Destination guide

Pristine waters deep in the heart of Texas

Just west of the state capital, popular Lake Austin is a watery oasis in the dry, sprawling Texas landscape. Technically a man-made reservoir formed by the Tom Miller Dam on the Colorado River, the lake's shores are dotted largely with private homes, but a few public boat launches provide plenty of access for visitors. Offering a welcome respite from the scorching summer heat, Lake Austin's cool waters are a haven for outdoor enthusiasts who come to stay in the nature or just seek a temporary break from city life.

Things to do

Find your Zen and keep it weird

Take the relaxation of your Lake Austin vacation rental to the next level with a pampering massage or holistic treatment at the massive Lake Austin Spa Resort. If you haven't had your fill of lake time, check out neighboring Lake Travis for even more water activities. The city offers top-notch attractions like the Austin Zoo and the Austin Capitol Building, and it's called the Live Music Capital of the World for a reason. Be sure to fulfill the city's motto and "Keep Austin Weird" by visiting the quirky shops and hopping nightlife on 6th Street.


Plenty of outdoor action, from bass to bats

Lake Austin's calm waters make it a popular fishing and boating destination, widely known for its excellent stock of largemouth bass. With a waterfront Lake Austin vacation rental, you'll be able to swim straight from your backyard. For an adrenaline fix, the area offers several ziplining and canopy tours, as well as horseback riding and hiking if you'd rather stay on solid ground. For a one-of-a-kind experience, go watch the spectacle of the continent's largest urban bat colony under Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge. Be sure to stay for the live music and local festivals when you're done gaping.


Under the hot Texas sun

They say everything's bigger in Texas, and the blazing sun is no exception. Temperatures from June to September can easily soar into the 90s, so be sure to pack the sunscreen. Winters are mild, with even the coldest month of January seeing the mercury rise into the low 60s (though the nights are cool, so pack a sweater). Snow is a rare occurrence, so you're unlikely to encounter the white stuff. The most popular time for Lake Austin vacation rentals is from September to November, when highs are around 70, making it perfect festival weather.

Natural features

Drop a line in Austin's lake country

Lake Austin is a fishing paradise, and that's exactly how they want it. The lake's waters have been purposely stocked with several species of freshwater fish, including largemouth bass, catfish, and sunfish, in order to encourage recreational fishing. One of the seven Highland Lakes created for electrical power generation, flood control, and recreation, Lake Austin is formed by the impressive Tom Miller Dam, which spans the Colorado River. For picture-perfect countryside, head to the nearby rolling green hills of Texas Hill Country. Several major interstates crisscross the area, connecting the capital to the rest of the state.

Where to stay around Lake Austin?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,024 vacation rentals near Lake Austin. From 1,534 Houses to 128 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Austin for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Austin?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Austin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Lake Travis: 1,107 vacation rentals
  • Wimberley: 950 vacation rentals
  • Hill Country: 7,647 vacation rentals
  • Dripping Springs: 1,038 vacation rentals
  • Marble Falls: 1,425 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Austin! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Austin?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Austin:

  • Wimberley: 950 rentals
  • Dripping Springs: 1,038 rentals
  • Marble Falls: 1,425 rentals
  • Georgetown: 255 rentals
  • Round Rock: 2,700 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Austin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake Austin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Austin Convention Center: 2,997 rentals
  • Hamilton Pool Preserve: 1,113 rentals
  • The Domain: 3,092 rentals
  • University of Texas: 1,759 rentals
  • Zilker Metropolitan Park: 1,911 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Austin listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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