This is our 11th recommendation for our “Austin Gems” category (see the side bar on the right for a link to past posts). We select our gems by looking for activities and events that aren’t on all the tourist lists. We try to find unique and wonderful opportunities in Austin that even long-time residents may not know about…and we found a good one today.
The Austin Table Tennis Association is better than just an organization of people who enjoy the same activity. They have an incredible facility dedicated to playing table tennis and it’s open to the public. Of course, they’d love it if you’d join and bring a few friends and have them join. But they also want to give people an opportunity to just play and have fun.
16 tables in a climate-controlled facility allows for a lot of Table Tennis (we always called it Ping Pong, but their website never uses that term. So in keeping with their example, we’ll call it Table Tennis today). They offer league play, tournaments, and recreational games for people of all skill levels. A viewing area on the second level lets you take in all the action from above the playing floor.
The Austin Table Tennis Association also offers club rentals. This makes it a perfect place for a company team-building event, a birthday party, or family reunion. There is an eating/break area and they have a vending machine and a refrigerator that can be used. It’s 12,000 square feet of Table Tennis heaven!
The first Friday of every month is newcomer’s night when the club is free to all new players. If you’ve been to the club before you can bring someone new to newcomer’s night and you both get in free. This is a no obligation way to check out the club, have a fun night of playing Table Tennis, and meet some new friends. They even provide the balls and paddles, so all you need to do is show up.
The Austin Table Tennis Association is located at 8956 Research Blvd. in the AAA Storage grounds. Call ahead for a gate code at (512) 491-7664. Large groups should call ahead to let them know you are coming.
For more information, please visit their website at http://austintabletennis.com/.