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“bike or hike town lake......”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Town Lake

Town Lake
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Downtown Austin Historic Segway Tour
Ranked #15 of 317 things to do in Austin
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Owner description: Visitors can rent canoes or rowboats along this part of Lake Austin that flows five miles through the heart of downtown Austin.
Santa Barbara, California
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“bike or hike town lake......”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

and you are in for one of nature's most wonderful trails!!!!!!! and don't forget to check in with the town lake bats "hanging out" under the congress street bridge..........stop in at the weston hotel for lunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Visited November 2011
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“resplendent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

watch the pretty people stay fit. usually cool around the edges of the lake even on a hot day. the heart of austin. why austin is such a pretty city.

Visited August 2012
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Austin, Texas
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“Heart and soul of Austin”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

Come here to walk, run or bike in varied surroundings with a cross-section of the community. No one of any age or physical condition should feel out of place but the crowd is skewed toward the collegiate set. Highlights are where Barton Creek flows into Town Lake and the cypress trees that line the trail near the canoe rental and dock across from Austin High. People come solo, with family (strollers are common), friends, significant others, and colleagues out for a power jog. Set your own pace anywhere from a meditative stroll to a sprint. Finally, rembember the lake's namesake, Lady Bird Johnson, who realized this potential for beauty in what, decades ago, had been a garbage dump.

Visited September 2012
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Central Coast
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“Ladybird Lake”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

One great thing about this part of the river, is that is is closed to motorboats. So, if you want to learn to row, canoe or paddleboard this is the place for you. There are place on the river/lake that offer rentals and classes. There is even a place that has rowing machines on a dock in order to teach people how to row. It is not as easy as it looks. I love rowing and think it is probably the best way to exercise. University of Texas trains there. They invited me to row with them and it is then you realize how much these people train. I thought I had held my own till I woke up the next day sore as all hell.
So stick to the rowers on the dock or the paddle boats.

Visited September 2012
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Austin, Texas
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“Downtown river.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

They have renamed it "Ladybird Lake", but she would be enraged to see the condo developments, tree removal and coming boardwalk. Unless she owned them, maybe. She left behind some fierce attack swans to warn people about over-development. No swimming allowed and don't even think about eating any fish that came out of that water.

Visited August 2012
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