If there’s one thing Austinites love as much as their beloved pets, it’s taking them to dog parks. Ranked the fourth most pet-friendly city in the nation, dog owners are spoiled for choice when it comes to taking their pooch to the park. From rugged trail adventures to cool hangout spots, Austin’s dog parks are sure to get tails wagging.
Auditorium Shores Off-Leash Area is a recently-renovated dog park in the heart of Austin, complete with impressive skyline views. Man’s best friend will love running around while playing fetch, or going for a refreshing swim in the lake. Dog drinking fountains and wash-down showers are also on site.
Tip: Auditorium Shores is only partially fenced, so be sure to always be aware of your dog’s whereabouts.
This popular leash-free park in south Austin is equally loved by humans and their four-legged companions. A 13-acre island with more than a mile of well-maintained trails, large fields and swimming holes, there’s always fun to be had at Red Bud Isle.
Tip: Be sure to keep an eye on your dog in the water, as there are sometimes currents.
For the urban dog owner, a visit to Yard Bar is a must. An outdoor bar and restaurant serves up sandwiches, cocktails and favorite local brews, while the attached dog-friendly hangout offers ample space for dogs to run and play. Staff “Bark Rangers” ensure the pups are enjoying safe play.
Tip: First time visitors can purchase a drop-in Day Pass at the door. Monthly and Annual memberships are also available.
This sprawling recreational area is also one of the best places in the city to take your pooch, with over 350 acres of grassy terrain for man’s best friend to explore. For dogs that don’t mind adventure, you can paddle board or canoe with your four-legged friend at Lady Bird Lake.
Tip: Zilker Park has specific zones where dogs can roam off-leash. Otherwise, your pet must be leashed at all times.
Dog House Drinkery is a half-acre, fenced-in off-leash dog park with plenty of space for pups to play. For pets that are under 30 pounds or are afraid to be off-leash, there are separate areas for them to stay and enjoy the park. The Dog House Drinkery is plenty of fun for pet owners, who can sit outside and enjoy a cold beer, watch the game indoors at the bar, or play board games.
Tip: Day passes for pups can be purchased for $5.00; yearly memberships are $75.