Giant Paddle Board & Swimming in Springs

Austin, United States

Experience hosted by Darby & Aaron

2 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This Host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Private groups available for up to 30.
Includes equipment

What you'll do

The best way to experience the real Austin is to jump on a Giant Paddleboard with us and explore the natural spring fed river downtown.

We start on Lady Bird Lake and quickly transition to the crystal clear waters of the famous Barton Springs Pool. Wear your swimsuit so you can jump in and swim around! It's so refreshing on a hot summer day.

Expect to see 1,000 turtles and a lot of fish below!

This trip is great for groups and families.

I call this section of the river "the real heart and soul of Austin." You will be surrounded by people living their best life. There will be people jumping off bridges and going off the rope swings. Occasionally there are slack lines setup across the river and other impromptu shows and acrobats hanging below the bridge.

On the weekends, there is a massive party island you can join if you'd like. Its easy to avoid the area if you're looking for a family friendly event and easy to join if you like the water party atmosphere with a sand bar feel.

If you like paddle boarding, sun, spring water, swimming, bridge jumps, rope swings, hotties, fish and turtles this trip is for you and your group. Groups of 4+ get their own board, smaller groups are combined to make it a more social event.

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The best way to experience the real Austin is to jump on a Giant Paddleboard with us and explore the natural spring fed river downtown.

We start on Lady Bird Lake and quickly transition to the crystal clear waters of the famous Barton Springs Pool. Wear your swimsuit so you can jump in and swim around! It's so refreshing on a hot summer day.

Expect to see 1,000 turtles and a lot of fish below!

This trip is grea…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Paddleboard
    Cooler
    Snorkel Gear
    Life Jacket
    Photograp...

Meet your Host, Darby & Aaron

Host on Airbnb since 2011
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I have lived in Austin for over 10 years now and love showing people the city. Due to popular demand I'm expanding my experiences from just the nightly paddleboarding with the bats to include daytime paddleboarding in the spring water!
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From $45
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$45 per person
This time is popular
$45 per person
$45 per person
$45 per person
From $500 per group
Private groups only
From $500 per group

Where you'll be

Barton Creek is the same spring water as Barton Springs pool so you'll be swimming in the best location in town without the hassle everyone else has to go through to get there!

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 88 reviews.

Alexis
September 2021
An absolute blast for groups! Went with my best friends bachelorette, so a group of 7 girls and we all had so much fun. It was a nice combination of paddle boarding through and getting to hangout and swim. Definitely bring water bottles because they have coolers on board and it got hot but the water was so refreshing (actually, really cold and it was over 90 degrees out 😅). the views were phenomenal and it was so easy navigating a popular Austin spot with our amazing guides (who also took amazing group photos for us with the city in the background!) it was both relaxing and felt like we got to go on a unique experience not every bachelorette party has in Austin 😊
Resa K
September 2021
This is a great way to experience the river and interact with other people simply enjoying the day and surrounding beauty. All the guides were personable, helpful and full of tips to enjoying the city. Even though there is excitement, it was a great way to relax!
Rachelle
August 2021
awesome experience with benji as our guide! would recommend to any group visiting austin, it was so nice to be on the beautiful water on a hot day!
Andrew
August 2021
Super fun and easy activity for those visiting Austin on a Bachelor / Bachelorette trip. Highly recommend. All you do it Uber about 1 mile from Downtown Austin to the meet up spot, jump on the paddle boards, and hit the water.
Andrea
August 2021
Book this!! Way better than we expected. We actually ended up preferring this water activity over a boat day on Lake Travis. Met a ton of really fun people and it was super relaxing hanging out on the massive paddle boards.
Jenny
August 2021
This trip was awesome! The boards were so big and easy to maneuver. We had a group of four and and we had our own board and Benji was on another board with another group of 4. Benji was full of great information about the area and was super personable. Benji took lots of pictures and shared them with us at the end. I would totally recommend this tour and will for sure do it again!! Thank you for a fun afternoon!!

Choose from available dates

4 available
  • Sat, Nov 6
    12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    This time is popular
    $45 per person
  • Sat, Nov 6
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    $45 per person
  • Fri, Nov 12
    12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Private groups only
    From $500 per group
  • Sat, Nov 13
    12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Private groups only
    From $500 per group

Activity advisory

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Know your comfort level
Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 3 and up can attend.

What to bring

Swimsuit

Sunscreen, hat, Sunglasses