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Austin: Single or Double Kayak Rental

1. Austin: Single or Double Kayak Rental

Explore the capital of Texas on a relaxing single or double kayak adventure. Take your time as you explore the city in either a single or double kayak and check out the views as you float along the calm waters of Lady Bird Lake. Discover multiple man-made outlets that can take you all the way from Congress Avenue Bridge to Barton Springs all while exploring on your own. Alternatively, relax and enjoy the towering sights of Downtown Austin while on the relaxing waters of Lady Bird Lake. A driver's license per kayak will be required when checking in on site. A waiver will also be required and can be filled out at the dock.

Austin: Kayaking Tour through Downtown to Barton Springs

2. Austin: Kayaking Tour through Downtown to Barton Springs

Follow your guide on a fun-filled kayaking journey to Barton Springs. Admire stunning views of the downtown Austin skyline. Enjoy a trip that is suitable for beginners, as it includes paddling instruction. Meet your guide and get set up with your kayak, paddle, and life vest. Learn how to paddle before setting off on your kayaking adventure. Capture pictures of Austin from the water. View the Congress Avenue Bridge, which is home to Mexican free-tailed bats. Explore the waters of Lady Bird Lake where you can view the Austin's skyline from afar. Kayak into the crystal clear waters of Barton Springs and search for local wildlife like the Barton Springs salamander. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Austin: Lady Bird Lake Kayaking Tour

3. Austin: Lady Bird Lake Kayaking Tour

Our friendly tour guides will greet you at Rowing Dock, and get you set up with everything needed on the water. The tour guide hosts a safety meeting and fits each guest for a life jacket. The Rowing Dock staff will help you into your boat and review basic paddling tips with you prior to departure. Once on the water, your tour guide will lead you on a journey to the Springs. Along the way, there will be numerous opportunities to take photos with the downtown Austin City skyline in the background. This tour is approximately two miles round trip and lasts two hours. Guests will be allowed to get out of their boats and take a dip in the cool spring water. The tour ends at Rowing Dock.

Austin: Guided City Kayaking Tour

4. Austin: Guided City Kayaking Tour

Admire the Austin skyline on a guided Kayaking tour. Sail along Lady Bird Lake and look out for local wildlife, such as the Mexican free-tailed bat and enjoy your beautiful surroundings at Barton Springs. Pick up your Kayak and set off from Lady Bird Lake. Follow your tour guide along this serene lake and marvel at the glittering skyline ahead. See the Congress Avenue Bat Bridge and keep an eye out for the famous Mexican American free-tailed bats. Sail past historical buildings that make up the iconic Austin skyline as well as important bridges, including Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge. Continue to Barton Springs and admire the crystal-clear water and lush surroundings.

Austin: Round Red Bud Isle Kayaking Tour

5. Austin: Round Red Bud Isle Kayaking Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city on this guided kayaking trip to Red Bud Isle. This enjoyable, hyper-natural tour heads west, away from the city, and around Austin’s Red Bud Isle and back. Spot limestone bluffs, greenery, and wildlife everywhere you look. After meeting your guide at Rowing Dock, start your adventure by gearing up with a life jacket and your own premium kayak and paddles. Follow alongside your guide to the city's secret spring, where you’ll witness a natural spring and oasis that is relatively undiscovered, even by many locals. Your guide will share a historical perspective on the greater Colorado River and the immense watershed that Lady Bird Lake is a part of. They’ll also touch on the Highland Lakes Chain and how this series of dams and reservoirs has changed and revolutionized the region. Before heading back to Rowing Dock, take a break at Red Bud Isle to rest and eat (food not included). 

Austin: Congress Avenue Sunset Bat Kayaking Tour

6. Austin: Congress Avenue Sunset Bat Kayaking Tour

Embark on a 4-mile round-trip paddle to the famous Congress Avenue Bridge and get picture-perfect views of over 1.5 million bats flying overhead on this kayaking trip on Lady Bird Lake. Learn about the history and migration of the Mexican free-tailed bats from your guide. Start your adventure by gearing up with a life jacket, then set out on the water with your own premium kayak and paddles. Follow alongside your guide as you take in the natural beauty of the lake and surrounding area. As you paddle, learn more about Austin’s prominent architecture across the skyline, the Austin power plant, Auditorium Shores, the history of Congress Avenue Bridge, and more. 

Austin: Lady Bird Lake Stand-Up Paddle Board Rental

7. Austin: Lady Bird Lake Stand-Up Paddle Board Rental

Explore the capital of Texas while leisurely paddling Lady Bird Lake and nearby waterways. Perfect for family, friends, or a combination of both, see sights like the towering Congress Avenue Bridge, Barton Springs, Zilker Park, the Statesman Bat Observation Center, and plenty of wildlife. Begin your adventure in downtown Austin to collect your paddleboard. Learn how to mount and maneuver your board and understand the rights of way for river and lake traffic. Then it's time to get into the water, pausing to take a photo of the sweeping city skyline dotted with skyscrapers. Feel the sun on your face as you paddle through the calm lake water of Lady Bird Lake. Stay here to watch for local wildlife along the banks or cruise towards the Colorado River to the Statesman Bat Observation Center and Congress Avenue Bridge to catch a glimpse of the city's large bat colonies. Continue to nearby Barton Springs, a set of four natural water springs located in Zilker Park. Take a break to swim in the crisp water or watch for wildlife like fish, otters, turtles, and birds. Then it's time to head back to return the paddleboards and take one last photo of your adventure.

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What people are saying about Austin

We had such a fun tour! It was easy enough for the ones that had never been kayaking. Mark shared interesting info about the lake and springs, but gave our group plenty of space to enjoy each other’s company along the way. We especially enjoyed the time to explore when we reached the cool springs. Would definitely return on our next visit!

We had such a great time! David was our tour guide, he was wonderful… friendly and knowledgeable. We were inexperienced kayakers and rowers, but that didn’t matter. It was easy! The trip was not strenuous at all. It was very relaxing.

Chelsea and Tristan are the best tour guides I’ve ever met!!! They are so nice and friendly, also knowledgeable about local history and fun things! Really cool experience!!! It’s a Must try experience in Austin!!

Our guide, Mark, was amazing! Very informative about the lake, gave great info, really kind, and made our first time kayaking experience an awesome one!

Great team and service. Very kind and informative!! Would definitely come back to this spot soon!!!