Our Austin pet friendly hotels are a good starting point to discover the appeal and energy of the fast-growing capital of Texas. The city is famous for the million-plus Mexican free-tail bats that have taken up residence under the Congress Ave Bridge. Visitors to the city can see these bats from March to November, but the best time is at sunset in July and August. Families with dogs are welcome on the bridge, or at a viewing area established in the parking lot of the Austin American-Statesman at 305 S Congress Ave.
To blend a little romance and charm, families can include their dogs on a tour of the downtown area in a horse-drawn carriage. With at least two hours notice, Austin Carriage can arrange to pick up guests in front of your downtown Austin pet friendly hotel.
Active dogs and their owners are going to love the fact that Austin offers 11 off-leash parks within the city's park system. Zilker Park, at 2100 Barton Springs Rd, is the flagship park in the system. If Fido is happy with the leash, check out Zilker Botanical Gardens, 2220 Barton Springs Dr. This 31-acre park on the Colorado River is free, and it offers picturesque trails through some of the most beautiful settings in Austin. Your kids will love the dinosaurs, too!
For adventurous dogs and their families, Walnut Creek Park in north austin provides a more rugged, wilder experience. Its 11 miles of trails run alongside Walnut Creek, criss-crossing it at a number of spots. City slickers will find there are a number of outdoor restaurants and shops to accommodate four-legged friends. Ask the staff at our Austin pet friendly hotels for local recommendations.