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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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Lodging Near Lady Bird Lake

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Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake

Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake

20 North IH-35, Austin
3.4
of 5, from 438 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Rainey Street Historic District, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Austin Convention Center, Governor's Mansion, and Texas State Capitol. Blanton Museum of Art and Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$209
Hilton Austin

Hilton Austin

500 E 4th St, Austin
4.2
of 5, from 654 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

In the heart of downtown, the 26-story Hilton Austin is 1 block from the 6th Street Entertainment District, the hub of Austin's live-music scene; less than a mile from the State Capitol and Congress Avenue Bridge.

$229
Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

605 Davis Street, Austin
4.6
of 5, from 177 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Rainey Street Historic District, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Austin Convention Center, Governor's Mansion, and Texas State Capitol. Blanton Museum of Art and Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

4BR 3 5BA House w Separate Studio Austin by RedAwning

4BR 3 5BA House w Separate Studio Austin by RedAwning

2217 Holly St, Austin
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in East Austin, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Lady Bird Lake and within 3 mi (5 km) of Governor's Mansion and Texas State Capitol. LBJ Presidential Library and Blanton Museum of Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).

3BR 2BA Lady Bird Lake Condo by RedAwning

3BR 2BA Lady Bird Lake Condo by RedAwning

1818 S Lakeshore, Austin
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Austin, this condo is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lady Bird Lake, Governor's Mansion, and Texas State Capitol. Austin Convention Center and Esther's Follies are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Contemporary East Austin Cottage

Contemporary East Austin Cottage

2111 Garden St, Austin
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in East Austin, this romantic vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Lady Bird Lake and within 3 mi (5 km) of Governor's Mansion and Texas State Capitol. LBJ Presidential Library and Blanton Museum of Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$159
La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol / Downtown

La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol / Downtown

300 E 11th St, Austin
3.1
of 5, from 491 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This downtown Austin hotel is 2 blocks from the Texas State Capitol and 6 blocks from Symphony Square.

$229
JW Marriott Austin

JW Marriott Austin

110 E 2nd St, Austin
4.5
of 5, from 156 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Austin, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Austin Children's Museum, Governor's Mansion, and Texas State Capitol. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and Blanton Museum of Art are also within 2 mi (3 km).