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Town Lake

Interstate 35, Mopac Bridge, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)
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Ranked #12 of 180 attractions in Austin
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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Indiana
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117 reviews 117 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I have hiked from Mopac to the dam and back on north and south sides of the lake and have seen all it has to offer. There is adequate parking on both sides of the lake and plenty of things to do such as: canoeing, hiking, running, paddle boats, dining, picnicking, attending all kinds of events that are scheduled there.... More

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McAllen, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Always a lovely area to visit and enjoy the views. Have lived in Austin before,,,however, traffic is overwhelming!

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Seattle, Wa
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78 reviews 78 reviews
30 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great 3.5 mile loop, really worth it! Crosses the the lake on two different pedestrian bridges. Lots of different options. Go early as that Texas heat can kick-in fast!

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Austin, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

There's the hike and bike trail, the parks and water sports all over Town Lake. It's something I believe everyone should take some time to enjoy while in town. Grab some lunch, some sunscreen and rent a kayak. It'll be a fantastic morning/afternoon.

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San Marcos, TX
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Great place to rent paddle boards, kayaks, or a canoe and enjoy the calm, boat-free waters! Great views of downtown, and right in the heart of Austin!

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Athens, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Clean, attractive, easy access from our hotel. New walking and bike trails. Nice parklike atmosphere. We saw several people taking advantage of the calm water for kayaking and canoeing.

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Seattle
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A great thing to do in Austin, as they offer a variety of water craft for rent as well as a large bike and jog path,but I have seen a multitude of nicer lakes. You have to remember you are in a big city.

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Austin, Texas
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109 reviews 109 reviews
44 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A new boardwalk East of I-35 on the south side has added a whole new experience to walking Town Lake. This is not as congested as the part west of Congress Bridge and you can enjoy walking the lake literally because the boardwalk takes you through some beautiful shaded paths on the water. Lots of parking east, or start at... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It was a HOT weekend over the 4th of July and we decided to cool off at Town Lake. We rented kayaks and had a great time paddling around this section of the river. The river was busy with other kayakers and SUPs but it was still a lot of fun. While the kayak rental place didn't allow swimming, I... More

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Houston, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Great lake - lots of room, but can get a wee bit crowded in parts. Lake has so many different types of watercrafts - canoes, water bikes, kayaks and some people on stand up water boards! Great fun day out - watch out for the Texas sun - it's hot out there!

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