If you’ve ever wanted to get out on Lady Bird Lake and enjoy views from the water instead of just from the bank—or you’ve thought about trying a new water activity--head to the Texas Rowing Center on Thursday, October 3. Rowing, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding will be free from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. that evening.
The free event is part of the third annual Stand Up Paddle Parade for Safe Families, an event to raise awareness about domestic violence. You’ll have fun access to the river (Lady Bird Lake is a dammed section of the Colorado River that runs through downtown Austin, Texas) while helping a good cause. To indicate solidarity, the Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force, which is organizing the event, encourages attendees to wear purple.
Rowing, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding are safe and fun, even if you’ve never done your activity of choice before. With just a few minutes instruction, you’ll be on the water enjoying views of the Congress Avenue Bridge and Austin’s skyline .
Texas Rowing Center is located on the north side of Lady Bird Lake at 1541 West Cesar Chavez near Austin High School. Call 512-467-7799 or check www.texasrowingcenter.com for more information. And if you want to return another time on your own, rentals are offered by the hour or day.