The best place in town to meet that somebody new or to renew with that somebody old, Lady Bird Lake is for everyone. Really part of the dammed-up Colorado River, this water and work-out place right in the heart of town offers three- to 10-mile loops, attracting Austin’s finest as they bike, hike, kayak, and confabulate Austin style. One extra special perk: Dogs are very welcome.

Mopac Bridge at Lake Austin Blvd.