For 25 years, Landa River Trips’ inner tube floats have made average people amphibious. Customers arrive at the onsite river entrance and free parking lot seven days a week to grab an inner tube with or without a bottom. Some also include a cooler for stowing beverages, provided they don't include glass, styrofoam, or antimatter. Then they walk down to the beginning of the Comal River, recline in the buoyant tubes, and enjoy a leisurely float down spring-fed waters. After customers have had their fill of conversation and refreshment, a shuttle returns them to the dry land of the parking lot.
A buoyant fleet of inflatable rafts and tubes drifts lazily down two sprawling rivers populated with exciting rapids and falls. During 1.5- to 5-hour treks, guests can traverse the Comal or Guadalupe River in an inner tube, relax with a partner in a two-seater raft, or host a regulation poker game with friends inside a raft that holds up to six. Trip durations and age cutoffs may change on a daily basis depending on current river flow.
Texas Ski Ranch sends wakeboarders, kneeboarders, and water-skiers skimming across the placid surface of a cable lake?all without the use of a boat. Ropes connected to a circulating cable high above the water pull up to six athletes at a time around the water, with kickers and sliders stationed throughout to provide opportunities for big air, as well as a Little Bro cable system for beginners.?
Aside from the cable park, the 70-acre sports wonderland also boasts a 15,000-square-foot city-style skate park, an indoor trampoline park, a beach area, a portable rock wall, and Wahoo's Fish Taco restaurant. Even snowboarders and snow-tubers can visit to slide down the SnowPark's artificial slopes, or take lessons from a crew of seasoned instructors.
Cranes Mill Marina gives landlubbers the chance to become aquatic adventurers on its fleet of rentable watercrafts. A three-hour eight passenger ski-boat rental lets speed demons tug along delighted adrenaline junkies on the included wake board, kneeboard, tube, or water skis. Slower-moving seafarers can climb aboard a 24-foot-long, party-ready pontoon boat, which has a flat bottom easily used as a dance floor or roller-skating rink. The pontoon boat ferries up to 11 cadets at an ambling, luxurious pace, making it a sturdy hub for swimming excursions, easy-going fishing trips, or an afternoon spent gazing at the lake's natural beauty.
Leave the landlubbing life behind and take in Texas’s natural beauty on a tranquil evening cruise from Freedom Boat Club. Up to six couples can board the 45-foot Freedom to Dance—which features two bedrooms, a wine bar, a flat-screen TV, and a troupe of background dancers—as it slowly cruises to a scenic vantage point amid the serene waters of Lake Travis. As the sun recedes behind the horizon, passengers clink glasses of champagne, nibble on appetizers, and hang from the boat's nose to imagine life as a living figurehead. The cruise, which can run up to 3.5 hours, includes a one-hour idle period for guests to take a dip into the lake, converse with the other couples, and enjoy uninterrupted sessions of eye contact with defiant seagulls. After sunset, the boat will smoothly float back and release guests onto land.
Stretching across more than 6 miles, Lady Bird Lake's tranquil waters reflect the Austin skyline, the cliffs at Red Bud Isle, and the Congress Avenue Bridge, home to the largest urban bat population in the world. Throughout the year, Rowing Dock’s instructors take visitors into this manmade lake and teach them to paddle in kayaks or row within stand-up paddleboards. For customers who feel comfortable with their paddling prowess, the staffers rent everything from one-, two- and three-person kayaks, paddleboats and paddleboards, and canoes. As these human-powered vessels float across the lake, passengers can view the area's many native birds or canoodle with their oars at sunset.