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Best Thing That Floats Our Boat: Waller Creek Boathouse

Best Thing That Floats Our Boat: Waller Creek Boathouse
PHOTO BY Devaki Knowles

For years, Austin Rowing Club managed this sweet spot, this prime bit of lakefront property in the shadow of the looming and lovely Four Seasons Hotel. Last year, the city of Austin agreed to allow the ARC to continue its good work on Lady Bird Lake and cut the ribbon on a brand new, gleaming facility. As a part of the Waller Creek Tunnel Project (the creek empties out into a nearby lagoon), this stunning new 10,800 square feet of glass and light now not only houses sculls for the club, but is also home to businesses that rent kayaks and bicycles, a cafe featuring many local vendors, and expanded facilities for the ARC to continue its outreach on behalf of its noble sport.

Waller Creek Boathouse
74 Trinity, 512/831-4922

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