Austin, Texas has a reputation for being one of the most in-shape cities in the U.S. It could be because there are so many opportunities for fun physical activities in the city! Check out the list below for some of the best ways to exercise while taking in all that Austin has to offer.
Lady Bird Lake (formerly known as Town Lake) is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Austin. The 10-mile Hike and Bike Trail that snakes around the border of the lake offers a scenic peek of nature in the city. Tie on your running shoes and take in Austin’s lush natural environment and vibrant mix of residents.
Lady Bird Lake, a dammed portion of the Colorado River, is a hub of activity for Austin’s many fitness fanatics.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, ditch the canoe or kayak and try stand-up paddle boarding! This sport is physically challenging but a unique way to take in the scenery around Lady Bird Lake. If you’re new to the sport, you can rent the equipment at most of the boat rental places around the lake. You can even take lessons to help you get the hang of it. Get out there and try something new!
This paddling trail is perfect for seeing Austin from a whole new perspective. Depending on your fitness level and time limits, you can kayak Lady Bird Lake a number of ways. The entire trail is about 11 miles long, but there are three smaller loops between 3 and 5 miles long for an easier trip. There are multiple access points so you can get right into the water and have fun without traveling too far to get there.
Whether you want to go on an active cycling date or take a bike tour of the city’s sights, B-Cycle, Austin’s ultra-affordable bike share program, is worth looking into. You can sign up for membership to the service for a day, long weekend, month, or year, so it’s perfect whether you are visiting the city for a day or live here permanently. There are stations all over Austin, so spontaneous bike rides can happen no matter where you are.
The Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is nestled in the affluent area of West Lake Hills, offering a small reprieve from the busyness of the surrounding city and great views of the skyline.
At just 2.5 miles round trip, the hiking trail at the Preserve is perfect for early morning nature walks before breakfast and for families with kids. There are a few high hills and overlooks out onto the city, so go on a sunrise or sunset hike for truly awe-inspiring views. Unfortunately, dogs, bikes, and picnicking aren’t allowed, so go here if you want a simple hiking trip where you can take in Texas’s natural beauty.
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