Lady Bird Lake, Austin

Kayaking, canoeing, and swimming in nearby natural springs — a visit to Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas is anything but ordinary.

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    416 Acres of Water

    Formerly knows as Town Lake, the 416-acre "lake" is actually a manmade reservoir off the Colorado River. It was built in 1930, and renamed in the 1970's after former First Lady and longtime Austin-resident, Lady Bird Johnson, who played an important role in revitalizing this now-beautiful body of water.

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    Kayak, Canoe or Row

    Most motorized watercrafts are not allowed on Lady Bird Lake, as an effort by the City of Austin to keep the lake clean, but kayaking, canoeing, rowing and other watersports are popular among locals and tourists alike.

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    Bat Sightings on the Bridge

    A sight to be seen, the largest urban bat colony in North America lives underneath the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. At dusk from March to September, crowds gather to see the estimated 1.5 million bats fly east, in unison, creating an almost cloud-like effect.

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    Swim at Barton Springs

    A short 10-minute trip to nearby Barton Springs Pool in Austin’s Zilker Park is a must. The outdoor swimming pool is filled entirely with water from nearby natural springs and miraculously maintains an average water temperature year-round of 68 degrees.

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    attending SXSW can be grueling. The W is my perfect coping mechanism. The staff is terrific, the room awesome from the pillows to the shower, the spa fantastic, , the...

    W Austin
  • Awesome Stay

    It was our first time staying at the Westin and it was great. We have always stayed at the Hilton and I must say we will definitely be staying at...

    The Westin Austin at The Domain
  • Excellent hotel

    I stayed at the Westin for business in October during a busy work week and found the room comfort and service impeccable. I would recommend this hotel as it provides...

    The Westin Austin Downtown
  • Great service- more food choices needed

    Really nice staff, hotel is in good shape; my room was clean. The problem is lack of food. There is a restaurant next door, but I do think Aloft could...

    Aloft Austin at The Domain

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