Our four-legged friend, @TheAustinCollie, found the 7 best dog-friendly spots in Austin, Texas for you to check out on your next visit. Grab your pup and keep it weird!
You’ll be hard pressed to find a place that is not dog-friendly in Austin. You can almost guarantee that any restaurant or bar with an outside patio or a shop with dog bowl by the door is more than happy to welcome you and your four-legged best friend! Still, with literally hundreds of incredible places in Austin that are pet-friendly, there are some clear standouts that have stood the test of time.
Whether you want to go for a swim, share a bowl of queso, or just cool off with some local beer, here’s a list of the essential, Landon-approved spots to take your dog in Austin:
With perfect views of the skyline and Lady Bird Lake, Auditorium Shores is one of the best parks in Austin for humans and canines alike. Auditorium Shores is part of Austin’s larger Town Lake Park, which is an urban park situated directly across the river from the downtown area.
While all of Town Lake Park is dog-friendly, Auditorium Shores is an expansive off leash area right by the waterfront. So, if your dog loves to swim, they will be in heaven wading around in the cool water or jumping right in front the docks. Even if your dog is not a natural swimmer, there is plenty of room on dry land to romp around or make friends with any and all of the dogs hanging out.
One of Austin’s most treasured spots is of course, going to be dog-friendly. Graffiti Park, also known as the HOPE Outdoor Gallery, is unlike anything you and your pup have ever seen. Located in an empty lot on Castle Hill in central Austin, the outdoor gallery boasts several large concrete walls.
These walls however, are free for local and visiting street artists to fill with bright and beautiful artwork. The gallery is open to the public to climb, enjoy and take as many pictures as their hearts’ desire. Graffiti Park is another great dog-friendly spot in Austin with great views of the skyline.
Red Bud Isle
Red Bud Isle is a 13 acre island located right below the Lake Austin dam, and it’s completely off leash. Which easily makes it one of Austin’s greatest dog-friendly parks. It’s one of the cities lesser-known oasis for dog owners and there’s plenty of room to run, swim, and make new friends with other dogs! The one downside is the parking lot is far too small for its popularity.
Time your visit right, weekdays and early mornings are your best shot, or park several blocks away and ‘hike’ over to the island. It’s such a unique dog-friendly Austin spot, that you’ll forget about your parking headache seconds after seeing the fun your dog has.
Home of the famous “I love you so much” graffiti, this coffee shop is an incredible starting point for any South Congress adventure. Jo’s Coffee has a lovely shaded patio with plenty of water bowls to keep your dog cool from the Texas heat.
Whether you need to work a few hours outside of the office or need to grab a cup of joe to go, head to Jo’s Coffee to get that fix. And don’t forget to get a picture of you and your best friend at this iconic Austin spot.
Founded in 2010, Circle Brewing Company has a taproom in North Austin that is just as fun and hip as they are. Additionally, this is one of Austin’s oldest breweries and they’re located right in the heart of north Austin’s brewery district. Unlike the other breweries in the neighborhood, Circle remains completely dog-friendly outside and inside.
Not only will dogs love chilling on Circle Brewing’s cool concrete floors, but the friendly staff is always so quick to make sure they have a bowl of ice cold water to keep hydrated during the hot Austin summers.
You can’t come to Austin without making a stop at our most beloved local taco chain. There are several locations of Torchy’s Tacos around Austin proper, and most feature a well-shaded patio that’s open to dog owners and their pups.
Even better, the Torchy's team is fast to bring out ice cold water bowls for the hot summer days. And of course, they are never opposed to showing some love to all the fur-babies that come to hang out.
Bull Creek Greenbelt
When you say Greenbelt in Austin, most people will think you’re referring to Barton Creek Greenbelt near the heart of downtown. If you say Bull Creek, Austinites will know you’re referring to the more secluded and less busy set of trails in North Austin. Depending on the season, and how much rain the city had, the creek can be anything from a calm, mellow wading pool to a rushing creek perfect for swimming.
Then, there is the lower Bull Creek Greenbelt, which is a short 3.5-mile trail that’s perfect for families and dogs alike. This trail even offers several swimming holes along the way perfect for swimming or fishing. Regardless of water levels, the Bull Creek trail is a great option for runners and their pups looking for a short and speedy (yet, easily accessible) running route.
While this list is just the beginning of Austin’s dog-friendly spots, it provides the essentials guaranteed to give your dog the time of his life (just like Landon!) when you bring him on your next trip to Austin.