Top 10 in Austin: Best Ways to Get Your Sports Fix

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  • March 4, 2014
  • Candice Eng

Here at INK, we’re proud to call the “little big city” of Austin our home. Whether you’re passing through, staying for awhile, or just need to get out more, these lists are our way of sharing the best of our city with you. Enjoy!

 

The other half of my life – when I’m not hard at work at INK, of course – is all about sports. Baseball, basketball, football, the Olympics, horse racing, golf, college or professional – I love them all. Austin offers an incredible mix of everything you would want so here’s how to get your sports fix in the city.

Get your Horns Up. The University of Texas at Austin is one of the premiere collegiate athletic programs in the country with all the sports you could desire: football games at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium, baseball with Augie Garrido (he had a cameo in For Love of the Game), basketball (ever heard of Kevin Durant), swimming with Eddie Reese (he’s been to a couple of Olympics) – just a few examples. Am I bias? Yes, I went to school there so deal with it.

Speed racer. Circuit of The Americas is home to Formula 1 with the MotoGP in April and the 2014 F1 USGP in the fall.

The eXtreme.  Austin will be hosting the 2014 X Games at the Circuit of the Americas June 5 – 8. Get ready for skateboarding, BMX, Moto X, Rally X and lots of music too.

Fore! Austin is home to some beautiful golf courses including Barton Creek, Avery Ranch, Falconhead and Bluebonnet Hill. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, check out Top Golf and Peter Pan Mini Golf.

Just add water. In the summers, the only way to cool down in 100-degree heat is to get in the water. Head over to Town Lake for some kayaking or paddle boarding. Take a dip in the swimming holes of Barton Springs, Hamilton Pool, Krauss Springs or the clothing-optional Hippie Hollow. Also, there’s Starr’s favorite – tubing on the Guadalupe River, the Comal in New Braunfels or the San Marcos River.

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Swimming in Hamilton Pool is a summertime must.

Intramural. Didn’t make it to the big times in sports but you still want to play? Austin Sports & Social Cluboffers lots of options for a fun and active time – kickball, softball, volleyball and much more. It can be as chill (I’m just here for the beer afterwards) or as competitive (I’m here for the trophy) as you want it to be.

Fit city. If you weren’t a runner or a cyclist before, you may become one here. Most people have run a marathon or even competed in a triathlon. Austin offers great trails for running, riding and hiking.  INKers have participated in the Cap 10K, Run for the Water, 3M Half Marathon and Austin Marathon.

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INKers at Run for the Water 2013.

Namaste. There’s a yoga studio on every corner and there’s one just right for you, whether you’re the serious Black Swan Yoga studio type or the yoga in the park type. You can also check out the donation-based options and free classes that are offered by studios throughout the year.

Going pro. If you are craving some professional sports, you needn’t go too far. The San Antonio Spurs are about one hour away. Three hours away to Dallas/Fort Worth and you get the Cowboys, Mavericks, Rangers and the Stars (their top affiliate team the Texas Stars play in Cedar Park). Three hours to Houston and you get the Texans, Rockets and Astros.

Drinking is my sport. Austin has some great sports bars to catch all your games with your like-minded brethren. Check out Third Base, Little Woodrow’s, Docs, Cover 3, The Tavern, Black Sheep, Haymaker or Pluckers. For more of a college feel go to Cain and Abel’s, Abel’s on the Lake and Posse East.

So be a good sport and get out there and discover what Austin has to offer!