AUSTIN — It’s summer and saying it’s hot outside is an understatement – it’s Texas hot. I love Austin and have been wanting to go kayaking down Lady Bird Lake since I moved to Texas two years ago. I finally took some time to drive up to Austin to rent a kayak from Live Love Paddle.

Visitors can also paddle board, unfortunately for me, I have no coordination, or balance whatsoever. The standard kayaks can hold one to two people, which is good if you want to share a kayak with someone. Sunblock, bug spray, sunglasses, a swimsuit and a bottle of water are a must when doing any outdoor water activities during the summer.

Once I picked up my paddle, I walked down to the lake where a staff member gave me some basic safety instructions and helped me into a red kayak. Life jackets are provided, but if you are over the age of 18 you are not required to wear one. The water felt refreshing – not freezing as some lake waters do, thanks to the Texas weather. Although it was almost 100 degrees outside, getting off and on the kayak into the water, could instantly help cool off anyone. Also don’t worry about your paddle(s) sinking to the bottom of the lake – I found out from experience that if you accidently drop one of the paddles in the water they will keep afloat. This does not mean however that the current from the lake won’t push them away from the kayak or paddle board.

I spent about an hour and a half on the lake kayaking, enjoying the beautiful view of the city and natural scenery. While kayaking, I was also able to go under Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. From March to October there are about 1.5 million bats that come out underneath the bridge once the sun goes down. Live Love Paddle offers five different tours – one being a bat watching tour. But because I went kayaking during the middle of the day, unfortunately I wasn’t able to view a single bat. I love bats, so you can imagine my disappointment.  

I did however get a nice sun-kissed tan while kayaking. I also saw tiny fish and turtles while out on the lake. I was able to have a relaxing hour and a half in the middle of the 11th largest city in the U.S. It was a nice break from the usual day-to-day activities that I do.

If you’re looking for an outdoor activity to do with family, friends or a significant other, and are trying to beat the heat, Live Love Paddle is a great place to rent a kayak or paddle board. Live Love Paddle is located 1610 E. Riverside Dr. in Austin. For more information, visit https://www.livelovepaddle.com.