Austin boasts an incredible number of dog-friendly destinations. In fact, the Texas city is often listed among the top five dog-friendly cities in the country. But sometimes too many choices can be just as confusing as limited options. With dogs accompanying humans almost everywhere, where are the best places to take your four-legged friend? Here are some dog-friendly activities that have collared the best reputation and recommendations in Austin.
Out and About in Dog-Friendly Austin
Looking for a quick bite or some time eating fast food on an outdoor patio? P. Terry’s earned the “best dog-friendly patio” nod from the Austin Chronicle. They’re known for having dog biscuits on hand for pooch patrons whether you’re hanging out or rolling through the drive through. They also boast hormone-free meats, cage-free eggs, and other humane, quality ingredients for humans, too. Your dog might not be the only one hanging an eager head out the window!
3800 Co Rd 175, Leander, TX 78641
Sometimes the name says it all: this eatery, bar, and dog park was created by a dog lover and has options for casual visitors and prospective members. A hot spot for meet up groups and dog-centric special events, the food and drink help humans socialize while the dogs fraternize with each other. A half acre of lighted off leash area is available for a reasonable, annual membership fee. Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name—and your dog’s name, too.
79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Bring your dog and eat a habanero hot dog! Boasting the largest selection of sausages in Austin, this Rainey Street restaurant and beer garden hosts Mega Mutt Monday every third Monday of the month with free dog training and other giveaways from pet-friendly vendors.
Of course, these are just a few of the dog friendly restaurants Austin has to offer. Like Bangers, many of the restaurants on Rainey Street are dog friendly. But life is about more than eating and drinking, so here are other exciting ideas to occupy your canine’s attention and energy.
2101 Andrew Zilker Rd, Austin, TX 78746
Jump on the bandwagon—or more accurately, the stand up paddleboard—and “SUP with your pup.” This will provide adventure, exercise, and water play for you and your pet. You provide the appropriate doggy lifejacket. If you’re not already part of this community, check out the adorable pictures on the how-to Facebook page.
11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, TX 78758
High end retails stores aren’t always associated with a lot of canine traffic, but almost every store in this glitzy shopping stretch allows dogs inside. Whether you’re on a mission, just window shopping, or letting your dog taste the high life, shopping in Austin is a dog’s domain.
11920 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758
Every Thursday you can do your health-conscious shopping, as well as enjoy some live music and a craft brew with your dog. Whole Foods conveniently hosts a dog friendly patio every week from 5-8pm.
After a long and tiring day, let another kind of four-legged friend give you and yours a break. You might associate horse-drawn carriages with date night, but make it “dog night” and let this canine conducive business treat you to an elegant tour of downtown Austin
In the shadow of the Lake Austin dam, this park is a peninsula that provides an array of options for your pooch to play in. Expect them to get muddy, but they’ll cherish the opportunity to frolic, splash, and run free while you enjoy the scenery.
Many parents send their kids to summer camp…does your dog deserve any less? They won’t even have to write home, because you’ll be with them. The Canine Center’s weekend camp at Lazy Hills Ranch offers activities including yoga with your dog, canine massage, agility courses, and more than 40 choices each day. Mingle with fellow dog lovers and enjoy kayaking and zip-lines.
Whether it’s playing in the mud, mingling with the elite, or grabbing a getaway weekend, your options for dog-friendly places in Austin abound.
Top photo via Flickr/mvferguson2000