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Austin | February 19, 2024

Unleashing Dog-Friendly Bliss in Austin

We love when you bring your furry friends to Austin! As a truly dog-friendly hotel, we offer food and water bowls, doggie beds, and treats to your pup upon check-in. But we know your visit to Austin doesn’t stop at your hotel choice—explore our guide to favorite local dog parks to experience while you’re here. Run wild!


Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail | First Street Bridge at Lady Bird Lake

Just down the street from Austin Proper, the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail includes 10 miles of varying terrain looped around Lake Bird Lake, with two pedestrian-only bridges great for dogs, runners, walkers, and cyclists. You’ll want to keep your pup on a leash for this one!

Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metro Park | 900 W Riverside Drive

Located on the banks of Lady Bird Lake, Auditorium Shores is the hub of the hike-and-bike trail, complete with a music venue and skyline views. Recently redeveloped, the park boasts a new irrigation system, re-graded lawn, high performance turfgrass, and most importantly: an enhanced off-leash dog area.

Zilker Dog Park | 2100 Barton Springs Road

Probably the best known park in Austin, Zilker Park is a pup favorite. With scenic views of downtown, this dog park is not fenced but well-behaved dogs can roam and play off-leash on the spacious lawn. Popular for picnics, impromptu pick-up games, and the venue of the annual Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park is a true part of the Austin experience.

Red Bud Isle | 3401 Red Bud Trail 

Surrounded by water on three sides, this 13-acre park offers a unique place for pups to socialize, swim, frolic, and play off-leash. We recommend bringing a towel along—your pup will likely get wet and dirty here!

Barking Springs | 2101 Barton Springs Road

You may have heard of Barton Springs, a popular swimming hole for humans…but just downstream you’ll find a zone where dogs are also welcome. Affectionately nicknamed “Barking Springs,” the chilly, 68-degree springs are the perfect spot to cool off on a hot day.


Make the most of your dog park experience with a few local tips:

  1. Dogs must be within sight and sound control of owners/handlers at all times.
  2. No aggressive dogs, dogs in heat, or dogs without rabies vaccinations are allowed in off-leash areas.
  3. Owners must clean up after dogs and deposit waste into a trash can.
  4. Austin leash ordinance requires dogs to be on a leash no longer than six feet when on city land, except when in designated off-leash areas.
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