Lady Bird Lake is a scenic reservoir on the Colorado River that sits in the heart of Austin, Texas. With serene waters, lush vegetation, and stunning views, it's no wonder that locals and tourists alike flock to this urban oasis to soak up some sun and enjoy all that nature has to offer. There are outdoor activities for every skill level and age, perfect for an Austin family vacation. During your stay at our Lady Bird Lake Hotel, we invite you to explore some of our favorite things to do!
Follow the Ann and Roy Butler Trail
One of the best ways to experience the beauty of Lady Bird Lake is to take a walk along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. The 10-mile loop trail follows the shore of the lake and offers an easily accessible path. Walk, jog, or bike along the trail and enjoy the views of the lush landscape and downtown Austin!
Bike Around the Lake
If you're looking for a more active way to explore Lady Bird Lake, consider renting a bike and taking a leisurely ride around the reservoir. There are several rental options in the area, and many of the trails are bike-friendly, making it easy to pedal your way around the lake at your own pace. You can also join one of the guided bike tours that are available in the area, which will take you on a scenic ride around the lake while providing insights into the area's history and culture.
Kayak or Paddle board
One of the best ways to see Lady Bird Lake is by getting out on the water for a paddle! There are several rental options in the area for renting a kayak, canoe, or paddle board and the calm waters of the reservoir make it an ideal place for beginners to try their hand at these activities. You'll be able to explore the lake's many coves and inlets, get a glimpse of wildlife, and enjoy the peacefulness of being out on the water.
Although swimming is not permitted in Lady Bird Lake itself, the neighboring Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park is a 3-acre pool that is heated by a natural hot spring. The sprawling pool is the perfect place for those looking to cool off with a swim during their Austin adventure. And if you prefer, you can always find a spot to sunbathe and swim at Loren’s rooftop pool deck.
Enjoy a Lakeside Picnic
Lady Bird Lake has several beautiful parks and picnic areas that are perfect for enjoying a relaxing day in the sun. Zilker Park is a popular destination, with plenty of shaded areas, grills, and picnic tables. The park also has several walking trails, a playground, and a natural spring-fed pool, making it an ideal spot for families to spend the day. Grab a coffee or snack from the Loren Coffee Bar and head over to Zilker Park to enjoy soaking up the sunshine.
Watch the Congress Bridge Bats Take Flight
Every evening from March till November, visitors to Lady Bird Lake can witness one of Austin’s most spectacular natural displays - the emergence of millions of Mexican free-tailed bats from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge. The bats will emerge around sunset in a miraculous fashion as they head out for their nocturnal flight. Bring the whole family out to witness this display of natural wonder during a stay in Austin!
Book a Stay on Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake is a beautiful and vibrant destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you're looking to hike, bike, kayak, or simply enjoy a relaxing day in the sun, there's no shortage of things to do and see on this picturesque reservoir. Find yourself a luxurious home-away-from-home at the Loren at Lady Bird Lake to experience the outdoor side of the city of Austin! Our two-bedroom suites are the perfect accommodations for families looking to mix urban exploration, outdoor adventure, and an elevated hotel experience.