Austin Summer 2015 Bucket List: 50 Ways to Stay Active

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Summer is my favorite season in Austin because there’s so many fun things to do and ways to stay active. With our numerous nature trails, water holes and outdoor festivals, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Austin throughout the coming months. How many of these 50 items do you plan to check off your summer 2015 bucket list?

1. Hang out in Zilker Park, then sip a smoothie at the original JuiceLand on Barton Springs.

2. Run, bike, hike, rock climb or swim the Barton Creek Green Belt. Hit up some of the best swimming holes at the Green Belt, Twin Falls or Gus Fruh.

3. Head to Wanderlust Yoga for a session, then stop by the Blenders and Bowls café, located inside the studio, for a delicious acaí smoothie.

4. Join a sand volleyball league at Aussies Grill and Beach Bar and enjoy food and drinks after you play.

5. Do the Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K on June 27. The run has 10 “fun stops,” including Deep Eddy Victory shots and the CLIF Bar slip n’ slide. Be sure to wear your weirdest costume.

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6. For more running fun this summer, check out the City Running Tours, which include beer, ghosts, bats and cool people.

7. Do you like to stay active with your canine companion? Visit Dog House Drinkery in Leander, a half-acre, leash-free dog park. And yes, the “drinkery” part means there’s a bar. You can also check out Yard Bar, a similar concept that just opened this spring.

8. Austin’s not near the beach, but pretend it is with City Surf Fitness, a fitness class inspired by shredding waves. Sounds fun fer sure, bro.

9. Get into the rhythm of summer by registering for  XTreme Hip-Hop with Phil June 26 in Pflugerville. The high-intensity session promises to help you burn calories and allow you to have fun jamming to the beat of your favorite hip-hop tunes.

10. If you’re a golfer, tee off at the Forest Creek Central Texas Amateur, taking place July 18-19.

11. Or, if you’re no Jordan Spieth, practice your swing at TopGolf, located across from The Domain. Find more fun golfing adventures at the nine-hole Butler Park Pitch and Putt, or bring your own beer to Peter Pan Mini Golf.

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12. Let your dog off the leash on Red Bud Isle, a perfect spot for canoeing, kayaking, hiking and swimming.

13. Have a ball playing bubble soccer, which requires that you bounce around in a big inflatable ball as you kick.

14. Cool off from running across the soccer field in the three-acre Barton Springs Pool. The water stays at 70 degrees throughout the summer.

15. Have kids? The nature trail at Dinosaur Park is a fun, active and kid-friendly place to spend an afternoon.

16. Volunteer to plant veggies at Boggy Creek Farm from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Get your hands dirty and bring home some fresh, healthy produce.

17. For one of the most beautiful views of Austin, hike up Mt. Bonnell and watch the sunset.

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18. Take a wake boarding lesson at Quest ATX, a premiere cable wake park.

19. Bike and chug beer by hopping on the pedal-powered PubCrawler of Austin.

20. PubCrawler too slow for you? Put the pedal to the medal by riding your bike or skating around the Veloway.

21. If you have the need for speed, zip line at Lake Travis. Keep cool by soaring under the stars on the “Night Flight” tour.

22. Seeking more thrills? Book a flight at iFLY Indoor Skydiving for an experience unlike any other.

23. Dive into Deep Eddy Pool and explore the surrounding trails.

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24. Watch the bats fly out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge like never before. Take a 90-minute water bike tour at sunset and see the stunning Austin skyline.

25. Mueller residents should explore their neighborhood’s 140-acres of green space, which includes a 5-mile loop and walking access to local parks.

26. Work your leg muscles at the “Order of the Purple Foot” Grape Stomp 2015, taking place Aug. 1-2 and 8-9 at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards and Winery.

27. Exercise your brain while racing around the city with the Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure.

28. Feeling flexible? Check out Say Om Paddle Yoga, and perfect your bridge pose on Town Lake.

29. See the cave and 40-foot waterfall on a guided 1-mile hike of Westcave Preserve Canyon Trail.

30. Keep your energy levels up by trying a juice cleanse with the fresh drinks from The Juice Bar, located on Slaughter Lane.

31. If you’re not feeling a cleanse, register for The Pure Austin Dirt Remedy Mountain Bike Series, races for all ages and levels that take place 9 a.m. every Saturday through July 4.

32. If you can’t getting enough biking, check out Social Cycling Austin, which has rides every day of the week.

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socialcyclingaustin.org

33. Rock out. Take a beginner’s rock climbing course at Rock-About or host a corporate event at one of its climbing spots.

34. Take a Capoeira class at the Pan Am Rec Center. The Brazilian martial art combines dance and self-defense.

35. Feeling artsy and active? Walk through the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, where you can also take a yoga class or volunteer to help clean up the area.

36. You can also take a yoga class in the galleries at Blanton Museum of Art on UT’s campus. The free event takes place every third Thursday and includes a gallery tour.

37. Is being stuck in the city making you feel blue? Take a trip to Wimberly for a fun-filled adventure of swimming and trailblazing at the historic Blue Hole Regional Park.

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38. If summer makes you feel free, head out to Hippie Hollow, a designated swimming hole with hiking and nature trails where clothing is optional.

39. Giddy-up! Hop on a horse at Texas Trail Rides and experience the beauty of the Hill Country.

40. Bowling and bar games are activities, too, right? Plan a trip to Punch Bowl Social or The Goodnight, where you can knock down some pins, throw darts, play pool and have a few drinks.

41. History buff? Take a 10-block historic walking tour of Austin and burn a few calories while you learn about this incredible city.

42. Refuel. Take the South Congress Austin Eats Walking Food Tour and taste some of the best treats this city has to offer.

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43. Sail away with Austin Sailboat Rentals on Lady Bird Lake.

44. Hit the trail — the BMX trail, that is — at Duncan Park on Ninth Street.

45. Dance the Night away at The Broken Spoke, “the last of the true Texas dance halls.”

46. Got two left feet? Take free swing dance lessons at Swan Dive, featuring a live swing band.

47. Wear sturdy shoes for a short (but rocky) uphill climb to see the breathtaking views at the 360 Bridge overlook.

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flickr.com (photo by Steve)

48. To round out the summer, register for the Austin Triathlon this Labor Day, Sept. 7.

49. If competing isn’t your thing, attend the Free Day of Yoga on Sept. 7, which features classes across the city for all ages and ability levels.

50. Sprint into fall by participating in the Zilker Relays on Sept. 11. Put together a team of four to each run a 2.5 mile leg of the 10-mile loop. Drinks, music and fun to follow.