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Visitors can rent canoes or rowboats along this part of Lake Austin that flows five miles through the heart of downtown Austin.
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Interstate 35, Mopac Bridge, Austin, TX 78704
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All reviews lady bird lake paddle boarding austin high school rent kayaks both sides downtown austin great trails hike and bike trail congress bridge nice walk barton springs canoeing exercise jog turtles stroll dam
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This urban lake, a.k.a. Lady Bird Lake, is park land on, for the most part, both sides from just west of Mopac Blvd to just east I-35! There are a ton of recreational opportunities available, most notably to sit and relax, walk, and jog.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bwanderer1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We’re staying around dripping springs mainly but used the lake a good bit it was worth the drive My son and cousins went on the water a lot and enjoyed all the fun They we’re paddle boarding mainly and had their life jackets on etc...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Kayla4
Reviewed 10 January 2019 via mobile

Just a nice stroll along the banks of the lake in downtown Austin. Nice scenery. Nice atmosphere. Nice people. The family had a pleasant time just walking and talking.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Joel M
Reviewed 5 November 2018

We decided to hike and run the trail. Austin has the friendliest people. Met a couple that invited us to try food at a nearby food truck. At least we were able to meet new friends when in town.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Escape64556326906
Reviewed 17 October 2018

We bought a condo in Austin near Town lake..Restaurants,bars,coffee shops everything all together at this aria.You can have run,walk or any activity near the lake.You Can walk to downtown of Austin to see or for fun 6 Street.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank g0nules
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

I’m sure at some .20 years ago this was in late pristine clean river. Trust me. Only in Austin would they refer to this as a lake. It’s gross, nasty, filthy, and not even worth a boat ride. Personally, I would not even dip my...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 25 September 2018

The trail around Town Lake is nice to walk, or run. It's a good place to people watch, and there are normally some interesting characters.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Scout M
Reviewed 4 September 2018

This place had a good lookout, if it is a hot day you would not find shades to chill a bit so you would not have much time to spend there.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ibo1980
Reviewed 4 September 2018

If you are visiting Austin and want some exercise after visiting our great restaurants and bars, the best place to see how our fitness loving residents is Town Lake. It is beautiful and in the middle of town.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank mr_larry_smith
Reviewed 27 August 2018

I’m a local in Austin and I row on Town Lake a few times a week- but you can also rent kayaks, stand up paddle boards, or sit on the bank and watch the people (and bats) go by, or take a hike on the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Melanie R
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Response from Piter_Londono | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend el Tesoro (peruvian food) and Bangkok Orchid, I tried both and had a good experience with the food. Tasty and clean environment.
11 July 2017|
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Response from Stephanie H | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely NOT swim in Town Lake. Research water quality for that particular lake. Paddling was okay, incidental contact with the water was ok. ( I suck at kayaking and wore a bunch of the lake home) But I went... More
Nina D
13 February 2016|
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Response from dl621 | Reviewed this property |
Parking - Lots of it! Just depends on where you are staying or arriving along the 10 mile hike & bike trail around the lake. If east of IH-35, we suggest you Google the Austin Hostel and park near the lake on the south side... More