$165 for a Three-Hour Party-Barge Cruise for Up to 15 from Austin’s Boat Tours ($330 Value)

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Float through Lake Travis’s scenic waters and barbecue with 14 friends aboard a captained barge with a water slide

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Expires Apr 14th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. Credit card required at booking. 72hr cancellation notice required, or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Subject to availability. Must sign waiver. 12 and under must provide life jackets. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry due to their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Set sail into the enigma with this Groupon.

$165 for Three-Hour Party-Barge Cruise for Up to 15 ($330 Value)

Helmed by a captain, the party barge charts a scenic course through Lake Travis. Guests can bring their own barbecue supplies to cook on the onboard grill. This deal is valid for the single-story, 34-foot party barge.

Austin’s Boat Tours

When you hear “two stories with a spiral staircase,” an English manor might be the first thing to come to mind. But Austin’s Boat Tours has a different idea—the double-decker party barge, a spacious boat whose spiral staircase leads to the top of a water slide. During its party cruises, passengers can ride the slide into the sparkling waters of Lake Travis or stay onboard to cook steaks at the grill and have a drink (the barge is BYOB).

The boating company offers alternative ways for exploring the lake, too, including lake tours aboard their Baja speedboats. These tours showcase Devil’s Cove, the Oasis, and the luxurious houses that dot the lakeside cliffs. Watch the sun fall on one of the company’s sunset cruises, or explore the lake’s depths on scuba adventures. And for the truly adventurous, consider the company’s new FlyBoard jet pack, which allows a person to hover above the water like a superhero or a David Blaine impersonator.

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