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Best Water Sports in Austin

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Texas Rowing Center

The Texas Rowing Center is a good place to go, whether you're a hobbyist or just looking for a fun day out. The Center has a variety of programs that include rowing, kayaking and canoing for amateurs and professionals. Even for those just visiting the city, the Center provides a great opportunity for sight-seeing. The Rowing Center also caters to businesses and specializes in team-building activities. Rock and Row!

Austin, TX, United States
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Barton Springs Pool

As one of Austin's finest attractions, Barton Springs Pool is the perfect outing for those hot Texas days — or even the cool ones. Maintaining a comfortable 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) year round, you will enjoy a 100-percent natural swimming experience with no chlorine. The grassy hillsides and moss-covered rocks are perfect for sunbathing. Diving boards, concession stands and restroom facilities are also available. When the kids get tired of the water, enjoy the play structure to complete the afternoon. Lifeguards are on duty. You are encouraged to call ahead, as the pool occasionally closes.

Austin, TX, United States
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Deep Eddy Pool

Deep Eddy Pool is the oldest swimming pool in Texas. The water supply for the pool comes from an artesian well, drawing many to the fresh waters of this popular gathering place. A longtime favorite of locals for its sunbathing lawn and child-friendly atmosphere, Deep Eddy has a shallow end large enough for groups of people to wade in. Located just west of downtown, this is a convenient location for a morning swim. Morning hours are designated for lap swimmers. Those with disabilities may call in advance to secure handicapped access, as the stairs leading down to the pool are not wheelchair accessible.

Austin, TX, United States
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Lady Bird Lake

A reservoir of the undulating Colorado River, Lady Bird Lake lies nestled in startling contrast with the cosmopolitan buildings that fringe it. Originally known as 'Town Lake', this reservoir was created in 1960, with the construction of the Longhorn Dam. For a decade, this lake was left in a derelict state, until it was transformed into a beautiful recreation zone in the 1970s. In 2007, the lake was given the name Lady Bird Lake, honoring the memory of the former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson. Its glassy waters a wonderland for recreation, the lake is skirted by lush, emerald droves, winding trails, the sprawling Zilker Park and the rejuvenating Barton Springs. The lake enables an array of exhilarating activities like kayaking, canoeing, rowing, paddleboarding and recreational fishing. Lady Bird Lake has been host to a string of sporting events, while its bank is popular for musical performances.

Austin, TX, United States
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West Lake Beach

The West Lake Beach is a private area that is open for use by the public at a small cost. Located a short distance from the West Lake Hills area of Austin, this park has a number of activities to amuse you and your kids. The most striking feature about the park is its pier beach, where you can spend hours floating about. They also have several picnic areas, where you can enjoy a delicious meal when all the swimming makes you hungry. Or go with your friends, and enjoy a game of volleyball. The park has several areas that can be booked for birthday parties and other events.

Austin, TX, United States
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Austin Paddle Sports

For your next day-out at the Lady Bird Lake, rent out paddling equipment from Austin Paddle Sports SUP Rentals. This shop provides excellent implements from and takes care of all your paddling needs. Known for Stand Up Paddling, it even offers lessons for first-timers as well as lake tours. Head to the store to procure some SUP gear and enroll for paddling class to master the waters.

Austin, TX, United States
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Tom's Dive & Swim Shop

Tom's Dive & Swim is one of the oldest dive shops in town, established in 1982 and serving Austin for over 25 years. It offers local diving trips and excursions to the coral reefs of the Cayman Islands and Honduras. The professional instruction team offers a variety of classes for all skill levels and the store is filled with ski equipment, scuba gear, rental equipment and a repair center. There are class schedules to fit your time frame. Check the website for further information.

Austin, TX, United States
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Just for Fun

Who doesn't think that riding a boat with a group of friends sounds like anything but fun? If you're into having a good time, doing something different, or just love the outdoors and get a high from adventures, then there's no other place you want to be but at this boat rental place. Just for Fun has a variety of boats to choose from, ranging from a small boat to a party boat that fits lots of people. They will teach you how to use it and give you instructions on which areas are safest for swimming. Don't forget your music playlist to get the party started!

Austin, TX, United States
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