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Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake

Lady Bird Lake

star-5
1,295 Reviews
Free admission
Interstate 35, Mopac Bridge, Austin, Texas

The Basics

Lady Bird Lake, along with Zilker Park, form a relaxing oasis in downtown Austin, allowing views of the skyline from a bench or something more adventurous, like a canoe or paddleboard floating on the water. There are several hiking and biking trails that zigzag through the park and two pedestrian-only bridges. Bike and kayak tours help you explore the sizeable Lady Bird Lake with assistance from a guide.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Austin

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A Fulfilling Experience
WAYNE_M, Jun 2021
Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour in Austin
As far as bike tours go, this is the real deal! Mike not only provides a wonderful session of exercise, but knows Austin like the back of his hand. He is full of interesting and pertinent facts and details about the city and it's history. One learns more on this tour than you would had you lived here for an extended period. He can also point you in the right direction and make excellent suggestions for other interests and activities you may be pondering. An interesting dude with knowledge of the city like the back of his hand.
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Bike ride.
Keith_B, Jul 2020
Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour in Austin
Mike knew a lot about the area and took us on a nice bike trip. It was real hot so make sure to bring along a bottle of water.
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Cool hangin
Lisa_M, Feb 2020
Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour in Austin
Made hanging in Austin feel cool Got to see what a lot that is going on in Austin Learned cool tidbits
star-4
Biking in Austin
mwf21090, Feb 2020
Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour in Austin
A fun and great way to see the city while enjoying the outdoors! Saw and learned many interesting facts.
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Biking in Austin
Suejanelle, Sep 2019
Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour in Austin
The bike Tour was great we learned alot about Austin and the parks and concerts and natural area. The bat discussion was interesting as well. Just less personal info. Thank you for a great ride.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Maximize your fun by booking a tour to help you navigate the miles of trails and make the most of your time on the lake.

  • Rental equipment, from bikes to boats and paddleboards are available through tour outfitters.

  • It is illegal to swim in Lady Bird Lake (and has been since 1964) due to dangerous debris from bridges and dams.

  • Motorized boats are prohibited in the lake.

  • Bring sunscreen, and be sure to stay hydrated while on the water.

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How to Get There

Lady Bird Lake runs between Riverside Drive and 1st Street in downtown Austin. You can find parking at Zilker Park, or look for street parking along South Lakeshore Boulevard between Pleasant Valley Road and Riverside. If you want to explore the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, park at Festival Beach across the river.

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When to Get There

If you want to get out on Lady Bird Lake and explore, the best time to visit is March through September, when the warmer weather makes for a relaxing day on the water. You can see the famous Congress Avenue Bridge bats from Lady Bird Lake in spring and late summer. Late June through early August is considered peak season.

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Austin Duck Derby

An annual rubber duck derby takes place on a Saturday in August in Austin, when a huge loader deposits 20,000 yellow rubber ducks into Lady Bird Lake from the Congress Avenue Bridge. The event draws large crowds to the pedestrian walkways, bridges, and on boats in the water to watch the ducks bob around, making their way to the finish line.

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