Dog Activities in Austin
School is out, and it’s time to get everyone outdoors. When we say everyone, we really mean everyone – including our furry friends. In a past blog, we discussed keeping our pets cool in the hot summer months. But with that in mind, we still want to enjoy the fresh air, and bring along our pets when we can, so they can get some running and exercise in as well.
Rules For Austin Dog Parks
There’s no better place than Austin if you’re looking for a dog-friendly area for Fido to play. But first before we look at some suggested areas, there are some ordinances put in place by the City of Austin regarding off-leash parks. These are:
- Dogs must be within sight and sound control of owners/handlers at all times
- Dogs in heat are not allowed in off-leash areas
- Rabies vaccinations are required for all dogs as required by State law
- Owners/handlers must clean up after their dogs and deposit waste into a trash can
- Aggressive dogs must be removed from public spaces immediately
“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. The maximum fine for not following this ordinance is $500.”
Austin Dog Parks
Now that we’ve established that there are important rules to abide by when taking our pet out, let’s find out where we might take him! There are 15 popular off-leash dog parks in Austin. They are:
Red Bud Isle – 3401 Red Bud Trail – There’s a water area for your friend to cool off.
West Austin Dog Park – 1317 W. 10th
Metropolitan Park at Walnut Creek – 1101 Walnut Creek Park Rd. – This is a one-acre park with separate areas for large and small dogs.
Lady Bird Lake – S. Lakeshore Blvd and S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
Pease Park – 1100 Kingsbury St.
Mary Moore Searight Metro Park – 907 Slaughter Ln.
Mills Pond – 15099 Mallard Green Ln.
Balcones District Park – 12017 Amherst Dr. – This is a great place to hike along wooded trails past a beautiful waterfall.
Norwood Estes Dog Park – I 35 Frontage Road and E. Riverside Dr.
Davis White Northeast District Park -5909 Crystalbrook Dr.
Shoal Creek Greenbelt – N. Lamar Blvd and W 24th St.
Town Lake Metropolitan Park – 1928 S. Lakeshore Blvd. – This is great park with 10 miles of hiking trails along the bank of the Colorado River with views of the Austin skyline and the lake.
Auditorium Shores Off-leash Park – 920 W. Riverside Dr.
Butler Park – Toomey Rd. and Sterzing St.
Zilker Metro Park -2201 Barton Springs Rd.
With so many pet parks in our area, there’s sure to be one near you for you and your dog to enjoy!
Dog Friendly Austin Activities
Another Austin pet friendly event you may want to consider is coming up later in the summer, so you might want to put it on your calendar. It is the 6th Annual Austin Pet Expo. Held this year August 20th to Austin 21st at the Palmer Events Center, this amazing event is free of charge. Pet-friendly exhibitors will be there, as well as live demonstrations in obedience training. Pets are welcome, and prizes will be given out!
There’s so much for us to do with our pet in Austin. So get out and get some exercise with your faithful friend!
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