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Top Things To Do In Lake Austin

We’ve found the top things to do in Lake Austin ranked by popularity.  Lake Austin is a water reservoir on the Colorado River in Austin, Texas.  This reservoir was formerly called Lake McDonald and was formed in 1939 by the building of the Tom Miller Dam.  The Lake itself has a surface area of 1,599 acres making it large enough to get away from most of the boat traffic.  Lake Austin has 2 main coves and 2 main boat ramps that most people visiting the lake use.  There are restaurants, lodging, bars, boat clubs and more all accessible from the Lake.

Enjoy tacos, fajitas & luau platters plus tropical cocktails under a thatched-roof pier with views of Lake Austin.  Hula Hut has some of the best views of Lake Austin and is the closest place to downtown Austin.   Some of the most popular menu items are the Coconut Shrimp, Stuffed Avocado and Chicken Tortilla Soup.

The docks at Hula Hut are a really fun and convenient way to take a break from the lake and grab a bite to eat. You can also have your friends and family meet here before or after going out on the lake.

2. Hike Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnell is considered by most as the highest point in Austin. The peak is named for George Bonnell, who served as a Commissioner for the Texas Republic.  Mt. Bonnell is actually located in Covert Park.

As there is hiking involved to get to the views on Mount Bonnell the location is more of a tourist destination than a workout.  This is also a great spot for an adventurous date.  When you reach the crest of the hike, there is a pavilion and a nice spot to rest before heading back down.  As for parking, there is a free parking lot there at the base of Mount Bonnell.

3. Relax at the Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin Resort and Spa is located right on Lake Austin near Emma Long Metropolitan Park.  Whether you’re in search of the ultimate Lake Austin experience, or something more relaxing like a couple’s getaway.  View our awesome packages that will have you feeling relaxed before you even arrive.

4. Rent a Boat on Lake Austin

Lake Austin Boat Rentals is one of the most popular tour activities in Austin and ranks at number 4 on our list.  Boat rentals on Lake Austin consist of party barges, party boats, ski boats and jet skis.  When it comes to having fun on the Lake, renting a boat is the best way to enjoy Lake Austin.  Austin Rental Boats is a boat rental company on Lake Austin who provides top quality service and is why they are the most ranked boat rental business on the Lake.  Whether you have big groups or small family outings, there are plenty of options for getting out on the water so be sure to add Lake Austin as one of main spots to visit.

5. Swimming at Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Picnic, hike and swim all in one place at Emma Long Metropolitan Park.  Located just 15 min from downtown Austin, this city park is a great spot to have fun with family and friends and still able to cool off with a quick swim in the lake.  The park has been setup with a sand beach and swimming area.  You can have a full day of fun out at Emma Long Park.


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