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Experience the Beautiful Lady Bird Lake in Austin

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You have just come to Austin, one of Texas’ most famous and exciting cities where you have listened to the music and taken in a museum or two. Unfortunately, you’ve always preferred the country to the city and you want to do some fun outdoor activities. Fear not, Lady Bird Lake in Austin, formerly known as Town Lake, offers plenty of outdoor fun. The lake, which is flanked by two dams, is surrounded by a ten-mile, flat scenic trail for hiking and biking. There are many restaurants and tourist attractions around the lake and there are several different options for boat rentals. Read about of the best Austin tourist attractions below:

The Trail

Visitors can get their exercise and see both urban life and wildlife on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. The trail includes the best of Austin’s urban and natural scenery. The trail takes you right by the edge of the lake where you can see every kind of waterfowl. You will also stride past a multitude of Austin’s most famous skyscrapers. The Butler Trail includes a boardwalk that boasts over 300 piers and seven viewing areas.


If you’d rather float your way around the lake, there are several different vessels from which to see the city. If you are looking for a cozy boat that’s perfect for one or two, kayak rentals are only $10 an hour during the week and $15 on the weekend. If you have a bigger party, canoes are available for $20 an hour during the week and $25 on the weekend. If you prefer to show off, stand-up paddleboards are available for $15 an hour during the week and $20 on the weekend.

If you would like to leave the driving to someone else, Capital Cruises offers several different boat trips around the lake. You can take a sunset cruise or go on a bat watching tour where you will see the world’s largest bat colony at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Austin tourist attractions are a fan favorite! This is one of the best Austin tourist attractions out there.


A day of hiking, boating and biking is a sure way to work up an appetite, and the Lady Bird Lake area has several dining options. Capital Cruises offers a dinner and lunch cruise. If eating while moving isn’t your thing, you can try Hawaiian/Mexican fusion at Hula Hut, which is located right on the boardwalk.

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