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Austin Texas - Lady Bird Lake and the Bats!

Updated on August 13, 2016
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.

Lady Bird Johnson - Town Lake Swan

Texas attractions - Swan paddle boats on Lady Bird Lake
Texas attractions - Swan paddle boats on Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake Map
Lady Bird Lake Map
Cruise along and watch the Austin bats!
Cruise along and watch the Austin bats!

Town Lake was renamed to Lady Bird Johnson Lake

When I first moved to Austin in 1991, we visited one of the top Texas attractions downtown called Town Lake. Barton Springs empties into this "lake", which is really part of the Texas Colorado river. It's the part that passes under the Congress Avenue bridge.

A few years ago, Austin's best known resident, Lady Bird Johnson, had a bad stroke and succumbed to it leaving our city for good, but many places here adopted her name and Town lake was renamed to Lady Bird Johnson Lake.

There are some boats on the lake that take tourists out for a wonderful cruise. My favorite is Capital Cruises, the only all-electric boat fleet on the Highland Lakes. They are located on the shores of beautiful Lady Bird Lake at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX). Take the Internationally famous Bat Cruise!

Other things to do in and around Lady Bird Lake are:

  • The Swan paddle boats - see photo, rent at Capital Cruises
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming at Barton Creek Springs
  • The Unlauf sculpture garden
  • The Austin hike and bike trail

Never heard of the bats in Austin? Well, Austin, Texas has the largest urban bat colony in the world! Millions of Mexican Free-tailed bats make the Congress Avenue Bridge their home in the summer time. Bats are so popular here we call our little central Texas city, Bat City! Other nicknames for Austin include Capital City, and River City. Betcha didn't know that Austin is the capital of Texas! Most Texans don't even know this!

Surprisingly, most people do not know the State Song either! Everyone thinks it is the one that goes - the stars at night are big and bright, dadada da, Deep in the Heart of Texas! But here's a hint, the State Song is three words long and two of those words are 'TEXAS'!

Capital Cruises Video

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      Brigitte Thompson 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      Great Hub!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I really want to go to Texas! Maybe when hubby retires...

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      Austinstar 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Texas is a wonderful state. The best months to visit are April and October when the weather is just right. Come on down!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Nice hub. I may confine my future travels to parts of the U.S. I have never seen. Texas sounds like a great place to start.

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