It calls itself the live-music capital of the world, and there is no doubt that you will hear a lot of songs as you explore the city. There are also many activities that you can share with your canine companion and the easygoing locals will love meeting both of you. Stay at one of the pet-friendly properties by Choice Hotels in Austin, Texas and enjoy the city’s many dog-friendly attractions, which include:
It is technically a peninsula, but you will feel like you are completely surrounded by water on Red Bud Isle, a favorite place for local dogs and their owners to go and cool down. Swim, splash, and be sure to wear a bathing suit or clothes that you do not mind getting muddy! It is a great place to play together, socialize with other dogs and run around off-leash. The only drawback is the parking situation, but with a little perseverance you will find a place and your canine companion will vote the experience well worth the effort.
Flowers and exotic plants abound at the Zilker Botanical Gardens, and your leashed dog is welcome to explore them all with you. Check out the cactus and succulent garden, the Hartman prehistoric garden, the herb and fragrance garden, the Japanese and rose gardens, the butterfly trail and garden, the Pioneer Village and the children’s garden, or watch a rainwater harvesting demonstration. Scattered around are fascinating historical and architectural features that have earned the Zilker its reputation as “the attic of Austin,” including a tremendous key-shaped window, a restored cypress house and antique light standards.
Your leashed dog is very welcome to accompany you on any of the three free outings offered by the Austin Guided Walking Tours (offered on Tuesdays and again on Thursdays through Sundays); just be sure to make reservations in advance. The 10-block Congress Avenue and nine-block Pecan Street National Register Districts combine modern skyscrapers with nineteenth-century buildings for a fascinating tour. Or you may prefer a peek into the lives of Victorian-era Austin high society, in which case you can take the Bremond Block Historic District tour where you will see a collection of homes belonging to Austin’s Bremond family.
Why not tour the city in style with your canine companion? Do it in a horse-drawn carriage and let beautiful Percheron horses take you to see the sights. Carriage tours run weeknights and weekend days and nights, and the carriage will even pick you up at your hotel. The driver/guide can suggest a route or you can ask for a particular tour; if you are unsure of what to request, ask at your hotel’s front desk for ideas.
No matter what shape you (or your dog) might be in, you are welcome to participate together in an Austin Doga, which is yoga with your dog. Your registered yoga teacher loves dogs of all breeds and sizes and will help you find ways to relax, stretch and interact with them. No previous yoga (or doga!) experience is necessary: as the venue says, “relax, renew and reset” with your best friend.
No visit to Austin is complete without checking out the city’s art scene. If either you or your dog is an art lover, then you will want to head over to the HOPE Outdoor Gallery, a three-story art project that is one of the largest outdoor galleries in Texas. Developed to provide muralists, graffiti artists and community groups a space for large-scale outdoor art pieces, the gallery in addition requires that all pieces reflect inspirational, positive and/or educational messaging.
Stay at one of the pet-friendly hotels in Austin listed below and enjoy the interesting and quirky experiences this artsy Texas city has to offer dogs … and their owners.
Austin, TX, US, 78724
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