Category Archives: Recreation

Texas Road Trips

Texas Beach (Corey Leopold CC 2.0)

Summer is just around the corner for most Austinites.  Many of us can’t wait to put on our swimsuit, take off of work, and get ready for a fabulous vacation.  Well this year some might not be able to afford a trip to a Florida beach or a Caribbean cruise.  Very often Texans overlook the great number of things we have to do in our own lone star state.  After all Texas is huge.  Rhode Island would fit into Texas over 212 times, so we must have something worth seeing here!

I have created a list of some of my favorite sites to see around Texas.  Find a good map and some good company and set out for a road trip across the state.  The drive in itself can be fun.

  • You don’t have to miss out on the beach vacation!  Texas beaches have a great coastal vibe and many places to stay.  Some of the most common destinations for Texas beachgoers are Galveston and Padre Island.  My personal favorite Texas beach is in Port Aransas.  It has a small town feel with a great beach.  My favorite resort in the area is the Port Royal. It has great beach access and three fabulous pools.
  • Big Bend National Park is a historic place to take your family this summer.  With the beautiful views and serene landscapes you can experience nature close to home.  The park borders both the US and Mexico so you can get a taste of both cultures in one trip.  More information on visiting Big Bend can be found here.  The Texas ghost town of Terlingua is a fun stop while you are in the area as well. Continue reading

Disc Golf…more free exercise!

Ok, I know the previous post discusses something similar to disc golf, but the two are different!  And they are both cheap ways to have fun while getting fit.  Therefore, it is important to highlight them both!

So what exactly is disc golf?

“Disc golf is a disc game in which individual players throw a flying disc into a basket or at a target.”

And, according to the Professional Disc Golf Association:

“The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc.”

The discs are super cheap (about $7) and if you just head over to Pease District Park (24th and Lamar area) you can play for free! That’s right!  I could not believe it either!  You get to play 18 holes of disc golf for absolutely nothing.  What an excellent way to spend these beautiful spring days with friends!

Post by Kristin White

Motivate Yourself for Free!

Mother's inspiration. Photo by Gold41, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Mother's inspiration. Photo by Gold41, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

I know that cheesy motivational speakers can work wonders in their own stead. But you don’t have chant a juvenile acronym to make you feel like you need to make some significant changes in your life. All you need is a little nudge and some good advice. Here is some free (and useful!) advice for certain specific topics.

  • BiGAUSTIN is a non-profit organization in Central Texas for promoting entrepreneurial education, providing business counseling specific to you as well as flexible loans. They micro-lend to small start-ups and have an annual business competition for people with a sustainable idea that could thrive in the region. Check out the winners of the 2009 BiG Idea Business Competition. BiGAUSTIN has free workshops and classes in Borrowing Basics and Start-Ups on a regular basis. Their next free session is on Friday, May 1. Details about the event are here. Directions from UT campus here.

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Dancing With the Stars!

In Flight Entertainment, Austin Dancer, Photo by loudtiger, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

In Flight Entertainment, Austin Dancer, Photo by loudtiger, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

No, I don’t mean the stars from the hit tv series but you, yes, you sitting and reading this post right now! Dancing is a wonderful art, a great way to meet new people and learn a little more about other cultures. Here is the best part: Austin has a whole bunch of cheap, even free, ways to get your groove on!

Austin Uptown Dancing has a free workshop on April 30th in two step, swing and salsa. No partners are necessary. A Jack and Jill competition on April 26th for dance partners who want to challenge their lead and follow skills is a great opportunity for people who already have some dancing experience. Entry fee is only $2 per person. Check out other upcoming events at Uptown here.  Their weekly events include lots of workshops and classes and almost all of them are no more than $6-7! Here are maps to their North and South locations.

Austin Swing Syndicate is a great resource for swing lovers. It is a non-profit community of dancers and they promote swing, lindy and hip hop dancing in Austin. I personally think swing dance is the most fun for groups and couples because it is simple and the music is upbeat and cheerful. It is a great beginners dance too. With an annual membership of only $25 with the Syndicate, you can get free classes every Thursday. Their events have entry fees of only $2-5. See their calender here. Also, see some reviews about it at Yelp.

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RedBox-A Cheap Night In

Photo by R Burson via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution

Photo by R Burson via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution

If you are thinking you want to make it a couch night, RedBox might be the perfect solution. These little boxes have been popping up all over the nation including in Austin, allowing movie lovers to rent their favorite new releases for $1 per night and then return them. “What about late fees?” ” The boxes all look the same what if I forget which one I got it at?” ” How do I pay?” 

 Well, there are no late fees and you can return any DVD to any RedBox anywhere, there are several locations in the central Austin area. You can only pay by credit card, and you are required to type in your email when you first get the movie so the RedBox’s system can keep track of how long you keep your movie for. If you don’t return it by 9pm the following day, you are just charged another dollar.

And if you are the kind that likes to plan ahead, you can even reserve your DVDs at

Now for those of you addicted to the convenience of the Nexflix consider this– You order your DVDs and yes they come right to your door, but in the lapsed time you might not want to watch the ones you ordered a few days ago… We are Americans! Austinites! Instant gratification! Its fast, cheap entertainment. What more is there to say.

Post by Jill Harris

Extreme Sports!-For Free

Come experience the excitement of extreme sports for free, in front of the UT Tower. No pre-registration or tickets are required.

The event includes: Four-Way Bungee

  • a four-way euro bungee- Four participants at a time get strapped into harnesses then jump up and down on the trampolines. Hydraulic motors attached to the bungee cords enable the participants to jump very high and do flips. Euro Bungee is popular with children and teen parties, carnivals and company picnics
  • 75-foot-long zip-line- According to Wikipedia,  a zip-line consists of a pulley suspended on a cable, mounted on an incline. They are designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to traverse from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable.
  • mechanical bull- a must-have at any Texas sized event. 
  • obstacle course
  •  pedestal joust, 
  • and other fun activities. 

  Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: UT Main Mall (area in front of the Tower facing the Capitol)

For More information

Here is a taste of what the world fastest zip-line looks like

Seems like a great way to get your pre-week stress out of the way.

posted by Meera Rajagopalan

Do it Yourself, Austin!

I’m sure you’ve heard that some of the best things in life come for free. Since we have dedicated this blog to helping you find those free and wonderful things, here is an idea you may be familiar with. Do It Youself! Exactly, pick up that hammar, gardening hose or baking tray and get to work because there is nothing like doing a home or work-related project on your own and even better, save the money you would have paid someone else to do it. Remember, moved saved is money earned!

Kids at Home Depot, Photo by patterbt, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Kids at Home Depot, Photo by patterbt, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

After the jump, check out some useful websites that will make your life more fulfilling and leave your wallets a tad heavier.

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