Even with all of the bustling bars and nightlife, Austin has some amazing places to escape into nature. From lakeside restaurants to covert parks, these twelve waterfront spots will give you unforgettable experiences.
1. Ski Shores Cafe
Full of delicious burgers and refreshing drinks, Ski Shores Cafe has been a local favorite since 1954. The gorgeous lake views keep hungry Austinites coming back for more.
2. Mansfield Dam Park
Mansfield Dam Park is one of the many entrances to Lake Travis. This boat docking area is full of spectacular views, picnic spots, and recreational activities.
3. The Long Center
Just south of Lady Bird Lake sits the Long Center. Whether you're going there for the City Wide Garage Sale, a concert, or a movie, the beautiful views and thrilling events make this spot an Austin favorite.
4. Mozart's Coffee Roasters
Perfect for date nights or study sessions, Mozart's Coffee Roasters serves smooth, delicious beverages in a serene setting. You can't beat these Lake Austin views.
5. Mount Bonnell
Mount Bonnell continues to be an ideal picnic and picture spot in Austin. Overlooking Lake Austin at 780 feet above sea level, this gorgeous spot has attracted tourists since the 1850s.
6. Barton Springs Pool
An Austin classic, Barton Springs Pool makes for a cool, refreshing day off. When the moon is full, revelers flock to this spot to celebrate the view.
7. The Oasis on Lake Travis
With live music, scrumptious food, and jaw-dropping views, The Oasis on Lake Travis is a perfect date night destination. Raise your glass to a beautiful evening!
8. The Barton Creek Greenbelt
No matter what entrance you take, the shaded hiking trails and rushing water offers a blissful nature escape.
9. Alta's Cafe
Lady Bird Lake runs through the heart of the city, and Alta's Cafe keeps its pulse running. When you're in need of a quick pick-me-up, this adorable cafe is there to perk up your day. Located in the Waller Creek Boathouse, Alta's Cafe serves delicious dishes in a relaxing setting.
10. Bob Wentz Park
Bob Wentz Park is full of Volleyball courts and barbecue grills, making this Lake Travis hangout spot a lovely place for reconnecting with friends.
11. Krause Springs
This relaxing camping spot in Spicewood has massive trees, gorgeous views, and an ice-cold swimming hole.
12. Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve
Taking a trip out to Dripping Springs is well worth the drive. Make a reservation at Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve and spend all day basking in the glorious scenery.