For those of you with dogs in the household, we know that they are part of your family – that’s why our Southwest Austin apartments welcome your furry friends with open arms. Not to mention, Austin happens to be an extremely dog- and pet-friendly city, which means there are lots of options when it comes to taking your pup out for an adventure, a bite to eat, and exploring the city. Luckily, Barton Creek Villas is located near so many of these fun activities.
Here are just a few of the many parks, businesses, and cafes located near our Hill Country apartments!
Parks and Fitness
Zilker Botanical Gardens
Known as a ‘jewel in the heart of Austin,’ the Zilker Botanical Gardens are the perfect place to relax, unwind, and take in the beauty of nature. And as long as your dog is on a leash, they’re welcome to come too! Nestled within Zilker Metropolitan Park, the sprawling gardens feature oak trees, streams, Koi ponds, and themed gardens for you to explore with your fur baby. Be sure to check the website for current hours, events, ticket prices, and more.
Barton Creek Greenbelt
Residents of Austin know how hot the summer temps can reach – thank goodness for places like the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Bring your dog (on-leash) for a day of walking trails and cooling off with a dip in the creek. The greenbelt is accessible from seven access points throughout Austin and residents of Barton Creek Villas can easily reach the park in less than a 15-minute drive.
Red Bud Isle
Dogs and dog lovers, you’ve found dog paradise at Red Bud Isle – and your pup will love the freedom of being off-leash! Just over 7 miles from our Southwest Austin apartments, you can stroll along the well-kept loop with wide paths of this literal dog island. Sitting on Town Lake, just below the Lake Austin dam, your dog will absolutely go bonkers playing with all the other doggos and swimming to their heart’s content.
Auditorium Shores Off-Leash Park
Another great off-leash option for your pooch is Auditorium Shores Off-Leash Park in downtown Austin. You’ll love watching them run around with their new furry friends, fetching frisbees, and getting those zoomies out of their system. Dog owners will want to take a little extra caution, however, there are busy roads located next to the poorly-fenced park.
Find your zen while doing your sun salutations with your fur baby at Austin Doga. The dog-friendly yoga studio in East Austin offers 45-minute sessions held in a cozy and comfortable environment by appointment only. You’ll strengthen your poses and learn wellness techniques for both you and your pup while you’re there. Learn more via the Austin Doga website.
Barton Creek Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday at the Barton Creek Square Mall is the Barton Creek Farmer’s Market. From 9 am to 1 pm, you can shop for local, fresh produce, meats, and dairy, crafts from local artisans, internationally prepared foods, and more. This vibrant market has been voted in the top 10 farmers market in the country several times and we’re sure their dog-friendly policy has something to do with it. Just be sure your well-behaved pup is always on a leash. Take a look at their website to learn more.
One of the aspects that make Austin so wonderful is the fact that the city is so accommodating to pets and pet owners. In fact, you can even take your dog to the mall! At The Domain, shoppers will find high-end retailers and popular department stores, all of which allow your dog inside! Find water bowls in front of H&M and Luis Vuitton in case they get a little thirsty after all of that retail therapy. View a list of all shops, hours, events, and more on the website.
Eating and Drinking
Sausage, beer, and a great dog-friendly vibe? Yes, please! You can find all of these things at Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden, just a short distance from both Zilker Park and Auditorium Shores Off-Leash Park. Leash up your pooch and grab a seat at one of the long communal tables before stuffing yourself with authentic Austin BBQ. Of course, you’ll want to wash that down with one of their 200+ beer, wine, and cider selections. Stay up-to-date on current hours and events through their website.
Both you and your dog can get social while visiting Yard Bar off Burnet Road. At this membership-based dog park, you can let your dog run around play with their friends in the large, open park while you grab some snacks and a drink inside the grill. Their menu even boasts dog-friendly items like meatballs and gravy and Good Dog ice cream. Memberships for the dog park start at $20/month. Learn more via the Yard Bar website.
“The Austin Terrier was launched as a neighborhood restaurant with a vibe that is both family and pet friendly, featuring a kid’s corner as well as water and free treats for our canine friends on the patio” according to their website. They have a great pub atmosphere, rotating craft beer and wine, and a featured full bar, plenty to keep the adults coming. Be sure to stop by during their Monday-Friday happy hour for awesome deals.
Kerbey Lane Cafe
With multiple locations around Austin, Kerbey Lane Cafe is serving delicious food using locally-sourced ingredients from farms that prioritize animal welfare and the environment. Known for their 24-hour menu, diners can order items such as chicken and pancakes, green chile mac, or David’s enchiladas. Leashed dogs are more than welcome on their covered patios! Learn more and view the full menu on their website.
Maria’s Taco X-Press
Sometimes, you just need to satisfy that taco craving – and Maria’s Taco X-Press is here for you, and your pup! Maria’s is an iconic, must-visit Austin staple that has been visited by people from all over the world, including countless celebrities. The dog-friendly establishment isn’t just serving up incredible, homemade tacos and margaritas – you’ll also find live music and Hippie Church on Sundays. Learn more at Maria’s website.
Only the Best for your Pooch at our Hill Country Apartments
Keep in mind that these are just a few of the dozens of dog-friendly options that Austin has to offer. When you live at Barton Creek Villas, you and your dog will always find something fun to do. Book a tour of our pet-friendly Hill Country apartments today.