For those who consider their dog a member of the family, vacation just isn't the same without them.
That's why there are more places than ever catering to our furry family members.
Going on a trip and can't bear to leave Fido at home? Here are a few of the best places to visit around Texas with your dog in tow.
1. Austin: Red Bud Isle
Between The Greenbelt, Lady Bird Lake Trail, and Zilker Park, there are limitless dog-friendly hiking areas to enjoy in Austin. However, Red Bud Isle is somewhere every outgoing and playful dog should get to visit at least once.
This dog park is located on a peninsula that extends into beautiful Town Lake. Off-leash dog parks usually make me nervous, but the fact that this park is surrounded by water eases concerns that my dog will take off running into a road.
The trail is relatively short, so the main reasons to come here are for the views and for your dog to enjoy playing with other dogs. Parking is limited, so prepare to wait in line for a spot or park down the street and walk to the park.
3. Fredricksburg: Enchanted Rock
Enjoy a relaxing retreat by staying in one of the many pet-friendly "bed and breakfast" rentals in Downtown Fredricksburg. Just remember to plan this trip in advance, as this area is increasingly popular.
The town is also host to a number of wineries, many of which you can visit with your pup. While you are in the area, plan an excursion to Enchanted Rock. The park does require your dog to stay on leash and to stay off certain trails to protect the environment.
3. San Marcos: Three Dudes and a Dog Winery
As the name implies, the winery located near Texas State University is dog friendly. Dogs must remain on a leash, but there are plenty of nice areas to wander or sit and relax outdoors. On busy days when the weather is nice, an additional wine bar is open outdoors on the deck.
The winery has been host to adoption events for local animal shelters and sWag Your Tails, a dog-friendly festival.
4. Houston: Minute Maid Park
5. Dallas: Northbark Dog Park
This 22.3-acre off-leash dog park features trails, a dog swimming pond, picnic areas, grills, and showers to clean your pup off before going home. There is even a separate area for small dogs.
Dallas is home to a number of dog-friendly bars and restaurants, so following your play date, head back in to the city to explore.
Texas has a multitude of things to do with your pup, thanks to the wide open spaces and dog-friendly people. If you haven't gone out and explored the Lone Star State with your pooch, these places are waiting!
Have you been to any of these dog-friendly staples in Texas? Let us know in the comments below!
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