Take the kids for a fun outdoor adventure! Enjoy nature and picturesque downtown views of Lady Bird Lake from a kayak, canoe, stand up paddle, paddle boat or even a water bike. There are plenty of places to rent watercraft in Austin. Here’s a round-up of where to go when you’re ready for some paddling fun.


Photo by Celeste K. – Downtown Austin by way of Lady Bird Lake, from the 2014 Keep Austin Thankful Photo Contest


Where to Rent Kayaks, Canoes, Stand Up Paddles & more in Austin:

Texas Rowing Center
Texas Rowing Center is located on the Hike and Bike Trail on Lady Bird Lake. They’re open everyday from 6 a.m. until dusk. They teach sculling and sweep rowing and also offer youth classes and camps. They rent kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddles with hourly or daily rates that vary from weekday to weekend. Click here for pricing.

Rent stand up paddle boards as well as single and double kayaks at this location in the South Shore District on S. Lakeshore Drive. Click here for pricing info & rental details.


Image from the EpicSUP Facebook page

Capital Cruises

Capital Cruises at the Hyatt on the south side of Lady Bird Lake offers a wide selection of rental boats, including paddle boards, canoes, one-person and two-person kayaks, and swan pedal boats for $10-$20 per hour. Get all of the details here.

Zilker Park Boat Rentals
Zilker Park Boat Rentals can be found on the banks of Barton Creek, just downstream from Barton Springs swimming pool. They have over 100 canoes and kayaks. Rates per boat are $15/hour, $45/all day. Click here for more info.

Rowing Dock ATX
Find all of your water adventure needs: kayaking, stand up paddling, canoeing, lessons and more! They also offer yappy hours, college nights, bat paddles and full moon paddles. Located near the Zilker Nature Preserve and just up the road from the city’s beloved Barton Springs Pool, Rowing Dock is just off the beaten path. For pricing, click here.

Live, Love, Paddle
They offer kayak and paddle board rentals on Lady Bird Lake, all day kayaking trips down local rivers, overnight river trips for camping enthusiasts, bat viewing, and a two-hour Urban Kayaking Tour of downtown Austin. Rental rates start at $10/hour. Click here for all pricing options.

Austin Water Bikes
Austin Water Bikes are a blend of a kayak and a bicycle, powered by your peddling muscles. These water bikes can cruise up to 7 miles an hour and can be rented behind the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown. For pricing info, click here.

Congress Avenue Kayaks
Located at the Waller Creek Boathouse near the Four Seasons Hotel, you will be able to rent single and double kayaks as well as SUPs by the hour or half day. Click here for more info.

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