What I Love About Austin ~ Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake is at the center of Austin, literally and figuratively. It's one of the geographic features that makes Austin a great place to live. Formerly, Town Lake, the reservoir was created in 1960 as a cooling pond for a new city power plant, with the construction of Longhorn Dam. The name was changed in 2007, to Lady Bird Lake, by a vote of the Austin City Council.
Today, it is the home of lots of activity from the hike and bike trails, Auditorium Shores Park, and commercial vendors.
The features include, river cruises from two different companies, Capital Cruises and Lone Star Riverboats. The cruises offer lunch and dinner for both large and small groups as well as sightseeing that includes bat-watching cruises.
Hiking and biking along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail is enjoyed by thousands daily. All it takes is a drive down Cesar Chavez and you will see lots of people enjoying the trails. But why drive when you can enjoy the walk or jog?
Bat watching, during season, is also a favorite to visitors and locals alike. Over 1.5 Million Mexican free-tailed bats inhabit Austin between March and November.
And of course there are many activities planned yearly at Auditorium Shores and Zilker Park from, ACL Fest, in October to SXSW, in March. Also in the park is the statue of Stevie Ray Vaughn, a dog park and lots of local activities.
Austin just wouldn't be Austin without Lady Bird Lake.