Parks and Recreation

New study shows that Austin is the most fun city in Texas

New study shows that Austin is the most fun city in Texas

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Austin is the best city for recreation in Texas. Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to having fun, Austin puts the rest of Texas to shame. A new study from WalletHub ranks Austin the No. 1 place for recreational activities in the state, No. 29 in the country.

To determine the rankings, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 27 key metrics. The site examined "basic costs, the quality of parks, the accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities as well as the climate." 

The numbers have good things to say about Austin. We rank No. 26 for entertainment and recreational facilities and a respectable No. 30 for the quality of our parks. 

We may complain about just how expensive everything is, but Austin sits at No. 50 for basic costs. That includes average food and beverage prices, movie costs, bowling costs and more. Unsurprisingly, we rank No. 88 for climate. You can thank our super-long summers for that. 

The rest of the Texas scores downright pitifully. Eleven of the 13 Texas cities on the list show up in the bottom half. The worst offenders? Fort Worth (No. 83), Arlington (No. 88), Garland (No. 92), Laredo (No. 97) and Irving (No. 98).

The best cities in the United States for recreation are Cincinnati, Ohio (No. 1); Omaha, Nebraska (No. 2); and Scottsdale, Arizona (No. 3).

To dive into the details of the study, go here