Travis County

'Ninja Warrior on the water': Floating park opens on Lake Travis

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) -- A floating obstacle course opens Friday on Lake Travis, the latest inflatable park to contribute to the trend hitting Texas this summer.

Waterloo Adventures, operated by the owners of Lake Travis Zipline Adventures, requires a short boat ride to reach. Tuesday, employees, friends and family members took the trip to the floating course to try it out before it opened.

"I'm expecting to win," Sawyer Corbin said. "I'm going to race my buddy around here."

Corbin, like a lot of people who see the course without trying it, didn't know what he was getting himself into. He found out shortly after swimming out to the obstacles.

"Basically we compared it to Ninja Warrior on the water," Wade McNeill, one of the course's directors, said.

"Definitely a workout," 15-year-old Kaiya Price said. "It was a lot of falling off and then trying to push yourself back up."

The course's opening follows several others around the state this summer. Altitude H2O opened in Grapevine this month, and the company planned to open a second in Houston in the near future. Quest ATX wakeboard park put floating course at their facility in southeast Travis County earlier this summer.

There are age and height restrictions, and everyone must wear life jackets. Lifeguards patrol on the course itself and on stand-up paddle boards around the perimeter. 

The $50 price tag for 45 minutes on the course sounds steep, but owners say it comes with all-day access to several other large inflatable objects that aren't part of the obstacle course. The park also has a beer and wine license and a food truck on site.

Judging by the time the employees and friends spent on the water, 45 minutes appeared to be a reasonable limit.

"Man, it was rough. It was a good time, but it was rough," Crobin said.         "It looks way easier than it actually is. I'm tired, man. I did about two or three runs on that, and I'm done. I'm ready for a drink."         


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