Austin Texas: An Exciting, Active Lifestyle

Austin Texas: An Exciting, Active Lifestyle

Both visitors and residents alike revel in the stunning beauty that combines the best of the Texas prairie with the scenic Hill Country. The Colorado River only adds to that beauty – flowing through the heart of the city to create a series of lakes via dams that stretch for more than 100 miles. And its crown jewel is right in the center – it’s one of the dammed portions of the river and is known as Lady Bird Lake, in honor of Lady Bird Johnson. Surrounded by the giant Zilker Park, the Lady Bird Lake is the epicenter of outdoor activity – from kayaking and rowing to the miles of running trails that circle it.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

The great outdoors is a big part of the culture in Austin Texas. With Hill Country vistas outside the city and Lady Bird Lake in the center of town, we come out to play as often as possible. Austin Texas has miles of hike and bike trails, more than 200 parks and around 300 days of sunshine each year. We’re host to the Austin Marathon & Half Marathon, with more than 11,000 participating runners from around the country. And Austin Texas was recently named the nation’s No. 1 golf destination by CNN.com.

The Austin Texas Golf Trail has assembled some of Austin’s finest golf courses for your next trip to one of the country’s premier golfing destinations. Combining diverse topography, big name designers like Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones, and affordable courses, Austin Texas is the perfect setting for year-round golfers. And thanks to GOLF Magazine, Austin can add, “The Best Golf City in America” to its list of titles.

Other recreational opportunities abound as well with 220 parks, including 360-acre Zilker Park and a 10.1 mile hike-and-bike trail around Lady Bird Lake. These 10+ miles of trails that border Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin serve as a social hub for runners, walkers and cyclists. Barton Springs Pool welcomes swimmers to 68-degree, spring-fed waters year-round. Barton Creek Greenbelt offers 7.8 miles of natural surface hiking and biking trails and is a habitat for several endangered wildlife and plant species.

ONE OF AMERICA’S TOP 10 FITTEST CITIES

Austin Texas is consistly scores well in the American Fitness . This year was no exception. A high exercise rate of 78.4%, and a low Obesity Rate of just 22.5% are key factors in Austin’s exceptional performance.

Austin Texas is loaded with fitness clubs, spas, personal trainers, Pilates clubs, and much more. Austin also has a high number of parks and pools per capita–and low rates of asthma and heart disease. Other factors in Austins’ favor include:

  • Lower percent unemployed
  • Higher percentage eating 5+ servings of fruits/vegetables per day
  • Higher level of state requirement for Physical Education classes
  • Lower percent with disability
  • Lower percent with diabetes

GOLFER’S PARADISE

Austin Texas is consistently ranked as one of the top U.S. cities in the nation by Travel & Leisure magazine, and has become one of the hottest golf destinations in the country. With the combination of perfect weather, world class designers, and affordable prices, we’re confident you’ll find both excitement and challenges from our many golf courses. Austin was recently voted the best golf destination in the country by CNN’s golf.com and Golf Magazine.

It has the nation’s best combination of weather, name designs, and affordable, accessible golf. It’s home to quality munis like Riverside, where Harvey Penick held court for 34 years; acclaimed resorts like Barton Creek, with two Tom Fazio courses at 68th and 69th on Golf Magazine’s Top 100 You Can Play; and dynamite daily fee courses, including Circle C and Cimarron Hills. There are also exclusive courses, like Austin Golf Club, where Ben Crenshaw plays. While summers sizzle, the fall weather is perfect, and you can play virtually year-round.

For a list of Austin area golf Courses, visit Austin Relocation Guide’s Golf Website.

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT FOOTBALL

Alright, it is a LOT about football. And why not? When you have one of the top ranked college football teams year in and year out in the Texas Longhorns, football is naturally a large part of the culture. From outreagous tailgating parties to post game celebrations, Longhorn Football is king in Austin. But this is Texas! So Friday Night Lights are just as important!

Not into footbal? How about professional basketball with the Austin Toros? Or baseball with the Round Rock Express? Or even roller derby with the Lonestar Rollergirls? Whataever your passion, Austin Texas has you covered, from golf to tennis to rugby to volleyball, we have exciting pro, semi-pro, and collegiate teams to satisfy the most rabid fan, as well as city and community leagues for those who want to do more than just watch!

AUSTIN’S ART SCENE

The Austin area might be smaller than other big Texas cities, but there’s no doubt that it’s a vibrant center of Texas life and culture. The arts are thriving here, thanks in part to a longstanding creative community, a passion for arts, music and everything creative, and the draw and influence of the University of Texas.

That influence is most evident with one of the city’s newest cultural gems: the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, which opened in May 2006. Housed near the UT campus, the Blanton is the largest university art museum in the country. It’s an 180,000-square foot, two building complex that contains all of UT’s 17,000 works of art – art that was previously kept in storage for lack of space. Permanent collections include 300-plus European paintings (Baroque and Italian Renaissance by such masters as Sebastiano del Piombo, Rubens, Giulio Cesare Amidano and others); an American and Contemporary Art collection with more than 4,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and new media that cover the American West, early American modernism, Pop, Social Realism, Abstract Expressionism and more; a 2,000-plus Latin American art collection; more than 13,000 prints and drawings from such diverse artists as Rembrandt, Goya and Picasso; and much more.

Austin Texas is also home to a number of public museums throughout the city and on the UT campus, as well as a host of private galleries, including the Austin Children’s Museum, Austin Nature and Science Center, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Elisabet Ney Museum, Mexic-Arte Museum, LBJ Library and Museum, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, and the Mexican- American Cultural Center. (Visit www.inthegalleriesaustin.com for a complete list of cultural and creative visual arts venues.)

CULTURE TO SPARE

High culture is found with the Austin Symphony, Ballet Austin and Austin Lyric Opera, along with ongoing music, theater and dance presentations at UT’s Performing Arts Center/Bass Concert Hall, and The Frank Erwin Center, both of which combine to bring great talent to Austin TexasAustin Texas.

The Austin Music Hall, which was torn down, expanded to a seating capacity of 4,400, and re-opened at the end of 2007, gave the city another much-needed live music venue.

The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts opened in March 2008, giving residents a vibrant community arts center, featuring top musical, dance and dramatic performances for kids and adults alike, and the much-anticipated ACL Live at the Moody Theater – the performance venue for the famed Austin City Limits television show and associated music festival – opened in 2011, adjacent to the new W Hotel.

The historic Paramount Theater downtown and the One World Theater in the hills off Bee Caves Road host national, regional and local productions, and a huge variety of theater companies both small and large offer theater performances of every type, including the Dougherty Arts Center, Zachary Scott Theatre, State Theatre, Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre, the Austin Playhouse at Penn Field, Esther’s Follies, and the Capitol City Comedy Club, just to name a few.

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