This may be the first date idea blog that I’ve done that I tagged for “Dad/Daughter,” “Family,” and “Spouse.” It was a date with my wife, but would definitely work with kids who love the water. Ironically, today is January 10, 2021 and it is the largest snow that we’ve seen in the Austin area in about 10 years. It’s making miss the summer. It is pretty cool to look out the window and see a winter wonderland of pure white snow, but I’m definitely a summer person! So this is my “longing for summer” date idea.
Our standup paddleboard date was a Groupon idea, but you can both get out on the water for about $30-$40 per hour (for two people) or $60 – $90 for the entire day. If you’ve never done standup paddleboarding before, I’d recommend just trying it out for an hour. It isn’t overly strenuous, but it will more than likely work some muscles you aren’t used to working.
My wife was a natural at it! She jumped on the board and it seemed like she had perfect balance. She just floated across the water like there was nothing to it. I, on the other hand, did not have the same experience. When I stood up on the board, I was heavy enough to see water crest over the top of my board. We weren’t in shark infested waters by any means, but I still didn’t want to fall off the board and have to exert the energy to climb back on.
I ended up inventing a new recreational activity called “kneeldown paddleboarding.” We were on a river that had boats come by fairly often so lowering my center of gravity helped navigate those waves. The guy at the dock who rented us the paddleboards even mentioned that the lower your center of gravity, the better you would do. Once again, having a large head has come back to get me!
If you are anywhere near a body of water, you can probably find a standup paddleboard rental near by. Some of them will require reservations and some will let you do a walk up rental, so check before you go. Make sure you take towels and a change of clothes.
Standup Paddleboarding is a great way to get outside together, experience something new, and if you are lucky you can cool off in the water (of course, you might be unlucky if your cooling off comes because you fell off).
If you are in the Austin area, make an appointment in your calendar for when the warmer weather shows up and check out one of these places: