Happening

Happenings

SEE A NEW SIDE OF AUSTIN AT OUR UPCOMING EVENTS​

From weekly deals for pet owners and students to local tours and sightseeing full of fun facts, there’s always something amazing happening at Rowing Dock!

Saturday, Aug 14

Paddle for Pride

Hello Austin, HRC-ATX and Rowing Dock have teamed up to bring you Paddle for Pride on Lady Bird Lake on August 14th! Come kick off your Austin Pride day with treats and fun on the water. Come decked out in your favorite pride swimwear and enjoy the sun looking at beautiful downtown Austin. Proceeds for this event go to helping the Human Rights Campaign continue to fight for LGBTQ+ rights in Texas and around the country.

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Every Saturday Morning

The Kayak Clean Up Crew

Help us clean up our lake! Every Saturday, volunteers will get a free one-hour boat rental, a trash bag, gloves, and grabbers (you must sign up via our meet-up group to attend as each meet up group does have limited capacity). Upon your return, a Rowing Dock team member will weigh your trash bag, snap a pic and add it to our roster. As a thank you for your contribution, we’ll give you an additional free one-hour rental pass for each full bag of trash you bring to use on any future occasion.

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Select Summer Wednesdays 

Summer Wellness on the Water Series

A series of weekly sunset cooldown, meditative and fitness experiences on the water, brought to you by a local Austin business.

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Tours Offered Every Friday and Sunday

Sunset bat paddle

On this incredibly popular tour, you’ll take a 2-mile paddle to the famous Congress Avenue Bridge where you’ll watch and listen to over 1.5 million bats flying overhead en route to their nightly feeding. The 4-mile round-trip is accompanied by one of our excellent guides who will also teach you about prominent architecture across the skyline, the Austin power plant, Auditorium Shores, and much more. The tour is approximately two hours but please allow three hours, as the bats dictate our timing.

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July 23

full moon paddle

Come see Lady Bird Lake in a whole new light! Moon gaze under the stars as you head upstream towards Red Bud Isle or point your boat east towards downtown and see the Austin skyline all lit up. Please note that our Full Moon Paddles are ticketed, reservation-only events.

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Every Tuesday

Yappy Hour

We always welcome your fur babies! But Tuesday is truly a day for the dogs. We’ll give you a FREE hour rental after the purchase of one hour with a barker on board.Please note, given the history of poisonous toxins found in the blue-green algae in Lady Bird Lake, if you decide to bring your pet, you are doing so at your own risk.To learn more about the history of toxic algae in Lady Bird Lake, please visit: austintexas.gov/algae

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Every Tuesday

Teacher Tuesdays

To celebrate our teachers who work tirelessly to support and educate their students, we are kicking off Teacher Tuesdays, beginning on Teacher Appreciation Day!! All teachers who bring their school identification will receive 50% off their rental every Tuesday!

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Every Wednesday

College Day

The eyes of Texas are upon college students on Wednesdays! Come on down to the Dock with a valid student ID and you’ll get 50% OFF any rental! This deal is good all day for regular rentals, but we do limit one vessel per college ID.

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Happenings FAQs

What is Yappy Hour and College Day?

Yappy Hour and College Day are specials we offer each week. Every Tuesday we offer a Yappy Hour Special all day long. Bring your pup out for a paddle and get your 2nd Hour of regular rentals free. Every Wednesday is College Day. Bring your college ID and get 50% off any regular rental.

Do you offer lake clean up days?

Yes, we actually have lake clean up days with free paddling through Keep Ausin Beautiful. You can go to their website for details on when these days might happen.

Are your events ticketed or first come, first serve?

Each event is different. Starting in 2020, our full moon paddles will be ticketed as well as specialty events like our Fireworks July 4th paddle and Paddle for Puppies are ticketed. Yappy Hour and College Day are first come first served.

Can I bring a pet that is not a dog and receive the yappy hour discount?

Yes! In the spirit of Keep Austin Weird, we welcome all pigs, lizards, birds, cats and pretty much whatever else you can think up.Given the history of poisonous toxins found in the blue-green algae in Lady Bird Lake, if you decide to bring your pet, you are doing so at your own risk. While there were no toxins found in the latest sampling of the algae (Oct, 2020), the City of Austin is still recommending that all pet owners do not let their pets/dogs swim or drink the water in Lady Bird Lake. To learn more about the history of toxic algae in Lady Bird Lake, please visit: austintexas.gov/algae

Can I bring my cooler to ticketed events?

Sure thing, feel free to bring along whatever you like. Keep in mind there is limited space inside of boats, so small coolers generally work better. Please do not bring any glass.

Do I need to wear my life jacket during events?

While life jackets do not need to be worn during day-time events, we do require life jackets to be worn during after-hours events.