City of Austin Off-Leash Areas

Ready to let Fido run free? Don’t want to risk a $500 fine?  The City of Austin has 12 off-leash areas.

  1. Auditorium Shores, 920 W Riverside Dr. Austin, TX 78704
  2. Davis White Northeast District Park, 5909 Crystalbrook Dr Austin, TX 78724
  3. Emma Long Metropolitan Park, 1600 City Park Rd Austin, TX 78730
  4. Onion Creek District Park, 7001 Onion Creek Dr Austin, TX 78744
  5. Shoal Creek Greenbelt, 2600-2799 Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX
  6. West Austin Park, 1317 W 10th St Austin, TX 78703
  7. Walnut Creek District Park, 12138 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78753
  8. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704
  9. Red Bud Isle, 3401 Redbud Trail Unit Cr. Austin, TX
  10. Far West, 6916 Great Northern Blvd. Austin, TX 78757
  11. Mary Moore Searight Metro Park, 907 W Slaughter Ln Austin, TX 78748
  12. Norwood Tract at Town Lake Metro Park, 1009 Edgecliff Terrace Austin, TX 78704

Just because your dog is off-leash doesn’t mean there are no rules:

  • Dogs must be within sight and sound control of Owners/handlers at all times
  • Dogs in heat are not allowed in off-leash areas
  • Rabies vaccinations are required for all dogs as required by State Law
  • Owners/handlers must clean up after their dogs and deposit waste into a trash can
  • Aggressive dogs must be removed from public spaces immediately

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Did you know that Texas’ most famous Mission, the Mission San Antonio de Valero–the Alamo–is only one of a chain of missions strung along the San Antonio River?  There are four other San Antonio River missions–Concepción, San José, San Juan, and Espada (going from North to South.  Established between 1718 and 1731, these missions were built only to spread the Catholic faith, and also to serve multiple foreign policy objectives for the Spanish government.  Today,  all four mission churches still have active Catholic parishes that hold regular services.

Mission San Jose

Mission San Jose

The missions and surrounding land, make up San Antonio Missions National Historical Park which opened in 1983.   The park’s visitor’s Center is in Mission San José (6701 San Jose Dr., San Antonio, TX 78214), where you can view a quick movie, Gente de Razon, which tells the story of life in the missions during the 1700s.   If you love architecture, history, and nature the Mission Trail is well worth a visit.   You can walk, bike or use your car to go up the trail.   Count on spending between two to four hours to visit all the missions.   Admission and guided tours are free but donations are welcome. Continue reading

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