Top 5 Hotspots for Healthy People in Austin
According to a report from WalletHub, Austin is number 11 on the list of healthiest places to live in America! The study looked at factors like cost of medical visits to fruit and vegetable consumption to fitness clubs per capita. But that isn’t the only thing that makes Austin healthy, our health conscious businesses and outdoor activities are held in high regard.
#1 – Zilker Park
Zilker Park, while technically a dog park, is a huge hotspot for a plethora of healthy living events. On any given day, when the weather is nice, you will find people being active: there are yoga classes, soccer practices, dance parties, workout groups, ultimate frisbee, and more. Zilker is a hub for activity. Most events are shared in Facebook groups or on social media, like this yoga class: https://www.facebook.com/groups/697899387576178/, and are free or donation based.
#2 – Ladybird Lake
Ladybird Lake has become a quarantine favorite. When the weather allows, you’ll find a large group of people congregating on the sandbar and partying (safely distanced). OceanLab has created a floating stage and curated some great live music events on the lake. You can rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards from Texas Rowing Center (https://www.texasrowingcenter.com/) and join in on the fun. Or take your floatation devices on an adventure of your own! Pack up some healthy snacks, and spend your day on the water!
#3 – The Beer Plant
The Beer Plant is a locally owned all vegan restaurant with a plethora of craft beers on tap! The menu has a focus on fermentation, including house-made breads, pickled vegetables, and cultured vegan cheeses and butters. With indoor or outdoor seating, this is a great choice in any weather. Located to the west of downtown, this is a hotspot for health and fun!
#4 – SquareRut Kava Bar
SquareRut Kava Bar is a family owned kava bar in the heart of Austin. SquareRut’s main location is just a short walk from Zilker Park and Barton Springs. Kava is derived from the root of the kava plant and is made into beverages, candies, and more. Kava is proven to relax your body similar to alcohol, but with no hangover and no intoxication. SquareRut kava bar is the most family friendly alcohol free bar in Austin!
#5 – Barton Creek Greenbelt
The Greenbelt is a 7.25 mile running trail that goes from Zilker park into the Westlake subdivision area. The Barton Creek Greenbelt consists of three areas: the Lower Greenbelt, the Upper Greenbelt, and the Barton Creek Wilderness Park and is characterized by large limestone cliffs, dense foliage, and shallow bodies of water. It is rated the most fun trail head in Austin!
The healthy fun in Austin sure is centralized. It sounds to us like you need to have a picnic at Zilker, hop in Ladybird lake (waterfront access located at the end of the park by the gazebo), and end your day relaxing with a cup of kava at SquareRut!