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Things To Do On The Water This Summer | Austin Water Activities Guide

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Do you love spending time on the water and being outside, but you’re getting bored of doing the same old things? Beat the summer heat and check out our list of awesome water activities and events going on this summer!

Things to do on the Water this Summer:

  • Alamo Rolling Roadshow

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    What was that thing that just brushed against your foot, you wonder as you float through the waters of a man-made lake during an on-the-water screening of the cult classic, Jaws. This summer, test your courage during the Alamo Drafthouse annual summer event, a much-loved tradition amongst Austinites! But be prepared, tickets sell out incredibly fast!

  • Barton Springs Pool

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    Here in Central Texas, we’re lucky we’ve got one of the largest networks of rivers and lakes in the state. These vast networks also happen to make for some pretty amazing swimming holes and pools such as Barton Springs Pool. A cherished swimming spot for locals and visitors alike, Barton Springs pool is an amazing place to go for a swim no matter the season. The pool is also entirely spring-fed, which keeps it in the mid-60’s year-round, so be prepared to be chilly!

  • Dam That Cancer

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    On June 25, help paddleboarders raise money to support the mental health of families with a cancer diagnosis as they go from dam to dam. Register or donate now to support a good cause and have a little bit of lake fun this summer! All proceeds from this event benefit the Flatwater Foundation, a non-profit organization. Come out and paddle away to support families affected by cancer!

  • Float Fest

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    Whether you love music, rides, or just want to spend a weekend floating the river with friends, we guarantee that you will have fun at Float Fest this July! Float Fest is an annual music festival on the San Marcos River and this year’s lineup is better than ever! This year’s lineup includes Tame Impala, Bassnectar, Snoop Dogg, Modest Mouse, Run the Jewels, Glass Animals, Lil Wayne and even more!

  • Just For Fun Watercraft Rental

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    Just for Fun is an Austin original and is the perfect place to spend time enjoying beautiful Lake Travis! They provide a variety of watercraft activities such as ski boats, pontoon boats, and waverunners with emphasis on customer value, satisfaction, safety and enjoyment at all times. The best parties ever are held on their party barges!

  • Lake Travis Yacht Rentals

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    Lake Travis Yacht Rentals offers a luxury lifestyle boating experience for you, your family and friends with the finest yachts Lake Travis has to offer! They have a vast variety of boating options for all kinds of celebrations, standing out with unparalleled service. Whether you’re hosting a birthday, bachelor or bachelorette party, anniversary, corporate event or day getaway, Lake Travis Yacht Rentals will give you an unmatched experience for years to come!

  • Lone Star Riverboat

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    Experience the outdoors, Lake Austin, Austin’s ever-changing city skyline and the natural beauty that makes Austin. Lone Star Riverboat offers public, narrated sightseeing cruises and cruises that witness the spectacular emergence of the Mexican free-tailed bats! So come out and take in the amazing views or liven up your next occasion by having a private party on one of their boats!

  • NLand Surf Park

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    It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news since the closing of NLand Surf Park, and now the World Surf League has confirmed they’ve purchased the facility. So, what does this mean for Austin’s surf scene? Will the now WSL-owned facility be open to the public, or will it remain private and become an official stop on the Championship Tour when all is complete? The answers to those questions are likely to emerge in the coming months.

  • Paddle Boarding

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    One of Austin’s most popular lake pastimes, paddle boarding is both a fun workout and an opportunity for a nice day out on the water. If you are interested in paddle boarding Austin, there are many wonderful places conveniently located to rent SUPs so you can get out and enjoy the outdoors. Popular lakes for paddle boarding are Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake!

  • River Tubing

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    ATXcursions tubing tours deliver the best-guided tubing experience from Austin that is loved by bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, travelers, and locals! They include everything you need for the perfect day of tubing: tubing tour guides, tube rental, coolers and ice, and shuttle bus transportation! You’ll float for 2-3 hours on a beautiful natural river. Make sure to bring your favorite drinks and snacks, swimwear and sun protection for your tubing adventure!

  • Waterparks

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    The Texas summer temperatures can be unbearable, and we understand the importance of beating the heat, and a great way to do that is to go to a waterpark! Waterparks of all different shapes and sizes have been popping up all over Austin. If the lake isn’t really your style, but you still want to cool down and beat the summer heat, check out these wet and wonderful attractions!

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