Parking and Barking: Austin’s Best Dog Parks
Austin is a famously dog-friendly city, and one of the best bonding experiences you and your four-legged friend can have is to visit a dog park together. There are dog parks all over Austin where you and your dog can make some friends, get some exercise and enjoy our beautiful city. We’ve had the chance to enjoy dog parks across Austin and here are a few of our favorites.
The Auditorium Shores Leash-Free Dog Zone is an iconic part of Austin’s Lady Bird Lake. Located off West Riverside Dr., this park is full of green space for dogs to run and play, and then they can cool off in the river during sweltering hot Texas days. Few things are more idyllic than playing fetch in the water with a beautiful downtown Austin backdrop. Auditorium Shores is a classic Austin dog park.
Zilker Park is another beautiful outdoor space to enjoy with your dog. You’ll find Zilker Park off of Barton Springs Road, and there is plenty for you and your pup to do here. There are soccer fields zoned for leash-free running dog activities – think Frisbee, chase, and playing catch with man’s best friend. Zilker is often used for concerts and events, so check things out online before heading over on big weekends.
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park offers a completely different off leash experience for you and your dog. Instead of a giant, empty soccer field, Walnut Creek has winding trails that weave in and out creeks and canyons. You and your dog can experience nature while getting in some exercise at the same time.
Cedar Bark Park is one of a kind. Spread across five acres, the Bark Park is fenced in and has separate areas for large and small dogs. With plenty of room to play and make friends, there’s also a pier that leads out to a dogs-only pond. Once your pup has made a sufficient mess, Cedar Bark Park actually offers a doggie showering station to get cleaned up before getting in the car and heading home.
Regardless of your outdoor style, Austin definitely has a dog park perfect for you and your canine companion. Before you and your best friend head out to meet other dogs, make sure you’re up to date on your pet’s boosters and vaccinations. At ZippiVet, we can make sure your dog is ready to make new friends without getting sick!