Quality Suites South
1701 E. St. Elmo Rd.
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: (512) 444-6630
Fax: (512) 444-4122
This is rock climbing perfected: no sun to burn your eyes or skin, and if you fall from fifteen feet up, you land on carpet foam. Austin Rock Gym is one of Austin's most modern indoor rock climbing facilities. Rent all the gear and get a day pass, call or check website for prices. Professional instruction classes are available for all ages and abilities. Also offered is a complete fitness area and gift shop, where you will find high quality fitness gear from Misty Mountain, Climb Tech and Sterling among others.
It seems odd that in a city the size of Austin, most of the tracks where people can walk, run laps, sprint, and/or perform crunches and push-ups are in high school gyms, which are usually locked behind high gates with barbed wire at the top. Thus, finding an exercise location of this nature is quite a discovery and should be lauded. One such place is the Lewis-Chen Family Field, the soccer stadium atop the hill in front of the St. Edward's University Main Building. There are benches and rings where you can do pull-ups and tri-dips, but the most notable aspect of the field is the breathtaking view of the downtown Austin skyline. Combine that with the endorphins and serotonin released with exercise, and that equals the perfect stress-reliever.
For your next day-out at the Lady Bird Lake, rent out paddling equipment from Austin Paddle Sports SUP Rentals. This shop provides excellent implements from and takes care of all your paddling needs. Known for Stand Up Paddling, it even offers lessons for first-timers as well as lake tours. Head to the store to procure some SUP gear and enroll for paddling class to master the waters.
Four non-profit organizations sponsor the bingo games here, and all proceeds go for good causes: the Mexican-American Research Center, Huntington's Disease Association of Texas, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and Metropolitan Community Church of Austin. Four payout games are scheduled each day and players always have a chance to win the jackpot. A full volunteer staff, short order kitchen, spacious seating and computer access are all on the premises.
The McKinney Falls State Park, located in southeast Austin, at a short distance from the downtown area, is the ideal spot for a fun day out with family and friends. Whether you're into fitness and recreational sports, or just want to lounge about and have a leisurely day, this park is for you. This day park offers a number of activities such as hiking, biking, picnicking, as well as fishing and swimming in the Onion Creek. The park also has a 500 year old cypress tree that is worth a visit. The park visitor center can provide you with all the required information.
The Gamblin Field at Texas School for the Deaf is the home to the Austin Outlaws, a Women's Football Team. The stadium is an athletic field that also hosts various sporting events like baseball, rugby, etc, and even fund-raising programs. In fact, it became famous after the shooting of popular TV series "Friday Night Lights" was held over here. Tickets for upcoming events can be booked in advance.
Lady Bird Lake is a reservoir of the undulating Colorado River, in central Austin. Originally known as the Town Lake, this reservoir was created in 1960 with the erection of the Longhorn Dam. For a decade this lake was left in a derelict state, until it was transformed into a beautiful recreation zone in the 1970s. In 2007, the lake was given the name Lady Bird Lake, honoring the memory of the former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson. A number of activities are organized in and around this lake. You can rent a boat to sail on its calm waters or fish, or even enjoy an exhilarating hike or bike along the trails of this lake.
The Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail which circuits around the Lady Bird Lake in Austin, is the most popular spot for fitness enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The trail is 10.1 miles (16.3 kilometers) long and winds around the waters of the lake, providing one with panoramic views as it does so. The trail is quite easy, making it suitable for people of all ages and abilities, and pets are allowed on the trail as well. So walk alone, walk your dog, jog or cycle; this trail is suitable for it all.
Stop here any day of the week for a 9-hole game. The longest hole is 118 yards (107 meters) and the shortest is 61 yards (56 meters). These greens and fairways have taught golfers a thing or two since 1949. In the clubhouse, you can rent clubs and slurp some soft drinks. There is no dress code enforced on patrons.
As one of Austin's finest attractions, Barton Springs Pool is the perfect outing for those hot Texas days — or even the cool ones. Maintaining a comfortable 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) year 'round, you will enjoy a 100-percent natural swimming experience with no chlorine. The grassy hillsides and moss-covered rocks are perfect for sunbathing. Diving boards, concession stands and restroom facilities are also available. When the kids get tired of the water, enjoy the playscape to complete the afternoon. Lifeguards are on duty. You are encouraged to call ahead, as the pool occasionally closes.
When the children need to work off some of their energy, nothing is better than a playscape in the great outdoors. Zilker Playground offers a miniature locomotive you and your children can ride around the park in together. You will also find a fire engine here, perfect for climbing, along with a playscape full of bridges, ramps, chutes and slides. Picnic tables are close by, along with beautiful Barton Springs Pool, which maintains 68-degree waters year round. Call for pool and train hours, which are seasonal.
These 22 amazing acres overlook the Zilker Park fields bordering Barton Springs Road. The garden is actually comprised of several different gardens, including the Cactus and Succulent, Xeriscape, Herb and Fragrance, Rose, Azalea, Butterfly and Taniguchi Gardens. Taniguchi is a beautiful Japanese landscape with a waterfall, running stream, lily ponds and wooden bridges. The lush, peaceful grounds are commonly perused by artists and writers searching for inspiration, and by others just looking for solitude amid the city. See their website for further information.