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Town Lake

Interstate 35, Mopac Bridge, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)
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Ranked #13 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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Phoenix
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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87 reviews 87 reviews
11 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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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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Sugar Land, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

A visit to Austin is not complete until you walk to the Congress Street bridge (or walk under the bridge) just before dusk and watch million of bats come alive. No harm to you just fun. Also, there are boat rides to give you an upclose view of Austin and the bats.

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Vitória, Espirito Santo, Brazil
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

i went there just one time and find amazing the place to swim. If you are like me who don't like crowded places, you can find there isolated places and don't have to share the place with dogs.

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Olympia, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Our family enjoyed Town Lake very much, especially the south end. We rented Segways and SUPs. The water quality is a bit sketchy, so we didn't swim in it and I wouldn't eat the fish.

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Katy, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Came to austin with my family for some outdoor fun. Great spot to rent paddle boards, kayaks and canoes for great hrly prices. My son is 4 years old and he enjoyed canoeing with us. Very family friendly!

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