Looking for a peaceful retreat away from the hurried pace of big city life—but with plenty of outdoor recreation just outside your door? Lakeway, Texas is calling your name. Set on the southern shores of Lake Travis, and only 15 miles west of downtown Austin, this picturesque resort community offers its residents the tranquil lifestyle of a summer vacation all year round. Because it got its start as a retirement community, this tranquil exurb appeals to empty-nesters most of all, but the scenic shores, endless recreation, and family-friendly atmosphere of this Texas Hill Country locale make it an ideal home for just about anyone.
Lakeway is best known for its stunning natural beauty, and the crown jewel of this scenic community is Lake Travis, a reservoir on the Colorado River studded with winding hiking trails and limestone bluffs. Whether it’s fishing, swimming, jet skiing, flyboarding, scuba diving, or sailing, Lake Travis has something to offer all ages. Party barges are hugely popular here, too—throw a party on the lake for all of your friends and family, complete with music, a BBQ grill, and waterslides for an unforgettable day in the sun. For some drier fun, the Lakeway Swim Center is home to a skate park, climbing wall, and volleyball and basketball courts; or spend the day at one of Lakeway’s finest golf courses—Falconhead, Spanish Oaks, or Flintrock Falls. Both Lakeway City Park and the Hamilton Greenbelt offer winding waterfront trails perfect for a leisurely hike or jog with the dog.
For a different kind of fun, tear up the floor and dance the night away at Go Dance Lakeway, or channel your inner artist at Painting with a Twist. If you’ve got a big group or the whole family, stop in at High 5 for a full night of bowling lanes, laser tag, arcade and video games. On the culinary side, Lake Travis Wine Trader is also an ideal spot to gather with a group—spend your day sampling vineyard wines and delectable cheese pairings, or hit the Grump Grouper for comfort bar food and live music. Other Lakeway culinary favorites include the League Kitchen and Tavern for American cuisine with an eclectic twist, or Santa Catarina for the most authentic Mexican food for miles.
In Lakeway, families with school-aged kids are in good hands. The esteemed Lake Travis Independent School District was rated “exemplary” by the Texas Education Agency, and LTISD is also one of the largest employers here. Lakeway Resort and Spa is another—the upscale lakefront resort hotel is, like the rest of Lakeway, dependent on tourism to keep its economy strong. And it makes perfect sense, because here on the scenic shores of Lakeway, you don’t have to separate work from play.