Nothing beats a summer day spent maxing out vacation vibes with some fun in the sun. Swimming, kayaking, lounging under a tropical cabana with drink in hand. Ahhh, the life! We recently discovered just the perfect place to provide the ultimate summer fun day on the water — and it’s just an hour’s drive south of Austin at Son’s Island at Lake Placid in Seguin, TX.

Son’s Island at Lake Placid is a great spot for a tropical day-cation. It’s a picturesque three and a half acre island full of shady pecan and cypress trees as well as forty open-air cabanas that you can rent by the day. On the island you’ll also find rope swings, a frog slide, volleyball, horseshoes, paddle boats, as well as kayaks and SUPs available for rent.

We packed up the kids and headed out for a day trip, and had the greatest time. We loaded up our coolers, brought food for grilling (each cabana has its own grill), packed the car with floats, fishing poles, life jackets, water shoes, and drove about an hour down to Son’s Island. It’s very much a hidden gem, tucked behind a neighborhood, in fact. But there were plenty of signs that helped us find our way.

Upon arrival, we checked in at the gate. (Advance reservations must be made to visit. You wouldn’t want to show up to find everything already booked!) We then drove over a cute little wooden bridge into the island, that the kids thought was pretty cool, and we found our way to our cabana.

Each cabana has plenty of seating and tables, a hammock, grill, and its own dock for lake access. The cabana rental includes entry for 8 guests, though up to 15 persons per cabana are allowed (for an additional fee per person), and there’s really plenty of room for 15.

Besides time spent eating or playing around in the hammock, the kids really didn’t spend much time in our cabana. There were just too many fun things to do!

We loved the Frog slide and the rope swings! We spent hours in the water just swimming and floating around. We did find that the lake surface was rocky in some areas and more muddy in others, so water shoes were a good idea. Life jackets also had all the moms feeling pretty secure about our little ones in the deeper waters.

You can bring your own kayaks, jet skis, etc. or you can rent kayaks, paddleboards and even iFloats to use for the day (at an extra fee).

Rental Info: Cabanas can be rented by the day from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. or evening from 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. you can also opt for overnight “glamping” from 7:30 p.m. – 10 a.m. where tents with beds are already set up there for your stay. Cabana rentals are $145 for 8 guests. You can pay $20 for each additional guest up to 15 max. Click here to make your reservation or call 1-888-993-6772. Currently there is a promotion offer in which you can get a free evening cabana rental if you book a stay at one of the company’s other properties: Geronimo Creek RetreatRezervation on the Guadalupe, or River Road Treehouses.

You can get many more details on the Son’s Island website. Be sure to check out their handy FAQs section before you go.

We will note that it looks like daytime cabanas are pretty booked up through summer, but a visit to Son’s Island could be a fun day trip on any warm day throughout the year. Our kids are already begging to go back.

Have you been to Son’s Island? Let us know what about your experience in the comments below.