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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  • Staff is really great!

    In addition to being a great hotel and awesome location, the staff is extremely awesome! I've stayed in this hotel several weeks over the last few months, and the personnel...

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    The Westin Austin Downtown
  • Great option for the value

    Great hotel option. Very comfortable and great amenities. Definitely worth visiting again. Room service and menu options need improvement in terms of hours of service and a menu that needs...

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    Aloft Austin Downtown
  • Conference Hotel

    Right next to Moody theater. The staff are very friendly, courteous and responsive. Great stay!

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    W Austin
  • Best weekend in Austin

    Fun atmosphere, wonderful room, friendliest staff, dog friendly, best chips and salsa in Austin. I am a Hilton diamond member and this place blew away any Hilton I have ever...

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    Element Austin Downtown

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