If you’re an Austinite with a dog, you’ve probably been to Zilker park. Located on the river with lots of space to run, Zilker is a dog haven. However, if you’re an Austinite that’s been to Austin City Limits fest, you know it’s not as accessible for about 3 weeks surrounding the fest. A short while later the park will be transformed into a trail of lights. Zilker is such a fantastic park, that it gets used for a lot of different reasons throughout the year, transforming it from the perfect dog park into…well, anything the city thinks up! Luckily, BarkHappy and its users have been building a searchable bank of dog parks in the Austin area, so you’ll always have a place to get out and play.
Shoal Creek Greenbelt Off Leash Dog Park
Located at 2400 N. Lamar between 24th and 29th streets, let your dog loose to run and play with other pups off leash in this large, grassy space adjacent to Shoal Creek.
West Austin Dog Park
At 1317 W. 10th St, you can enjoy a safe, social, fenced off area. 5/5 bones by BarkHappy users.
Norwood Estates Dog Park
This park also received a 5/5 bones rating by BarkHappy users. Part of the Town Lake Trail at I-35 and Riverside, Norwood Estate is known for its off-leash dog area, shade trees and separate areas for large and small dogs.
Not far from Zilker and Auditorium Shores, Butler Park is located at Toomey Road and Sterzing Street. BarkHappy users have rated these lovely, on-leash walking trails a full 5/5 bones.
Personally, I’ve never experienced an ACL season without rain. If you’d just rather be indoors, check out Zoom Room at 7739 Northcross Drive, Suite H. This indoor gym for dogs offers full agility equipment. A one-time evaluation and proof of current vaccines are required.
Cedar Bark Park
This fabulous dog park is located within the Veterans Memorial Park, Cedar Park. It is a 5-acre dog park with a pond, showers, dog water fountains, and a separate park for small dogs (less than 30 pounds). Open from dawn to dust daily, this park is a fantastic place to play with your pup!