October 21st, 2008 3:56 PM by Heather Brown
Austin is a Dog Friendly City! We have several Dog Parks as well as Restaurants and Bars that allow Man's Best Friend!
As far as outdoor Restaurants and Bars that allow Dog's (on leash of course) my favorites are:
Cedar Door 201 Brazos Street (512) 473-3712
Dog and Duck Pub 406 W. 17th Street (512) 479-0598
Opal Divines Free House 700 West 6th Street (512) 477-3308
Opal Divines Pennfield 3601 South Congress Ave. (512) 707-0237
Key Bar 617 West 6th Street (512) 469-9610
There are 12 off leash areas in Austin for you to enjoy with your dog. When not in these specified areas, the Austin leash ordinance requires dogs to be on a leash no longer than 6 feet on all City land.
Austin Dog Parks - You may want to call in advance to confirm their policies
Auditorium Shores - 920 W. Riverside Dr. (512) 974-6700
On the banks of Town Lake (now Lady Bird Lake), just west of the First Street Bridge, lies a place bustling with activity. Auditorium Shores is an outdoor concert venue with an especially busy summer schedule, a place to catch the fireworks on the Fourth of July and the hub of Austin's most popular hike-and -bike trail. Leash free area from South First to Bouldin Ave.
Barton Creek Greenbelt Preserve -3755 B Capital of Texas Hwy (512)472-1267
This popular greenbelt follows a creek and offers about 7 miles of walking, hiking and mountain biking trails. There are also several popular swimming holes along the creek. Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash. Some of the more popular access points to the trails are Zilker Metropolitan Park, and Loop 360 (south of MoPac/Loop 1)
Bob Wentz Park - Bob Wentz Park Rd. (512)854-9020
This 211 acre park is located in the basin area of Lake Travis in the scenic Hill Country of Central Texas. Bob Wentz Park is a favorite location for water sports. The park's facilities and close proximity to Austin (approximately one half hour's drive from downtown) make it attractive for picnicking, swimming, windsurfing, sailing, and scuba diving. The shoreline areas (including a sandy peninsula know as "The Point") are heavily used, while an adjacent 150 acre tract is maintained as a natural area. The park includes two sand volleyball courts, a shoreline walking path, a boat dock and a pavilion available for rent. Pets are allowed int the park, but must be kept on a leash and are NOT permitted on the Point.
Bull Creek District Dog Park - 6701 Lakewood Dr. (512) 974-6700
This Dog Park is not fenced. It has access to the creek for water loving pooches. Well behaved dogs can roam and play off leash, but must be under verbal control and within your sight. The off-leash area is located behind the restrooms.
Emma Long Metropolitan Park -1600 City Park Rd (512) 346-1831
Emma Long Metropolitan Park is the largest city owned park at almost 1,200 acres. Just a few minutes drive from downtown Austin, and easy to get to from RR 2222. Follow scenic City Park Road down to the shores of Lake Austin, and spend the day swimming, water skiing, picnicking, or camping. Leash free area between City Park Drive, the west park boundary fence, Turkey Creek and the top ridge of the bluff line overlooking Lake Austin.
Northeast District Park - 5909 Crystalbrook Drive
Located east of Ed Bluestein Blvd.(Hwy 183) at the corner of Loyola and Crystalbrook. The park has a lighted basketball court, volleyball pit, 2 horseshoe pits and a playground . One large shelter is available for reservations. It will seat 84, accommodate 100. Electricity is available at an additional cost payable in advance of the reservation. There are 4 BBQ grills adjacent to the shelter. Leash free area between Crystal Brook Drive, the railroad right of way and Decker Lake Road.
Norwood Estate Dog Park I-35 and Riverside Drive
This is a fully fenced dog park. Well behaved dogs can roam and play off leash, but must be under verbal control and within your sight. The dog park is located on the north end of Travis Heights at the northwest corner of Riverside Drive and IH-35
Onion Creek District Park - 6900 Onion Creek Drive
Leash free area located at the North end of the greenbelt.
Red Bud Isle - 3401 Red Bud Trail Unit Cr.
This park is on Town Lake, just below Tom Miller Dam, and is the entry point for the Redbud Trail. A peninsula surrounded by lake, it is a great place for water dogs. The whole park is leash free! Great park, and a must see, but not terribly large.
Shoal Creek Greenbelt - 2600-2799 Lamar Blvd.
This three mile trail extends from Town Lake (Lady Bird Lake) to 38th Street. As you walk along the crushed limestone, gravel and concrete trail, you will enjoy the trees and green spaces. You are sure to find the perfect spot for a picnic or leisurely stroll. The portion of the trail from 24th Street to 29th Street is designated as a no leash zone, and hundred of dog owners flock to the area!
Town Lake - 2100 Barton Springs Rd. (512)974-6700
This is a popular walking and swimming spot for people and dogs. Dogs must be on a 6 foot or less leash. The park offers 10 miles of walking, hiking and bicycling trails. There are many beaches located along the lake. From March through early November at dusk, you can also watch the bats fly out from under the popular Congress Avenue (now Ann Richards) Bridge at this park. Playgrounds, picnic tables and restrooms are available at this park. There are many access points including Zilker Metropolitan Park at 2100 Barton Springs Road. To get there from I-35, take the Riverside exit. Go west on Riverside towards downtown. After you pass Congress Ave., turn left onto Barton Springs. Go about 2 miles to the park. Entrance will be on the left.
Walnut Creek District Park - 12138 N. Lamar Blvd.
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park is located in far north Austin, a little to the west of IH-35. There are two entrances to the park. The east park entrance is on Lamar Blvd., north of Braker Lane, south of Yager Lane. The North entrance is from Willow Wild Drive, a neighborhood side street that connects with Parmer Lane. Which ever entrance you choose, park in the lot near the swim ming pool. Leash free area between Old Cedar Lane, Walnut Creek and the east and west park fences.
Zilker Dog Park - 2100 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974-6700
This dog park is not fenced. Well behaved dogs can roam and play off leash, but must be under verbal control and within your sight. The dog park is located in Zilker Metropolitan Park.
And finally, one of my favorite things to do is to go to Town Lake Animal Shelter and play with the dogs that are up for adoption. You can go during business hours and pick up a leash, a bottle of hand sanitizer and a tennis ball or rawhide chew and freely pet, walk and play with the dogs that are there. They love the attention and it helps them become better socialized and therefore more adoptable.
Town Lake Animal Center is the largest animal shelter in Central Texas, providing shelter to more than 23,000 animals each year and animal control services to all of Austin and Travis County. A division of the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department, the shelter is an open-intake facility - no animal will be turned away.
Shelter:Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.Saturday - Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Closed City HolidaysStray or unwanted animals can be safely dropped off at the shelter before or after hours in one of our overnight holding pens.
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