Dog days of summer: Top Austin pet-friendly parks, restaurants, attractions

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you don’t spot any dogs running through Vic Mathias Shores or accompanying their owners for Sunday brunch, is it really summertime in Austin?

As Central Texas enters the dog days of summer, here are some of the top parks and trails, restaurants and attractions to visit with your furry friends.

Parks, trails, outdoor spaces

Barton Creek Greenbelt
Main access point: 3755-B S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin
Explore nearly 14 miles worth of Austin greenspace with your furry friend on the Barton Creek Greenbelt. The trails feature waterfalls and watering holes for owners and pets alike to enjoy.

Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail
1820 S. Lakeshore Blvd., Austin
Whether you’re there to walk, jog, kayak, bike or fetch, enjoy some time on Lady Bird Lake. Pet owners are forewarned of heightened risk of toxic algae exposure during the warmer summer months, with city officials encouraging owners to keep their animals away from waterways and to avoid playing in or drinking the water.

For the latest toxic algae status, click here.

Red Bud Isle
3401 Redbud Trail, Austin
Red Bud Isle is a noted local dog park that features an off-leash area for pets as well as hiking, kayaking and canoeing for owners. The lakefront region sits on 13 acres of recreational space.

Pet owners are forewarned of heightened risk of toxic algae exposure during the warmer summer months, with city officials encouraging owners to keep their animals away from waterways and to avoid playing in or drinking the water.

For the latest toxic algae status, click here.

The city of Austin will monitor six sites at Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake for blue-green algae presence this summer, including at Red Bud Isle.
The city of Austin will monitor six sites at Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake for blue-green algae presence this summer, including at Red Bud Isle. (KXAN Photo/Kelsey Thompson)

Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin
Located on 28 acres within Zilker Park, the Zilker Botanical Garden features multiple themed gardens, including the Taniguchi Japanese Garden, The Riparian Streambed, The Hartman Prehistoric Garden, and The Mabel Davis Rose Garden. An average of 300,000 people visit the botanical gardens each year.

Off-leash parks

Bull Creek District Off-Leash Area
6701 Lakewood Drive, Austin

Emma Long Metro Park Off-Leash Area
1600 City Park Road, Austin

Great Northern Blvd. Dog Park
7099 Great Northern Blvd., Austin

Davis/White Northeast Neighborhood Park Off-Leash Area
6705 Crystalbrook Drive, Austin

Norwood Estate Dog Park

1009 Edgecliff Terrace, Austin

Onion Creek District Off-Leash Area
7002 Onion Creek Drive, Austin

A photo of Enzo at Zilker Park. (Photo Courtesy: Sofia Hsu).

Red Bud Isle Off-Leash Area
3401 Redbud Trail, Austin

Shoal Creek Greenbelt Off-Leash Area
2600 N Lamar Blvd., Austin

Vic Mathias Shores Off-Leash Area
900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

Walnut Creek District Off-Leash Area
12138 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin

West Austin Park Off-Leash Area
1317 W. 10th St., Austin

Zilker Park Off-Leash Area
2207 Lou Neff Road, Austin

Pet-friendly restaurants, bars, breweries

Austin Eastciders
Collaboratory – Tap Room: 979 Springdale Road, Ste. 130, Austin
Barton Springs: 1530 Barton Springs Road, Austin

Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
1305 W. Oltorf St., Austin

Austin Terrier
3435 Greystone Drive, Austin

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey St., Austin

Bar Peached
1315 W. 6th St., Austin

Barton Springs Saloon
 424 S Lamar Blvd, Austin

BB Rover’s Cafe & Pub
12636 Research Blvd Ste. B-101, Austin

Caroline Restaurant
621 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 101, Austin

(Easy Tiger)

The Cedar Door
201 Brazos St., Austin

Cherrywood Coffeehouse
1400 E. 38th 1/2 St., Austin


Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
121 Pickle Road, Austin

Dough Boys
3901 Promontory Point Drive, Austin

Easy Tiger
North/Linc: 6406 N. I-35 Frontage Road, Ste. 1100, Austin
South: 3508 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin
East: 1501 E. 7th St., Austin

Elizabeth Street Cafe
1501 S. 1st St., Austin

Jo’s Coffee
South Congress: 1300 S. Congress Ave., Austin
Downtown: 242 W. 2nd St., Austin
Red River: 1000 E. 41st St., Austin

Kerbey Lane Cafe
Central: 3704 Kerbey Lane, Austin
Mueller: 2200 Aldrich St., Ste 100, Austin
Northwest: 13435 Hwy. 183 Ste. 415, Austin
Round Rock: 2120 N. Mays St., Round Rock
South: 3003 South Lamar Blvd., Austin
Southwest: 4301 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin
Westlake: 701 S. Capital of TX Hwy., Austin

Mozart's Coffee Roasters in Austin (KXAN Photo)
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters in Austin (KXAN Photo)

Knomad Bar
1213 Corona Drive, Austin

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin

Perla’s
1400 S. Congress Ave., Austin

Salty Sow
1917 Manor Road, Austin

Sawyer & Co.
4827 East Cesar Chavez St., Austin

Sour Duck Market
1814 E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Austin

Yard Bar
6700 Burnet Road, Austin

Know of a dog-friendly restaurant, park or business we missed? Let us know! KXAN’s digital reporter Kelsey Thompson can be reached at reportit@kxan.com, by email or on Twitter.

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