Located in Downtown Austin On Lady Bird Lake

Imagine cruising the lake in one of several vintage fiberglass boats that have been restored to their original jet-age beauty (1958-1964), with mid-century retro cool colors, fins and chrome details.  Retro also means the old motors have been retrofitted with the latest in eco-friendly technology.  The zero emissions electric motors create an environmentally clean, quiet experience for even the novice boater.

Retro Boat Rentals started in an old boat house in the historic tourism town of Saugatuck, Michigan.  It has since expanded along the Chicago River, where bright city lights are the perfect backdrop for a retro cool boat ride.  Now, the opportunity has come along to bring Retro Boats to Austin, Texas, home to some of the most famous boat companies and designers from that jet-age era.  A Lone Star Meteor is part of the Retro Boat fleet, which was designed by the late Austin philanthropist Bob Hammond.  Hammond is also the founder of Glastron boats, a name synonymous with vintage boat manufacturers and is also part of the Retro Boat fleet that locals and tourists alike will be able to experience.

We pride ourselves on the environmental aspect of our company.  Not only have we replaced motors that used to be heavy polluters, but these classic boats have been saved from being junk in someone’s back yard or trash in a landfill.  These classic boats have been repurposed for everyone to enjoy.

This is also an activity that can be done in a time of social distancing during this global pandemic.  Wear your mask to the dock while a staff member goes over driving instructions, but once you’re out on the water, you can enjoy the fresh air with friends and loved ones for a unique date night or to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or just time away.


74 Trinity St. Austin, TX 78701


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