per year, normal average daily temperatures
of about 70 degrees (and about 95 degrees
in the hottest months of July and August),
and an average annual rainfall of 32. 15
inches. Of course, there’s a saying in Texas
that if you don’t like the weather, just wait a
minute. It might be hot one day and freezing
the next, but it’s just a part of the charming
dichotomy that residents have learned to
love – or at least tolerate.
Love parks? Well, you’ve come to the right
place. Austin is truly “a city within a park”
with more than 15,000 acres of parkland
that include more than 220 parks and 24
greenbelts, 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,
basketball team, and men’s and women’s
soccer and volleyball teams.
FINE FOOD AND
When you’re out and about in Austin, you’re
bound to get hungry after all that activity.
That’s good, because dining in Austin is a
delight. A bounty of restaurants offer such
delicious local fare as Mexican food, barbecue
and Southern-style cooking, as well as everything from sushi bars to Italian bistros to fine
French cafés and sumptuous steakhouses.
Try Guero’s Taco Bar on South Congress
or Chuy’s Tex-Mex (multiple locations) for
casual, Mexican fare; The Salt Lick or County
Line for barbeque (see our barbeque article
in this issue for additional mouth-watering
choices); or Hudson’s on the Bend, Uchi, or
Fonda San Miguel for the best in fine dining.
Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, it’s off to
do some shopping. The Domain, located in
northwest Austin, includes Neiman-Marcus
and other luxury shops and boutiques such
as Barney’s CO-OP, Tiffany & Co., David
Yurman, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors,
Tumi, and the Apple store.
Then there’s the Hill Country Galleria – 152
acres of expansive natural beauty in Bee
Cave with eclectic shopping, dining and
entertainment, as well as office and residential space. Surrounded by a lush nature