Austin’s Downtown is a highly walkable central business district of Austin, Texas. The neighborhood has many restaurants and shops, theatres, live entertainment venues, a museum, offices, and state buildings.
Dog-friendly restaurants where your pup can join you on a patio are many and include Handlebar, Halcyon, Ginger Man Pub, Fado Irish Pub, Trifecta on 3rd, Lambert’s, Second Bar and Kitchen, La Condesa, Carmelo's Italian Restaurant, and Murphy's Deli among a few others that you can visit. Austin is a very pup-friendly city!
Sixth street is a highly walkable historic and entertainment district that is often closed to traffic to create a pedestrian mall on weekend evenings, or when events are taking place in the area. Pet owners will find the Austin Urban Vet Centre and Abraham Veterinary Clinic in the region as well as Healthy Pet and Peppy Pets pet supply shops along with the doggie bakery, Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming.
Downtown Austin is bordered by the Colorado River on the south side, Lamar Boulevard on the west side, Interstate 35 on the east, and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the north side. Downtown is a developed urban center with high rises and state capitol buildings. There are historic buildings and historic districts in the region which add character and interest.
For a downtown area, Austin’s downtown is surprisingly well landscaped with beautiful shade trees along streets. Sidewalks are available to provide safe, separate pedestrian ways for people and pets. Keep your dog securely leashed and use caution at intersections where a vehicle turning in the busy area may not see your pedestrian pup who is low to the ground.
The area is mostly level but slopes down to the river on the south and to the creek on the west side. Homes in the area consists of apartments, condos, and single-family homes. A pedestrian bridge provides access to the other side of the river.
The riverfront greenway of Ladybird Lake Metro Park, Sand Beach Park, and Shoal Beach at Town Lake Metropolitan Park are beautiful places to walk your dog with trails that run along the riverfront and a pedestrian bridge to access the greenways on the south side of the river. Facilities in the park include restrooms and picnic sites. There is fishing in the river and urban wildlife in the park which is beautifully landscaped and provides plenty of hiking opportunities.
To the northeast, the Pease District Park borders the Shoal Creek and is a popular recreational greenway with large trees and open lawns. There is public art, volleyball and basketball courts, a splash pad, and a playground in the park. Plenty of walking trails in the area are great places to walk with your dog.
The Duncan Neighborhood Park is also located on the east side of downtown Austin and contains a BMX park, heavily treed and open spaces along Shoal Creek, and paved walking trails for strolls with your pet.