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Town Lake

Interstate 35, Mopac Bridge, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)
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Ranked #14 of 182 Attractions in Austin
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Canoeing
Description: 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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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

lots of nice trails around the lake and places just to chill out in the sunshine, obviously very popular with the locals given the number of runners/joggers at all times of the day

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McGregor, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

There is a nice path that runs around this lake and there is plenty of room for strollers, bikes, joggers and walkers. It was interesting seeing the diverse group of people on the path. It was a fun way to start the day!

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Bedford, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We took the duck boat tour of Austin and Town Lake. Lots of beautiful homes around the lake and sights to see.

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San Antonio, Texas
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138 reviews 138 reviews
30 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Take some time out while you are visiting and walk off some of that great Austin food on Town Lake. Excellent hiking trails, good for biking, dog walking and general people watching. Weather you are a novice or training for a marathon, this place has a view for everyone. You can take a leisurely stroll, or a long training session.... More

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Phoenix
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

It is so close to downtown and is so gorgeous! You can swim, or do other activities in the water but it was built in such a way that you can run or ride your bike around it. It is so pretty.

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Austin, Texas
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89 reviews 89 reviews
11 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Townlake has degraded significantly during the last years. Why? Growth, more and more development close to the lake (the city grants zoning exemptions by the truckload to developers), less and less vegetation around its shores by city tree cutting and development, increased water use due to population growth reduces the flow through the lake, acres and acres of hydrilla and... More

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

New boardwalk on south side of Town Lake recently opened east of Congress Avenue. It runs over the river for the most part so be prepared to be exposed to the sun and elements quite a bit. Great views of downtown and the (at least for now) lesser developed areas of Austin. There are some sculptures of belts attached to... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My wife and I had a fun time and got to go kayaking and explore the lake. It was labor day so there were a ton of people canoeing and paddle boarding and it was a lot of fun.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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94 reviews 94 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a really nice spot to exercise, relax or just take in the sights. Congress kayaks is a good spot to rent water equipment and the Congress bridge bats are something you shouldn't miss.

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Austin, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

You can't visit Austin without enjoying the lake. Lots of activities, walkers and joggers and great hike and bike trails.

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