Apart from being a national treasure, Texas rivers and lakes are a constant source of fun outdoor activities. Boating in Texas is the perfect endeavor for a romantic getaway, a fun time with friends, or an unforgettable vacation. Combined with watersports, picnics, fishing, or even golfing, it gives you the opportunity to explore nature while enjoying a memorable holiday.


Situated in the heart of Texas and on the Colorado River, Austin offers a variety of amazing boating and water experiences. Its generally mild climate makes cruising possible even in the early days of spring or late autumn. Summers tend to get quite hot, but being in the water refreshes your day like nothing else. The Colorado River is beaming with watersport fans relishing the sun on canoes, jet skis, or luxury yachts. The lakes, especially Lake Travis, are particularly favorable for scuba diving. Lake Travis is also one of the best places to go boating as it favors unique sunsets and exciting excursions like visiting Devil’s Cove, the Oasis, or Mansfield Dam. Another option is Lake Austin where, similarly to Lake Travis, you can rent a boat for a fancy day party with your friends, sunset cocktail, or multiple-days sailing and fishing.

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Another popular boating destination in Texas is the city of Galveston, located on Galveston Island near coastal Texas. Needless to say, boating in the island area is so widespread it is, for many, a part of everyday life. The climate resembles that of the coast but is much windier and more humid. The almost complete lack of snow is compensated by frequent rainfall, which rarely obstructs a well-planned vacation. The moderate climate creates perfect conditions for watersports, parasailing, and jet skiing. You can even optimize the thrill by boarding on a jet spin – a rotating jet boat promising lots of fun and quality adrenalin. Fishing in Galveston is a hobby for most of the locals and many of the tourists. There are numerous fishing charters available at almost any harbor, where you can fish under the guidance of a professional. Galveston Harbor and West Galveston Bay are the most prominent boating harbors, offering exotic excursions and a sailing paradise. Sunset cruising is a preferred experience by most of the visitors of the area due to the overwhelming beauty of the sun setting over the Texas Gulf. Boating with a larger group of friends is the new big thing in Galveston. You can hire a boat to specifically meet the needs of your crew and have the time of your life in Texas waters. Another viable option is to hire a multi-purpose yacht suitable for both an eventful holiday and perfect relaxation. Boats travel as far as the Gulf of Mexico, exploring numerous destinations and water activities.

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South Padre Island

The southern tip of Texas is blessed with the exotic presence of South Padre Island. It is hard to say if it is a residential island or a resort as it quite successfully features both. The climate is one of the prime reasons for South Padre’s popularity in terms of memorable vacations. Temperatures rarely fall below 50 °F even during the winter, which is one of the major factors for tourist flow all year round. As can be expected for an ocean island, humidity is higher than the continental areas, but for the most part, the weather is very pleasant and favorable for all kinds of water activities. Surfing and jet skiing are quite trendy on the island but are far from the only options available. You can dive both in the Texas and Mexican Gulfs, exploring underwater life, especially if you book a boat for a couple of days. If you do not have your own equipment, there are plenty of options in South Padre offering diving gear. If you are still looking for more, dolphin watching will surely make your stay unforgettable. Boats are also available for rent in every harbor and in great variety — from small fishing boats to gorgeous yachts. Options include speed boats, catamarans, and kayaks. Fun or recreation — you name it!

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Moving north along the Gulf Coast, Beaumont is the next boating stop. Situated in Jefferson County, it borders Neches River and grants easy access to its beautiful islands: Trinity, Smith, Clark, and Harbor. The climate of the city is greatly influenced by the pine woods lying south of it. Although the weather is generally mild even during the winter, rainfall and winds can be particularly heavy due to the high humidity percentage. It is a gorgeous place to go sailing or fishing, but one should always check the weather forecast before doing so. The boating adventures in Beaumont begin as soon as you set foot on any of the numerous water spots, starting from the ports on Neches River and the Beaumont Riverfront Park, and extending to the Texas Gulf and the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing is definitely the best activity around. The choice lies between multiple types of large and small fishing boats, as well as fishing yachts.

Corpus Christi

In between South Padre and Beaumont is the coastal city of Corpus Christi. Its winters are short and relatively warm while the summer days are long and full of sunshine. The frequent winds present a fantastic opportunity for windsurfing while fishing locations are a bit harder to find. The Port of Corpus Christi is a boater’s paradise. The winds off the coast create mild currents and waves while at the same time ensuring safe but adventurous sailing. The large number of private beaches and coves, reachable only by boat, make Corpus Christi all the more tempting, and it is only 20 miles from Aransas Pass, another great Texas boating spot. It certainly is one of the best places to spend a vacation.

Texas is boating heaven and to visit it without experiencing its waters is a mistake. Texas waterways are the ultimate combination of leisure and diversion.