Lady Bird Lake: SOCO’s Finest Recreation

Lady Bird Lake is a local favorite and it's just nine minutes away from our apartments in South Congress.

Living at our beautiful Crescent Apartments in South Austin offers the best of both worlds. On one hand, we’re just steps from everything Downtown Austin has to offer – from world-class restaurants, bars, boutiques, and music venues – Austin’s got it all.

One thing we absolutely love about living at these apartments in SOCO is how close we are to the natural wonders of Texas. Perched right on the beautiful Colorado River and dotted with Metro Parks, Austin Texas is as green and beautiful as it is rich in culture. Just nine minutes away from our apartments in South Congress is the beautiful Lady Bird Lake, which is a local hub for canoeing and kayaking while offering an oasis from the bustle of the city.

Water Sports for Summer on Lady Bird Lake

If you’re someone who is going to keep a kayak or a paddle board in their home here at Crescent Apartments in Downtown Austin, then you’re definitely going to want to check out Lady Bird Lake. During our hot Austin summers, you’ll want to spend every weekend out on these cool, crystalline waters. What we love the most about canoeing, kayaking and paddling on Lady Bird Lake? It’s free if you have your own kayaks or paddle boards, and still very affordable if you need to rent one!

Rowing Dock is a local company that rents kayaks (both for fishing and normal kayaking), canoes, and stand-up paddle boards for people who want to spend a day out on the water but don’t have their own gear. But that’s not all they do! According to their website, “Whether its SUP yoga classes or bat watching under the Congress Avenue Bridge, there’s always something going on at the dock which is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Austin. You can also schedule a private guided paddle or plan to explore Lady Bird Lake on your own.”

However you want to experience Lady Bird Lake – whether you want to practice your kayaking skills, chill out on your paddle board while gazing at the beautiful Austin skyline, or learn how to do tricky yoga poses on a paddle board, there’s a bunch of different ways to enjoy the beautiful Lady Bird Lake on a hot summer’s day.

Spending time in the Beautiful Outdoors: Hiking and Biking By Lady Bird Lake

While Lady Bird Lake is a local favorite for water sports enthusiasts, there are other ways to enjoy the natural beauty of Austin Texas other than hanging out on the water. For starters, hikers can enjoy two beautiful hiking and walking trails: the Ann and Roy Butler Hiking Trail and the Lady Bird Lake Trail.

According to, “Lady Bird Lake Trail is a 4.4 mile, heavily-trafficked loop trail near Austin that … is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.” That’s good news for Fido, who can also enjoy the beautiful scenery by the lake as you get in a good workout!

The Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake

If hiking isn’t exactly your thing but you still want to enjoy the beauty of Lady Bird Lake, be sure to visit the Boardwalk. This 1.1-mile boardwalk spans across the water and has stunning skyline views of Austin. Take your little ones in their strollers for some fresh air, go on a jog with your best friend over the glittering water, or take your sweetheart to watch the sunset. It’s a truly wonderful way to experience Austin.

And in true Austin fashion, the Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake is a canvas for the local arts. According to, “Art in Public Places, a program of the Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, commissioned artist Ken Little to create artwork for the Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake. Belting It Out is an installation of 36 cast bronze, western-style belts integrated into the railings on both sides of the Boardwalk. Song lyrics from well-known Texas singers and songwriters are embossed on each belt.”

It’s beautiful, and it celebrates the best of Texas art and culture while showing off stunning natural views. You’ll just have to go see it for yourself, it might just leave you feeling invigorated and inspired!

Hear it From the Locals

There’s no doubt that the best way to learn about a place is from the locals themselves. Lady Bird Lake is such a staple of Austin and just about everyone has experienced this beautiful natural oasis.

Natasha McCoy, a local guide, says, “Lady Bird Lake has many things to offer such as a walking and bike trail, as well as great views of the lake.” After mentioning the ample wildlife views, she goes on to say, “It’s a great place just to be.”

Another local, Thomas Wehner, returns time after time. “I’ve run over a thousand miles on the trail around Lady Bird Lake and it never gets old,” he says, “There are different routes you can take, from 1 to 10 miles. Great sunsets, skyline views, bird watching (often great blue herons and snow egrets), people watching, bat watching, etc. Kayaks and paddle boards can be rented fairly cheaply and you get a unique view of the city that way. Cycling on the trail is also a great option.”

Clearly, there are plenty of good times to be had at Lady Bird Lake. No matter who you are or what you love to do – whether kayaking is your thing, if you love hiking, jogging, or simply taking a rest on a park bench, you’re sure to fall in love with the natural beauty of Lady Bird Lake that adds so much to the quality of Austin life.

Crescent Apartments in SOCO: Near the Beauty of Nature

When you live at our luxury apartments in South Congress, you’ll come to appreciate the beauty around you. From the stunning skyline views of our rooftop lounge to the sights and scenery around beautiful Austin, you’re sure to enjoy all that life has to offer in colorful Austin.

Schedule your free tour today to discover what life is like at Crescent Apartments in Downtown Austin. Whether you love to hike, bike, canoe, or shop, our beautiful city is a treasure trove of good memories.

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