Austin is great place to live – for people, and for our four-legged friends! It’s well established that Austin has a delightfully dog-friendly attitude. If you’re new to the city or looking for something fun to do with your pup, you should take advantage of all the great dog-friendly activities the city has to offer. Here are our top 5 doggy-approved activities:

Zilker Park

Zilker Park is an Austin staple. This 350-acre hangout is right off Barton Springs Road and home to Austin City Limits, Blues on the Green, the Austin Trail of Lights and more. On weekends, you will find people out for a picnic, pick-up games of soccer, sand volleyball, and lots and lots of dogs. If you’re not sure where to take your dog first, this is a great jumping off point. It’s off-leash and laid back – just be sure to bring plenty of poop bags!

Vic Mathias Shores

Located downtown off Lady Bird Lake, Vic Mathias Shores (previously Auditorium Shores) is great for pups who like to get wet. Although a bit less roomy than Zilker, Auditorium Shores has been recently renovated with multiple docks your pooch can practice their belly flops from.

Yard Bar

Crack a cold one while your dog gets a workout in! Located off Burnet Road, Yard Bar has a relaxed environment and is the perfect afternoon hangout spot with your pooch. The yard is fenced in and includes picnic tables and agility equipment. Day passes are $5, but memberships are also available for purchase. Please note, all dogs must be 21 and up.

Bull Creek

Bull Creek is ideal for the more adventurous pup. With 32 miles of beautiful terrain, there’s something for everyone here. Take a hike on the trails, or bring a cooler and go for a swim. You can expect scenic cliffs, swimming holes and waterfalls. As there are both deep and shallow areas of water, we would recommend bringing a life jacket for your pup.

The Domain

Is your pup looking for something a bit more posh? The Domain may be the perfect spot! This outdoor shopping center boasts more than 100 restaurants and stores. You will find plenty of water bowls scattered throughout, along with numerous benches for people watching. Most restaurant patios welcome dogs, and many of the stores are dog-friendly as well – just be sure to ask first if you’re unsure.

What are your favorite Austin places to take your pooch? Let us know in the comments!

It’s hard to believe, but summertime in Austin has begun. This means the temperature is hot, hot, hot, but the team at Wellington Group Marketing & PR doesn’t let that keep them from getting out and having a blast. Here in Austin, there are so many ways to enjoy the summer season and we are excited to share a few of our favorites with you. Whether you’re looking to be adventurous or just relaxed by the water, we’re sure you will enjoy these five summery things to do in Austin!

Sno-Beach – When the heat gets to be too much, it’s time for a trip to the best snow-cone stand in Austin, Sno-Beach. Sno-Beach’s snow cones are like no other. The best way we know how to describe it is that it’s like eating a cloud – a very yummy cloud! If you become overwhelmed by the plethora of flavors, we recommend getting a strawberry and cream snow cone. It will change your life!

Zilker Summer Musical – If you’ve never made it to a Zilker Summer Musical, you definitely need to make it a priority this year! Pack a picnic and enjoy a summer evening by watching a show under the stars. This summer’s musical is Hairspraya fun and high-energy musical that is sure to leave the audience dancing on their feet.

Barton Springs – By the time July comes around, swimming pools in Austin are practically hot tubs. This is why Austinites flee to Barton Springs. It’s a natural spring, which means the water is about 68-70 degrees all year round. Trust us, Barton Springs is the body of water you want to be in when the temperatures rise!

Kayak On Lady Bird Lake – On the days you’re feeling a little adventurous, we recommend kayaking on Lady Bird Lake. The view of the downtown skyline is unbeatable. If you don’t have a kayak, The Rowing Dock will hook you up with everything you need – you can even rent a stand up paddleboard!

How do you enjoy summertime in Austin? Leave us a comment below!

We love summers in Austin. Despite the sizzling hot temps, the city is jam-packed with fun for the entire family (perfect for our resident Wellington Group mommas, Dawn and Emily). Though we could go on for hours about all of the awesomeness happening during this season, we’ve created a list with some of our favorite kid-friendly activities. Enjoy!

Got any family fun to add to our list? Leave us a comment below.