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4 Awesome Outdoor Activities for Austinites

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Sep 24th, 2013

Austin, Texas is one of the hippest, most happening cities in the country.  It is also one of the fittest.  Regardless of whether this is because of the city’s beautiful surroundings and near-perfect weather or because of the type of person the city attracts does not matter.  What does matter is that an abundance of options for outdoor recreation and appreciation exist in and around the city, making it both easy and fun for Austin luxury apartment residents to stay fit and get in touch with nature on a regular basis. Some of our favorite outdoor activities in Texas’s capital city include:

1.  Swim in Barton Springs Pool

Used by the Tonkawa Native American tribe for purification rituals for centuries, Barton Springs have a long and rich history.  During the 1920s, the springs were dammed up in order to create Barton Springs Pool, which has remained popular among residents of and visitors to Austin ever since.  As the water in the pool is a consistent 68 degrees, many people decide to work up a sweat before dipping in the pool to cool off.  This can be done easily on the Barton Creek Greenbelt or any of the City of Austin’s nearly 200 miles of hiking and biking paths.  The highly adventurous can even find natural swimming holes along the greenbelt to bathe in.

2. Ride Social

If you live in a downtown Austin luxury apartment, then you already know that Austin is a wildly bicycle-friendly city.  Social Cycling Austin, a volunteer collective that partners with local businesses, organizes several social bike rides each week.  Some rides are more grueling than others, but anyone is free to join any of them.  The most popular ride takes place on Thursday evenings and attracts some 500 cyclists each week.

3. See a Live Show

Austin is synonymous with live music, and nothing beats winding down after a day’s work, enjoying local talent at a patio bar or on a lawn, cold one in hand.  From southwest Austin to central east Austin and everywhere in between, outdoor music venues are ubiquitous in Austin.  Austin360.com is a great resource for discovering when the next live show is coming to an outdoor venue near your well-located Austin apartment.

4. Watch the Sunset from Mount Bonnell

Also known as Covert Park, Mount Bonnell is the place to watch the sun go down in the Austin area.  Located not far from downtown and quite close to AMLI 5350’s Allandale apartment rentals, getting to Mount Bonnell after work but before the sun goes down should not be a problem for most Austin luxury apartment dwellers.  Mount Bonnell’s 780-foot peak is easily accessible, and it offers picturesque views of Lake Austin, the Pennybacker Bridge, and the rolling green hills beyond.  Sunsets from Covert Park are almost always stunning, but Mount Bonnel is also a nice place to spend the day, enjoying a picnic with friends or a romantic partner as you gaze at the city of Austin and its beautiful surroundings.

With 300 days of sunshine and a year-round average temperature of 68 degrees, Austin boasts a climate that is much more suitable for daily enjoyment of the outdoors than most other cities.  Regardless of whether you are a weekend warrior who is looking to work on your fitness or a lover of the outdoors who appreciates good music and just wants to relax and simultaneously enjoy musical talent and one of Mother Nature’s most blessed locales, Austin is a great place to be. Leave your central Austin luxury apartment to do something outside, and Live Life + Love Life in one of the finest environments there is.

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