Austin Sports & Outdoors

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    Go Batty, watch some Hockey!

    by ATXtraveler Written Jun 16, 2004

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    Austin Ice Bats Hockey

    Well, one of the unique things to do in Austin is to watch the Bats on South Congress, in fact it is so popular, that they named our local minor league hockey team after the event!

    The Austin Ice Bats are a team that plays in the CHL (Central Hockey League) and we have won back to back Governor's Cup Trophies.

    Alot of fun to watch, great checking, a few fights, and lots of fun for the family.

    Equipment: Your Hockey Sweater!

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    Lady Longhorn Basketball

    by ATXtraveler Written Jan 22, 2005

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    UT Longhorn Basketball

    Sarah and I enjoyed a Lady Longhorn Basketball game in Austin, and we both enjoyed it. Although the score ended up with my Lady Bears behind, I was disappointed, but this was a really great atmosphere.

    Both Baylor and UT play in the Big XII, one of the best conferences in the country. At the time of this matchup, Baylor was rated #4 in the nation, and UT was ranked #15.

    On to the next match!

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    Austin Longhorns Football

    by ATXtraveler Updated Jun 15, 2004

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    Darrell K Royal Stadium

    Saturdays in the Fall are dominated by the Burnt Orange that fills the city like a plague!

    I joke about the plague because I went to Baylor, one of UT's rivals... and there is no love lost here.

    Having said that, UT always has a very respectable team every year, and one day they might actually win an important game!

    Equipment: Bring your burnt orange!

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    Arena Football in Austin!

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Austin Wranglers

    The Arena Football League has arrived in Austin, and we are ready! This is the first season for us to have a football team, and we are enjoying it!

    Tickets start at 8 dollars a game, and that makes for some inexpensive family fun!

    Equipment: Just a smile!

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    Austin Rugby - National Finalists

    by ATXtraveler Written Jun 13, 2004

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    Austin Rugby Club

    As a member of the rugby community for the past 10 years, as a player, coach, and referee, I can definitely recognize a team with the desire to win. The Austin Rugby Club is a team that truly desires to be a winner, and it shows. They placed 2nd in the Nationals this year, with a wonderful trip to the top.

    As a fan, I would recommend that you check the schedule on the website and come out to join the boys anytime you are in town!

    Equipment: Bring your boots... we have everything else!

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    The Greenbelt

    by Jmill42 Written Jun 13, 2003

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    If you are into mountain biking, a great trail for you ride is the Greenbelt. It has some pretty technical parts, but it can be ridden by anyone. There are many entrance points to the trail. The one I used is at the Barton Spring entrance, pictured here. The greenbelt is 7.9 miles long with 809 acres total. The trails have a 10:00 PM until 5:00 AM curfew. Only bicycles, no motorized vehicles, may be ridden on the trails.

    Equipment: Bike, helmet, and PLENTY of water! It is REALLY hot out here, and no water faucets around.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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    Gotta Get Out of This Heat!!

    by Jmill42 Written Jun 13, 2003

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    As the temperature can easily reach a 100 degrees in the summer, everyone needs to cool off. Barton Springs is the place to do it. With a year-round, constant 68 degree temperature, it is a great place to swim.

    The springs have a long history. The Native Americans believed it held healing properties and dubbed them the "Sacred Springs." A guy named Barton claimed the area in the 1800's, and the springs are named after him. This place became part of the city's Zilker park in 1917.

    Equipment: Swim wear

    Entrance costs $2.75 for adults and $0.50 for kids.

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    Iron Rock Raceway

    by ATXtraveler Written Jul 29, 2007

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    There is a great debate about whether you consider motor racing a sport. Some people refer to it as motorsports, specifically so they can emphasize their side. I personally did not believe it was a "sport" at first, but after racing these go-karts, my opinion has changed.

    This was much more physically demanding of an activity than I imagined, but it was also really fun! We were able to get these go-karts running in the 40 mph range, and the track that was set up was really condusive to speed!

    Iron Rock Raceway is a fairly new addition to the Austin landscape, although go-karting has been around along time in Austin. The facility is actually located on the Austin airport land, so it makes for a unique racing experience when passengers on the flights are staring at you while you zoom around.

    The cost is about 20 dollars per race, but for $50, you get a couple races in a championship type format. I ended up coming in 3rd out of 8, but we had a couple pros in our group!

    Hours of Operation
    Tues-Sat: 10am to 10pm
    Sunday: 10am to 6pm
    Monday: By appointment

    Equipment: All safety equipment is provided, however it is recommended to wear jeans and tennis shoes/driving shoes. Also, a word to the wise, do not go in the middle of the day in the summer. This made for a most unpleasurable experience, as you really have to get suited up to drive, and 100 degree heat baked me like a clam!

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    Biking through Wildflowers

    by msbrandysue Written May 12, 2009

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    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a fun place to visit. I first learned of this in 1000 Places to See Before You Die USA Edition. It was an interesting place. I think most come for the photo ops in the spring.

    Thinking back, I'm not real sure what the point is. Well, ok, the point is to get an education on wildflowers and enjoy them. The year I went (2009) there weren't a bunch of bluebonnets because of the "drought." However, they had some others and small patches to enjoy.

    My experience: The parking area was completely full when I went. Granted, it was the Saturday of Easter weekend but, nonethless, the parking was on the side of the road leading to the center. Many of the people getting out of their cars were families and bikers. I didn't see where the bikers went but ... there are trails. We paid our $8 and entered. It was interesting to see that the center offers Audio Tours on your cell phone. I had never seen that. Very cool!

    Then, as I continued walking in the center the lecture hall was on the right. There was a man talking about Texas wildflowers. The auditorium was gorgeous. My aunt stuck around for about 5 minutes and then took off to explore more of the center. To the right of the lecture hall was the cafe. We got two bottles of water (for safety) and headed up the stairs to the observation deck. The stairway up was so narrow. It was hard to get two people going up and down at the same time. That's not counting the kids taking their sweet time up and then down. A little unsafe for my taste. Especially since you were climbing two stories. However, the views were lovely.

    When we came back down from the deck we visited the small wildflower gardens, butterfly garden (none), and then took the small trail around. It was good exercise but not much to see, other than the nature...

    The best part? They had a killer gift shop! :)

    If you like going to the arboretum then this is the place for you. Just don't count on there being an amazing abundance of wildflowers to see.

    Hours
    Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through May 31

    June 1 through mid-March: Closed Mondays, Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday

    Visitors Gallery, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
    Store, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
    Cafe, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

    Closed New Year's Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    Open Memorial & Labor Days

    Admission
    $7 Adults
    $6 Seniors 60 years and older and Students 13 years and older
    $3 Children 5-12 years
    Free to members and children 4 years and under

    *Admission Rates subject to change.
    Learn about tours and group rates.

    Reminders from the Center
    Shirts and shoes required - closed-toe walking shoes recommended for trails and paths. Don't forget your outdoor protection: sunscreen, hats, non-glass water bottles, insect repellant.

    The Center's grounds and buildings are wheelchair accessible excluding the Observation Tower and parts of the nature trails.

    The Wildflower Center is completely smoke-free.

    Wildflower Cafe. Refreshments, snacks and lunch available for purchase - generally open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours may vary. Click here to view the Cafe Menu online.

    The Wildflower Center has two picnic areas available on a first come, first serve basis for general visitors. Alcoholic beverages and fires are not permitted.

    In case of emergency, first aid is available in the Administration Building.

    Guide dogs are permitted on site, but no pets, please.

    Equipment: Bikes or walking shoes! Bring plenty of sunscreen, water, etc for when it's hot.

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    Town Lake Attractions

    by msbrandysue Updated May 10, 2009

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    Town Lake is the lake that runs through downtown Austin. I saw so much being done when I walked over to see the bats flying out from under Congress Ave Bridge. There were canoers, kayakers, bikers, walkers, joggers, etc. What a healthy city!

    I did not do any of the above activities but would love to upon returning.

    It's a beautiful way to watch the sunset too :)

    Equipment: Check out different websites...

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    beautiful tree lined lake

    by sosart Written Nov 14, 2004

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    Beautiful lake in the heart of Austin. Lake was formed by the creation of a dam. Lake Travis and Lake Austin. Ideal for boating, water skiing, jetskiing, wakeboarding, swimming, and most of all relaxing. Lake is lines with beautiful homes and amazing trees. Lake has pocket where you can anchor, drop a fishing line, pop open a cold beverage, and watch turtles, and swim.

    Equipment: A boat or jet ski is a must have. I had a friend who drove me around the lake on his boat, so i am not sure whether there are rentals or not. There are a few restaurants along the lake which are great for taking in the sun and the views, accesible by car.

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    • Kayaking

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    Rowing on Town Lake

    by scott_txguy Written May 7, 2003

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    Rower on town lake

    Rowing, in a Scull. Since it never gets cold enough to freeze the river, you can rent a scull and row on it. There are also canoe and kayak rentals. IT's a nice way to travel up and down the length of the city, and see some terrific views. Don't get too close to the dam though, there is a lot of current next to the power plant. You can row from holly street (the downriver dam) all the way to redbud before you enocounter the upriver (redbud) dam

    Equipment: Austin rowing club, texas rowing, boat rentals in the phone book. There are a few.

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    Hiking/Biking the Greenbelt

    by klasher Written Sep 24, 2006

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    My fave place for a walk. The greenbelt scenery seems to change from day to day. The most popular section is the Barton Creek Greenbelt which is 8 miles long. There are several points of entrance. During the Spring the creek is sometimes flowing which makes for great (free) swimming. The biking can be treachorous, because of the many boulders along the trail. there are also some great spots for rock climbing.

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    Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail

    by klasher Written Sep 24, 2006

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    A social hub for runners, walkers, bikers and dogs-Town Lake provides an excellent opportunity for fitness, fresh air and people watching. The loop is 10 miles long, with options to create a shorter trek. Austin has over 50 miles of trails-this is just one option.

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    U.T.

    by mrotsmit Written Dec 2, 2008

    Oh, you hadn't heard? The University of Texas is here, they have all kinds of sports going on. Don't forget to go down to the "Drag" (Guadalupe between 26th-MLK) to stock up on all things "burnt orange": Shirt, cap, shorts, sweats, water bottle, socks, shoes, underwear, tatoo, hair, cow... I'm sure I'm missing alot of things.
    Then, once you're properly geared-up, you can say things like; "Woooo!" and "You-Tee!" and "Hook-em-horns!!!" just remember not to say or do anything original, this is about conformity dammit!

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