Top Travel Destination for Pets: Austin, Texas

Top Travel Destination for Pets: Austin, Texas

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Austin is so pet-friendly it passed an ordinance allowing local restaurants to welcome pets as guests in outdoor areas. The city’s website lists a number of participating restaurants, including Mangia Pizza, Java Dive Organic Café, and Scholz Garten, the self-proclaimed oldest business in Texas. has a much longer list, however you should check with each establishment to ensure the information is up to date.

Additionally, Austin has 12 designated leash-free areas, including Bull Creek District Park, 100 yards in length; Zilker Park, in the soccer field area; and Red Bud Isle. Several of these parks have access to water, and some are located on the hike and bike trail. There are no fees, and no temperament testing is required. Keep in mind, your dog must be on a leash outside designated areas. You could be fined up to $500 if you do not observe this rule.

You have many choices for pet-friendly hotels in Austin. For example, The Baymont Inn allows dogs up to 30 pounds for free, and The Hyatt Regency welcomes pets of all sizes for a one-time fee of $100. If you decide to spend a day pet-free, you can leave your dog PetsHotel by PetsMart. And if you’d like to give your pooch a sibling, you can stop by one of four local animal shelters.

Austin provides you with countless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors through walking tours, boat rentals, and botanical gardens. Equally important, your pet will feel welcome, too.



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