If you haven’t tried pickleball yet, chances are you will soon. The sport is the fastest-growing in America, with 4.8 million people now regularly playing.
Due to the popularity of the sport — which is like a smaller version of tennis, larger version of ping pong, and twist on badminton rolled up into one — finding a court in San Antonio can be challenging.
But that’s what we’re here for. Here are six places to play pickleball in the Alamo City, based on your athletic style.
For the athlete on a budget
San Antonio Parks and Recreation Pickleball Courts | Various locations | Free | The Alamo City has a total of six pickleball-dedicated courts on a first-come, first-serve basis. Be sure to check out the operating hours before you go.
Fairchild Park | 1214 E. Crockett | Free | This park boasts 18 pickleball courts for everyone of all skill levels to enjoy.
For the happy hour athlete
Chicken N Pickle | 5215 UTSA Blvd. | $30 court rental | Get an early start with pickleball court reservations starting at 8 a.m., and stay for some eats + drinks with its restaurant opening at 11 a.m.
Friends & Neighbors Food Truck Park | 6810 US-181 N. | Bring some friends and the paddles for this pickleball court and food truck park. Don’t have a paddle? Not to worry, you can barrow one at the park.
For the competitive athlete
FIT Tennis Academy | 302 Zephyr Dr. | Price varies | Featuring nine courts and upgraded LED lighting, this place has a dedicated competitive court to test your skills against other players.
The Tennis Park at Whispering Oaks | 11515 Whisper Forest | From private lessons to competing against club members, this private park offers various amenities for seasoned players.
Ready to dive deeper into your pickelball journey? Check out this local Facebook group.