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Outdoor Activities Attract Adventure Lovers to Austin

With summery climate year-round, plenty of outdoor entertainment and great scenic environs, Austin attracts with its many opportunities of biking, hiking, alfresco concerts, swimming and other pleasures of life -most of which comes free.

Here, it is quite easy to get lost outdoors-even without stepping away from the city’s limits. Steep in the stunning aerial views of the surrounding hill country; take short hikes to the 236m limestone mountain’s summit, Covert Park; or simply drive down to Lake Austin, Pennybacker Bridge or the undulating green hills beyond—these places are perfect for picnics, scenic photo shoots and/ or romantic sunset trysts.

Swimming at Barton Springs Pool

You may find 68 degrees (20 Celsius) a bit chilly for swims, but this natural spring pool maintains a pleasant temperature and is a popular place to cool your senses after a long day at work. The grassy slopes fringing this idyllic three-acre pool is quite crowded on sunny days-plan accordingly.(image by Wally Gobetz)

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Taking a Stand-Up Paddle boarding Lesson

Austin’s downtown’s Lady Bird Lake is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, tourists and locals alike. The latest exercise phenomenon here is stand-up paddle boarding. The casual water sport provides ample opportunities to admire the urbanism of the city from the lake and get a hectic core workout too. Texas Rowing Centers, Austin Paddle Sports and SUP ATX offer lessons from the beginner’s levels.

Hitting the Trail

Austiners are known for hitting the trail and considered among the fittest in the world. Whether it is about running on Roy Butler Hike, 10-mile Ann or Bike Trail (which are commonly called The Trail) or racing along the inner fringes of Lady Bird Lake–Austin’s popular recreational attraction, both downtown tourists and long-term residents are spoiled for choice here. Train yourself for a mountain bike race or jog with your dog -there is plenty of running in store here.

Wandering in the Cathedral of Junk

Austin’s very own cathedral will make you forget the oddities of Sistine Chapel. Located in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood, the three-storey structure of Cathedral of Junk was built by the much famed Vince Hannemann. Gape upon its 60 tonnes of record players, reclaimed bicycle/ auto parts, mismatched crutches and all other waste raw materials that you can ever imagine or take a walk through its structural amalgamation which succeeds in enchanting children and adults alike.

Exploring the Scenic Barton Creek Greenbelt

With more than 190 miles of hiking and biking paths criss-crossing the city’s green belts, Austin lures outdoor lovers with the wooded riverside stretches of Barton Creek. Situated just a few minutes away from downtown, this amazing place makes you hike through myriad trails in its 809-acre nature reserve, explore natural swimming holes or click pictures of waterfalls, limestone cliffs and native vegetation beyond.

Seeing a Live Show

Austin, the live music capital of our planet, boasts of plenty of option to enjoy great open-air performances, enthrall yourself in open-air venues and participate in popular annual events like Moustache Competition, the Misprint Beard, “Live from the Plaza” series….. the list is endless!(image by Austin Chronicle)

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Enjoy!
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