Kayaking in Austin is a huge activity that most do all year. With summer and the heat here so quickly everyone is taking advantage of our lovely Lady Bird Lake area. I have used a few companies but I love Rowing Dock. Their prices are better than others, their customer service is better, and they have great events all the time to get a different experience each time you go out.
Another thing I like about Rowing Dock is they are a little further away from the crowds so you don’t feel rushed to get on equipment and they have their own private parking lot.
To get to Rowing Dock from Downtown:
Head south via the Congress, South First Street or Lamar Street Bridge. Turn right on Barton Springs Road. Pass Shady Grove and Chuy’s, and continue straight past Robert E. Lee. Pass through Zilker Park, and turn right on Stratford Drive, just past the soccer fields. Follow Stratford Drive under MoPac and continue on Stratford until you see our blue and sign on the right. Turn into the gravel parking lot. Go to the blue canopy on the water.
They offer recurring events along with special one-time experience events. Some of the recurring events are the Yappy hour which is great for Austin since its such a heavy dog population. For this event, if you bring your fur baby kayaking you get your second hour free. This event is every Tuesday, if you do decide to go on this day I would highly recommend going early. On Wednesday it is College Days. When you present your college ID you get your first hour free.
Some recurring events that happen just not all year round and are a must do when in town during the season. They have a Full Moon Paddles which occur during full moon nights. You rent a boat from 8pm-10pm and normal rates apply. The last big event that I think everyone local and tourist should experience is the Bat Paddle. This happens most Saturdays during the bat season. You paddle towards congress bridge to witness the amazing flight of over 1.5 million bats. The total trip is around four miles so be prepared for a workout.
With their location where they are you, get a little more nature and less city skyline like other rental places. You can go over to Red Bud Isle which is a big dog park area. Right past there is the end at the dam which is pretty cool to take pictures at. If you can’t handle kayaking for an extended period of time there are plenty of places on the bank of the lake to stop and rest under the shade.
To see more information about the company go check out their website at rowingdock.com. They have kayaks, paddle boards, canoes, fishing kayaks, and even stand up paddle boards with little motors. So if you are in the area and need something to do during the day swing on by rowing dock and get some fun in the sun.