Austin, TX is an attractive option for pet owners looking to relocate to a warmer climate. Not only is Austin a foodie mecca, it’s
extremely pet friendly. The combination makes for a great selection of restaurants that welcome our pooch. The Texas capitol is also an urban haven for nature lovers providing several opportunities to get outside with your dog. Additionally, Austin
was ranked as one of the top 10 most dog-friendly metro areas in the country by rover.com. It has a bark score of 92 out of 100. Discover some of the
fido friendly activities Austin has to offer.
Restaurants and Bars
Guess what pet owners? There are 466 dog friendly dining establishments in Austin. We’ve highlighted a few of the top-rated restaurants for you to peruse.
With a name like Austin-Terrier, you know you’re in for a pet friendly experience. This neighborhood establishment was created with one purpose: to be a family and dog friendly
place for people to gather over good eats. Rules for canines are clearly posted on the walls and pets are welcome outside on the patio. Dogs enjoy free treats and water bowls. Humans enjoy pizza, salads and sandwiches.
Yard Bar is just that. This bar/dog park combo is the first of its kind in Austin. It’s a full-service bar and restaurant that features an off-leash dog park. The dogs get their own
menu with eats like sliders and ice-cream. People get great salads, sandwiches, soups, snacks and a wide selection of craft brews. Access to the dog park is $5.50 a visit, but you can obtain monthly and yearly memberships as well.
Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden gets 5 out of 5 bones on BringFido for its dog friendliness. The garden features over 100 beers on tap, 30 sausages made on site and much more.
They have a fenced off-leash dog area and have created a specialty sausage just for fido. Water bowls are also provided.
Dog Friendly Parks and Activities
Austin boasts 15 off-leash parks as well as dog friendly trails, preserves, classes and events. Here is a selection for you to get an idea of what the city offers.
Red Bud Isle is an off-leash dog park on along the shore. The area is surrounded by water so there are opportunities for humans to kayak and canoe and dogs
to swim! The park is 13-acres and offers many trails that lead to the water.
West Austin Dog Park resides in the historic Clarksville neighborhood of Austin. The park also has basketball and tennis courts, a picnic shelter and table, a trail
and an open field.
A natural oasis for many in the city is Barton Creek Greenbelt Preserve. The main trail is around 7 miles long and runs through beautiful
natural landscape including limestone bluff and a creek. The preserve offers swimming, rock climbing and trails for hiking and biking. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed.
Your leashed pet is also allowed at the HOPE Farmers Market on Sunday’s, HOPE Outdoor Gallery – a community paint park, the Zilker Botanical Gardens and more.
You’ll find several events to enjoy with your pup throughout the year. These include the Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade and the Mighty Texas Dog Walk supporting service dogs.
You can also attend yoga classes with your pooch at Austin Doga. Decrease stress and reset with this unique experience with your best friend. The class is aimed to improve the bond between
you and your pooch as you’re guided by an instructor who is a yoga teacher, a psychotherapist and a dog lover. No experience is required to sign up.