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“A fantastic experience”

Texas Rowing Center
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Went with a 14-year-old and an 11-year-old one morning in August. The kids are from up north, so I wanted to give them some relief from the 100-degree temperatures. I couldn't believe how cool the area down by / on the lake is - at least 10 degrees cooler than the actual temperature. The lake is beautiful and calm - the current is weak so it doesn't much matter whether you go upstream or downstream to start. The kids were eager to try paddle boards, which they found very easy to use, whether standing, kneeling or sitting. (I had the same experience when we went back the next day.) We paddled all over: down past the Mopac Bridge, upstream past the Lamar bridge and up Barton Creek. Saw swans and lots of fish and turtles as well as lots of other paddlers and boaters. Service at the Rowing Center was great: friendly and helpful but mindful of safety and security (kids are required to wear life jackets; you can stow your purse behind the counter). The experience is so relaxing, especially in the heat of summer!

Thank Mary B
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

My girlfriend and I decided to go kayaking in Austin and it was very good! Nice way to see Austin from a different view.
This location had reasonable prices and helpful staff.
Good location, plenty of parking, reasonable price.

Thank MarcosFFBarbosa
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Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

We rented stand up paddle boards from the Texas Rowing Company while visiting Austin.

They offered an hour/all day option and we went with the hour, and although it took us a little longer to complete the recommended hour route we were not charged anything extra.

If this is your fist time with a SUP (as it was for one in my group) there is the briefest of overviews given and the rest is up to you.

It was a busy summer day so we were quoted a 45 minute wait, but ended up on the water much sooner, they seem to have a pretty good system in place. Overall we had a blast :)

Thank adhsesive
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

On a sunny day, kayaking, rowing, or SUP'ing up or down is relaxing. Once you head a little north or south of the bridges, the water traffic dies down and it is just you, the water weeds, and the turtles. This activity is blissful solo, or fun as a couple or a group. Bring sunscreen, wear a hat, and definitely bring bottles of water. The outing was spontaneous on my part and the vending machine was not accepting money and the manager on duty could not have been any less interested in helping people procure water on a 100+ degree day [strongest reason for the lower ranking]. Give yourself enough time to enjoy the paddling--2-4 hours unless you plan to make a long day of it with a picnic and a lot of [your own] water.
There are a few places to rent along the water. TRC has been here a while and very convenient. Some of the kayaks and life vests have seen a few rodeos. The staff, other than the aloof manager, were very helpful, speedy, and accommodating.

1  Thank ndmny
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

I go here at least once a week to stand up paddleboard. The lake is beautiful, if you go left from the Rowing Center dock, you get a great view of the Austin skyline from the water. It's really pretty. The people that work there are friendly and helpful, rental prices are really reasonable. Went there last weekend to rent a tandem kayak when our nephew was in town and it was a great experience. Great for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Great place, convenient parking and location. Highly recommend!

Thank missdebbie85
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