One of the best parts about going on vacation is getting to do things you don’t normally do, go places you’ve never seen and just generally live life in a way most of us don’t do in our day to day lives. It’s a chance to let time be still – or let it seem so at least – while we try to pack in every last adventure possible.
There are lots of adventures waiting for you in Austin, Texas. There is just so much to do there is no way you could pack it all into one week. If you are blessed with a longer vacation than that then you should have plenty of time to take in as many sights as you can – but for most of us our time is limited on vacations and we want to make the most of it.
You can plan all you want, but you cannot plan to relax – that has to happen along the way. One suggestion is to choose a couple of activities where you will be in nature, a place where the hustle and bustle of every day is literally gone for a little bit. For many people, a great way to enjoy nature while still getting to see some of the place they are visiting is by paddle boarding.
Paddle boarding can be done anywhere with water – so almost anywhere you go you can find paddle boarding of some sort. In many places there will be tours you can take that will bring you along waterways that run through towns or along coastlines providing you with a view that compares to no other.
If you can only fit in a couple of hours that’s fine – if you can spend a whole afternoon then hey, even better! No matter how long you spend paddle boarding it will be an experience that your whole group always remembers!
Planning Your Paddle Boarding Adventure
When planning a paddle boarding adventure there are only a few things you need to worry about. The main thing being whether or not you are bringing your own paddle board or renting one when you reach your destination.
If you do a lot of paddle boarding near your home then you may have already invested in an inflatable SUP – these are the best when it comes to bringing a board with you while traveling. After all, the traditional stand-up paddle board is not so easy to transport – the roof of a car really being the only option.
So if you are flying and you do not already have an inflatable SUP (which are great because they are so compact – perfect for local or long distance travel) then your best bet is going to be renting when you get to the location. This is definitely the best option for beginners as well – giving you a chance to try it out before committing to a purchase.
Places to Paddle Board in Austin
Finding a place to paddle board is easy almost anywhere you go. Since you can paddle board on almost any body of water this sport has become a popular medium around the world and almost everywhere you visit offers some form of paddle boarding.
For those lucky enough to bring your own paddle boards the locations are limitless (well almost). Yes, there may be a few restricted or protected water ways here and there – but for the most part any lake, river, pond or ocean is fair game for a paddle boarder.
Now if you are looking at renting one while you are on vacation then picking out the place is the next most important factor (after deciding to rent a board or not to). After all, you will want somewhere that can help out people of all skill levels – unless your entire group is all extremely skilled this will be super helpful.
Finding a place that offers lessons, classes or tours is the best bet for beginners. If you find yourself in the Austin area then there are plenty of places to choose from.
The rates this place has to offer are beyond great – they start at $15 per hour or $35 for the entire day on weekdays and $20 per hour or $40 per day for the weekends. If you were expecting to spend at least three or four hours on the water then this is going to be one of the best rates you find.
However if you are a beginner then you will want instruction – right? These people have it all under control – they offer a free quick lesson to everyone who asks for it! That is truly a great offer for those who want to learn on their own for the most part, but will need initial instruction.
They have two locations in Austin as well – which gives you a little more wiggle room on which location to choose. Their first location is in the Texas Rowing Center and the other is in South Shore Austin. If you are going to be near either of these areas then keep this in mind as one of the best places to go paddle boarding in Austin.
With similar week day and weekend prices, Rowing Dock is another great place to enjoy paddle boarding in Austin. The price per hour on a weekday is $15 and $20 Friday through Sunday – but they also have a maximum price of $45 – so it seems that no matter how many hours you spend on the water the most you will spend per person is $45.
If you were hoping for classes or tours then this is definitely the place to go. They have a calendar on their website which shows them offering a couple of different tours and events each week. For those who are in college you and your college buddies can get a buy-one-get-one first hour which is a great deal!
These are by far not the only places to go paddle boarding – but for the prices and the popularity in the community, these are the places we would suggest checking out when visiting Austin!