock Express, the Rockin' City Rollergirls, the Dell Diamond, Old Settlers Park and the Round Rock Sports Center.
Austin Area Golf Courses
There are dozens of golf courses in the Austin area, including five that are operated by the City of Austin. You can play in the middle of downtown or out in the Hill Country overlooking the lakes.
Whether you're a visitor or a long time resident, Austin probably has more treasures than you know about. Austin Explorer is your way of discovering more about the city as you get outside of your stuffy hotel room into the fresh air under the big Texas sky.
This is another great resource with everything you need to know about visiting Texas.
WHERE TO GET SPORTING GEAR IN AUSTIN
Bass Pro Shop
Just north of Austin, The 120,000-square foot Round Rock Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World boasts a 16,000-gallon aquarium, a restaurant with bar (Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill), an archery range and a bowling alley.
The massive Cabela’s retail store is located in Buda just off I-35 between Austin and San Antonio. In addition to offering quality outdoor merchandise, the 185,000 sq. ft. showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a décor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats.
Rent your kayaks, stand up paddle boards (SUP) and paddle boats from the Rowing Dock on Lady Bird Lake.
Zilker Park Boat Rentals
Established in 1969, Zilker Park Boat Rentals has been offering quality boat rentals since Lady Bird Lake was called Town Lake.
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