In the summertime, when the weather is hot . . . the lake is the best place to be! Lake Travis homes boast a convenient proximity to one of the Austin area’s premier aquatic destinations: Lake Travis, a 65-mile-long reservoir and home to some the region’s best fishing, boating, and swimming. In fact, the Lake Travis area is practically bursting with fun that will keep you and your family busy all summer long. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite activities.
Tour Around Lake Travis
Obviously, one of the best ways to enjoy the water is from a boat. There are plenty of charter and rental services around the Lake Travis area, but Austin’s Boat Tours has it all: speed boat and pontoon rentals, jet skis, scuba outings, party barges, and captained tours so you can explore the lake regardless of your boating experience level. It’s a perfect way to spend a day with the fam!
Zip Your Way Across the Lake
For more daring families, Lake Travis Zipline Adventures has the longest, fastest zipline in Texas. Strung high across Lake Travis and the surrounding countryside, their three-hour tours on five separate lines offer a one-of-a-kind way to experience the lake and canyons. Your ticket comes with access to a private lakefront beach, where you can swim, lounge, or dine at their picnic tables. Best of all, Lake Travis Zipline boasts a “kids fly free” policy, so you can zip as a family at reduced cost!
Play the Day Away
Anyone who’s familiar with Austin’s weather patterns will tell you that sometimes the best place to be during the summer is indoors. For those times, the Almost Grown Play Cafe in Dripping Springs is the perfect spot to let your kiddos expend some pent-up energy while flexing their imaginations. The cafe hosts a full room of interactive play spaces for young children, and a cafe where grown-ups can watch their little ones while relaxing with a latte. And with a full calendar of activities, including Spanish lessons, ASL story time, and more, it’s an inclusive place where all kids in the Lake Travis area can play.
Cook Up Some Fun
Got a budding gourmand in your house? Kid’s Kitchen in Cedar Park is here to give them the experience of a lifetime, with cooking classes geared toward kids ages three to fourteen. The kitchen hosts several single-time classes, summer camps, and private lessons for both children and parents. Featuring kid-approved recipes like lasagna cups and baked buttermilk beignets, these treats are sure to please small and large appetites alike!
See Another Side of Nature
Looking for a place to cool off from the summer heat? How about a stroll through a sheltered limestone crevice and tree-ringed grotto? Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center features guided tours through these natural wonders, allowing your family to gaze on a 40-foot waterfall and explore the surrounding cave and canyonlands to your heart’s content. There’s also the Warren Skaaren Environmental Learning Center on the grounds, which helps kids understand the preservation side of Westcave with different exhibits on the water and weather cycles, geology, and more.
Take Advantage of Austin Parks
For hiking, camping, boating, swimming, and all around family fun, Austin’s park system can’t be beat. Emma Long Metropolitan Park, a hop, skip, and a jump away from Steiner Ranch, features miles of hike and bike trails and is a great starting point for those hoping to float the river. It’s also an excellent spot for fishing, barbeques, and other summer enticements.
Splash Away a Hot Afternoon
What’s more fun than a waterpark? Beachside Billy’s on Volente Beach is home to a full waterpark complete with several slides, multiple pools (including one for adults only), a lazy river, a pirate ship, and other water-centric attractions. When you get hungry, there’s an upscale casual restaurant on-site with a full menu of steaks, seafood, and more. Just what you need after a day in the water!
Looking for even more fun? The official Lake Travis website features an events calendar stocked with great family-friendly activities occurring throughout the year.As you can see, there’s plenty to love about the Lake Travis area — including some of the finest homes outside Austin! For more information about Lake Travis housing, check out our offerings at Paradisa Homes. You’ll never have to leave the lake again!