For $5, today’s side deal nets you one ticket to a one-hour weekend sightseeing tour and cruise through Lone Star Riverboat ($10 value for adults, $7 for children, $8 for seniors), which begins boarding at 2:15 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the docks at Lady Bird Lake, which is next to the South First Street Bridge. Tours depart at 3:00 p.m. Today’s deal is not valid for private charters, the bat-watching cruise, or the sunset cruise, and expires when the season ends on October 31.
Mike Pearce, his friendly family, and the motley nautical sages at Lone Star Riverboat have navigated the scenic Austin shoreline for 23 years, giving starry-eyed sailors picturesque views of downtown from clean, safe vessels. For their weekend sightseeing tour, you’ll hop aboard one of Lone Star's electric pontoons—The Southern Star or The Little Star—and embark on a quiet and relaxing narrated tour that passes the city skyline, Zilker Park, and Barton Creek. Along the way, you'll also be treated to eyefuls of gorgeous, massive cypress trees, various waterfowl, and freshwater mermen. Feel free to bring along your own beverages and sip at your discretion, as the environmentally friendly ship calmly coasts the water. Call ahead to schedule your trip.
No refunds will be given if you miss the boat launch. 24-hour cancellation policy.
- Lone Star Riverboat on Town lake is a great place to have a party. The dock is convieniently [sic] located in Austin so you don't have to drive far to enjoy the lake. – Melinda E., Insiderpages
- I was a part of a wedding that was held on one of the Lone Star River Boats. It was one of the best weddings I've ever been to. – Traci T., Yelp
Lone Star Riverboat
Emblazoned with patriotic red, white, and blue, Lone Star Riverboat's vessels churn through Lady Bird Lake, floating alongside towering cypress trees and the city's skyline. Meanwhile, the captain's booming voice narrates each tour.
However, the company's aquatic excursions aren't just restricted to sightseeing. Their largest ship, The Lone Star, boasts two decks and a 150-person capacity. Aboard the ship, DJs spin tunes and caterers serve barbecue for special events such as weddings. On Friday nights, patrons board The Lone Star for moonlight cruises, taking in scenic views of the Austin skyline.
Lone Star Riverboat's enthusiasm for the water extends to environmental preservation. According to its website, the company owns the largest all-electric paddle wheeler in the country. It also donates a portion of its gross sales to the Austin area's park system and provides after-school activities for at-risk fish.
208 Barton Springs Rd.
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