Lake Lyndon B. Johnson in Texas is also referred to as Lake LBJ by locals and those who frequent this picturesque body of water. Whether you are planning a weekend fishing getaway, or a week-long excursion of water sports, hiking, biking, and adventure with the family, Lake LBJ is the perfect destination for visitors of all ages. Book a stay at a Lake Lyndon B. Johnson vacation rental today. Consider these 12 popular kid-friendly activities for your itinerary.
1. Rent a Sailboat
If you’ve ever dreamed of sailing, you can rent a sail boat on Lake Lyndon B. Johnson and make that dream come true. Lake LBJ Boat Rentals at the resort and marina rents a variety of boats by the day or for the duration of your stay. Spend the day on the open water and let the kids swim in the warm waters.
2. Go Fishing
LBJ is a popular spot to take the family fishing. The lake offers largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, and catfish. Because the Lake is highly developed, its best to rent a small fishing boat at the marina or bring your own to your vacation rental. Head to one of the small creeks off the main lake for the best fishing, including Sandy Creek and Elm Creek. The Horseshoe Bay power plant discharges hot water during the winter, which attracts a variety of species.
3. Explore Longhorn Cavern
Nestled in Longhorn Caverns Park, Longhorn Cavern is a massive limestone cave that once was an underground river. This tourist attraction was once used as a hiding spot for Confederate soldiers and Indians. The cave features a host of attractions, including an Indian Council Room, an underground ballroom, and a hall of marble. A self-guided walking tour takes about an hour and a half. If you enjoy spelunking, sign up for the Wild Cave Tour, which takes you crawling through some tight spots in the rock.
4. Take a Colorado River Cruise
See Texas and the Colorado River from the water on a Vanishing River Cruise. Offering cruises for the past 35 years, this company takes you through the Texas backlands to explore the scenic wilderness. Aside from the wilderness cruise, there are several different cruises to choose from, including a history cruise and a sunset cruise, or you can book a private cruise to celebrate a special event.
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5. Climb Aboard the Hill Country Flyer Steam Train
Hop aboard one of the famed steam trains and take a short tour through Texas. The trains depart from Cedar Park Texas and travel to either Austin, Bertram, or Burnet before heading back to Cedar Park. The trip is 66-miles long with a layover for lunch. Check the calendar for special events for the kids, including a day out with Thomas the Tank or a winter trip with Santa Clause. At the beginning of each trip, you’ll receive a brochure to help you spot main attractions along the way.
6. Go Kayaking
Kayaking and canoeing are always popular activities on Lake LBJ. Bring your boat to your vacation rental or Just Yakin Kayak Rentals delivers to those in the Highland Lakes area. Choose from single or tandem kayaks, and rent the kayak by the hour or by the day. You can put in anywhere, but there are two main public access areas located at Wirtz Dam and Kingsland Lions Park.
7. Swim at Inks Lake State Park
One of the top state parks in the area is the Inks Lake State Park. Swim in the calm waters of the Devil’s Waterhole or relax on the clean rocky beach with a picnic lunch. The park also has a large waterfall upstream and nine miles of trails to explore. If you are a fan of geocaching, the park has several spots to locate.
8. Go Off Road for Your Next Adventure
If you and the older kids are looking for some extreme sports, consider going on an off-road adventure with your four-wheel drive. The Hidden Falls Adventure Park has many miles of trails that are ideal for dirt bikes, four-wheelers, and other off-road vehicles. Burnet’s Reveille Peak Ranch is another location with more than 63-miles of trails.
9. Play a Round of Frisbee Golf
Try your hand at a round of Frisbee golf. Instead of balls, use Frisbees in this game of skill. There are three parks located close to Lake LBJ, including Westside Park, Haley Nelson Park, which both have a nine-hole course. If you prefer a longer game, try the Flat Creek Disc Golf Course with 18-holes.
10. Visit the Bluebonnet House
No trip to Texas in the spring is complete without visiting the Bluebonnet house and enjoying the fragrant fields of blue flowers. Tour this famous house and speak to the knowledgeable staff then sample the fresh pie and have a cup of tea. The field is the perfect place for family pictures.
11. Go Horseback Riding
If you are a horse lover, rent horses at Creekside Camp and Cabins to explore the many trails in the area. The camp rents horses to both guests and non-guests by the hour. Take a guided tour along Hamilton Creek and then enjoy a picnic lunch by the water before heading back to your vacation rental.
12. Rent a Jetski
Boating is always a popular activity on Lake LBJ. The marina rents personal watercraft for those 21 years or older. Children may ride as a passenger, and all riders must wear a personal flotation device. Travel inside one of the smaller coves where the waters are calmer and ideal for boats with children or venture out into the center of the lake where older children enjoy jumping the wakes.
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