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Recommended itinerary for a bachelor party in Austin

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Common questions about Lake Travis parties

  1. Is February too early to go out on the lake?
  2. How far in advance do Saturday parties sell out?
  3. What is peak time to be on the lake?
  4. Why not Lake Austin since it’s closer to downtown and cheaper?
  5. What’s the difference between the double deck boat with a slide and the yacht?
  6. What’s the difference between the standard double decker and upgraded double decker?

These six questions are the most common questions we get about Lake Travis. We sell out every Saturday from late March to late September and yes, February is too early to go out there if you’re looking for a party scene.

Saturdays do sell out 8-12 weeks in advance so don’t wait until February to book an April party!

The peak time on the lake on a Saturday or Sunday is anytime between Noon and 8pm. Yes 8pm since it doesn’t get dark until then. We had a ton of parties go out last Summer around 4pm or 5pm and have a blast since it’s hard for locals to go out the night before, logistically get everyone 45 minutes outside of downtown, AND actually have food and drinks in hand before 3pm. Plus, people are the most drunk in the late afternoon/early evening so any hour from Noon to 8pm will have crowds.

Lake Austin is more like a river (the Texas-Colorado river in fact) and is more for jetskis and wakeboards. Lake Austin IS NOT the party lake where it’s like Lake Havasu – it is more for water sports so if you choose Lake Austin, you will miss out on the big party in Devil’s Cove on Lake Travis.

The main difference between the double decker with the slide and the yacht is that it is all outdoors and has a slide. The yacht has an indoor portion with a bedroom, nicer bathroom, living room, and mini kitchen (and no slide).

The only real difference between Standard Double Deck boats and Upgraded ones is that the Upgraded ones are about 5 years newer than the Standard ones. Once you get to Devil’s Cove and it’s a loud party, the boat you’re on doesn’t matter. We recommend booking the Standard ones if it’s available at your desired time slot OR paying $340 extra if the Upgraded ones are available earlier in the day and that’s better for your schedule. Thanks

Book online by clicking Activities > Boat Parties

 

What’s the deal with South by Southwest (SXSW)?

SXSW brings over 100,000+ people to Austin for a two week festival in March that starts with an Education conference, then a digital/gaming conference, and then a music conference. The film festival is going on over both weeks.

 

This makes flights and lodging much more expensive than normal so most bachelor parties avoid SXSW.

 

BUT if you are already booked to come during those weeks, no worries. You will have a blast regardless of what’s going on with SXSW. The way SXSW works is that yes, they will take over most of the bars downtown but only starting at 7pm until 2am. From 7pm until 2am, you can pay around $10-$15 to get into any bar that’s not at capacity for festival attendees – simply look at the entrance of the bar you want to get into and if there’s no line outside, you can walk up to the bouncer and ask if you can pay cover to get in ad hoc.

 

Before 7pm, all events are pretty much open to the general public with free online RSVPs since those parties are thrown by record labels, magazines, and companies like MTV/Facebook. All the night parties that aren’t at bars work like this too (e.g. MTV will let anyone in who RSVPs on their website to a parking lot they rented out for the week). There is a service that will RSVP to all hundreds of parties for $30 per person (http://rsvpster.com/order/). If you can afford it, I think it’s insurance for you so all of your names are all over town and you can let your eyes/ears help you meander as opposed to having a grand plan built by prior research.

 

For boat parties that week, honestly, not many people will be on the lake. BUT, if you want to get onto a pretty lake and get drunk with your buddies for a somewhat unique experience, simply book online at http://sparkparties.com/activities/boat-parties/.

UT games and tailgating advice


Simply check http://austin.craigslist.org/search/tia or http://www.stubhub.com/ for tickets. Or scalp around the stadium…

People are super friendly during tailgating so we recommend all parties start at http://www.scholzgarten.net/directions.htm, which is the epicenter of tailgating, and then meander from there. Here’s a great rundown of good tailgates: http://do512.com/p/texas-tailgating