The Best Boat Rentals in Austin, Texas
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Things to Know About Renting a Boat in Austin, TX
Austin boasts outdoor recreation opportunities including the beautiful Lake Travis that accommodates pontoon party boats, wakeboarding,hiking, picnicking, swimming, bird watching, canoeing, and kayaking. Visitors can also enjoy sailing lessons, private boat charters, and jet skiing. Whether you’re looking for something low-key or something more adventurous, Lake Travis is the place to be!
Here are some of our favorite things to do:
Go fishing. Anglers love Lake Travis fishing opportunities, particularly those who are trying to catch largemouth bass, catfish, white bass, and striped bass. Plan ahead for white bass season, which runs February to May! Recreational fishing is a popular pastime for locals and travelers alike, and all you need is a valid fishing license with a freshwater endorsement. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department charges $30 for the season, starting on August 31st of every year, though there are discounted options for seniors, active military personnel, special residents, and veterans too. If you’re under the age of 17 years, you don’t need a license. Looking to take a group out to experience the fun of fishing? Mark your calendar for the first Saturday in June – also known as the annual Free Fishing Day – then book your fishing charter.
Stay on a houseboat. Don’t want to drive back to Austin or can’t find the right lakeside house rental? Experience the water from a 360º perspective! There are many Lake Travis houseboat rentals available, many of which are outfitted with luxurious bedrooms, big screen TVs, full kitchens, stereo systems, grills, and jet ski lifts.
Try out some of Austin’s more unusual offerings. If you’ve never been to a nude beach, Austin presents you with the opportunity to do so – almost in your own backyard. Hippie Hollow is Texas’ only public, clothing optional park where you can go swimming, hike, and enjoy sunbathing without tanlines. Daily park entrance fees are $15 per car or $8 if you come by foot or bike. Another unique experience to try out is the Austin Salt Cave, which has been reported to have therapeutic effects for ailments and stress. The anti-gravity chairs and soothing pink-hued salt cave is certainly something to experience for yourself.
Austin Boating Safety Tips
With this lake being such a popular destination for families, groups, and more, it’s just as important to brush up on key safety skills as it is to pack sunscreen. When planning your boat rental, here are two key questions to consider:
Does everyone in your party have a personal flotation device (PFD)? Life jackets can go a long way in preventing drowning, and it’s absolutely essential that every adult, child, and animal has a properly fitting PFD. Children are some of the most at-risk individuals for drowning. When you’re booking through GetMyBoat, you can double check with your host that there are enough life jackets in a multitude of sizes for your group.
Do you know how to swim? Lake Travis is notoriously imbalanced, with shallow spots that make it tricky to navigate boats as well as very deep spots which can be dangerous for inexperienced swimmers. We suggest taking an open water swim class to brush up on skills, especially since lakes are quite different than pools. Local organization Colin’s Hope is a great resource for Lake Travis water safety, and many swim schools offer open water clinics to help you prepare for the water.
We hope you’re ready to rent a boat and experience the water!
Just 30 minutes from downtown Austin, Lake Travis is a relaxing and idyllic destination for locals looking to escape the hustle and bustle. Known for its clear, clean waters, the lake also supplies vital water for the greater Austin metropolitan area.
Using GetMyBoat to Rent Your Next Boat
Experiencing the water has never been easier thanks to GetMyBoat. GetMyBoat allows you to quickly search, compare prices, submit rental inquiries, and pay for your rental or charter from the convenience of your phone or computer. We offer a secure platform for renters to facilitate a seamless rental transaction. For boat owners, we connect millions of renters to their boat and provide the security and safe checks on each rental transaction.
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GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Austin.
Sean was fabulous. His boat was beautiful and clean and spacious enough for lots of people - but could deliver the power we needed for tubing and skiing. Sean was a fabulous guide and host. Thanks Sean
Sean brought 13 crazy girls out on the boat for a bachelorette party and he was GREAT! He was very timely, communicated well before hand with us, let us do whatever we wanted on the lake and the boat is SUPER nice and very clean! Sean was go with the he flow even with all the crazy girls that came on the boat with us! Look no further than picking his boat for all of your future lake adventures!
We spent the day w Sean on Lake Austin going tubing, jumping into the Lily Pad and swimming. He showed us all the great spots along the river and was great with the many trips on the tube up and down the lake. Highly recommend - we will use their boat again!
We rented this boat for my son’s 21st birthday celebration and it did not disappoint. I was told by the captain beforehand that this was one of the best boats on the lake...and it was! The boat captain, Gainer, friendly and accommodating. Booking through Brad was easy and efficient. If we’re going out on Lake Travis again, this is the boat we’re going out on!
Brad is amazing! I picked his boat because, according to the pictures, it was the biggest and the best looking. Plus I wanted someone that can pull into my neighborhood marina. Not only was the boat even nicer than the pictures, but he picked my family up from my neighborhood marina with no issue. And he was early, gassed up, and ready to go! Brad and the captain were never hard to reach. Everything that i needed was already on the boat and the captain was so nice! My family will never forget this day. So worth the money!!!
We did this last minute and were a little hesitant to pay so much, but let me tell you- it is worth every penny!!! This is so much more than a regular boating experience. My whole family had plenty of space to eat, drink, play, and relax without feeling crowded. There’s also AC and shade on the boat. Brad and his captain were so easy to communicate with and went above and beyond to make this a luxury experience. Getting to use the Maui mat so the kids could play in the water and run on on the mat while we lounged around was awesome. Thanks Brad!