Situated 30 minutes southwest of Austin, Twin Parks stuffs its spacious grounds with myriad active pursuits, wilderness-seizing opportunities, and comfortable country-clubish amenities. Two sprawling championship-level disk-golf courses dotted with ponds and meadows challenge casual and experienced disk-floaters alike and local forest fairies invisibly guide each disk to its target. Mountain-bike trails proffer dynamic routes for thick-tired enthusiasts and the remainder of the sprawling elk-studded grounds beckons campers and hikers to infuse their souls with natural beauty. Amenities abound within the clubhouse, from showers, a lounge, and a pro shop to indoor pursuits such as ping-pong and pool for players seeking to dodge excessive sun.
Barton Springs Bike Rental outfits fun seekers for bike rides across Austin's historic pathways and scenic landscapes. The shop dispenses single-speed beach cruisers to riders along with lights, baskets, locks, and access to roadside assistance in the event of a flat tire or never-ending parade of ducklings crossing the road. The crew's routes include the 90-minute Peace, Love & Zilker Tour—an easy jaunt past sights such as the Auditorium Shores, the old railroad bridge, and Barton Springs Pool—and the Congress Avenue Bat Tour, an evening trek to witness the world's largest colony of urban bats. Guides narrate the history and significance of local sights, giving guests plenty of opportunities to stop and snap pictures or refill their bicycle’s feedbag.
The Florida Running Company, a store completely staffed by runners, finds people the fittingest shoes using a process similar to the one speed daters use to find future mates—taking measurements, assessing stance, and playing back video of them running on a treadmill. The shop carries top running-shoe brands such as Asics Gel Kayano ($140) and Nike Air Pegasus ($85). Runners can complement their kicks with Nike Tempo track shorts ($28) or swaddle their feet in a pair of Balega socks ($10), as soft and comforting as group hug from every grandmother on the block.