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The Best Lake Activities on Lady Bird For This Summer

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Lady Bird Lake is one of the best spots in the whole city of Austin. With its gorgeous views of the downtown skyline and endless options of activities to enjoy, we love spending our weekends here! When the sun is out and you need to get out on the water, we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite lake activities. 

Check out this guide for the best lake activities on Lady Bird and be sure to check them all off your bucket list this summer!

The Rowing Dock offers Austinites the opportunity to kayak Lady Bird in both 1- and 2-person rental options! For a single, kayaks are only $15 an hour or $35 a day, and for a double, kayaks are $20 an hour or $45 a day. Snag some time alone or grab a partner and paddle away for one of the most classic lake activities on Lady Bird!

🗓MON–SUN | 7AM–9PM

📍2418 Stratford Dr, Austin, TX 78746

Paddleboarding is one of the most popular activities on Lady Bird Lake, and Rowing Dock is the spot to grab a board for only $20 an hour or $45 a day! No matter what age or skill level, there is an option for you to have a great time! Plus, Rowing Dock offers Ruff Sups to keep your pup on the board with you, but be sure to learn about the history of toxic algae in Lady Bird before bringing your furry friend along. 

🗓MON–SUN | 7AM–9PM

📍2418 Stratford Dr, Austin, TX 78746

For a romantic adventure on the lake, rent a swan pedal boat from Capital Cruises! This option allows you the opportunity to have a relaxing afternoon with a picnic and a view of the beautiful skyline. It’s only $18 an hour for the two seater, or you can snag a four seater for $25 an hour!

🗓MON–FRI | 10AM–9PM

🗓SAT–SUN | 9AM–9PM

📍 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Retro Boat Rentals is the perfect option for an aesthetically pleasing, relaxing ride on the lake. Each boat has fanciful fins and headlights, retro-cool colors, and chrome details. The best part is the electric motors are quiet and environmentally friendly! Bring some of your closest friends for a one-of-a-kind experience on the water.

🗓TUE–SAT | 9AM–9PM

📍74 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701

You do-not want to miss this lake option! Rent the “Donut Mess with Texas” or “Glazed and Confused” donut boats from Capital Cruises for only $100 an hour. Each boat can hold up to 10 passengers around a center table, with a center post umbrella for shade. Plus, you can bring your own food and snacks or order from the Hyatt Regency Austin!

🗓MON–FRI | 10AM–9PM

🗓SAT–SUN | 9AM–9PM

📍 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Capital Cruises offer sunset sightseeing tours that allow Austinites to view the bats and the sunset from on the water! The tours depart at 5pm and last about an hour, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the view. Bring a jacket, snacks, and a drink for a relaxing and gorgeous evening.

🗓MON–FRI | 10AM–9PM

🗓SAT–SUN | 9AM–9PM

📍 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Spend the day in a canoe for an incredible afternoon and smooth sailing on Lady Bird Lake. Rowing Dock offers canoes that can seat up to three adults for only $25 an hour or $55 a day. Make it a date or a fun activity with your friends and enjoy the sun!

🗓MON–SUN | 7AM–9PM

📍2418 Stratford Dr, Austin, TX 78746

More Stuff to Do in Austin

These incredible lake activities on Lady Bird will probably make you hungry! Be sure to follow us on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and TikTok for restaurants, coffee shops, dessert spots, bars, and of our favorite spots around the city! Also, tag us in your photos @StuffToDoInAustin so we can see where you went!

For more stuff to do around Austin, check out the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide page and let us know what you want to see next! Make sure to enter your info above to subscribe for more Austin content.

Abby Hopkins

Abby Hopkins

Abby is a blogger for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Austin area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinAustin on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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