Ways to Enjoy the Water This Summer

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If we aren’t already there, we are approaching the point of an Austin summer where you can’t go outside unless you plan on promptly flinging yourself into a body of water—and preferably an ice-cold one like Barton Springs.

But lucky for us, a city this hot has a plethora of ways to cool off. To keep your body temp right and a chilled drink in your hand, we’ve rounded up the best ways to enjoy the water this summer.

Float The River

This is a must do at least once this summer! Floating the River is a rite of passage in Central Texas.

Rent Something From Rowing Dock

Get out on the water and see Austin from a whole new vantage point with kayaks, standup paddle boards, and even fishing kayaks (you read that right!).

Or From Austin Canoe & Kayak

Rent kayaks, canoes and SUPs by the day and take them anywhere. With a rental you can receive a discount on coolers, dry boxes/bags and even sunscreen and bug repellent. Life vests are included with rentals.

Take Your Happy Hour On The Water

Take your happy hour out on the water and experience the beauty and fun of this place in a whole new way. We’ve partnered with Float On and Independence Brewing Co. to offer the booze cruise of your dreams!

Take The Fam To Waterloo Waterpark

This locally owned and operated floating water park and challenge course that is a true evolution in water play! 

Watch Austin’s Famous Bats On A Boat

While most people grab a spot on the bridge, there’s an even better way to watch the bats: from the rooftop deck of a gorgeous boat with pizza in your belly and a drink in your hand!

Sunday Funday With Brunch On The Water

We’re on a boat—no seriously! This brunch-time party cruise on Lady Bird Lake has great music, food, and beverages for you and your crew. Also, air conditioning, bathrooms, and views you can’t get on land.

Swim In Our Glorious Swimming Holes

So grab your swimsuit, a little sunscreen, and a cooler full of your favorite local beer, and check out our favorite natural swimming spots.

Daycation At The Best Hotel Pools

You should really play hooky and spend the day at one of these fabulous Austin pools.

Watch Jaws On The Water (If You Dare)

Pop open a beer, dangle your feet over your inner tube, and watch the film that made everyone afraid to go in the water… while you’re in the water!