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8 Reasons to Stand-Up Paddleboard in Austin

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

No doubt that if you’ve been in Austin during the summertime, you’ve driven over Congress bridge and seen Ladybird Lake covered with paddleboards. But if you’re new to town or have never been stand-up paddleboarding before you may wonder, what’s all the hype about? As the weather is heating up, we are certain that paddleboarding should move to the top of your to-do list.

Here are 8 reasons why you should add stand-up paddleboarding in Austin to your weekend plans!

Man stand-up paddleboarding on Ladybird Lake in Austin Texas

1. Paddleboarding is a great workout

Hang up your weights and hop off that treadmill… the summer workout you’ve been looking for is here! Paddleboarding is a great form of exercise that engages your core, arms, back, and legs. It is also a low-impact activity that’s perfect for people of all ages and fitness levels. Advanced or adventurous paddleboarders can even attempts their favorite yoga moves on their board. Plus, who doesn’t love to get a great tan during their workout… multitasking!

2. Enjoy the best view in Austin

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a stunning view of downtown Austin. See the sights of Austin including Barton Springs, Congress Bridge, and the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue. Even spot wildlife and turtles. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, there is no better way to see Austin than right from the water.

Two parents and two young kids at Ladybird Lake in Austin Texas

3. Paddleboarding is perfect for all ages and experience levels

Although from afar paddleboarding may look like an activity reserved for yogis, it can be learned in just minutes! At the Texas Rowing Center our staff will teach you everything you need to know before heading out on the water. Starting out you can always stay seated on your board or sit up on your knees to help get started. Motorized boat restrictions on Ladybird Lake make it the perfect place for beginners to learn.

4. Paddleboarding is the best thing to do with friends

Looking for a fun activity to do with friends or family? Pack a speaker, cooler, and some sunscreen and spend the day on the lake. Paddle down to the Lamar bridge during the summertime and enjoy live music right from your board! Whether it’s a friend’s birthday, first date, or just hanging out, a fun time is guaranteed.

Man and dog posing with stand-up paddleboard paddle at Ladybird Lake in Austin Texas

5. Paddleboarding is pet-friendly

Paddleboarding is the perfect activity for both you and your furry friend! We offer various sized doggy life jackets and paddleboards that will fit both you and a pet. Spending time with your dog on Ladybird Lake is a great way to bond and ensure that you both have an enjoyable experience. Exploring a new environment can also help mentally stimulate your dog and offer an opportunity to socialize with other dogs and people!

6. Meet fellow Austinites

On a hot day, you can be certain to find everyone down at Ladybird Lake! Meet other paddlers on the dock, on the water, or lounging by Lamar Bridge. Park your board next to another group and make some new friends!

7. Paddleboarding is a great photo-op!

Need an insta post or some tiktok content? What better backdrop than the city skyline! If you are an Austinite, a paddleboard picture is a must on your feed. Have a photoshoot with friends or ask any Texas Rowing Center employee for the perfect shot.

Couple posing with stand-up paddleboard paddles on Ladybird Lake in Austin Texas

8. Paddleboarding helps boost your Vitamin D

We’ve all heard of Vitamin D or the “sunshine vitamin”, but what exactly does it do? Vitamin D has many health benefits. It helps maintain strong bones, boosts the immune system, improves mood, reduces inflammation, supports brain function, and lowers the risk of certain diseases. With the Austin sunshine, you are sure to reap the many benefits of Vitamin D while paddling.

Come join us at the Texas Rowing Center and see for yourself why paddling has taken over Austin! For more information on paddling at the Texas Rowing Center, visit We can’t wait to see you down on the dock!

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