Summertime is hot in Austin, and the best way to escape the heat is with watersports! Whether it's waterskiing, kayaking, canoeing, etc. here are the best places for watersports in Austin.

Texas Rowing Center

For rowing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing, check out Texas Rowing Center. The Texas Rowing Center is at Lady Bird Lake, which is picturesque, but can be busy during peak season, so be sure to arrive early.

Prices vary depending on the activity you choose to do, but the activities don't cost more than $45 for the day! Not to mention, Texas Rowing Center is kid-friendly and dog-friendly!

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MarineMax Sail & Ski Center

If you're more interested in relaxing on the water instead of being active, the MarineMax Sail & Ski Center is the place for you! Rent a boat or a yacht and set sail for the perfect summer getaway. Prices vary and quotes can be requested online. You can also charter a yacht, which allows for full and total relaxation on the water!


For the most affordable kayaks and paddle boards in Austin, EpicSUP has you covered. EpicSUP has daily specials so that you and your friends can get the best possible rates. From "Dog Day BOGO" where you can bring your dog and then pay for the first hour, you'll get the second one free. Tuesday through Thursday is "Student BOGO Day" where you'll pay for your first hour and get the second hour free with your student ID.

Austin Paddle Shack

Another rental on Lady Bird Lake is Austin Paddle Shack. For paddle boarding and kayaking, it's $20 per hour regardless of whether you go during the week or on a weekend! You can also reserve your rentals online in advance to avoid a long wait. Austin Paddle Shack is also right in front of Joe's Crab Shack, which means you're close to some great food after you've paddled the day away.

Keep Austin Wet

For an exciting day at the lake, visit Keep Austin Wet! Rent a pontoon boat, ski boat, wakeboards, and surf boards! Keep Austin Wet also offers military, law enforcement, and firefighter discounts. All of the boats also have bluetooth speakers perfect for a party on the water. Keep Austin Wet also does wine and beer tours!

Pro tip: make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and a change of clothes. You definitely don't want to sit around all day in wet clothes, especially if you get a sun burn!

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