Top 10 Activities to Do with Your Dog in Austin

  1. Zilker ParkNo dog friendly trip to Austin would be complete without a stop at Zilker Park.  Zilker Metropolitan Park is considered “Austin’s most loved park.”  This 351 acre park is home to a variety of recreational opportunities and other dog-friendly special events for the individual pup or the whole family.
  2. Paddle Board Lady Bird Lake– Named after Lady Bird Johnson, this 416 acre reservoir offers many dog friendly activities. Cool off in the hot Texas heat by taking a nice paddle boarding trip up the lake. While you enjoying your, you can view the amazing Austin skyline. As always, monitor your dog while paddle boarding and practice safe techniques.
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  3. Auditorium Shores– If splashing and swimming is more of your dog’s thing, head to Auditorium Shores. Here, dogs can dive in after tennis balls or soak up sun rays. The park is currently in transition with a renewal effort and a new fenced, off-leash area under construction, but a portion of the park is still open for off-leash play.
  4. South Congress– Bustling SoCo is a fun place to head for a little shopping or a bite to eat. The phrase, “Keep Austin Weird”, comes alive here. Head over to Home Slice Pizza and grab a few slices to share!
  5.  Rainey Street – Dogs are encouraged to visit the restaurants and watering holes on Rainey Street (see what we did there?). Take a walk down the block and you’re likely meet many friendly pups and dog lovers! One place has even installed their own fenced dog park in their beer garden!

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  6. Whole Foods– It might be unusual to have an outing to a grocery store, but Whole Foods offers a unique dining and shopping experience including many comfortable outdoor seating choices. Whole Foods (headquartered here) has created a great environment for both pups and people.
  7. Warehouse District– Austin is known as the “Live Music Capitol of the World”, and a number of music venues are on Sixth Street. Taking your pup to a concert may be problematic, but finding a bite to eat isn’t! Many pet-friendly patios are even heated in winter for a chilly pup.
  8. Zilker Botanical Gardens – Dogs are welcome on leash at this beautiful 30-acre park. The gorgeous grounds are scattered with streams, waterfalls, flowers and koi-filled ponds.

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  9. Texas State Capitol Grounds– Completed in 1888, it is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols. Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed inside (unless they’re a member of Congress) but you and your pup can roam the 22 acres of monuments and history.
  10. The Domain– An outdoor shopping experience like none other, the Domain offers many dog friendly options. Some restaurants have dog-friendly outdoor patios, and other stores have water bowls in front. Some stores may not allow your pup inside, so come prepared. The Domain is one of the most dog friendly parts of Austin.
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5 thoughts on “Top 10 Activities to Do with Your Dog in Austin

    1. We love visiting Austin when we can, it’s such a beautiful city! Our hope is to do everything on this list with our pups, but I don’t know about paddle boarding!

  1. I used to live in the Austin area and loved Zilker park! I’d take my dogs to the connecting Greenbelt trail all the time. This was years ago and my main companion on these hikes was my dog Smokey. We’d hike for miles along the trail, swim at some swimming holes, and even do a little safe-for-Smokey rock climbing. I’ve also taken Smokey canoeing on the lake. I am not familiar with Rainey Street.

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