Do not forget your special canine friend during your Austin Texas adventures. This historic city is the perfect destination for you to bring along your pet and enjoy the exciting attractions around town. In fact, Austin is well known as being one of the most dog friendly cities. Residents and visitors alike can be seen all throughout town enjoying fun-filled days with their canines in this city that does an excellent job of welcoming all family members, including the furry ones. Here is how you can experience the perfect dog lover’s journey to Austin. Be sure to add some of these stops to your Austin itinerary with Fido!
Day 1: Zilker Park
One of the most notable attractions in Austin is Zilker Park, found right in the downtown neighborhoods. This spacious area is home to the many festivals that take place in Austin each year, such as Austin City Limits. Zilker Park also features a variety of hiking trails and outdoor activities to enjoy. There is an off-leash area at Zilker Park that allows your pets to run around and have all kinds of fun on their own. Meet the other friendly pups in town at this dog-friendly attraction.
Day 2: Red Bud Isle
Another off-leash area that your pups will love is Red Bud Isle. This hidden island allows your dogs to enjoy the great outdoors and even jump into the lake. Parking can be a little hard to find, especially on the weekends, but it is worth the wait.
Day 3: Banger’s Sausage House
Find some of the most incredible food in downtown Austin at the popular Banger’s Sausage House. Banger’s has a dog-friendly patio with more than enough room to bring your dog with you. Once you browse the vast menu of locally-smoked meats and over 100 beers on draft, you will have no reason not to go. Banger’s even hosts adoption events such as Mega Mutt Mondays to support local charities.
Day 4: Dog House Drinkery
Have you ever heard of a bar inside a dog park? Well, that is Austin for you, as Dog House Drinkery is exactly that. This unique venue is perfect for the dogs to run around the spacious park while you get to relax with an adult beverage.
Day 5: Onion Creek
Take your dog on an outdoor Austin Texas adventure through the hiking trails of Onion Creek. With an off-leash area, there is more than enough for you and your dogs to enjoy together.
Day 6: Auditorium Shores
Auditorium Shores is a spacious park that offers plenty of green space. With the city’s skyline as the backdrop, this is a picturesque place to spend an afternoon with your pup. Situated on the park’s grounds is also access to Lady Bird Lake. The park includes 4.5 acres of off leash areas for your dog to roam free, socialize with other dogs, and get in plenty of unrestricted exercise. With three access points to the water, this is also a great option for dogs who love to participate in water play.
Day 7: Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail
To extend your visit to Lady Bird Lake, consider a walk on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. This 10-mile loop winds its way around Lady Bird Lake, offering a tree-filled escape to nature and scenic views of the water. Away from Austin traffic, hikers, joggers, cyclists, and their canine companions can enjoy a quieter side of Austin living. The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail can be accessed from many different locations.
Day 8: Yard Bar
Dining at the best Austin restaurants doesn’t mean you have to leave your pup behind. Many Austin eateries welcome pets and even offer pet-specific menus! Yard Bar is a particularly great place to dine with your canine, with its large outdoor seating area. Dogs are welcomed right into the dining mix as long as they are kept on leash. Humans will enjoy a variety of sandwich and salad options alongside a draft beer or cocktail. And from the pup menu, owners can select meatballs and gravy, dog ice cream, or dog cookies, all specially formulated for your pup! Keeping in the fun spirit, some of the cocktails offered at the Yard Bar are even named for pet lovers, such as the Moscow Mutt, Bark & Stormy, and Salty Pawloma. Meet other pet lovers and dine on great food without Fido ever leaving your side!
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