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How to Spend a Day Enjoying Lake Travis Activities

Updated June 2022

Spend a Day on Lake Travis

Start your sizzling summer off right by finding fun things to do in Austin — like beating the heat with a day on Austin’s favorite, Lake Travis. This massive lake offers adventurous zip lines, serene spas and the best boating in Texas. The lake offers something for everyone; keep reading to find something for all the follks in your crew.

Take a Splash: Krause Springs + Deep Eddy Pool

Beat the heat the natural way in Krause Springs. With 32 springs and several natural splash pools, there are options when choosing where to jump in. Or take a dip in the oldest swimming pool in the state of Texas — Deep Eddy Pool. While there, be sure to check out the bathhouse built during the 1920s.

Krause Springs

Catch a sunset: The Oasis

An iconic Lake Travis activity and destination, The Oasis lives up to its name. When the bell rings at sunset, grab your phone, look up and you’ll see why it’s known as the “The Sunset Capital of Texas.”

Photo by Yuhan Du on Unsplash

Get adventurous: Zip line + helicopter tours

For the adventurous at heart, skip downtown Austin and embark on a three-hour, five zip line tour of Lake Travis with Zipline Adventures. The thrills are no joke — you’ll be telling friends about it for years. Or soar through the skies a different way with HELO Austin Helicopter Tours. Be sure to have your camera ready for the ever-so-scenic views of Texas Hill Country — these Insta-worthy shots are one of a kind.

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

Be a beach bum + wander at a waterpark: Hippie Hollow + Volente Beach

Sun your buns at Hippie Hollow — Texas’ only “clothing optional” beach (must be 18 years+). Bring good shoes if you want the terrific views of Lake Travis — you’ll have to hike.

Looking for a more family-friendly Lake Travis activity? Enjoy nearby thrills at Volente Beach Waterpark. Kids can explore a large pirate ship, wade out into the pool or take a spin on the diverse array of slides and rides. Bring a towel and don’t forget the sunscreen.

Volente Beach Waterpark

Rent a boat: Emerald Point + Lakeway Marina

What better way is there to spend the day on the lake than in a boat? Lakeway Marina has been kicking off a variety of boating and Jet Ski adventures since the 1960s. Gather your most-fun friends and rent a party barge from Emerald Point Marina. These large double-decked boats are great for parties of up to 50 and even come with a slide from the upper deck. We highly recommend reserving before you arrive.

Party Barge

Eat + enjoy the view: Sundancer Grill

Keep the lakeside vibes going — boat over and refuel at Sundancer Grill. Its massive burgers, weekly specials and catfish fillets are something to write home about.

View Over Lake Travis

After Lake Travis activities: Treat yourself at one of the best hotels in Austin

Back in Domain NORTHSIDE, enjoy the tranquility of Viva Day Spa (just around the corner from Archer Hotel) with a massage, facial or mani-pedi combo. Grab bites and bevs at Second Bar + Kitchen, then enjoy the evening on Archer’s Pool Patio, complete with a Lone Star-adorned splash pool, cocktail bar, gigantic TV, fireplace and semiprivate cabanas.

At the end of the day, tuck into your guest room (double kings are fab for families) or suite (the Texas way to savor a luxe stay) and laze in five-star bedding so you can wake up rejuvenated for your next Austin adventure.

Ready to experience thrilling and awe-inspiring Lake Travis activities on your Austin visit? Let Archer Hotel Austin serve as your home base as you soak up the sun. Book your stay today. See y’all soon!

The LakeHouse Spa at Lake Austin Spa and Resort

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