Alta’s Cafe, owned by one of the nicest local Austin couples, Michael & Elizabeth Swail, is a cool cafe on Walton Creek overlooks Lady Bird Lake. It is a gorgeous place to sit and enjoy a healthy snack under the sun.  It is full of light and sleek but also completely casual. Alta’s is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee, Daily Green juice, or glass of wine after spending the day out on the water. There are plenty of picnic tables to relax at after spending a day paddleboarding or kayaking.

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TIP:  Open Daily.  Varying Hours. Check Website. 



The Waller Creek Boathouse is home to Alta’s Cafe and a variety of lake sport rentals. The Austin Rowing Club meets here for practice and competition but there are also rentals available for those looking for just an afternoon of fun.

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Lady Bird Lake is absolutely gorgeous all year, so why not soak up some sun and scenery while also squeezing in a workout? Exercising is fun with rentals from Congress Avenue Kayaks. Paddleboards and kayaks are both available and are a blast for beginners and experts alike. This is a great place to go with kids or even on an ambitious date. There are plenty of boats so don’t even worry about making a reservation!

TIP: Check website for latest information.  Discounts available with a student ID.


All located at 74 Trinity Street.

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