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Downtown Austin Hotel Near Lady Bird Lake

Enjoy and Unwind at Lady Bird Lake

Nestled between downtown Austin and the Colorado River, Lady Bird Lake’s 416 acres are perfect for spending an afternoon soaking up the sun while leisurely rowing around or dipping a fishing pole into the water. JW Marriott Austin is only a few blocks away, making Lady Bird Lake a convenient place for guests to explore. Nearby Zilker Park offers an abundance of additional activities for those who want to split time between water recreation and nature hikes, which is sure to leave everyone pleased.

Water Recreation at the Lake

Lady Bird Lake is a more peaceful alternative to the crashing waves of the ocean or larger boats on other lakes. Because motorized boats aren’t permitted, it is the perfect place to take a kayak or canoe. Use it to practice rowing like many of the area’s college teams do, dip a fishing pole into the water and try catching one of the many catfish, largemouth bass, sunfish or carp, or simply lay back and look at the clouds as you float across the water. Although swimming isn’t permitted in the lake, Deep Eddy Pool, the oldest swimming pool in Texas, is nearby, as is Barton Springs Pool, a natural pool situated near Barton Creek. This 8-mile creek is a beauty in and of itself, running alongside vegetation and gorgeous cliffs before emptying into the lake. Don’t forget to check out Red Bud Isle, a small island complete with a fishing area and dog park.

Events at the Lake

The beautiful scenery coupled with its location in the center of the city make Lady Bird Lake an optimal spot for a wide range of events. One of the most popular, bat season in Austin, happens every evening from March to September. Locals and tourists alike line up along Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, which is home to about 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats. The sight of the creatures taking flight each evening is something you aren’t likely to experience anywhere else. Varieties of other events take place each year as well including:

  • Austin Reggae Festival
  • Fourth of July Fireworks and Symphony
  • SXSW stage shows

Other Recreation Near the Lake

Your time at the lake isn’t limited to being on the water or listening to great live music. The lake is adjacent to Zilker Park, which features mini-train rides, volleyball courts and a nine-hole disc golf course. It is also home to the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. The 10-mile trail is one of the oldest urban hiking and biking trails in Texas. Throughout, you will find lakefront gathering areas and observation decks. You’ll even come across exercise equipment so you can get in an extra workout. The trail is mostly flat, making it accessible to many people of various abilities. Other points of interest include the UMLAUF Sculpture Gardens, the Austin Area Garden Center and the Zilker Hillside Theater.

Conveniently Located Near JW Austin

After a day exploring Lady Bird Lake, the JW Marriott is the perfect place unwind. Our elegant, luxurious hotel features 1,012 well-appointed rooms and a wide variety of amenities, including a gorgeous rooftop pool and deck with views of the city at night. With our ideal location near the peaceful Lady Bird Lake, JW Marriott Austin is an ideal choice for your next trip to Austin.