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  • The Top 6 Dog Parks Austin Residents Love

    by Andrew Borgschulte

    One of the fastest-growing cities in the country, Austin, TX has become a hot spot for millennials and tech companies. With this growth and the general vibe of the city, it should come as no surprise that Austin is extremely dog-friendly. Let’s take a look at the top 6 dog parks in Austin.

    An image of Zilker Park, a dog park Austin residents visit during summer months to swim and enjoy the nice weather.

    Red Bud Isle

    The first entry on our list offers a ton of variety. On over 13 acres off of Redbud Trail, you can hike, fish, bike, swim and more. Truly a park that can be equally enjoyed by dogs and humans alike.

    Additionally, there is a half-mile trail that is well maintained, plenty of shade and a swimming area for your pup!

    Auditorium Shores

    This newly renovated park boasts several outstanding amenities. There is a large open area for off-leash play, along with three different water access areas.

    As part of the renovation, there are also doggy showers on site which makes clean up a breeze.

    Emma Long Metropolitan Park

    This is one of the largest parks in Austin with over 1,200 acres. Within the larger park, the off-leash area covers an impressive 193 acres. There is also a creek that runs through the park and of course plenty of hiking trails.

    Overall, this large and centrally located park is an excellent option for a variety of activities.

    Shoal Creek Greenbelt

    This park located in the heart of Austin offers picturesque views of both the city and natural landscapes. Of course, there is also a mile of off-leash terrain between 24th and 29th streets.

    While this park offers only trails, it is a great alternative to the traditional fenced-in dog park.

    Work & Woof

    Work & Woof is Austin’s first indoor/outdoor play park and coworking space. This nontraditional dog park in Austin offers traditional coworking amenities in a space where you and your pup can relax under the same roof, year-round, rain or shine! If you want to spend time with your pup, just come into the park and play or bring them back to your desk with you, it’s that easy! 

    Finally, you can also relax in their 6,000 sq ft outdoor dog park! They are also BYOB so bring your favorite adult beverage to come hang out and relax.

    Zilker Dog Park

    Located at 2100 Barton Springs Road, Zilker Metropolitan Park is considered “Austin’s most loved park.” This 351 acre park is home to a variety of recreational opportunities and special events for the individual or the whole family. Of the 351 acres, 45.65 acres is the Off-Leash Dog Park portion, bounded by Stratford Dr, Barton Springs Rd, and Neff Rd, and is known as the “Great Lawn.”

    This dog park is not fenced. Well-behaved dogs can roam and play off-leash but must be under verbal control and within your sight.

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