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Lady Bird Lake

Try a water sport or relax by the shoreline at this major feature in the Austin landscape. 

Lady Bird Lake is a man-made lake and a point of pride for locals. It covers 470 acres (190 hectares) in the center of Austin, dividing the city evenly. There are no motorboats allowed on the lake (with the exception of electric motors under 5 horse power), so it's the perfect spot to canoe or kayak. Fishing is also popular, with an impressive population of largemouth bass, as well as redbreast sunfish and carp. There is a limit on the amount of fish you can catch and keep per day. Check the Texas Parks and Wildlife website for details.  

Follow The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, which runs for 10 miles (16 kilometers) around the lake and is mostly flat. Rent a bike, by the hour or for a whole day, from half a dozen different bike shops around the city. Swimming is not allowed in the lake. 

Enjoy the gardens along the shore, created by former First Lady of the United States and Austin local Lady Bird Johnson. She made such an important contribution to the city’s image in the 1970s that they named the lake after her. 

The largest city-dwelling colony of bats in the world lives under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, which spans the lake from downtown Austin to the area of Bouldin. Between March and November and particularly on hot, humid August nights, this colony — estimated to be about 1.5 million bats — takes flight in search of food. The bats fan out in huge columns, so have your camera ready to catch this strange and beautiful sight on the Austin skyline. 

Lady Bird Lake is a reservoir on the Colorado River in downtown Austin. There are several places to rent kayaks, rowboats and paddle boats.


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Fairmont Austin

101 Red River St, Austin, TX
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This hotel is located in Austin (Downtown Austin), close to Austin Convention Center, Sixth Street, and Paramount Theater. Also nearby are Moody Theater and Lady Bird Lake. Downtown Station is 6 minutes by foot and Plaza Saltillo Station is 17 minutes.

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown - University $59
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    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown - University

    805 Neches Street, Austin, TX
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sixth Street and Paramount Theater. Texas State Capitol and Austin Convention Center are also within 15 minutes. Downtown Station is 8 minutes by foot and Plaza Saltillo Station is 18 minutes.

      JW Marriott Austin $108
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      JW Marriott Austin

      110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Austin, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Austin Children's Museum, Lady Bird Lake, and Sixth Street. Austin Convention Center and South Congress Avenue are also within 10 minutes. Downtown Station is 8 minutes by foot and Plaza Saltillo Station is 23 minutes.

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        Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake

        20 North IH-35, Austin, TX
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Governor's Mansion, Texas State Capitol, and Blanton Museum of Art. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and LBJ Presidential Library are also within 3 mi (5 km). Downtown Station is 18 minutes by foot and Plaza Saltillo Station is 24 minutes.

          Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center $63
          Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center

          Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center

          300 East 4th Street, Austin, TX
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sixth Street, Austin Convention Center, and Rainey Street. Lady Bird Lake and South Congress Avenue are also within 15 minutes. Downtown Station is only a 2-minute walk and Plaza Saltillo Station is 18 minutes.

            Omni Austin Hotel $95
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            Omni Austin Hotel

            700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paramount Theater and O. Henry House Museum. Downtown Station is 7 minutes by foot and Plaza Saltillo Station is 19 minutes.

              Hyatt Regency Austin $108
              Hyatt Regency Austin

              Hyatt Regency Austin

              208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Austin, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Long Center for the Performing Arts and Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue and Texas State Capitol are also within 2 mi (3 km). Downtown Station is 19 minutes by foot and Austin Station is 26 minutes.

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                Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

                605 Davis Street, Austin, TX
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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