9+ Fun Things to Do on Lake Austin

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Things to Do on Lake Austin Guide!

You haven’t experienced a real Texas summer if you didn’t spend at least one day (or 10) on Lake Austin!

Located right in Austin, this beautiful body of water offers a number of activities. Whether it is paddleboarding, wake surfing, or even eating while enjoying the beautiful view of the water. 

Check out our top picks for things to do on Lake Austin! 

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1. ATX Boat Rentals

Lake days are more fun when you’re on a boat! Round up a group of friends and hit the water with ATX Boat Rentals. Your lake day experience will be unmatched with an afternoon of wake surfing or chilling on a pontoon!

🗓Every Day | 10AM-7PM


2. Covert Park at Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnell is known as one of the best views to see Austin on the lake. Be ready to walk some stairs, but the view is definitely worth the walk!

Make sure to go in the evening so you catch the sunset on the water. 

🗓Every Day | 5AM-10PM

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3. Float On Boat Rentals

You don’t have to own a boat to enjoy the beautiful Lake Austin. Float On Boat Rentals has a boat ready for you to experience the lake life without the hassle of  owning a boat!

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4. Pennybacker Bridge

Check out the Pennybacker Bridge to catch a beautiful view of Lake Austin and the surrounding scenery.

Take a stroll short stroll on a trail that climbs to an overlook of Lake Austin/Colorado River and the Austin 360 Bridge. The b bridge with a weathered steel arch that provides scenic views for drivers, bikers & pedestrians.

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5. Texas Rowing Center

The Rowing Dock provides Kayaks, Canoes, and Stand Up Paddleboard rentals for you to relish in the refreshing lake water.

Feel free to bring your furry friends out with you too! 


6. Mozart's Coffee Roasters

Mozart’s coffee is the perfect place to come to on a sunny day. You can grab some delicious coffee and overlook Lake Austin. We recommend trying their Toddy Brau cold brew!

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7. Alta's Cafe

Alta’s Cafe is another spot on Lake Austin that’s perfect for unwinding. They offer coffee and alcoholic drinks for whatever you may be in the mood for that day. Happy hour here is from 4-6 PM, so why not stop by, order some food and wine, and enjoy the view. 

🗓 Monday-Friday | 9AM-6PM
🗓 Saturday & Sunday | 9AM-7PM

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8. Walking on Ann and Roy Butler Boardwalk

Ann and Roy Butler Boardwalk is probably the most peaceful place to be in all of Austin. You truly get to encapsulate the heart of Austin as you overlook the downtown area. Bring some friends out to catch up and tell them to wear a good pair of tennis shoes for this walk!


9. Rowing Dock

Rowing Dock makes it easy for you to enjoy the luxury of kayaking without all of the hassle. Just bring yourself, and rent a kayak or board from them at such a great rate. Paddling through the lake will surely put you in the best of spirits.

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360 Splash Boat & Jet Ski Rental

We can’t think of any other way of experiencing Lake Austin than on your own jet ski! Visit 360’s website to see more about how you can take on the lake with your own personal jet ski.

🗓 Every Day | 10AM–8PM
📲 (512) 636-0917

Wake Riderz – Boat Rentals Lake Austin

Wake Riderz provides an amazing, stress-free lake experience that you’ll never forget. Check out more ways on how you can appreciate the water whether it’s with friends, family, or a hot date!

🗓 Every Day | 9AM–8PM
📍 5019 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746

Hula Hut

Located right on Lake Austin, enjoy the water scenery, great drinks, and tasty food at Hula Hut. With a huge patio sitting on the water, you’ll enjoy your lunch or dinner lake experiences here.

🗓 MON–THUR | 11AM–10PM
🗓 FRI | 11AM–11PM
🗓 SAT | 10:30AM–11PM
🗓 SUN | 10:30AM–10PM
📍 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Abel’s on the Lake

If you’re looking for one of Austin’s best-known burger and Texas Tea spots, you have found the right place. Head over to Abel’s to take in the beautiful view of the lake while enjoying a meal!

You don’t want to miss out on this spot while in ATX.

🗓 MON–FRI | 11AM–10PM
🗓 SAT | 11AM–11PM
🗓 SUN | 10AM–10PM
📍 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. Austin, Texas 78703

Looking for more Things to Do on Lake Austin?

If you’re looking for something else to do in Austin, make sure to check out UNATION for all the best events going on.

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