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Dog Areas in Austin, TX

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Austin, TX has recently almost cracked the top 10 cities list, ranking in at number 11 of the most populated cities in the United States. Being the top 5 most populated cities in Austin, Austin is known for its live music, clean air, safety, and violet glow of the cities. What’s surprising is Austin is also known for its incredible array of pet-friendly attractions that are available within the city limits.

Consider hiking? St. Edwards Park is surrounded by vast forest with several natural water features, including a creek, waterfall and breathtaking high elevation views. Clocking in at around 2 - 4 miles, depending on the route you decide to take, St. Edwards Park makes the perfect retreat for you and your pup.

Interested in something a little more low-key? You’d be letting your furry friend down if you didn’t make a stop by Zilker Park. This park is every dog's dream, including 350 acres of preserve, places to splash around including a pool and creek, and to top it off, two separate areas, one with leash required and one with leash optional, your dog will never want to leave.

Austin is home to dozens of pet-friendly hotels, including the Hotel Ella, Omni Austin Downtown, and W Austin. Hotels in Austin understand how much pet lovers want their pets in their lives. Whether you’re visiting, living, or passing through, Austin has a vast array of hikes, hotels, restaurants, and parks to visit. Austin is one of the most dog-friendly towns in our list!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Austin, TX

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    Population Density 4,620/sq mi

    #1 Bouldin

    Located just south of the bustling South Congress and Downtown shopping districts, Bouldin is a popular residential and shopping area for long-term residents and Austin newcomers alike. Auditorium Shores is one of many dog-themed attractions that will have your pooch yipping with excitement. Fido will have a splashing good time courtesy of the easy lake access. Plenty of space in this off leash dog park ensures lots of room for a game of fetch or frisbee, or for romping with fellow four-legged friends. Owners can relax and take in the iconic Austin skyline as their doggie companions take in a little social sniffing in the beautiful Bouldin area of Austin.
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    Population Density 4,700/sq mi

    #2 Downtown

    Downtown Austin, Texas is the cultural, shopping and nightlife hub of this thriving Texas City. A variety of shops and restaurant patios roll out the red carpet for doggy tagalongs, offering water bowls and cookie jars in case your pooch needs a quick afternoon drink. If you’re looking to explore more pawsome spots, Austin’s Guided City Walking Tours are dog-friendly and even offer dog-specific themed guide routes. You and Fido will sniff out all the best shopping, dining and entertainment the Downtown, Austin area has to offer. Bonus gold star dog cookies awarded for the awesome opportunities for socialization.
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    Population Density 6,820/sq mi

    #3 North Lamar

    For those looking to live, work, and play in Austin, Texas, the North Lamar neighborhood offers the perfect location for commuters to call home as well as a variety of activities for both two and four-legged family members. Walnut Creek is a staple natural attraction in the area. Offering miles of dog-friendly trails, Walnut Creek is the perfect place for your pooch to get in some pawcersize. The one-acre Metropolitan Dog Park at Walnut Creek features both small and large dog areas. Your beloved pet will enjoy getting his sniff on with other area dogs-- leash and worry-free.
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    Population Density 2,520/sq mi

    #4 Barton Hills

    Barton Hills is one of the most popular neighborhoods in the Austin, Texas area, and with the scenic mountain views and plenty of outdoor and indoor activities, it’s not hard to see why. You and Fido will enjoy spending weekend mornings perusing the pawtastic offerings at the dog-friendly Barton Creek Farmers Market. For something a little more active, Zilker Metropolitan Park is a doggie haven with plenty of room for playing catch and throwing a frisbee, or for socializing with other doggie neighbors. With a variety of pet-friendly activities, it’s easy to see why pet lovers love Barton Hills.
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    Population Density 810/sq mi

    #5 Southeast Austin

    Located just south of the bustling shopping, dining and entertainment hub of Austin, Texas, the neighborhood of Southeast Austin is a popular area for commuters, families, and more. Four-legged family members will feel right at home with numerous dog-friendly locales such as McKinley Falls State Park. Grab your puppy’s leash and explore over five miles of sniffer-approved hiking and walking trails. When you’re ready to stop for a quick bite, you and Fido can enjoy fishing or picnicking by the lake or a little geocaching adventure on the expansive property. Whatever your speed, this Southeast Austin gem is sure to get your dog’s tail a-wagging.
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