Austin-Area Dog Parks

Bark in the Park!

Is the social distancing making you and your four-legged best friend a little stir-crazy? You both probably want to get out of the house and stretch your legs! Luckily, the Austin area has no shortage of great dog parks in town where you can socially distance while they get their play on and run off some of that energy! Here is our favorite places to take our furry friends…

Auditorium Shores Dog Park

Local Austin favorite right on Lady Bird Lake looking into downtown Austin! Auditorium Shores Dog Park900 W Riverside Dr. Austin, TX 78704

Barkin’ Springs 

A canine-friendly watering hole just below Austin’s famous Barton Springs Pool! Barkin Springs – 2201 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78746

Bee Cave Dog Park 

Dog park run by the City of Bee Cave with huge open fields and two fenced area for your dog to play! Bee Cave Dog Park – 13676 Bee Cave Pkwy Bee Cave, TX 78738

Cedar Bark Park 

A 5-acre off-leash park with a pond, showers and water fountains, plus a separate area for small dogs! Cedar Bark Park – 2525 W New Hope Dr. Cedar Park, TX 78613

Norwood Estate Dog Park 

Fenced-off dog park with some park benches, tree shade, water supply & drinking bowls at I-35 & East Riverside. Norwood Estate Dog Park – 1009 Edgecliff Terrace Austin, TX 78704

Northtown Dog Park 

Large, fenced dog park with plenty of shade and obstacles for dogs to enjoy! Northtown Dog Park – 14401 Harris Ridge Blvd. Pflugerville, TX 78660

Onion Creek District Park 

The Onion Creek Greenbelt is a 106-acre park with trails, woods and water, all off-leash! Onion Creek District Park – 7002 Onion Creek Dr. Austin, TX 78744

West Austin Park & Wading Pool

A small, shaded off-leash dog park completely fenced – great for dogs and owners! West Austin Park & Wading Pool – 1317 W 10th St. Austin, TX 78703

Yard Bar 

Hip central Austin park with sandwiches, cocktails and pet treats – plenty of space for your furry friends to roam! Yard Bar – 6700 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX 78757

Zilker Metropolitan Park 

Huge central Austin park with miles of trails, plenty of space and water for pets to explore and enjoy! Zilker Metropolitan Park – 2100 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704

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Eye-Catching Ways to Decorate with Plants

With the colder weather starting to make its presence felt on all of us this Fall, many of us are spending more time indoors. To make our indoor space as enjoyable as possible, many people enjoy decorating with indoor plants and greenery!

Using plants as décor is a great way to add a little color and a natural, bright feel to any room. There are endless types of plants to choose from and various ways to display each one, but here are a few of our favorite combinations!

Geometric Pots

Find geometric pots or planters of various sizes and plant small succulents of different styles and colors in each one. Then group a few pots together on a window sill or shelf or use them individually to adorn a side table or center of the dining room table.

Long, Hanging Plants

Purchase a larger, draping plant-like eucalyptus, fern, or ivy and hang it from the ceiling using a macramé plant hanger or place it on a high shelf or ladder. These plants are perfect for the corner of your living room or room with a large, plain wall that is in need of a little pop of color.

Plant Corner

Have a large corner in the dining or living room and need ideas on how to fill it? Consider turning it into a small plant sanctuary. Select plants of all different sizes, heights, colors, and styles and purchase either matching pots or a mix of designs. Consider the use of a stool or small table to create additional levels and strategically place each one in the corner.

Air Plants

Air plants are universal and can be included in DIY wall art, hung from the ceiling or on the wall inside geometric metal prisms, or placed inside beautiful glass terrariums alongside other plants and colorful rocks or sand.

We hope this list of our favorite combinations has given you some ideas for your home! Do you have some unique ideas or ways that you’ve used plants to decorate your home?! Comment below to share with us – we’d love to see them!

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Winterizing Your Home

Winter arrives before you know it every year and being prepared is something everyone strives for. Follow these simple guidelines to prep your home for winter and save money wherever you can.

1. Cleaning the Gutters

Once the leaves begin to fall, you will need to clear gutters to allow rain and melting ice to properly drain. Clean out gutters by scooping out loose debris, washing out the gutter with a hose, and flushing out the downspouts. Another option you might want to consider is installing gutter covers which allow water to flow through while keeping leaves and other debris out.

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2. Insulating the Pipes

Cold weather can spell disaster for exposed pipes. As anyone who has experienced it already knows, a burst pipe can be a nightmare. To protect your pipes, wrap and insulate them with heating tape. Check for leaks and cracks so that minor repairs can be made before Jack Frost causes major damage.

3. Trimming the Tree Branches

Winter storms can pack quite a punch, sometimes powerful enough to knock down tree branches with the added weight of ice or snow. Falling limbs can damage homes, cars or even the neighbor taking Milo for a walk. Autumn is a great time to check your trees and other landscaping for weak branches.

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4. Insulating your Home

Cut heating costs this winter by checking the insulation in attics and basements. Proper insulation keeps heat from escaping and keeps your home warmer. The Insurance Information Institute recommends that attics be kept 5 to 10 degrees warmer than the outside air to prevent snow from melting and re-freezing, which can cause significant damage to your roof.

5. Cleaning out the Chimneys, Furnaces, Boilers, and Heaters

Before winter arrives, have your chimney or furnace checked. Servicing them once a year can prevent smoke and other damage to your home, helping to ensure your home stays warm. Make sure to keep your homes temperature at 65 degrees or higher to prevent pipes from freezing.

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6. Sealing the Windows and Doors

Make sure that your windows and doors are properly sealed by double-checking the weather stripping. Use weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors to prevent heat from escaping in cold months, saving you money on your energy bill.

7. Preparing your Lawn and Landscaping

Cold temperatures cause grass and other plants in your landscape to go dormant. Spend a few hours preparing your lawn for beautiful greenery next year. Start by aerating. Renting an aerator is a cost-effective and efficient way to reduce thatch and provide extra space in the soil for water and oxygen to reach the roots. After aerating, spread a quality winter fertilizer to give your grass the nutrients it needs to grow strong.

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8. Protecting your Deck

The harsh winter elements can take a major toll on decking, so it’s important to protect it. With a little time and effort, your deck will make it through winter unscathed and ready for outdoor fun in spring. To keep the structure’s integrity intact and wood looking beautiful, clean and seal your deck before winter arrives.

Do you have a winterizing tip that we missed?! Comment below to share with us! Looking information about caring for your home or maybe finding your home’s value? Contact any of our awesome agents for answers and help!

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Furry Friends of Texas

A Furry Resident Guide for The Austin Texas Area

Dog Parks and Off Leash Play Areas 

These free outdoor locations are places where your furry friend can romp around in the sunshine leash-free! For the safety of you, your pet and others, be sure to be caught up on flea prevention and vaccinations and be aware of the behavior or surrounding animals at play. City ordinances apply in parks. Please observe the rules posted on the Parks and Recreation websites and at the parks. 

  • Auditorium Shores 920 W. Riverside Dr, Austin 
  • Barking Springs William Barton Dr, Austin 
  • Bull Creek District Dog Park 6701 Lakewood Dr, Austin 
  • Devine Lake Off Lead Area 1000 Maple Creek, Leander 
  • Emma Long Metropolitan Park 1600 City Park Rd, Austin 
  • Far West ROW Between Great Northern Blvd. & Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin
  • Mary Moore Searight Metro Park 907 Slaughter Ln., Austin 
  • Northeast District Park 5909 Crystalbrook Dr, Austin 
  • Norwood Tract at Townlake Metro Park I-35 and Riverside Dr, Austin 
  • Onion Creek Greenbelt 6900 Onion Creek Dr, Austin 
  • Red Bud Isle 3401 Red Bud Trl, Unit Cr, Austin 
  • Round Rock Dog Depot 800 Deerfoot Dr, Round Rock
  • Shoal Creek Greenbelt 2600-2799 Lamar Blvd, Austin
  • Walnut Creek Metro Park 12138 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin 
  • West Austin Neighborhood Park 1317 W 10th St, Austin 
  • Zilker Dog Park 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin

Pet Friendly Restaurants 

These locations are among the handfull of places where your furry friends are welcome to dine with you on a patio! When you arrive, please confirm with the staff where to sit…stay…and eat. 

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Pet Shelters & Sanctuaries 

Community resource organizations providing shelter, adoption and animal control services. 

Veterinary Services 

Receive the best in animal care from these trained and certified medical providers.