Spring Break with Spot
Spring break is coming up! Even if you’re not in school anymore, you can still create your own spring break by visiting these dog-friendly locations in and around Austin. If you feel like visiting a new destination, we’re also sharing some nationwide spots.
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, TX 78744
This is the perfect location for any nature-lover. You can camp, hike, bike, picnic and more. You can also fish and swim in Onion Creek, located in the park. There are nearly nine miles of trails perfect for hiking and biking. If you want to make this an overnight adventure, there are 81 campsites, all with water and electric hookups. You can also rent one of their newly remodeled cabins. Admission is $6 daily for adults 13 and older (kids under 12 are free), and the park is open daily, 8 am-10 pm.
2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704
Barton Springs Pool is a federally protected habitat located within Zilker Park. The pool itself is three acres in size and is fed from underground springs. While dogs aren’t allowed in the actual pool, they’re allowed in the park. There is even a spillway below the pool (informally called “Barking Springs”) where dogs can freely swim and have fun! Admission varies by time of day and season. Check the website for rates.
Lady Bird Lake (also in Zilker Park) is another lake dogs can swim in. The park is open 5 am-10 pm daily.
3401 Redbud Trail, Austin, TX 78703
This is a leash-free park, making it a popular destination for dog owners! Dogs can basically do anything here, including swim. This is the perfect park to visit if you’re looking to wear your dogs out and have fun with them. Red Bud Isle is also a great place kayakers and canoers can take advantage of with the shoreline.
7751 CA-1, Little River, CA 95456
Located on the Mendocino Coast in California, the Little River Inn is a pet-friendly hotel that both you and your pooch will enjoy. There are on-leash walking areas on the hotel property, but there also plenty of off-leash parks close by. You can even dine with your dog in their parlor (with advanced reservations) or visit local restaurants that have outdoor seating for dogs. The Little River Inn provides cover sheets for furniture; water and food dishes; a pet towel; disposable waste bags; and welcome treats. Your dog may love this place more than you!
A former silver mining camp, Telluride is a city filled with fun activities for both your pooch and you! A majority of the hotels are pet friendly, and their free gondola transportation system has pet cabins. There are even dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating. Summer activities include hiking, camping, running, picnicking and more.
Surrounded by national forest land and 300+ miles of trails, Sedona is perfect for any dog that loves the outdoors. There are plenty of pet-friendly hotels, and there are even more pet-friendly restaurants! There are hiking trails, dog parks, adventure tours, off-road tours and more. If you want a break from the outdoors, there is a wide variety of art and cultural activities. There are even dog-friendly vineyards and wineries you can visit.