We recently got to go on a gondola ride through Black Swan Gondola! This was such a unique experience for me as this was my first time riding in a gondola! Black Swan Gondola is located in Lake San Marcos which up until recently, was known to be a pretty exclusive lake. I had done a little hiking around the area in the past but definitely had never been on the water! This was a fun new perspective for me.
Lake San Marcos is filled with lake-front residencies. How lucky are these people to live right alongside a lake?! It was fun looking at all the homes while riding around. Most were built between the 1960's-70's.
The gondolas that you will ride on are actually imported from Venice, Italy, so yes, you will get an authentic gondola ride.
Our gondolier was filled with interesting tidbits throughout the cruise about both Venice and Lake San Marcos. I left feeling uplifted and educated!
Obviously this is a great idea for a date or special occasion, but this is also a ton of fun for groups! It is food, drink, kid AND dog-friendly so there's really not much holding you back from making some unique memories! There is no corkage fee so bring as much wine or champagne as you'd like!
There are multiple restaurants, venues and lodging options right alongside the lake so this could even be an upgrade to your day!
One of my favorite parts of our experience was seeing actual black swans (and their babies)! I didn't realize that Lake San Marcos even had black swans so this was such a treat for me! I even grabbed a couple shots of them with my camera! It was also so peaceful being on the water.
Our gondolier (and owner of the company) for the evening, Drew:
We spotted MANY black swans and their baies!