The Retirement Capital of Texas, beautiful Georgetown, is located in the central heartland of the state. Home to the state's first university, this growing community boasts historic neighborhoods and institutions, along with several pet-friendly attractions.
Is your pooch feeling cooped up? Georgetown just opened its' first public off-leash dog park! Bark Park is over six acres large, with separate areas for dogs over 30 pounds, and dogs smaller than 30 pounds. Interestingly, this park is situated in a pecan grove, creating beautiful surroundings and break from the hot Texas sun. Open from dawn to dusk daily, as long as the weather cooperates, the park has modern amenities like water and doggie bags, as well as an agility course.
Other parks welcome on-leash dogs. Georgetown has over two dozen public parks, including the Blue Hole, McMaster Complex, Raintree Park, and Old Town Park. Most of these parks provide access to short nature trails.
Longer trails in the Georgetown area include the 1.6-mile granite loop around San Gabriel Park. The San Gabriel River also has a lighted concrete path with gorgeous water views. This trail was designated a National Recreational Trail by the US Department of the Interior. Nearby is the Pickett Trail, which connects the Blue Hole Park and Chautauqua Park.
Georgetown Bark Park in this downtown neighborhood offers plenty of trees and squirrels for an exciting pup’s day out. This dog park provides pools and a common water bowl in the separate fenced spaces for small and large dogs. Benches, waste disposal bags, and agility equipment are available on site for your use. The park also has drinking fountains for both you and your pup. When your dog has had enough of socializing, take a stroll on the trail. Nearby, Eats on 8th offers a farm to table dining experience, and allows your pup in the patio seating area. Galaxy Bakery and Coffee House serves delicious pastries and coffee, and invites your pup to sit with you at the outdoor tables.
Tail Waggins Dog Bakery makes a treasure trove of special treats for your pooch. Let them know your special request and they’ll do their best to prepare just the right cookie or birthday cake and decoration. They have an array of interactive puzzle toys for your fur baby genius, and be sure to try out their self-bathing facility that makes bath day a dream. Drop by Schlotzsky’s Deli for a great sandwich and some soup. Fido is welcome to enjoy you on the patio. Candlewood Suites Georgetown invites you to share your room with up to three pets no larger than 80 pounds for an additional fee per night and a refundable deposit.
Just nine miles away in Round Rock is the Round Rock Dog Depot at Lake Creek Park. The fun, off-leash park has separate fenced sections for large and small dogs, a water feature, and plenty of shade. The Brass Tap is an upscale brewpub where you can select from 300 beers and their famous pretzel pizza while dining at the outdoor tables with your pooch. Drop by 620 Hacienda Bar & Grill for a down-home breakfast, or Tex-Mex lunch/ dinner at the outdoor tables. Get the pawfect dog-yard at home, Houndscaping, LLC will design your pup’s dream backyard with play structures, digging pits and ‘fur-golas’.