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Address: Interstate 35, Mopac Bridge, Austin, TX 78704
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Visitors can rent canoes or rowboats along this part of Lake Austin that...

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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Downtown and beyond

Make Town Lake the place for a picnic by the water or walk. You decide how long and where to start. For parking, I recommend you go to the North side of the lake, Rainey area, or... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Austin, Texas
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298 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make Town Lake the place for a picnic by the water or walk. You decide how long and where to start. For parking, I recommend you go to the North side of the lake, Rainey area, or along Robert Hernandez Street, by Fiesta Gardens. Parking is good and free. You are on the north side of the lake there. You... More 

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Town Lake (aka Lady Bird Lake) is actually an impoundment of the Colorado River and is largely level-controlled by dams at each end. It is operated as part of a flood control system by the Lower Colorado River Authority and flows under the Congress Avenue bridge which is home to millions of Mexican Free Tail Bats who stream out from... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed the new boardwalk, but parking is difficult. It's good to go with someone who has inside information on good access points.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Town Lake is a focal point for Austin. This is where the hike and bike trails are. The botanical gardens are near as well as Zilker Park. It's a wonderful green space open to all.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 333 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The views of the lake are beautiful. I love to run in this park. It makes me feel one with nature. You could also walk or bike it. It would also be a good place for a picnic.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

About ten miles of gorgeous lake and trails to bike, walk or run. Lots of water sports (kayak, canoe, etc.) going on in the lake. Beautiful view of downtown Austin. Wonderful place to jog. I will really miss it here.

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Thank eyelovetotraveltwo
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

A beautiful lake, lots of people here every day. Saturdays & Sundays are really busy with walkers & runners. Pet Friendly, there is even a place for your dogs to swim. A fitness pull up bar station in many places. Water fountains and toilets. Beautiful scenery, people kayak, rowing, doing standup yoga on their boards.Fishing from their boats or the... More 

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Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

We were in Austin for two weeks and either rode our bikes or ran around Town Lake. The trails are wide and well maintained. It is especially entertaining near the dog park on the south side between the Lamar and 1st St bridges. People throw tennis balls and frisbees in the lake for their dogs to jump in and retrieve... More 

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

There are some steps to get there but not hard. The view worthy it and you can go to right or left side for different views. There are some short trails that you can do with the kids very easily. This was the fun part for my kids ( 6 and 8 years old). No restroom nearby.

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Peyton, Colorado
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

I love running around Town Lake. The trails are fantastic and views are beautiful through Austin. Not over crowed, but you won't be alone either.

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