Monday, August 29, 2016

Paddle Board, Canoes, Kayaks, Swan Pedal Boats and Water Bikes

Looking to have some family fun on the water in Austin?  Head on down to a Lake.  There are many lakes here in Austin but this review is of Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Water Biking and Swan Pedal Boating on Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) in downtown.  We went to Capital Cruises located on Lady Bird Lake at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX).  Austin Water Bikes is next door to Capital Cruises.    There is valet parking at the hotel or a pay to park lot but if you drive around a bit you can find street parking as well but it is hard to find.  The Hyatt has a nice clean restroom and a Starbucks if you need to grab a water on your way to the lake. 


We decided on the Swan Pedal Boat (Mommy and 2 Kids) and Daddy took the Standing Paddle Board.  However there were many options.  All would have been fun.  There were only 2 swans so we had to wait ½ hour for the next swan to come in.   Once the kids got their life vests on we were off on the lake.   From the spot you leave you can paddle up and down the lake past Auditorium Shores, Barton Creek, Zilker Park, and the Congress Avenue Bridge with panoramic views of the Austin skyline.   It was pretty hot so we went back and forth between the bridges to stay in the shade.   You will be in the direct sun the whole time unless under a bridge.  When under the Congress Bridge you can hear the Mexico free-tailed bats sleeping. (More on the bats in another post) You can rent these bikes / boats to see the bats at night however a reservation is recommended.   

For the water bikes the little ones can sit in the front while the adults pedal.   The bike does not tip and you will not get wet.  No need for a swim suit.   My husband enjoyed the Paddle Boarding and older kids can have their own board.   There are lots of other people on the river all the time including small fishing boats.    

RECOMENDATIONS:  Bring Sun Screen, Water, Sun Glasses and a hat.   A swim suit if you are paddle boarding.   Also check for coupons on Groupon, their facebook or websites before going. 

The swan pedal boat is $15.00 per hour.
All canoes are $15.00 per hour.
Single-person kayaks are $10.00 per hour. Two-person kayaks are $15.00 per hour.
Stand up Paddle Board is 15.00 for one hour and $25 for 2 hours. 
Water Bikes are $17.00 per hour

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