How to Make the Most out of Lake Travis

Posted by Hunter Croan on Wednesday, September 14th, 2022 at 8:40pm.

It’s our pleasure to welcome you to Lake Travis, Austin! 

Home to a wonderful community of active explorers, this lake is situated on one of the most adored reservoirs in the great state of Texas. This beautiful oasis shares banks with the mighty Colorado River in Central TX, and it consistently ranks number one for inland water recreation and commerce.

Whether you’re visiting the area to scope it out for an upcoming move or you’re just hoping to enjoy this spot as a visitor, then we’ve got you covered. There are so many exhilarating things to do on Lake Travis and in the surrounding area, and we’ve compiled them all here so you can start planning your next adventure or your new everyday life

“If you’re moving to our exclusive community, here’s a glimpse of what your endless summer lifestyle would look like!”

A Few Facts About Lake Travis

  • A quick day trip from the heart of Austin, Lake Travis is a massive body of water that measures over 63 miles long. 
  • It offers over 271 miles of gorgeous, diverse shoreline with both limestone faces and beachy sand bars. 
  • Lake Travis is man-made and was designed to mitigate the effects of seasonal rainfall and contain floodwaters.
  • In the early 70s, there was a ferry that ran people, supplies, and vehicles from end to end of the lake in roughly 20 minutes. It was later transformed into a party boat for recreational use in the 80s. While the original ferry is no longer on the water, the tradition lives on through other party boat rental services.

Things To Do In Lake Travis: Austin’s Best Day Trip Location

Thriving Food and Beverage Scene

The Lake Travis area offers some of the most delectable dining in the region. 

Tucked up along the edge of the lake with stunning marina views and lake access, Vincent’s On The Lake is your top stop for classic and fresh pub food and drink. 

And if you’re looking for a full day of fun, you’ll want to stop by Beachside Billy’s Restaurant & Water Park. Hit the water slide, splash in the pool, and then enjoy the upscale casual dining featuring delicious burgers, wings, and pizza. Wrap up your day in the sun with an easy evening at the beachside bar.

Set back from the lake is the modern and beautifully designed hilltop Iron Wolf Ranch Distillery. This event and dining experience offers live music, spacious outdoor dining, disc golf, and premium crafted spirits.  

Top-Tier Lodging

Stay and play on the stunning shores of Lake Travis at one of the top resort, camping, and vacation spots. 

The Reserve At Lake Travis offers a luxurious atmosphere surrounded by the natural beauty of the reservoir. With an extensive swimming pool, lazy river, and outdoor lounge areas, you don’t even have to leave the resort to have a fulfilling, relaxing, and fun trip. 

Lake Travis Tree Houses offer rock hot tubs, swimming, breathtaking views, and comfortable accommodations right off the water’s edge. Just a few blocks from shore is the delightfully cozy Casa del Sol Bed and Breakfast, with views you’ll never get tired of. 

And for the wheels-up travelers or visiting family members, be sure to put Sun Outdoors RV Park on the list! With putt-putt golf, swimming, playgrounds, and an event pavilion, there’s no shortage of fun to be had here. 

Top Summer Activities at Lake Travis 

With all the potential exciting Lake Travis activities to take advantage of, there really is something for everyone.


Bring your own or rent a vessel to explore, enjoy, and soak up the Lake Travis scenery. Visit the bays, islands, and outcroppings on your own for a quiet outing, or join a boat tour and share the experience with a little group (or big group) of your friends and family.


Lake Travis truly is your destination honey hole for Largemouth bass and the native Guadalupe Bass. This spot is a year-round adventure with nearly 30 square miles to drop a line. 


Have some playful water fun at Waterloo Adventures on their floating waterpark dubbed “Adventure Island.” 

Alternatively, grab your wakeboards, jet skis, and innertubes for a fast and furious, action-packed day on the lake. 

The more serious connoisseurs can bring their scuba gear and explore the depths of one of the clearest lakes in the country. 

Zipline Over The Lake

If staying dry is more your style, take the zipline over the lake and enjoy the 360-degree views from a thrilling perch. 

Buy Your Lake Travis Dream! Call The Lakefront Group Today!

There are a number of Lake Travis homes for sale and we’re here to help you find the right one for you. Call The Lakefront Group to help you find the perfect lakefront home and make your endless summer dreams come true.

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