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Do your body a favor and take some time for Yoga while you're in Austin. There are plenty of spots outside by Town Lake, but if you need a class, Castle Hill is your spot.

Castle Hill Fitness - Downtown Austin Gym, Yoga, Pilates, Spa

Art on 5th is the spot for checking out local art about our favorite local spots. The gallery also has a collection of imaginary animal sculptures by Dr. Seuss, among other works.

Stretching over 7.9 miles, the Barton Creek Greenbelt is a haven for residents of Austin. People who have lived here for many years have still not discovered all there is hiding in this lush green part of town.

Backing up to Shoal Creek and the GSD&M office is Duncan park. Many BMX riders spend their afternoons at the park showing their tricks for the bystanders.

As the oldest public pool in Ausitn, Deep Eddy Pool has many devoted fans. They love their pool so much, they created a mural dedicated to the pool's 100+ years of existence.

Big Stacy Pool is the swimming hole for the people who want to swim laps and stay active. Down in South Austin, this pool is free to the public and clean too.

89. Big Stacy Pool - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX

Forget the food trucks and restaurants, picnic at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center among their beautiful array of native flowers and greenery. It's the perfect spot to find solace in the city.

Rogue is the premier resource for Austin's runners who prefer to run with a club. Their Saturday long runs offer a wide range of distances and start times based on what you need, with Rogue establishing a route, providing maps and setting out water stops every 2-3 miles.

Everything is cooler at Barton Springs, 68 degrees cooler actually. This swimming hole is a local favorite and hosts Howl at the Moon swims when their is a full moon and cheap swims every other day of the year.

Mount Bonnell is a lookout point on Lake Austin with a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding hills. Hike up the stairs and take a picture at the top... it's basically a right of passage.

Zilker Park has it all, trails, swimming, volleyball courts, a science and nature center, botanical gardens, and is home of the annual Austin City Limits Festival. The active crowd in town flocks here for every occasion.

One of the best places to go run in the downtown area is the Pfluger Bridge, connecting the pedestrian and bike trails from Auditorium shores over Lady Bird Lake. It's also nicely lit up if you're the jaunty, night-time stroll type.

If you brought your bike, and for some reason aren't completely exhausted from SXSW activities, you can visit Veloway Bike Trail. It's not open to runners so you can pedal all 4 miles of path at full speed without running anyone over.

Pick up fresh produce, listen to live music and buy local art at Hope Farmers Market on the East Side from 11am-3pm on Sundays. And with free yoga classes there at noon, they've got every angle covered.

Drive over to the 360 Bridge, climb the adjacent cliffs and stand on the edge for an unparalleled vantage point of Lake Austin below.

Play frisbee golf up north, right off of E 51st in Bartholomew Park. They have a nice little 19-hole course if you have a free morning to spend.

Auditorium Shores is the best spot to view the Austin Skyline, particularly at sunset. The lake is background and the surrounding area is great for relaxing, especially if you have a dog.

Lady Bird Lake is located right in downtown Austin and is the perfect way to experience nature without venturing out of the city. Get right in there by renting a kayak, paddle boat or stand up paddle board from Rowing Dock.

The Congress Avenue Bridge is home to 1.5 million bats who head out every night at dusk to grab some dinner. Like a cloud of black smoke, they come out from underneath and can be viewed from both above and below the bridge.

Congress Bridge Bats in Austin, TX