Pickleball is Taking Over Austin

Everyone in Austin is going crazy over Pickleball. This increasingly popular game is fun, active, and one that all ages can enjoy. Pickleball is a great activity to get outside and get moving or it can be a game enjoyed for the social appeal of friends and maybe a cocktail. Nonetheless, pickleball is easy to learn and the perfect way to spend your time as the weather gets warmer. Pickleball is taking over Austin because it is a game you can learn and absolutely fall in love with in about 15 minutes. Here is what you need to know to hop on the wave:

What is it?

The game of pickleball is a mix between tennis, badminton, and ping pong. This game can be played outdoors or indoors, and is played on a badminton-sized court with a net very similar to a tennis net. To play, you need a pickleball paddle and a wiffle ball. The game can be played as singles or doubles and is very simple for beginners to learn.

Recess Pickleball

Where can you Play?

To find a court, check out any recreation centers, neighborhood parks, or country clubs near you! Also, because tennis courts are very similar to pickleball courts,my tip is to grab some chalk and draw out the kitchen. Tennis courts are everywhere and while the dimensions are slightly off, this is an easy way to find a court to play on that is nearby!

Pickleball is also a social outing! Check out beer gardens like Bouldin Acres that have pickleball courts to rent! Hang outside in the sun, grab a drink and food, and have some fun playing the game!

What do I need to play? Where can I get the equipment?

All you need to play is a paddle and a wiffle ball! Most centers have paddles available to rent, but because I know you will fall in love with this game, you can purchase a paddle from Amazon and sporting stores like Academy or Dicks. As your skills increase you might even consider getting a trendy Austin-designed paddle from the brand Recess. I swear my Recess paddle makes me a better player.

Recess Pickleball


If you aren’t convinced yet, pickleball is taking over Austin, and for good reason. A simple game that’s easy to learn, but once you get the hang of it can become fast-paced and competitive. Take it at your pace, make it a social gathering to visit with friends, and get outside and try this new hit activity. Check out more things to do and places to see around Austin here!

Chris Kim

Chris Kim, a contributor for TexasTasty, has a passion for sharing the essence of the Lone Star State through his writing. Born and raised in Texas, Chris offers a unique perspective shaped by his background in journalism and love for storytelling. He crafts narratives that transport readers to the vibrant landscapes and rich culture of Texas, whether he's exploring hidden gems in local communities or savoring the diverse flavors of Texan cuisine.