Since the dawn of humanity, man has longed to conquer the ocean, which is why the invention of the boat was followed swiftly by the adoption of the high-five. Celebrate man's triumphs with today's Groupon: for $88, you get a two-hour electric boat rental with catered dinner for two from Capital Cruises on Lady Bird Lake (up to a $176.98 value).
Cutting across the water with its all-electric boat fleet, Capital Cruises hosts stunning meals and placid waterside views with secluded tours for two. Couples escape the doldrums of terra firma with rental of a 21-foot Duffy boat replete with stereo, CD player, and iPod connection for drowning out the rap battles of the largemouth bass below. As Austin's skyline slowly saunters by, couples nibble on a choice of one of four meals catered fresh from the kitchen of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Dive into the hotel's famous fajitas packed with a half-pound of chicken and beef per person and adorned with chips, guacamole, salsa, and iced tea; or splash into a sea of chicken, shrimp, or vegetarian pasta buoyed by a choice of sauce. Cruising couples can take turns piloting their slow-rolling pontoon, or turn wheels over to a seasoned professional for an additional $30 per hour plus a 19% service fee. An ideal vehicle for two hours of aquatic escape, each Duffy boat protects sea-goers with enclosable sides for rough-weather days and small heaters for warming up any mermen hitching a ride home.
Each night, about a half-hour before sunset, one of Capital Cruises' double-decker boats launches out onto Lady Bird Lake. Austin's skyline peeks its head over the tree-lined banks as the vessel floats toward the Congress Avenue Bridge. Once there, passengers watch the sun drop below the horizon and paint a streak of burnt orange across the sky in an action that seems to bring the bridge to life. Here, at one of the largest urban bat colonies on the continent, thousands of bats take flight and soar into the sky.
These bat tours are just one way Capital Cruises explores Lady Bird Lake. The crown jewel of its fleet, a 75-foot yacht, sets the stage for floating wedding parties and specialty cruises such as the Riverboat Gambler. During these trips, passengers play roulette and nibble fajitas, pasta, and barbecue catered by the Hyatt Regency hotel. Additionally, Capital Cruises' staff lets customers chart their own adventures with rentals of standup paddleboards, swan-shaped pedal boats, and 21-foot electric Duffy boats.
208 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, Texas 78704