Life in Austin Texas: Summertime Fun and More
Those of us who love Austin know that it’s quite the hot spot for dining, the arts, history, sports, and progressive thinking. Austin is the personification of the phrase “variety is the spice of life.” In fact, the more spice there is, the better we like it.
Speaking of spice, Austin has some of the best dining experiences around. Of course, some of the country’s best barbeque and Tex-Mex restaurants are here, such as the County Line BBQ or Trudy’s South Star. But there’s also a thriving raw foodist community in Austin, which means you’ll also find plenty of organic and raw food restaurants such as the Beets Café and Borboleta Gourmet. If you are a “foodie,” you’ve certainly come to the right city, since whatever you’re craving, you’re sure to find it in Austin.
After dinner, you can explore why Austin is called the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Our city boasts more than 200 music venues, which means it’s easy to catch a show almost anytime. The music district includes areas such as Red River for Indie rock, the trendy renovated Warehouse and Downtown area, the blues of the East Side, the laid-back Austin pubs of the Market District, and the overall excitement that Sixth Street has to offer. Whatever your musical preferences, you’ll find it here. There are also plenty of music festivals and events to enjoy, such as the ACL Music Festival held in Zilker Park every year in September. Austin is also home to a thriving art community, ranging from intimate galleries to large museums such as Blanton Museum of Art and the Austin Museum of Art. There’s also the Austin Children’s Museum, which provides children with an up close and personal look at art, science and the world they live in.
Families with children will find plenty to do in our city. The city of Austin operates over 40 pool facilities, providing kids with a great way to cool off this summer. There are also plenty of playgrounds and parks, providing activities and fun for children of all ages. As an adult, you’ll also find plenty to enjoy in the parks, including boating, swimming, volleyball, tennis, and trails. Austin is home to over 200 parks and preserves, so whether you’re looking for hiking, biking, athletic fields or playscapes for the kids, you’ll find something for everyone. There are also 20 recreation centers, offering activities such as gymnastics, karate, card games, dance, and fitness programs. There are also day camps, after-school programs, and tiny tot programs for the children, which can be a great way of enjoying some summertime fun. Regardless of your neighborhood, you’re sure to find a recreational center or park nearby.
Of course, we also have a lot to offer the sports lover. As a college town, Austin is a hot spot for collegiate sports action. But the city is also hosts running events, the Capital of Texas Triathlon, swimming and diving events, and youth sporting events, just to name a few. The NCAA 2011 Women’s Swimming and Diving National Championships will take place in Austin next March, and we recently hosted the 2010 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championship. Golf lovers will also enjoy the many fine courses that Austin has to offer. There’s simply something for everyone. But then, what else would you expect from a city as diverse and interesting as Austin?