What to do on Lake Travis

Girl playing in the water at Lake Travis during summer.

One of the main advantages to living at Lakeside at Tessera is the proximity to one of the best lakes in Texas: Lake Travis. Located on the shoreline, residents of Lakeside at Tessera spend countless hours soaking up the sun at this popular destination, giving you the opportunity to know the ins-and-outs of all things Lake Travis. So get in touch with your inner lake side and check out all you need to know about fun in the sun when it comes to Lake Travis activities. 

Enjoy a Beautiful Sunset and Meal on Lake Travis at Gnarly Gar 

Known as Lake Travis’ family-friendly floating restaurant and bar, Gnarly Gar provides endless fun. From live music to large-screen TVs to catch sports games to a 180-degree view of Lake Travis and the hill country, Gnarly Gar provides a unique way to spend brunch, an afternoon, or evening with the family.  

Enjoy Wine Tasting and 3-Course Meals at Flat Creek Estate 

Lake Travis is surrounded by beautiful Texas hill country and provides more than just water activities. Flat Creek Estate is a great way to experience Texas hill country on an 80-acre vineyard estate. Explore Flat Creek’s vineyard with a guided wine tour, engaging game of disc golf, or schedule a dinner reservation to experience the chef’s wine-paired meals.  

Enjoy a Beautiful Sunset and Meal at The Oasis Lake Travis 

Sitting 450 feet above the lake, The Oasis Lake Travis is one of the lake’s most popular venues. Before becoming Texas’ largest outdoor restaurant, this 3000 square foot venue was originally purchased by a Houston resident as a 500-acre ranch in 1982. Over the years it has gained popularity with visitors and locals alike. Having earned the reputation as the “Sunset Capital of Texas” patrons can enjoy a meal overlooking an instagrammable view, shopping or visiting the Oasis Texas Brewing Company located on the third floor. 

Spend a Day at Arkansas Bend Park 

Perfect for a multitude of lake recreation activities, Arkansas Bend Park sites right on Lake Travis in Lago Vista close to Lakeside at Tessera and was recently renovated and is one of the best parks in the area. Arkansas Bend Park offers 323 acres, allowing activities for everyone from leisurely walkers to trail runners. In addition to hiking, visitors can enjoy fishing, kayaking, picnicking and swimming. For those with youngsters, there is a playground too!  

Destress at Lakeway Resort & Spa 

Lakeway Resort & Spa is the perfect place to unplug. This full-service spa offers three large freshwater swimming pools, one of which is adults only with a swim up bar. The kid pool is complete with two waterslides, a water play feature and a water volleyball net. For those looking to refresh, indulge in a spa treatment overlooking the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Offering a variety of recreational activities this relaxing resort is the perfect place to visit solo or take the whole family. Stay for the day or enjoy a staycation. 

Pump Your Adrenaline 

Enjoy an action-packed day at Waterloo Adventures, a waterpark and challenge course on the water. Located on the eastern shore of Lake Travis, this 600-foot obstacle course features over 20 obstacles including a climbing wall, monkey bars, slides, hurdles, balance beams and a bridge. It is adjacent to Lake Travis Zipline, where you can enjoy over five ziplines ranging from 250 – 2800 feet. While careening across the canyons enjoy beautiful views of the lake and hill country. Access to Zipline Adventures includes access to a private beach, where you can picnic, relax and regain your sense of gravity. 


With over 30 boat rental facilities located on Lake Travis, there is no shortage of opportunities to enjoy a day on what is considered the “Crown Jewel” of Central Texas Highland Lakes. Rent a boat and find your own hidden gem on Lake Travis by exploring some of the quiet coves. Enjoy the Cypress Creek Arm, known for its stunning beauty showcasing some of the best hill country views on the lake. While there, be sure to look up – many people host weddings atop the cliffs. Take a winding ride down the Cow Creek Arm of Lake Travis. This secluded cove backs up to Balcones National Wildlife Refuge. Look closely and you are sure to see some Texas wildlife. For those looking for a great spot to sunbathe, head to Sandy Creek Park. Here you will find 92 acres of sandy beaches, perfect for laying out, swimming, fishing or even setting up camp. 

Lakeside at Tessera Activities 

There is no shortage of adventures to be had on Lake Travis. With waterfront homes available at Lakeside at Tessera, a community pool, resident-only boat launch, resident-only shoreline, and more, Lakeside at Tessera allows you to take advantage of all Lake Travis has to offer. Lake life has never been so accessible. Build the home of your dreams and enjoy living on the doorstep of this Texas beauty when you live at Lakeside at Tessera.  

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