Your Austin bucket list probably already includes catching tons of live music, kayaking on Lady Bird lake, sneaking down to Krause Springs, a day trip to Barton Springs, but have you put together your Lake Travis bucket list yet?

Not only can you find secret swimming holes and water activities, our Texas hill country limestone paradise offers relaxing camping and hiking alongside outrageously memorable backflips off of party barges. Spring in Lake Travis is one of the most beautiful seasons in the entire state – don’t miss it!

Below, we’ve outlined a handful of activities that we ourselves have enjoyed, and that deserve to be on your bucket list this spring.

aerial view of the Lake Travis Waterloo Adventures park

1. Prepare yourself to be the next American Ninja Warrior

At Lake Travis Waterloo Adventures, you’re in for an adrenaline rush – this 600-foot ninja warrior course floats on the lake and you can flip, flop, slip, slide, and jump from stories high onto the biggest floaty setup you’ve ever seen in your entire amazing life.

We love that there is an on-site food truck and a cabana bar, but let’s focus on the fact that you can pretend to be a gravity-defying jumping bean for the day!

2. Be bold - rent a party barge!

You know that snagging a boat rental is the smart play for spending time on Lake Travis, but we invite you to put on your bucket list a double decker party barge – we have a brand new beast called The Moonshine, and she has two water slides, top of the line sound system, an oversized cooler, an overly qualified professional captain, and can entertain up to 22 guests.

Or if you want the smoothest boat ride on the water with literally one of the most high end luxury craft that you can rent on Lake Travis, reserve The Texas Rodeo which has mesh flooring, luxury seating, and of course, an extremely high quality sound system.

Our fleet books up quickly, and we’d love to answer any questions you have in advance (we deeply enjoy talking about our trade and our professional team)!

3. You can’t beat a party at Devil’s Cove

Devil’s Cove is perhaps the most famous spot on the entire lake, where strangers tie their boats together, grab their giant Lily Pads, and have an iconic time with loud music and good beer (or cheap beer, we’re not here to judge). You won’t be bothered by jet skis or told to be quiet, it’s a spot to unleash your inner party beast. But remember kiddies, hydrate or diedrate!

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Devil’s Cove – it’ll help you prep and plan like a champ.

If a loud party doesn’t sound like your flavor of bucket list activity, we know all of the secret coves on Lake Travis for a more chill day.

4. Hit the hiking trails at the numerous parks on the lake

The Texas Hill Country is famous for limestone hills, endless cedar trees, and the Highland Lakes. You can bump into cool critters like brown squirrels, tons of birds, ducks, and you might even see tons of others from a distance that want nothing to do with you (coyotes, foxes, raccoons).

For a more rugged park for proper hiking, head out to Tom Hughes Park which is less trafficked since it’s not a formalized trail, rather a park for picnicking that has some more steep features – great for those that blaze their own path.

Here are all of the state parks on the lake, but a word of warning about Hippie Hollow – it’s famous for being a nude beach which isn’t very family friendly, but… how do we say this politely? Uh… it’s not the nudity you actually want to see, so instead, maybe take your top off in Cancun next time you travel?

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures in Travis County

5. Face your fears and hop on the longest zipline in Texas!

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures features the fastest, longest zipline in the entire state of Texas, perfect for the bravest of the bunch. Bookings come with a 3-hour guided tour so you can fly over the lake and check out views you’ll never see from this viewpoint again. There’s a private beach so you can take a break or end your day in their picturesque hammocks.

6. No bucket list is complete without a water park

Beachside Billy’s is the big ol’ waterpark and resort on Volente Beach, and one of the most kid-friendly parts of Lake Travis (but don’t worry, there’s a swim-up tiki bar). There are tons of waterslides, pools for kiddos, a lazy river, water features, an actual restaurant, private beach, and volleyball courts. Whatever your favorite part of the water is, this place has got it.

people jumping off a cliff at pace bend park in texas

7. Be a happy camper at Pace Bend Park

Pace Bend Park has been a local favorite for decades, offering bbq grills, fire rings, picnic tables, fishing sites, boat ramps, dedicated swimming spots, and dedicated campsites. You can try your hand at primitive camping (pitch a tent on top of the cliffs with no water or electricity), or improved camping (flat, grassy sites with water and electricity, showers, and restrooms).

It’s a massive park with over 9 miles of Lake Travis shoreline, so the options for activities are more diverse than the smaller parks. It also means breathing room. Ahhh.

craft beer being poured into an Infamous Brewing pint glass

8. Commit the 5th deadly sin and be a glutton for a day

You know Lake Travis has a ton of breweries famous for craft beers as well as distilleries? Our area is known for winning awards for phenomenal brewing companies, with the picture-perfect Hill Country as the backdrop. And no matter which items you add to your bucket list, none is complete without hitting up the best Lake Travis restaurants.

We’ll see you on the water, friends - enjoy your bucket list!