include more than 220 parks and 24 green-belts, plus a number of nearby state parks.
The city itself has more than 32 miles of
inner city trails, including the 10-mile hike
& bike trail around Lady Bird Lake, which is
busy with walkers, runners and cyclists nearly
every hour of every day.
Like to swim? There are 50 public pools
throughout the city that keep residents “in the
swim,” while Lake Austin on the west side of
town and nearby Lake Travis offer even more
aquatic activities. Don’t miss Austin’s jewel
– Barton Springs, a natural spring that stays
a refreshingly cool 68 degrees year-round.
Hamilton Pool is another favorite, as are
Deep Eddy and other local swimming holes.
As the home to golf legends such as Ben
Crenshaw, Tom Kite and the late Harvey
Penick, it’s not surprising that golf is big here,
too. Avid golfers will feel right at home in
Austin with its five municipal courses and one
short practice course, plus a host of private
links and country clubs, including a number
of world-class courses designed by Arnold
Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and others. Central
Texas has also been the host to several tournaments on the PGA Champions Tour.
Prefer spectator sports? The area is home to
several professional sports clubs, including
Round Rock Express Triple-A baseball; Austin
Spurs basketball – an NBA Development
League (D-League) team; and the Texas
Stars minor league hockey team. 2012 also
marked the first year that Austin hosted the
exciting Formula 1 racing at the brand-new
Circuit of the Americas (COTA) track and
racing facility, located in southeast Austin
near Austin Bergstrom International Airport.
Austin is the new home for multiple racing
events, including an agreement to host the
prestigious Formula 1 United States Grand
Prix through 2021, as well as the MotoGP
and V8 Supercars series.
Of course, there’s no question that the
University of Texas Longhorns are high on
the list of most popular sports events here,
and there’s also a host of top NCAA college
athletic events throughout the school year,
including UT’s football team, baseball team,
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