South Lamar, also called “SoLa,” is a mixed-use neighborhood located in South Austin, Texas. This neighborhood is an eclectic, trendy neighborhood with lots of nightlife, restaurants, and entertainment located close to Austin’s downtown business district. Unique businesses are located along Lamar Boulevard, and there is a shopping complex on the southeast corner.
A vintage dance hall in the area features live music and is a popular destination. There are schools, parks, and lots of places to walk your dog to.
Warm temperatures are prominent during all seasons and there are no sub-freezing temperatures that necessitate heavy outerwear. Summers can be uncomfortably hot and heat-related illnesses can occur. Avoid heat-related illness by staying hydrated, choosing shaded areas to walk, and picking times of the day that are cooler for daily outings. Severe storms with torrential rain, lightning, and high winds can also be an issue, so check local forecasts to avoid extreme weather.
South Lamar is an active neighborhood with lots of visitors and traffic accessing entertainment and commercial activities in the area. Make sure to keep your pup leashed in busier areas and avoid noisy, active spots if your pup is not accustomed to activity.
Homes in the area consist of single-family homes, condos, duplexes, and apartments. Residential properties are heavily landscaped with lots of large trees, lawns, and well-maintained yards that make the neighborhood desirable for a stroll. Most areas have sidewalks, but some do not, and pedestrians on these streets need to share the road with local traffic. Remember to walk facing oncoming traffic and keep your dog securely leashed.
The area is fairly flat so people and pups of all ability and mobility levels can easily walk the neighborhood without experiencing steep climbs. Train tracks on SoLa's east side should be avoided and only crossed at designated pedestrian crossing points.
The Barton Creek Greenbelt is situated to the west of South Lamar. This natural area has lots of interesting features. The Barton Creek winds through it and a great dog walking trail follows along the creek and loops through the natural areas. When the creek is full, natural swimming holes are created that locals enjoy. There are limestone bluffs and boulders in the area that are popular for rock climbers and offer spectacular views of the surrounding greenway and neighborhoods.
Located in South Lamar is the Del Curto Park or the Tom Lasseter South Lamar Neighborhood Park. Basketball courts and picnic sites are located in the park and this green space is heavily treed which is great for summer walks as the park provides lots of shade to shelter you and your pooch from the hot sun. This makes for a restful spot to enjoy some green space close to home for residents and their canine companions.