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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  • Great Location. Friendly staff esp Bartenders.

    Hotel and room was clean. I was given points for not exactly getting my guaranteed room type as a Gold member. Staff was very friendly. This the first SPG hotel...

    ★★★★★
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    Aloft Austin at The Domain
  • Nice Hotel

    Good hotel. A bit more Casual and laid back than most Westin hotels. Tends to lead customers to feel less attended to.

    ★★★★
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    The Westin Austin at The Domain
  • Staff needs training but facility nice

    Front desk associates need training in hospitality and in making the guest feel welcome. The entire experience felt transactional and no genuine care. One bartender with the same attitude. Maybe...

    ★★★★
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    The Westin Austin at The Domain
  • Great Visit

    My stay was above and beyond my expectations. Rooms were fabulous and the staff was more than accommodating. I will definitely be back and would recommend this hotel to everyone...

    ★★★★★
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    The Westin Austin Downtown

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