- January 21, 2015

Enjoy Dog-Friendly Fun in Austin With Your Furry Family Members


For many of us Austinites, our canine friends are family. They afford us with extra opportunities to get out and experience a different side of Austin.

Our family is in the process of adopting this sweet boy from Gold Ribbon Rescue.

Our last dog was friendly enough, but he just wasn’t the type we thought about taking too many places, for various reasons. Our new pup is very easygoing, so it has us all excited to get out there and explore.

Here are some ways to have fun in our fabulous city with your pooch in tow:


The City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department off-leash areas are open from 5am until 10pm, barring any events or maintenance issues. Check here for reminders about rules while in off-leash areas.

Red Bud Isle


Turkey Creek Trail

Outside of Austin:


While many restaurants allow dogs on their patios, here are a few I’d recommend:

Alta’s Cafe


A recovering workaholic, Nicole Basham now spends her time rediscovering Austin through her 8-year-old son’s eyes. A soccer-playing mom, Nicole also enjoys tickling too close to bedtime, taking in some live music and being silly. You can also find her writing at LiveMom.