Lake Travis is not just a breath-taking sight; there are tons of things you can do while you’re on the lake, too! Here’s a list of the top 10 things for a great time on Lake Travis!
1. GO FOR A HIKE ALONG THE RIVER PLACE NATURE TRAIL
If you have been looking for a calming experience, then a hike along the River Place Nature Trail is your golden ticket. Besides the location’s obvious beauty, there is so much you will admire at this hike, especially the peaceful aura that will surround you here.
There is something for everyone at the River Place Nature Trail, including different types of terrain and several paths to choose from. You will also get to see the mesmerizing views of the waterfalls, along with the Panther Hollow Trail, which is famous for the adventurous change in elevation, and the Canyons Trail with its cool pools of water.
It cost $10 per hiker and $10 per animal to enter the trail. They do accept credit cards and children under 12 with an adult are free. The trail is about 5.5 miles long and has an 823ft elevation gain. Overall, it is a great trail with lots of stairs. You can make it even more challenging if you park at the bottom of the neighborhood and run up all the hill. The trail is well-groomed and plenty of shade.
The River Place Nature Trail Location: 8820 Big View Dr, Austin, TX 78730
2. LAKE TRAVIS PUB CRAWL
There is nothing better than enjoying the tranquil waters from a distance, and luckily, you can do that while you are on Lake Travis!
There are several yacht charter companies and boat rentals operators spread out across the lake that offers restaurant and pub crawls as well as sunset cruises on the lake. The beautiful Lake Travis has seven water access and nine water view restaurants and bars, all of which you can enjoy while you are out on the lake. Each location offers you something unique, from great music to amazing food and refreshing drinks!
Spend a day full of joy hopping from one place to the next! If you bring your own boat you can set up your own route from launching your boat in Mansfield Dam Park from there you can hit the following locations in this order:
Lake Travis Pub Crawl Route
- Beachside Billy’s at Volente Beach Restaurant & Waterpark
- Shack 512
- Emerald Point Bar and Grill
- The Sundancer Grill
- TR Restaurant Bar & Lounge
- The Gnarly Gar
- Finishing at the Oasis On Lake Travis
3. RIDE A WATER SLIDE & PLAY VOLLEYBALL AT THE VOLENTE BEACH RESORT AND WATERPARK
The perfect family getaway, the Volente Beach Resort, rests in the shores of Lake Travis, offering something unique and fun for adults and children alike. Here, you will find access to a waterpark, lodging, and the famous Beachside Billy’s restaurant.
Besides boasting a sandy beachfront with 3 volleyball courts, the resort also has pools for kids and an adults-only pool with a swim-up tiki bar. At Beachside Billy’s you can catch a live music show on the weekends too!
Phone Number: (512) 258-5110
4. SPEND A NIGHT OR DAY AT THE DEVIL’S COVE
Austin’s biggest meeting place and party cove for all boaters, Devil’s Cove is a fun spit that you just cannot miss! The Devil’s Cove is the cove that will tie you up with other enthusiasts. There is not a moment that will go dull while you enjoy a boating time in the shimmery sun or under the silvery moon!
Even though Devil’s Cove is not particularly famous for star viewing, if you stay back after sundown, you’ll see how the stars start to fill up the sky from the boat deck.
Plus, a party here is something you wish would never end! Check out some Lake Travis Boat Rentals to book a trip.
5. ENJOY A MAGNIFICENT SUNSET AT THE OASIS
Ah! The sunset capital of Texas! There is no denying that this gorgeous restaurant that is 450 feet above the lake with a 4 story parking garage and its terraced views looking west over Lake Travis isn’t the lake’s most breath-taking venue.
Lake Travis’ largest outdoor restaurant, The Oasis, is a 30,000 square foot restaurant that was built in 1982 by Houston entrepreneur, Beau Theriot. Since then, The Oasis has become the place for enjoying picturesque views of the glorious sunsets!
Phone Number: (512) 266-2442
6. FLY HIGH AT LAKE TRAVIS ZIPLINE ADVENTURES
Did you know that Lake Travis Zipline Adventures began its operations in July 2011? Since then, the activity has become one of the most loved and fun activities throughout the lake!
An adventure at the Zipline will include necessary equipment, including water, boat transportation, and a light trail snack. You can also access Private Beach where you can freely swim, play games, picnic and have fun or simply relax in a waterside hammock.
Phone Number: (512) 614-1996
7. TAKE TIME OUT FOR CAMPING AT PACE BEND PARK
Offering 9 miles of Lake Travis shoreline, the serene oasis of Pace Bend Park is only 37 miles away. There is definitely a huge range of recreation opportunities. With a vast number of rocky coves and rocky limestone cliffs, you are in for an adventure of a lifetime.
Not to forget the gorgeous and warm sunrises and sunsets that cloud the sky over the lake with soft, acrylic pastel shades… it is absolutely flabbergasting!
The camping experience here comes with the full fire rings, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and seclusion, (thanks to the trees!) You are sure to have a great time here!
Phone Number: (512) 264-1482
8. GO WILD AT LAKE TRAVIS WATERLOO ADVENTURES
Located in the Eastern shores at the lake, the Waterloo Adventures is an on-the-water Lake Travis waterpark and challenge course. And here, you will feel exhilarated!
Waterloo Adventures features more than 20 obstacles, including monkey bars, climbing walls, hurdles, balance beams, slides, and bridges. Your adventure begins with a boat ride to the magnificent, Adventure Island, and once you are there, you are free to enjoy a 45-minute pulse-pounding session on the 600-foot state-of-the-art challenge course!
There are also foods and drinks offered on Adventure Island in case you need to recharge!
Phone Number: (512) 614-1979
9. HAVE A GREAT TIME SCUBA DIVING IN THE BEAUTIFUL LAKE TRAVIS
Well, if you didn’t know that you could take a dive at the beautiful Lake Travis, let us tell you that you absolutely can! Did you know that the people at the Lake Travis have been going for a dip for a great time in the underwater adventures at the Lake Travis for more than a decade now? Exciting
An underwater adventure is not just a great time for cooling off in the warm weather, but it is also an insider for a whole new world! You get a chance to observe and look at the Lake Travis with a completely new angle.
Phone Number: (512) 784-5980
10. RENT A BOAT ON LAKE TRAVIS
From stand-up paddleboards, pontoons, to runabouts, kayaks and jet skis wakeboard boats, luxury yachts, and houseboats sailboats, and party barges this lake has it all!
Renting a boat and enjoying the gorgeous views across the lake is one of the most popular activities to enjoy on the lake.