If Lake Travis is closer or you just want to head to the Hill Country and Austin, then Lake Travis offers similar choices for a wet and wild. Lake Travis is a huge lake with lots for good restaurants, pretty clear water, good party coves, and much more – check out our review of Lake Travis to learn more.
You have tons of choices for lodging on or near Lake Travis – hotels in Austin, lakehouse rentals, resorts, or camping. Here is a Lake Travis web site to help you select a place to stay. Our recommendation, since this is a wet and wild weekend, is to rent a houseboat and enjoy the weekend partying, cruising, and enjoying the lake – nothing beats house boating and Lake Travis is a great lake to houseboat on. Check out our Houseboat article to find where to rent a houseboat. If you have a few friends you’ll find it’s really very economical and more fun than a hotel.
If you want to camp, there aren’t a lot of choices. Pace Bend is a county owned park that has some great sites on a bluff overlooking the lake as well as sites on the water. There are a limited number of tent sites at the Mansfield Dam public park and boat ramp.
Austin is the “music capital of the Texas” so if you come in on Friday, you have tons of excellent choices to party, eat, or listen to some great music. But remember, this is a wet and wild weekend, so let’s head to the lake for food and music on the water. If you have never been here, then this should be your first choice. The Oasis is huge with multi-tied decks high on a hillside over looking Lake Travis. Make sure you get here in time for the sunset – there is not a better place in Texas to watch the sunset. The food is ok, the atmosphere is outstanding, the place is really cool, and good live music on the weekends.
Don’t party too hardy, because you’ve got to get up early to enjoy the day. If you don’t have a boat, what are you waiting for, go buy one! But if you can’t get it in time for this weekend, scoot on over to Just for Fun or some of the other Lake Travis Boat Rental locations and rent a wave runner, ski boat, pontoon boat, or party barge. Even if you own your own boat, you should still consider renting a houseboat for a weekend and using your boat to shuttle you to the restaurants, party coves, and fishing holes.
So, here are your choices for your Lake Travis Wet & Wild Weekend:
Rent A Boat – you can rent a waverunner, ski boat, pontoon boat, party barge, or even a houseboat. Cruise the lake and marvel at the huge beautiful homes, go fishing, find some smooth water for skiing or boarding, head over to the only nude beach in Texas, or to the wild weekend parties in Devils Cove where hundreds of boats raft up and party
Enjoy the Lake – here are some good coves for partying (Devils Cove usually has a 100 or more boats rafted together on the weekends); enjoy the food and music at any of the Lake Travis restaurants; you should be able to find some good water for skiing or boarding; there are lots of fish waiting for your frying pan; or you can just cruise the lake and marvel at the huge beautiful homes and wish you had one!
Sip, Slip, and Slide – boat or drive over to Volente Beach Water Park – your kids will really have a good time here and if you don’t enjoy water parks, then you can munch on some surprisingly good food and very good cold margaritas on the outdoor patio overlooking the park and lake.
Go Parasailing – you have to try this at least once, so before or after you enjoy Volente Beach Water Park, walk over to Airscape Parasail and let them take you for a fun aerial view of Lake Travis.
Check Out Some Fun Events – Lake Travis usually has some fun event going on during the summer. We’ve enjoyed the live concerts and outdoor movies at Carlos & Charlie’s and Live at the Lake at Lakeway. This year, each Sunday afternoon, Lakeway has free music beside their three tiered infinity pool over looking the lake.