The Austin Park and Recreation department oversees the operation and upkeep of a diverse array of facilities serving the local community, including parks, swimming pools, golf courses, playgrounds, and tennis courts. Visitors can engage in outdoor activities to nurture an appreciation for natural surroundings and add to a burgeoning stick collection, or join artistic programs such as community theater and arts education. The department attained national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, one of just 89 nationwide to receive the honor.
Ecopocalypse hauls visitors into a future, post-apocalyptic Austin, where human society has crumbled and survivors teeter on the edge of madness as they fight for any remaining water, food, and retired beanie babies. The 15,000-square-foot attraction weaves down allies, through buildings, and underground, sending visitors scrambling around a labyrinth of missing people and through the aisles of an abandoned supermarket. But unlike traditional haunted houses that are filled with zombies and pushy car salesmen, here, the monsters are the hopeless human masses. As they move through scene upon scene of dystopian chaos, visitors may be moved to question their own ability to survive such devastation. Luckily, there's no shortage of delicious sustenance outside the haunt, and guests will find all sorts of treats to calm their nerves—including a full bar and a brightly lit patio—right next door at the event's Foodtopia oasis.
Hosted by the Austin Automobile Dealers Association, the Austin Auto Show summons new, exotic, and pre-production models from a swathe of manufacturers at the Austin Convention Center. Attendees wander through the aisles, comparing vessels by price, specifications, and how they convert horsepower into humanpower. Vintage drag cars, including a 1923-T roadster, will be on display. View the display guide and attractions, which include a "Green Street" highlighting alternatively fueled vehicles, the University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team displaying one of their solar cars, and appearances by Captain America and Iron Man.
There aren’t many fighters who can say that they have their own day. Then again, there aren’t many fighters like Richard Lord. Known as the godfather of Austin boxing, he ran the boxing circuit as a professional boxer and fought a number of rounds in the old Austin Coliseum. A powerhouse presence for more than 30 years, Richard Lord has trained world-champion combatants, including Jesús "El Matador" Chávez and Anissa "The Assassin" Zamarron, and organized the first all-female boxing match sanctioned by U.S. Amateur Boxing, Inc. Looking at all of his achievements, it’s no surprise that the Austin boxing community marks its calendar for March 31, Richard Lord Day.
Inside his gym, he trains reigning prizefighters right next to first-timers in his old-school yet welcoming boxing gym. A team of amicable boxing trainers helps aspiring pugilists to pare off pounds quickly, float like butterflies, and sting like adult-contemporary singers during sweat-soaked sessions that cover form, rhythm, and timing.
At Paradise Fun Center, the gurgling waterfalls in two 18-hole mini-golf courses and the rustling of trees in the breeze provide the soundtrack for pleasant, family-friendly outings. Each course is riddled with zigzags, sharp turns, and challenges that don't rely on advanced levitation abilities. Batting cages accommodate fast- and slow-pitch practice, and go-kart racing quenches needs for speed, and a variety of arcade games are available. In between the fun and games, the center keeps energy levels elevated with candy, pizza, nachos, and ice cream at its snack bar, and a picnic area and party room are available for group outings.
After restoring a cluster of vintage theater speakers that he bought on eBay, Josh Frank used them to launch Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In in the middle of Texas' capital city. At the retro cinematic establishment, Frank and his staff beckon moviegoers to cool their car or jetpack engines while immersing themselves in feel-good flicks, many of which are time-tested pop-culture favorites such as E.T. and The Karate Kid. Two car hostesses stay on-hand to add to the nostalgic ambience, whisking concessions such as hot dogs, nachos, and pretzels to trays perched in open car windows or inside the mouths of especially hungry visitors.
Lost Paintball's one-acre, multifaceted battlefield sets the scene for endless alternate endings to action-packed pigment warfare. Sharpshooters suit up in issued full-face masks to protect precious visages and delicate paintballs allergic to human skin. The keepers of the course then bestow a paintball gun, barrel cover, and 500 tinted spheroids upon each warrior. With an unlimited stock of nature's rarest resources—time and air—pistol wielders roam Lost Paintball's two main combat zones in search of enemies. The field—a flat, grassy clearing with inflatable bunkers—inspires belly-crawling, and the woods—a series of paths and lightly protective wooden bunkers built by war-mongering beavers—encourages full-fledged sprints to safety.