You can't really understand Austin until you go to Town Lake (also called Lady Bird Lake, the Hike & Bike Trail or just the Trail). From Austin High School on the South side or the Zachary Scott Theater parking lot on the North, you can walk, run or bike around the lake in 1, 3 and 5 mile loops.
You see the weird, green parrots who shouldn't live here, but do; you see your neighbors out getting fit; you pass the statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan (who was from Dallas); and you watch the runners / students / hippies / oldsters / hipsters / athletes / legislators go by.
You can rent canoes or paddle boards, or you can sit on the banks and just be. You want to try to "get" Austin? Head to the Trail on Town Lake.
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