Austin’s Water Scene
If you want to get a sense of Austin
's vibrant outdoor life, there may be no better place than Lady Bird Lake. Renamed in 2007 for the former first lady, the former Town Lake is a recreational reservoir along the lower Colorado
River, near downtown Austin
and within view of the city’s striking and evolving skyline. The Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail comprises 10 miles of parkland with walking, jogging, and cycling paths that border the lake’s shores, and are popular with the urban set of all ages. The lake is also a favorite spot for canoeing, kayaking, rowing, as well stand-up paddle boarding, though no motorized vessels or swimming is allowed. In nearby Ziker Park, the refreshing Barton Springs, a three-acre, manmade, spring-fed pool with a year-round average temperature of 68 degrees is an essential summertime escape as well as a great place for relaxed, people watching.