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Lady Bird Lake, Formally Town Lake

Town Lake CanoeingWhere the city straddles the Colorado River, 2 dams mark the upstream and downstream ends of Lady Bird Lake, the focus of outdoor activity in downtown Austin. If you are planning on spending some time in Austin, make sure you visit Lady Bird Lake for hiking, walking, biking, canoeing or kayaking.

In fact there are over ten miles of flat trails that run on both sides of the lake that are excellent, walking, or biking. Here is a link to an interactive Lady Bird Lake trail map and here is a link to some things to do near the Trail. The trail around the lake is mostly flat, fairly wide, and very popular. It offers great views of the lake and the Austin skyline. The Lady Bird Lake trail has branches off to some of the other great Austin biking and hiking trails - here is a comprehensive list of Austin Trails.

Lady Bird LakeTrails around Lady Bird LakeWide trails around the lakeView from Town Lake Trail

Nearby the trails are plenty of fun restaurants with excellent food, fantastic outdoor patios, and live music. A couple of our favorites which are close to the trail include: Chuy's for Mexican Food, Shady Grove for food and music on the patio, Aussie's for burgers, beer, and volleyball. If you don't have a bike, there are a couple places that you rent them that are near the trail.

Auditorium Shores on the south side of the Lake is home to many concerts and events and is perfect for some baseball, football, or soccer. You can't swim in the Lake but you can rent an electric boat, a kayak/canoe, or standup paddleboard to explore the Lake and get some exercise. Here is a link to some places to rent kayaks or take a cruise on Lady Bird Lake.

There are lots of fun things to see and do around Lady Bird Lake, the most popular of which is enjoying the trails around the lake. Here are some other fun things to do near the lake:

  • Deep Eddy Pool - a historic, man-made swimming pool which is the oldest swimming pool in Texas and has a bathhouse built during the Depression-era, by the Works Progress Administration. The pool began as a swimming hole in the Colorado River, became a resort in the 1920s, and is today a popular swimming pool operated by the City of Austin.Barton Springs Pool
  • Barton Creek - a true urban treasure with that is 8 miles long and 809 acres of lush vegetation, sheer cliff walls, swimming areas, and great trails
  • Zilker Park - regarded as Austin's most beloved park you can enjoy a miniature train ride, lots of special events and annual activities, volleyball courts, a nine-hole disc golf course, and two multi-use fields.
  • Barton Springs Pool - one of the best known swimming holes in Texas is a natural spring-fed pool with a year-round average temperature of 68 degrees
  • UMLAUF Sculpture Gardens - features the world famous Farrah Fawcet sculptures that made Charles UMLAUF well known in the mid seventies
  • Botanical Gardens, Austin Area Garden Center, and The Zilker Hillside Theater all in this part of the park

There are a few hotels that are on the shoreline of the Lake and from Lady Bird Lake you can easily walk or bike to lots of great restaurants, shops, and entertainment districts. See our Austin Page for more to do in Austin.

Other Fun Things To See And Do In And Around Austin

Austin Map - use this map to find lots of things to see and do in Austin
Austin & Central Texas -- click here to find outdoor activities and fun things to do in Austin or Central Texas
Austin Golf Courses - find a course, read a review, and book a tee time
Boating the Highland Lakes - read about the Highland Lakes and what there is to see and do
Top 10 Things To See & Do In Austin - you'll love this list of fun things to do and see
Central Texas Camping - find a campground or RV Park, read a review, and book a reservation
The Highland Lakes - Lady Bird Lake is just one of the Highland Lakes, make sure you enjoy the rest of the Lakes
Camping- State Parks and RV parks near Austin - one of our favorites is Austin Lone Star RV Park

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