Burst the Bubble Blog: Row Your Boat at White Rock Lake

October 13, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Post by Elizabeth Lowe

Fall is here but the weather is still a Dallas-perfect 75 degrees – perfect for a jaunt outside The Bubble.

This week, consider exploring all there is to do around White Rock Lake.
The area is reminiscent of the bike, river and nature trails in Austin minus the drive and weekend crowds.

My personal favorite activity to do in Austin is kayaking on one of the city’s several rivers. Imagine my excitement when I heard White Rock Lake here in Dallas is offering kayak rentals this fall! Not only is the drive shorter, but it’s also a nice, quick break from the often mundane SMU weekend lifestyle of Greenville, Boulevarding, and Uptown.

White Rock Paddle Company is now renting kayaks and canoes through the end of October for various rates. For a mere $19.99 an hour, you can rent a tandem kayak or canoe to explore the lake with a friend. You can even stay out until sundown to catch a Texas sunset on White Rock.

The White Rock Paddle Co. also conducts lake trips for Thursday Nights at the Arboretum. Paddle or no paddle, this regular Thursday night live music event is another not-to-miss at White Rock.

Starting around 6 p.m., locals fill the open-air amphitheater with quilts, picnic baskets, and bottles of wine to watch an evening of live music on the lake. Beatlegras delighted concert-goers last month with their bluegrass-Beatles fusion and played past sunset making for a beautiful fall night.

Petty Theft, a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute band, hits this amphitheater stage this week. Tickets are $16.00 for non-members, but you can pack your own picnic and drinks to make a night of it. My words of advice: get there early, bring a blanket, and pack bug spray. Gates open at 6 p.m. with music from 7-9 p.m.

Take advantage of this great weather and burst The Bubble outside on White Rock Lake. Whether you bike, kayak, or catch some tunes you’re sure to find a nice getaway just down the road.