Lady Bird Lake

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Lady Bird Lake which includes cbd, skyline and a skyscraper

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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Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
20 North IH-35, Austin, TX
The price is $113 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,058 reviews)
"Convenient location, friendly helpful front desk team. Nice view of the lake, clean rooms."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2021

Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX
The price is $165 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
This eco-friendly hotel is located in Austin (Downtown Austin), close to Austin Convention Center, Sixth Street, and Moody Theater. Also nearby are Paramount ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (3,144 reviews)
"Staff was friendly and fast every time we needed anything. The view was amazing!"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2021

Fairmont Austin
The LINE Austin
The LINE Austin
4 out of 5
111 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX
The price is $179 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lady Bird Lake and Austin Convention Center. Sixth Street and South Congress Avenue are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (967 reviews)
"The Water problem (City Main Line) that cutoff on Sunday morning"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2021

The LINE Austin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX
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Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
20 North IH-35, Austin, TX
Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
The LINE Austin
The LINE Austin
4 out of 5
111 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX
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Hilton Austin
Hilton Austin
4 out of 5
500 E 4th St, Austin, TX
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JW Marriott Austin
JW Marriott Austin
4 out of 5
110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX
JW Marriott Austin
Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
2.5 out of 5
901 Neches Street, Austin, TX
Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center
Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center
3 out of 5
300 East 4th Street, Austin, TX
Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center
Austin Marriott Downtown
Austin Marriott Downtown
4 out of 5
304 E CESAR CHAVEZ ST, Austin, TX
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown - University, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown - University, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
805 Neches Street, Austin, TX
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown - University, an IHG Hotel
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